Napalm Records is beyond proud to announce the worldwide signing of legendary Swedish masters of melancholy KATATONIA. The band has inked a worldwide record deal with the leading Austrian rock and metal label.
Piercing through the core in 1991 when KATATONIA was brought to life by the inimitable Jonas Renkse (now vocalist) and renowned guitarist Anders Nyström, the unit has taken a fascinating journey from their heavy atmospheric extreme metal beginnings in the early 90s underground metal scene to their current status as a unique, free-spirited progressive rock amalgamation that stretches beyond the boundaries of standard music. Each stunning work of KATATONIA is tantamount to a cathartic experience – from their seminal debut, the legendary Dance Of December Souls (1993), to their most recent haunting masterpiece, the critically acclaimed City Burials (2020) – the latter marking their most successful release to date (debuting at #6 GER, #5 FI, etc).
The five-piece has never failed in evolving its sound and unique identity into something that is known as one of Sweden’s top-notch musical forces today. Stay tuned for more exciting news coming soon!
KATATONIAon the signing: “As Katatonia is just about to enter a brand new chapter in its own book of history, we’re passionate the band’s journey will continue onward and upward together with our new label Napalm Records.”
Thomas Caser (Napalm Records) about the signing: „Katatonia has been one of the most impactful metal acts, always progressing throughout their career. Teaming up with such an iconic act is a dream of every music fan. We are beyond excited to work with the band and their team!”
German power metal space warriors VICTORIUS enter the last round with their new single, “Night of the Nuclear Ninja”! The track comes just a few days before this Friday’s release of their new album, Dinosaur Warfare Pt. 2 – The Great Ninja War – the final showdown in their fight to protect mankind against the Sunbladers! “Night of the Nuclear Ninja” features strong vocals, epic tunes and powerful instruments building up a commanding metal anthem. The track comes along with a gloomy and captivating lyric video illustrating the song with nuclear aesthetics.
Dirk (vocals) on “Night Of The Nuclear Ninja”: “A new foe appears on the horizon! A warrior, glowing in the dark, fueled by atomic hatred and nuclear fury! Enter the night of the nuclear ninja! Enjoy our latest and last single before our brand new album will be released!”
Check out the lyric video for ‘Night Of The Nuclear Ninja’ below.
Austrian rock and metal empire Napalm Records is thrilled to announce their exciting new partnership with English extreme metal titans CRADLE OF FILTH, who have just signed a worldwide contract with the label!
Positioned firmly at the top of the extreme black metal genre, CRADLE OF FILTH – led and revolutionized by iconic frontman Dani Filth – reign supreme as one of the most revered, formative and notorious names in the scene, and are undeniably responsible for breaking ground for many of today’s top metal artists with their trademark mixture of grim blackened heaviness, macabre theatricality and scintillating gothic style. The rule of Filth began in 1991, followed by the unleashing of 1994’s The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh – humble beginnings that expanded into cinematic classics like Cruelty And The Beast and Midian.
Now, Napalm Records is honored to deliver the band’s haunting hallmark to the masses as their musical panorama reaches into the future.
CRADLE OF FILTH mastermind Dani Filth says: “It is with great expectation and excitement that we announce our move to Napalm Records, having seen and heard a great deal of complimentary things about the label, which in turn leads us to believe that this will be the perfect nesting ground for Cradle Of Filth in 2022 and beyond. We’d like to thank all our fans for their continued support and trust in us doing the right thing for the band and its music.
All hail the eternal ‘Filth!”
Thomas Caser, CEO, Napalm Records adds: “We are thrilled to welcome the most influential and iconic extreme metal band to our ever-growing Napalm Records family. Being a fan of the band since their very first album, it is with great honor and excitement that we’re able to work with them from now on! We are ready to conquer the metal world with Cradle Of Filth!”
CRADLE OF FILTH just kicked off their North American tour dates! See below for all current dates, including subsequent summer festivals and tour dates in the Europe and the UK this fall:
27th -Bristol, Marble Factory 28th – Nottingham, Rock City 29th – London, Indigo -“The Monstrous Sabbat” Event
TOXPACK are an institution. For 20 years, the Berliners have been blasting the purest streetcore out into the republic, playing countless shows from the most borderline hellhole to the country’s mightiest festival stages, from the toughest asphalt to high up in the charts. Two decades of pure dedication – doing their own thing, going their own path and grabbing more and more followers along the way. And now this: ZWANZIG.TAUSEND VOLT (out January 28, 2022 via Napalm Records) is coming, and it’s an intense thunderstorm of an album. It rumbles, it bangs – and then inevitably and mercilessly comes the impact. And never is the silence more intense than right after the inferno.
Today, TOXPACK deliver a first taste of the new album with “Bastarde für alle Zeit“, an intense storm straight from the mosh pit. With sincere vocals and lyrics, melodic riffs and raging drums, TOXPACK celebrate their 20th anniversary and look back on milestones achieved while setting a clear sign against intolerance, prejudice and stereotypes.
Guitarist andnd lyricistTommi Tox about the new album: “All the energy, perseverance, what we have experienced and the constant will to always give everything, simply everything that has accumulated over the past 20 years, inevitably comes together on this album and that has to be sent to this world. We probably couldn’t have given ourselves a better birthday present.”
