Rockshots Records Signs Italian Symphonic Metal Eternal Silence

Rockshots Records is proud to announce their latest signing of Italian symphonic metallers Eternal Silence for the release of their next album “Timegate Anathema” due out in October 2021. 

The band comments:

“We hope fans will be excited as we are for this new record. It is the most complete and refined album we made so far, and we think that the introduction of new elements and musical inspirations will attract new ones. We plan for it to be a heavy and romantic experience.”


Recorded at The Groove Factory (Udine, Italy) and Line/Out Studio (Milano, Italy) with mixing and mastering by Michele Guaitoli (Visions of Atlantis, Temperance, Kaledon), “Timegate Anathema” will feature ten tracks of symphonic and power prog metal plus will see the band introduce new elements and experimentation into their sound. The album goes from power metal songs like “The Way Of Time” and “My Soul Sad Until Death” to heavy and dark ones like “Rain and Red Death Masquerade”, passing through the catchy melodies of tracks like “Glide In The Air” and acoustic moments on “Lonely and Firefly”. The main theme that inspired the album is the concept of Time.

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Bassist Alessio Sessa adds:

“Time as the pace of life, time that gives a rhythm to the music, time as the nerve of existence, the ticking of a clock that brings back distant memories. The future developing through uncertainty and hope that flies on the wings of time. Time giving life to seasons, during which we struggle to give a sense to our hurry. The album’s image is of time represented by the two-faces god Janus, the divinity that looks backward and forward, guardian of thresholds, passages, chances, and who holds the keys of the flow of events. Musically the album puts together a solid metal rhythmic section with real strings orchestra and a choir, which accompany the melodies by the duo vocalists.”

Formed in Varese, Italy in 2008, Eternal Silence combines powerful guitar riffs, a thunderous rhythmic section, catchy melodies, and bombastic orchestral tracks with the support of two vocalists, Marika Vanni and guitarist Alberto Cassina sharing the front stage. The band’s current line-up is completed by Alessio Sessa (bass), Andrea Zannin (drums) and Enzo Criscuolo (guitarist). 

Since their formation, the band has unleashed three albums and two EPs. 2020’s “Renegades” (EP), 2018’s “Metamorphosis” (EP), and 2017’s “Mastermind Tyranny” were released on Sliptrick Records, and their earlier full-lengths “Raw Poetry” (2013) and “Chasing Chimera” (2015) were released on Underground Symphony Records.

Over the years, the band has been a consistent touring presence in Europe, performing in Germany, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, and Hungary along with being support for bands such as Temperance, Therion, Haggard, Sound Storm, Blackoustic (Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius) and Jani Liimatainen (Insomnium)).

Check out ‘Lucifer’s Lair’ below.

Sleep Waker Sign With UNFD, New Record ‘Alias’ To Be Released In July

SLEEP WAKER which consists of guitarists Jake Impellizzeri and Jason Caudill, vocalist Hunter Courtright, drummer Frankie Mish, and bassist Aaron Lutas — have signed with UNFD. The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based band will release its second album Alias on 23rd July. Pre-order the album here.

Sleep Waker have also shared the video for the first single ‘Distance.’ Check it out below.

‘Distance is about loss — more specifically, losing someone very close to you,’ says Courtright. ‘For me, it’s about witnessing my grandfather struggle with dementia. His passing really hit me and it was a very hard and emotional experience. I immediately knew I needed an outlet for that feeling and started working on the lyrics that eventually turned into Distance.’

Mish furthers, ‘When writing Distance, we realised this was the perfect song to round off this album. We had most of the songs finished and this demo just sat there as a lead and a chorus, and the further we got into the process, the more we realised we really needed something to stick out as a major emotional point in the album. Once that clicked, the song just easily flowed out.’

Overall, Alias is the sort of album that asks listeners to examine who we are, how we quantify our reality, and what it means to be alive. Although rooted in many of the same conceptual themes and ideas that gave the band their successful start in 2017, this time they’re diving even deeper. This time, it’s not just conceptual exploration. This time it’s personal.

“When I had the idea to start the band, I had insomnia and sleep paralysis,” says Mish. “It was a big thing in my life. I had the name Sleep Waker, I was playing around with logos and stuff like that. And then Hunter mentioned he had insomnia as a kid. So we bonded over that connection.”

“Each release has had a theme built around experiences we’ve had in dreams, or concepts based around sleep,” he continues. “[2017 debut EP] Lost In Dreams established that, and [2018’s debut album] Don’t Look At The Moon was all about sleep paralysis. But we tag-teamed the lyrics this time. I write from a lot of my personal experiences of nightmares and dreams. Overall, our overarching theme has always been the band name itself.”

‘I’ve had hallucinations,’ Courtright reveals. ‘I’ve had the feeling of someone sitting on my chest, and monolithic figures staring at me from the corner of my bedroom. That stuff’s definitely still interwoven throughout the album. But things really took a shift this time. On this record, my lyrics are quite literal and personal. Everything I wrote was either situational to my life, or about how a person can be changed by a life event or circumstance, thus creating an alias.’

