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.’

Ithaca Sign With Hassle Records & Re-Press Debut Record

UK hardcore quintet Ithaca have announced they’ve signed to Hassle Records, becoming the latest addition to the label’s roster.

On the signing the band have said:

“We couldn’t be more excited to join the Hassle family. Their roster shows a genuine spirit of creative independence and as an organisation they’re driven by values of social and environmental justice, both of which are hugely important for us as a band. We can’t wait to unleash some unhinged sonic chaos together in 2022.”

Along with joining Hassle Records, the band have also announced a re-pressing of their 2019 debut LP, ‘The Language Of Injury’.

Pre-orders for the release are available via Bandcamp, Evil Greed and Banquet Records.

UK Modern Alt-Metal Titans Vexed Sign Worldwide Deal With Napalm Records

One of the UK’s most exciting rising alt-metal talents VEXED have just signed an official worldwide record deal with premium Austrian rock and metal label Napalm Records.

The crushing Hertfordshire foursome was born in March 2019, and since then the band has been pursuing its desire for heavy groove, unfiltered lyricism and technical proficiency. While other bands dwell on flattery, VEXED bundle a mixture of honest hatred and apt social criticism in their lyrics, and don’t mince words for a moment.

VEXED have already dropped two one-off singles independently, including “Elite” featuring Thy Art is Murder vocalist CJ McMahon, which has garnered over 500k cross-platform streams as of now. Both tracks highlight VEXED’s potent combination of aggressive groove mixed with ominous threads of progressive atmosphere, like none of their kind. Due to the worldwide pandemic, the band had to cancel their planned tour with Whitechapel and a scheduled appearance at Bloodstock Festival, but this did not stop them from continuing to push their sonic strength. Be prepared, more exciting news is coming soon!

VEXED on the signing:
“It is with great pride that we can finally announce our signing to Napalm Records. We are truly humbled by the label’s belief in VEXED and their ability to support our creative vision. Napalm is a label with a rich history and a strong presence throughout the world and we can’t wait to share what we have in store for you.”

Tone MGMT on the signing:
VEXED have proven time and time again that they are one of the most hard working and exciting new bands the UK has to offer. Their signing to Napalm Records only solidifies this. VEXED really are ones to watch.”

Check out Vexed’s video for ‘Elite’ featuring CJ McMahon below.

Hollow Front Sign With UNFD, Release New Music Video

Metalcore quintet Hollow Front have announced that they’ve signed to UNFD, which makes them the Aussie label’s latest signing.

In celebration of the news of their signing, the band have released a video for their latest track, ‘Wearing Thin’, which is expected to feature on a forthcoming re-issue of their latest record, ‘Loose Threads’.

Tyler Tate (Vocals) says the following on the song and its message:

“‘Wearing Thin’ is a love lost song, it’s about deep pain from losing someone that you thought was it, that you loved so much but they just don’t feel the same way about you. I was coming from the angle of my past relationship, I felt so tired from it yet I didn’t want to bring myself to let it go because there’s a part of you that thinks it could still be OK. It wasn’t healthy, so ‘Wearing Thin’ is really me saying that I’m ready to stop feeling this way.”

Check out the video for ‘Wearing Thin’ below.

UNFD will release Hollow Front’s Loose Threads on vinyl for the first time in February 2021 featuring the full record, ‘Wearing Thin’ + upcoming new tracks. Limited copies are available for pre-order now.

For You The Moon Announce Signing To Slam Dunk Records, Release New Single

For You The Moon have announced that the band have signed to Slam Dunk Records.

In addition to the signing, the band have released their new single, ‘Lost Without It’.

It’s an early teaser from the pop-rock newcomers’ upcoming debut EP, set for release in 2021, and it arrives with a video that was shot in their current homebase of Leeds.

Frontman Isaac Cooter explains: “I wrote ‘Lost Without It’ when I was in that weird period after breaking up with somebody, in that place where you’re really trying to numb your own feelings and I was partying more often than I wasn’t. You end up surrounded by other people who are just as out of it as you are, probably trying to forget their problems by doing the same thing.”

Annie Jump Cannon Sign To No Sleep Records

Arizona based Emo Punk trio Annie Jump Cannon have announced they’ve signed with Np Sleep Records.

This news comes just a few months after the release of their ‘The Worst Day’ EP, which was released back in February 2020.

The band have now confirmed they will be going into the studio from October 19th 2020 to begin work on their debut full length record with more details to be announced as they develop.

Check out the track, ‘I Left My Heart In Corona’ below.