ZWANZIG. TAUSEND VOLT tracklist: 1. Gekommen um zu bleiben 2. ZWANZIG.TAUSEND VOLT 3. Wecke den Kampfgeist 4. Ozean voll Scheiße 5. Bastarde für alle Zeit 6. Totgeglaubt, doch neugeboren 7. Kopf durch die Wand 8. Zusammen einsam 9. Letzte Warnung 10. Noch einmal so wie früher 11. Schweinehund 12. Wehe, wenn wir losgelassen 13. Nur für Dich 14. Wir kommen wieder irgendwann 15. Himmelwärts
Check out the video for ‘Bastarde für alle Zeit‘ below.
Earlier this year, Napalm Records presented the next chapter in psychedelic rock icons MONSTER MAGNET’s rabbit hole deep dive, A Better Dystopia (out now) – a delightfully (and psychotically) curated collection of 60’s and 70’s proto-metal and late-era psych obscurities covered by the heavy New Jersey legends themselves. A Better Dystopia sees the band pay homage to some of their favorite songs of all time, while reflecting on the paranoia, dystopia and revolution of both now – and then.
Today, MONSTER MAGNET releases the lyric video for their version of The Scientists’ “Solid Gold Hell”.
Frontman Dave Wyndorf says: I’m a huge fan of The Scientists and I just love the hell out of this song. It’s hypnotic, dark and sexual with a unique and amazing groove. In a cooler world we’d hear stuff like this blasting out of everyone’s speakers. I’d love to hear Billie Eilish take a crack at this one…”
Regarding the video, he continues: “Joe Tait’s art is so damned interesting… Where else can one find Hieronymus Bosch, Pam Grier, Cold War Soviet monuments, the Dr. Strangelove war room, astronauts, dinosaurs AND rockers all in the same video?”
Check out the lyric video for ‘Solid Gold Hell’ below.
Three years after the release of The Hunt for White Christ (2018), iconic Swedish death metal legends UNLEASHED return with their new studio album, No Sign of Life, out November 12, 2021 via Napalm Records – once again setting the ultimate standard of death metal!
The Swedish crew is led by founding frontman Johnny Hedlund, and features drummer Anders Schultz and two guitarists Tomas Måsgard and Fredrik Folkare – delivering and defining supreme death metal for over 32 years. On No Sign of Life, the band formed of Viking descendants transports the listener straight into an outraging battle with 11 forceful tracks that revive the essentials of death metal, facing the sheer brutality of war. UNLEASHED are back to defend their throne, forging another uncompromising musical weapon that continues the marvelous legacy of Vikings.
To satisfy the bloodthirst, UNLEASHED just released their staggering brand new track from No Sign of Life, entitled “The King Lost His Crown”, alongside a sharp lyric music video. The track dives right in without mercy, dominated by destructive guitars, blasting drums and the well-known chunky and brutal screams of genre-carving vocalist Johnny Hedlund.
Johnny on the first single: “In the aftermath of the battle of Jorsala, where the Midgard Warriors stood victorious, White Christ is now being hunted from the once so holy city. The enemy flees towards the desert, and his armies are about to lose faith in their leader. It seems that the king lost his crown”.
Check out the lyric video for ‘The King Lost His Crown’ below.
UNLEASHED on the album: “It is our hope that our warriors all over the world will enjoy the new album just like they have our previous ones. We have, as always, tried to stick to our roots while testing our steel to develop the genre of Viking Death Metal even further. Hail Odin!
Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting and Pre-orders for the record below.
1. The King Lost His Crown 2. The Shepherd Has Left the Flock 3. Where Can You Flee? 4. You Are the Warrior! 5. No Sign of Life 6. The Highest Ideal 7. Midgard Warriors for Life 8. Did You Struggle with God? 9. Tyr Wields the Sword 10. It is Finished 11. Here at the End of the World
Pre-orders for ‘No Sign Of Life’ are available via the following link.
Napalm Records and in-house booking agency Napalm Events are proud to announce the signing of melodic death metal five-piece DEFACING GOD. Inspired by rich and dark Scandinavian metal traditions, their sound balances massive melodies with a twist of classical music and ballistic “in-your-face” death metal with deep inspirations from witchcraft, occultism and the obscure. The quintet is now ready to conquer the scene!
Formed by vocalist Sandie ‘The Lilith’ Gjørtz and co-founder Michael Olsson (drums) in 2015, DEFACING GOD merged a perfect constellation of members in 2017, completing their mutual vision for the project. DEFACING GOD’s concept is based on the resurrection of Lilith: Through their storytelling, music and the group’s aesthetic, they pull their listeners into a dark universe, a time travel through occult myths, folklore and ancient stories. Their debut album, entitled The Resurrection Of Lilith, is currently recorded in collaboration with Jacob Hansen, who is known for working with bands like Volbeat and DESTRUCTION, and will be released via Napalm Records in 2022.
DEFACING GOD on the signing: “Today we are very proud to announce that we have signed a worldwide record deal with Napalm Records! After the release of the music video for our track ‘Succumb The Euphoria’ in 2020 we got in contact with Napalm Records and the deal was sealed. Since then we ́ve just waited for this pandemic to pass so we could share the news!
We are truly grateful for this collaboration, this new chapter in our journey, and we can’t wait to get back on the road! Currently we are getting ready to hit the studio for the recording of our long-awaited debut album The Resurrection Of Lilith. We would also like to give a special thanks to Jacob Hansen, the master of massive sound production and our beloved sound engineer for being the greatest work-partner we could ask for during all this! With this great support behind our back we can’t wait to spread our music across the world!”
Check out the video for ‘Succumb The Euphoria’ below.
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!”