Multi-talented Ad Infinitum singer Melissa Bonny, Feuerschwanz guitarist Hans Platz, his bandmate harpist Jenny Diehl and Amaranthe drummer Morten Løwe Sørensen form THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON! After hearing the first song, Napalm Records immediately signed the band and is very proud to accompany this great band from day one on their mission to transform musical themes in cinematography, TV shows and video games into powerful modern metal tracks! Like the moon, every song has an unexplored side. This is where the band will be taking you. Welcome to the Napalm family!
THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON states: “Today we are proud to announce that we are starting the epic quest of transforming our and your favorite cinematic themes into powerful metal tracks! And to do so, we are happy to team up with Napalm Records for the release of this epic album that will also contain some songs of our own composition. We’ll take you on a musical quest from the depth of Moria up to the Iron Throne. And to make this journey even more magical, we invited some of our musician friends to join us. Stay tuned and welcome to the dark side!”
Any future output concerning The Dark Side Of The Moon will be made available as it is posted.
Napalm Records is pleased to welcome outstanding Ukrainian melodic modern metal five-piece IGNEA to its growing roster. The outfit has just inked a worldwide record deal with the premier rock and metal label and mixes heavy riffs and storytelling with symphonic, electronic and folk elements, creating a powerful soundtrack-like experience. Staying true to the melodic essence of their music, IGNEA also includes touches of brutality by occasionally incorporating extreme vocals, breakdowns and blast beats.
In 2013, IGNEA kicked off with their debut EP Sputnik. Things started revving up after the release of the incredibly powerful and popular single “Alga” – the first-ever original song from a Ukrainian band recorded with a full symphonic orchestra – gathering over six million views on YouTube and counting! The track is cut from the band’s debut album, The Sign of Faith (2017), in which IGNEA combines heavy soundscapes with clean and extreme vocals, adding authentic Middle Eastern melodies spliced with a melodic essence, to create a breathtaking auditory experience.
IGNEA’s second full-length, The Realms of Fire and Death, was released in 2020. Their national awards, The Best Ukrainian Metal Act, chose it as metal album of the year, andIGNEA was also named the best Ukrainian metal band of 2020.
IGNEA is currently preparing for great things to come soon and will unveil new music later this year. In addition, the unit is working on its third record and debut with Napalm Records for 2022 – more to be announced soon!
IGNEA’s vocalist Helle Bogdanova states: “I truly believe that our cooperation with Napalm Records will go under the banner of synergy that will bring the best out of IGNEA and also make our label proud to have us in the roster. IGNEA means ‘burning’, and mixing fire with Napalm can be simply nothing else but a blast. So, ‘strike a match, let’s make it bright’!”
NAPALM RECORDS is pleased to announce that Swedish/American duo SILENT SKIES– featuring EVERGREY vocalist Tom S. Englund and pianist/multiinstrumentalist Vikram Shankar – have signed an official worldwide contract with the premier Austrian label.
The differing musical backgrounds and previous experiences of the musicians have formed a creative space of development for SILENT SKIES, taking the listener on a touching, melancholic journey and convincing with captivating talent. They are currently working on a successor to their stunning 2020 debut full-length.
More details to be announced soon!
SILENT SKIES on the signing with Napalm Records: “SILENT SKIES are thrilled to be joining the Napalm Records family for our upcoming second studio record! We have a lot of admiration for the team behind this label, as well as the diversity and strength of their roster. We can’t wait to work with Napalm to bring more music and content to the fans, develop a wider promotional reach together, and look forward to a fruitful partnership with one of the most cutting-edge labels on the forefront of modern music!”
WARKINGS Warriors beware! The mighty kings return to the battlefield, armed with glorious weapons made of pure Heavy Metal – the time for Revolution has come! The third part of the WARKINGS saga will be unleashed on August 20 via Napalm Records, so sharpen your weapons and join the WARKINGS Revolution!
To prime the attack for the Revolution to come, the WARKINGS echo a legendary, historic protest melody and deliver the first video and single “Fight”, accompanied by their strongest official video so far!
The Tribune on the new single: “We will “Fight”…for our freedom, for our kingdom. Sing with us! Let your voices be heard!”
After their rebirth and the fight against the armies of the underworld, it’s time for Revolution under the flag of the WARKINGS. The four ancient kings, a Roman Tribune, a wild Viking, a noble Crusader and a martial Spartan, raise the red flag and gather their warriors for the next battle!