Heriot Sign With Church Road Records

Up-and-coming heavy hitters Heriot have announced that they’ve signed a deal with Church Road Records.

They’re the latest addition to the label’s growing roster, which boasts artists such as Palm Reader, Respire, Svalbard and more.

Heriot have confirmed their new single, ‘Dispirit’ will be released on May 7th 2021.

Hard Rock Virtuosos BOMBER sign worldwide record deal with Napalm Records!

Napalm Records is proud to announce the outstanding hard rock outfit BOMBER as their newest signing! Since the release of the debut EP “Arrival” in 2017, the four-piece from Malmö, Sweden has been making waves and turning heads with their unique blend of hard and classic rock, combined with catchy hooks and top-notch guitar solos. BOMBER’s hard rock feel is paired with a sense for crisp, modern rock production, resulting in them being one of the most exciting bands to keep an eye out in the genre!
 
Fans of bands such as LED ZEPPELIN, IRON MAIDEN and DEF LEPPARD should definitely be excited for what’s to come from BOMBER in the near future – the debut album is already in the works!

Check out the video for ‘Come Tomorrow’ below.

BOMBER about signing to Napalm Records:
We are very excited to become a part of the great Napalm Records! As we lay down the finishing touches on our debut album we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with this mighty label and can’t wait for everyone to hear our new music. Beware the nocturnal creatures…”
 
Napalm Records A&R Sebastian Muench about signing BOMBER:
“It is very seldom these days that you receive “demos” of a new band that you have never heard about and intstantly fall in love with there music, image and overall vision! Swedens Bomber is simply amazing and I can´t wait to release their debut album.”

Thrash Metal Icons DESTRUCTION Sign Worldwide Record Deal with Napalm Records!

Napalm Records is beyond proud to join forces with Germany’s hottest and most explosive thrash metal engine, DESTRUCTION! The band has signed a worldwide record deal with the premier rock and metal label and is set to release new music later this year.

Since their debut EP, Sentence Of Death (1984), the German foursome with legendary founding members Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer on vocals/bass and Michael Sifringer on guitars, DESTRUCTION have turned heads and broken necks with their incredibly honest and uncompromising thrash metal power. Starting as a trio and releasing an imposing amount of records in this constellation, for their latest energizing and most successful, chart-breaking output to date, Born To Perish (2019), these pioneering favorites transformed into a quartet to fuel the furious beast with highly energetic riffs and blasting drums even more!

United with insanely talented Randy Black (drums) and Damir Eskić (lead guitars), and teaming up with Napalm Records, DESTRUCTION will embark on the next heavy and always thrashing chapter of a yet impressive career. New exciting things to come very soon – stay tuned!

DESTRUCTION’s Schmier on the signing:
Well, this decision was a long way coming! We are super excited to join the Napalm family, because I have been a fan of the label and their philosophy for a long time. I’ve followed their impressive history and great work for many years and have recommended Napalm Records to other bands and friends before. So now it was finally time for us to move on and be a part of their roster of fantastic artists. A strong and fresh partner for these crucial years of our career is an important step for us! 

We were using the time well to prepare new releases for our faithful fans worldwide, more news about that very soon!”

Napalm Records A&R Sebastian Muench states:
I am absolutely excited to work with such a legendary band as DESTRUCTION! I watched them play live in Frankfurt when I was 14 years old, and now working together as a team on new album releases is a dream come true! Welcome to the Napalm family!”

Check Out Beartooth’s New Hammering Track, ‘Devisation’

Beartooth are back!

The band have just dropped their crushing new track, ‘Devastation’ today!

The track is one hell of an ear worm with some hard mosh calls!

This is the first music from the band since the release of the record ‘Disease’ back in 2019.

Check it out below.

Skindred Sign Global Deal With Earache Records

Skindred have announced they’ve signed a deal with Earache Records, with each member signing the deal in different venues in the UK struggling with the ongoing pandemic.

Drummer Arya Goggin commented on the signing.

“We are so excited to announce that we are signing a worldwide deal with Earache Records. I have been a fan of the label since I started listening to heavy music. Their independent attitude and willingness to push the boundaries are something we can identify with in Skindred. It was great to ink the deal at The Black Heart in Camden and shine a light on all the struggling independent music venues too. The Music Venue Trust is something that we feel passionately about and we want these venues to thrive and be part of the future of British Music as well as being part of its history.”

Digby Pearson, the label’s managing director, also had this to say of the signing.

“We could not be more thrilled to be signing Skindred. They are such a truly unique and much-loved band. We have all been huge fans of them since Day 1 and have followed Benji’s career since the very beginning so to have Skindred sign to Earache is something that we are all extremely excited by. We are delighted to welcome Benji back to the Earache family along with his bandmates Arya, Mikey and Dan and look forward to working with them for many albums to come.”

