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Signed, Sealed, Delivered! Enslaved Goes Worldwide with Nuclear Blast

April 30, 2012 Artist News No Comments

enslaved nuclear blastAfter two successful album releases through Nuclear Blast US, Norwegian progressive metal rockers Enslaved have now signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast!

In response to being added to their new label’s global roster, the band said:

“We’re very, very (yes, very) pleased and proud to sign this deal with Nuclear Blast worldwide. We’ve already worked with Nuclear Blast US through our two latest albums and our personal friendships with NB guys and gals on both sides of the Atlantic are even older. There’s no drama – we take great pride in the fact that there seldom is with us; it is simply a matter of one contract ending and us going for what seems to be our best option at this point in time and space. This time, the best choice for ENSLAVED is changing things up somewhat. We’re excited to see what the mixture of passion and professionalism at Nuclear Blast can do with the ENSLAVED name in the years to come. There is no doubt that the level of ambition, the experience and seriousness about what we do form perfect common ground for ENSLAVED and Nuclear Blast.”

What’s coming up next, you ask?

“We’re in the process of making a new album that will initiate our new partnership. Watch out for the approaching wave of news about that. For now, let’s just say that the album will be an absolute (Nuclear) blast!”

Expect to see their new album this fall in the US and Europe!

Meet Palms: An Awesome New Band Formed by Musicians from ISIS + Deftones

April 27, 2012 Artist News No Comments

palms isis deftones ipecac recordingsWe’re very happy to introduce Ipecac Recordings‘ freshly signed act: Palms, a new Los Angeles based quartet bringing together three former members of ISIS (Aaron Harris, Clifford Meyer and Jeff Caxide) and Deftones‘ vocalist Chino Moreno.

“Clifford, Jeff and I started Palms a little over a year ago out of a desire to continue making music together after ISIS ended,” explained drummer Aaron Harris. “Chino joined shortly after and our sound took shape from there. We’ve worked really hard on this first release and are excited for people to hear it. It’s nice to be back behind the drum kit, and with this line up.”

“Being a huge ISIS fan I’ve always dug the moods these dudes convey with their sound,” added Moreno. “I am excited to combine my sense of creativity with theirs, and to have fun doing so.”

Look out for Palms’ debut album release later this year, which was recorded, mixed, and produced by the band themselves. Official announcement is coming soon!

Act Now! Bloc Party Announce Studio Visit Contest for One Lucky Fan

April 24, 2012 Artist News No Comments

bloc party frenchkiss recordsThe members of Bloc Party are extending an exclusive invitation to one lucky US fan for a chance to visit the band in studio this weekend while they finish up their new record!

But, you have to work fast! The deadline for contest entry is tomorrow, April 25th at 9 AM EST! One winner and a guest of their choice will win a trip to New York City this weekend (April 28th and 29th), a night at the Tribeca Grand, a tour of Bloc Party’s studio, and time with the band during the mixing process, complete with free travel and accommodations. How sweet is that?!

Check out Bloc Party’s Facebook page for contest details. For rules and regulations, click here.

If you don’t live in the United States, keep your eyes open for other exciting news from the band! Their fourth album will be out on Frenchkiss Records later this year.

Freeloader Friday: Carina Round, Maps & Atlases, Suckers, and Torche

Hey, Freeloaders! Happy Friday! No matter what you’re up to, we’ve got a ton of free music to craft the perfect soundtrack for your day. In addition to a free song download from Carina Round, you should check out new album streams from Maps & Atlases, Suckers, and Torche (which features bassist Jonathan Nuñez’s track-by-track commentary):

Carina Round: “Girl and The Ghost” via FILTER
Tigermending out May 1st on Dehisce Records

Maps & Atlases: Beware and Be Grateful via AOL Spinner
Album out now on Barsuk Records!

Suckers: Candy Salad via Paste
Album out April 24th on Frenchkiss Records

Torche: Harminocraft via SPIN
Album out April 24th on Volcom

Freeloader Friday: Devo, Ramona Falls, and Devin

Happy Friday, freeloaders! It’s Friday the 13th, and guess what? You’ve just stumbled upon a black bag of luck! Forget any worries you may have of unlucky things happening today, relax, and enjoy this virtual prize package of free music.

This week we’re bringing you connections to the theme song of Monster Man, a new show on Syfy, by Devo; a free track from Ramona Fall‘s upcoming record; and the entire album stream of Devin‘s Romancing. Perhaps you procrastinators out there should take a mini-break from doing your taxes? Lucky you!

Devo: “Monsterman” via Rolling Stone
Check out Devo on the season finale of Monster Man, Wed. April 18 at 10 pm ET on Syfy

Ramona Falls: “Sqworm” via SPIN
Prophet out May 1st on Barsuk Records

Devin: Romancing via AOL Spinner
Out Now on Frenchkiss Records

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