The Viking on the new album: “The time has come, the world needs a Revolution. Raise your banners, fly our colors and join us on our way. We are the fire!”
2021 is once again completely under the spell of the wolves: With the announcement of their new studio album, Call Of The Wild, POWERWOLF, the high priests of heavy metal, have turned the heads of fans and critics internationally and hereby seamlessly continue on their unique success story!
Along with a powerful video starring Alissa White-Gluz of ARCH ENEMY and Falk Maria Schlegel, they are more than ready to present a brand new version of their hit single “Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend”. If the original version of the thrilling track already managed to reach over 50 million streams across platforms, the exciting new version will set the international heavy metal world on fire!
“Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend” feat. Alissa White-Gluz will be part of the bonus album Missa Cantorem, that various special formats of Call Of The Wild include.
Alissa White-Gluz on the new single: “I enjoyed putting a woman’s spin on “Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend”; altering the lyrics to fit a strong message of female empowerment and delivering them with a mighty roar! Thanks to POWERWOLF for being open to having their song reconstructed like this!”
Falk Maria Schlegel on the video and the collaboration with Alissa White-Gluz: “It was a pleasure to work and perform together with Alissa for the very first time on our joint video shoot for “Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend”. Immediately, there was a great energetic atmosphere on set! Alissa is such a wonderful artist and interacting with her during this shoot as well as re-interpreting this video together was an amazing experience.”
Once again created in cooperation with the honorable producer duo of Jens Bogren and Joost van den Broek, the masterpiece will open a new chapter in the band’s history on July 16, 2021. The eighth studio album will serve both old and newly recruited POWERWOLFdevotees with well-known classic trademarks, and equally surprise and delight them at every stage of this wild 11-track ride!
Matthew Greywolf on Call Of The Wild: “With Call Of The Wild, we are opening a new, exciting chapter in the history of POWERWOLF. The album sounds unmistakably like POWERWOLF and is so much more at the same time: Besides new territory like the Celtic instrumentation in “Blood for Blood (Faoladh)” or the ballad-like “Alive or Undead”, we have raised all our trademarks to a new level. Until now, we never sounded so powerful and wild – in the truest sense of the word. We can’t wait to finally share this beast of an album with you all!”
Ever since bursting onto the scene in 2000, Budapest’s BORNHOLM has been an unstoppable force in the black and pagan metal scene. Touring with household names like EX DEO, VARG, ARKONA and many more, the Hungarian four-piece powerhouse has made a name for themselves with spectacular live shows and four tremendous studio albums. Now, BORNHOLM are ready to take their career to another level with leading Austrian metal label Napalm Records as a strong partner by their side!
Check out ‘Primaeval Pantheons’ by the band below.
BORNHOLM singer and guitarist Sahsnot about signing to Napalm Records: “The time has come to bring you some great news. We spent the last two years working harder than ever. In the meantime, the world changed completely, but it had no influence on us at all. We began to work on our next record – we have the toughest, longest and most unforgettable work period behind us. As a result, we have signed with Napalm Records, currently one of the best and strongest record labels. It means huge progress for us and we hope the new record will live up to its hopes. We are really grateful for them as they put their trust in the record and the band. A new era begins in our lives and I think we’ve found our place.”
New music from BORNHOLM’s upcoming fifth studio album via Napalm Records will be announced soon!
Parody Metal aficionados NANOWAR OF STEEL previously made waves by retiring from metal and transforming into a pop boygroup. Now they are ready to officially announce their comeback of their beloved comedy infused parody metal, releasing their new single and video for „Der Fluch des Kapt’n Iglo“ (engl. „The Curse Of Captain Birdeye“) today! With several millions of cross-platform streams and views racking up from all over the world, NANOWAR OF STEEL have proven themselves to be the torchbearers of modern parody metal! „Der Fluch des Käptn Iglo“ is an homage to the all beloved fried dish fishsticks by Captain Findus, accompanied by speedy accordions and pirate-y vocals and performed entirely in German by bassist Gatto Panceri 666!
NANOWAR OF STEEL bassist/singer Gatto Panceri 666 about „Der Fluch des Käptn Iglo“: “We sailed long and hard throughout the seven seas to tell you the story of the most merciless, the most terrific, the most crispy and crunchy pirate that ever lived: Capitan Findus/Kaptn Iglo! Are you ready to fry a school of cod, grill some shrimps and roast a salmon with us on our quest for a treasure wrapped in golden breadcrumbs?”