Details on future activity and releases from Skindred will be confirmed as they develop.

Short Stack Sign To UNFD, Release New Single, ‘Burn You Down’

UNFD is thrilled to announce Australian rock trio Short Stack as its latest signing, alongside the reveal of the band’s new single + video ‘Burn You Down’ today.

On reforming and creating new music together, Short Stack vocalist Shaun Diviney shares:

“Everything about how we approached this was different… where we used to find a lot of pressure to deliver something specific, we approached this with the thought that this is our chance to be the band we’ve always wanted to be.”

On the signing, UNFD General Manager Luke Logemann shares that the label has long-admired Short Stack for the intense fan culture they’ve built around their band.

“I’ve always admired Short Stack for their ability to build such a loyal and enthusiastic fanbase, and for how unapologetic they were in doing so. That’s always been the ethos of UNFD as a label and our bands, to care about the music and the fans first and approval last,” he says, adding:

“I saw them play Festival Hall over ten years ago, and I remember being overwhelmed by how passionately the fans sang every word back at them. They wrote huge bangers that you could never get out of your head, even if some people didn’t want to admit it. The best thing is, all of that still rings true – they still have crazy fans, they still sell out venues and they still write huge bangers. Based on how good the new material is, I reckon they’ll be doing this long into the future as well.”

On ‘Burn You Down’, Diviney explains that the track is part a reflection on the breakdown and rebuilding of the band and part observation on the world around them. 

“‘Burn You Down’ is about the duality of being young and feeling both indestructible and fragile at the same time,” he says. “I don’t think the world needs another happy pop song at the moment, because I don’t think the world is a happy place at the moment. This song comes from a place of anger and destruction, about wanting to tear something down and begin again.” 

Describing this comeback as even more significant than the first (see the 5 year gap and a few Short Stack kids now born), he adds that this time recording found the band paring everything back to their roots. 

“I think a lot of bands at the time when we first broke out were put together by labels and a lot of people threw us in that basket, but we were just a bunch of dudes that went to high school together and played Blink covers and it snowballed from there,” he says.

“To go back to our roots now and really just strip things back and play together in a room was really important to us. The reason we broke up was that it just wasn’t fun… it’s been a fair chunk of time now, so coming back finds us in a different stage of life with a different idea about what we want out of music.”

From beginnings in a Budgewoi garage at 16 to their explosive debut album ‘Stack Is The New Black’ at just 20, Short Stack quickly made a playground of the Australian landscape and were one of the biggest names in the country by the late ’10s. Beyond ascending to #1 on the ARIA Album chart with their debut record, the band claim credits including Channel V’s Oz Artist Of The Year (twice), a coveted Rolling Stone Magazine cover, two certified Platinum records and tens of thousands of tickets sold throughout their career.

Speaking on how the band now approach music with another decade behind them, Diviney concludes that the goal posts have shifted.

“At one point we were one of the biggest bands in the country, you know we’ve done so many things that you can’t really top, so our goal is really just to do something that we believe in and have fun doing it.”

Blue Swan Records Partner With Rise Records / BMG

Blue Swan Records, the label founded and owned by Dance Gavin Dance guitarist Will Swan, have confirmed that they have formed a new partnership with Rise Records/BMG.

This deal will allow Blue Swan Records to expand its operations by utilising the infrastructure that both Rise Records and BMG have in place to further help the artists on its roster.

Artists currently on the Blue Swan Records roster include Eidola, Wolf & Bear, Kurt Travis, Royal Coda, and Icarus The Owl.

Will Swan says on the partnership.

“I’m really excited to work with BMG to continue to build the budding scene for post-hardcore and experimental heavy music. There is a lot of exciting music being made right now and it’s an honor to be able to provide a platform to expose artists from culturally and musically diverse backgrounds, whom I really believe in, to a larger audience whilst continuing to legitimize Blue Swan’s presence in the scene.”

Sean Heydorn, the Vice President of Rise Records/BMG, had this to add.

“Will and Sergio [Medina, Blue Swan Records Vice President] have created something really special. They’ve put art and creativity first and the result has been an eclectic catalog of fantastic releases which we will quickly add to with some great albums coming this year. Having worked with Will for over 13 years, it’s been awesome watching him develop BSR from the ground up. We are honored they chose us to partner with them and help them and their artists continue to grow.”

Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows Signs With Velocity Records

Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows have announced they have signed with Velocity Records.

The band (often abbreviated to simply D.R.U.G.S.) was a supergroup that disbanded in 2012, before vocalist Craig Owens confirmed it had been reformed, though it seems it will solely be as a solo project for the frontman.

Upon its return, D.R.U.G.S. released a demo of a new song called ‘King I Am’, and it looks like a new album is on the way for 2021.

More details on the band’s second studio record will be confirmed as it develops.