Parody metal powerhouse NANOWAR OF STEEL blend comedy and vibrant Italian folklore on Italian Folk Metal!
NANOWAR OF STEEL turns to the musical roots of their homeland, bringing heavy new life to traditional Italian music on their new album Italian Folk Metal (out July 2 on Napalm Records)! Filled with references to Italian folklore, NANOWAR OF STEEL puts its own comedic metal twist on the various traditional sounds of their beautiful country. Each song on Italian Folk Metal is performed in a distinct style of Italian folk music: Napoli-based sounds of musica neomelodica clash with melodic guitar sweeps on “Scugnizzi of the Land of Fires“ and speedy accordions (prominently known from northern Italy‘s mazurka) are layered with dizzying guitar solos on “La Mazurka del Vecchio che Guarda i Cantieri“. Mixed with the band‘s eclectic, comprehensive brand of catchy, comedy-infused metal, Italian Folk Metal is a truly multi-faceted listening experience and a deep dive into the roots of Italy’s folklore! In the process of recording the new album in Rome and Milan during the summer of 2020, NANOWAR OFSTEEL took the Italian-focused theme as an opportunity to gather Italy’s crème de la creme of musicianship: the album features Francesco Paoli from FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE on “L’assedio di Porto Cervo”, Alessandro Conti of LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY and TRICK OR TREAT fame on “La Mazurka del Vecchio che guarda i Cantieri” and FROZEN CROWN’s Jade on “Rosario“, among others. Italian Folk Metal showcases NANOWAR OF STEEL’s musical versatility at its best!
Pre-Order Italian Folk Metal via the following link.
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.”
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!”
Just recently signed with Napalm Records, CRYPTA offer a raging sonic monster in a class of its own: the newly staffed Brazilian/Dutch death metal unit is set to drop jaws with their long-awaited debut offering, Echoes of the Soul, to be released on June 11, 2021 via Napalm Records.
Formed in June 2019, the four-piece line up consists of vocalist and bassist Fernanda Lira and Luana Dametto on drums (both former members thrash metal frontrunners NERVOSA), plus supremely talented guitarists Sonia Anubis (Cobra Spell, Ex-Burning Witches) and Tainá Bergamaschi (Ex-Hagbard). They enforce a heightened level of potency and experience from their successful past and current projects, enhancing influences from both classic and modern death metal genres, plus significant extreme and black metal elements, to create a sound of their own. Positioned right at the burning gates of death metal salvation, their first single and music video, “From The Ashes“, already showcases the demonic, captivating power of the hard-hitting combo.
Singer and bassist Fernanda Lira says about the first single: “The song is basically about the well-known tale of the phoenix, but in a more philosophical sense. It talks about the ever-changing cycles of life, about the many endings and beginnings we have to go through, about how many old versions of ourselves need to figuratively die in order for us to keep growing and evolving as human beings, and finally, about building resilience to endure all these rebirths.”
The first audiovisual work immediately takes the viewer into the funeral spectra of CRYPTA’s universe and also reveals full commitment on a cinematographic level. The track itself is an infernal omen of the album’s sinister stories and already presents a first spark of their impressive interplay: Lira’s forceful vocals, Anubis and Bergamaschi’s bold axe attacks and Dametto’s prominent sophisticated drumming summon the phoenix to rise from the ashes – with the last crackle of this debut full-length conjuring screams for more.
André Gustavo, movie director at O2 Filmes, states: “I believe the song perfectly matches the current moment we’re living, during which all humanity needs to reinvent itself and be reborn ‘From The Ashes’. The videoclip preparation itself can also be translated through it: building up such a big production during this terrible moment we’re living was a big challenge to all of us. I believe, for all of that, from the creative and cinematographic perspective, we had a great final outcome for the video”.
Echoes of the Soul was recorded in January 2021 at the Family Mob Studio (Brazil), mixed by Arthur Rizk (Code Orange, Powertrip etc.) and mastered by the famed Jens Bogren (Opeth, Dimmu Borgir, Sepultura etc.). The cover artwork was created by Wes Benscoter, who is internationally famous for his stunning covers for bands such as Slayer, Kreator, Black Sabbath and many more.
Check out the Cover Art, Track-listing and Pre-order options below.
1. Awakening 2. Starvation 3. Possessed 4. Death Arcana 5. Shadow Within 6. Under the Black Wings 7. Kali 8. Blood Stained Heritage 9. Dark Night of the Soul 10. From the Ashes
Pre-order the debut record, ‘Echoes Of The Soul’ via the following link.