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Suicide Silence’s Unstoppable Debut

This past week, American Deathcore band Suicide Silence’s highly anticipated album, You Can’t Stop Me, hit digital retailers worldwide. Here in the Retail Marketing department, we have been working hard on preparing digital music stores for the arrival of this record, heralding updates of its pre-release campaign to all of our accounts. iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Beats Music were very receptive to the band’s first effort in over two years, and due to some awesome placement, fans were able to help push the album to #18 on the iTunes Top Album Charts and #2 on the iTunes Metal Charts in the US.

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We secured lots of great placement in stores abroad as well. Slots on the main, Rock and Metal pages helped You Can’t Stop Me soar to #2 on the latter pages in iTunes CanadaAustralia’s iTunes charts also got a dose of Suicide Silence, scoring the top Metal and Rock albums alongside some killer placement on both of those pages.

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In addition, a Tagboard contest was implemented in conjunction with all of the retail placement we received. Fans were encouraged to submit pictures of themselves with screenshots of their iTunes, Google Play or Amazon digital download of the album with the hashtag #YCSM. This entered them into a competition to win a signed booklet or poster. The interaction was huge and retail stores as well as fans loved it! Some fans even bought three formats of the album. Engagement is key and because of this, Suicide Silence and their fans successfully unlocked all of the potential to help make this a really great week of release.

After all of the buzz, You Can’t Stop Me debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 and #2 on the Independent Albums Charts!

Nothing Is Forever, So Enjoy The Shrine’s New Single Right Now

THE SHRINE - Bless OffComing off of a hard-rocking debut album Primitive Blast released just last summer, the guys from The Shrine are back with a new single premiering on Vice’s Noisey titled “Nothing Forever.” With a determination to get in the face of all who listen, The Shrine has developed a Skater-Rock attitude, mixed with a 70’s Garage Rock sound that hits hard and doesn’t let up for a second.

Hailing from LA, The Shrine takes influences from Black Sabbath, which explains their Psychedelic, riff-heavy Rock. Named one of LA Weekly’s “Top Los Angeles Metal Albums of 2012,” The Shrine is out to dominate the world this time with their new album Bless Off, released on Tee Pee Records on March 11th.

In the first single off of the album, “Nothing Forever” starts with heavy Black Sabbath/The Sword sounding riffs that rip open the beginning, allowing drummer Jeff Murray to build his drum fills until the song takes off into post-punk skaterdom. Noisey captured their sound perfectly, saying that “Nothing Forever” feels “just like the soundtrack to dropping into an empty pool.” Check it out for yourself and be sure to blast this one all the way to 11.

Get A Glimpse of The Future of Metal with ALAYA

January 17, 2014 Artist News No Comments

Alaya1The wait is finally over. After months of anticipation, ALAYA are very pleased to announce the release of their debut album Thrones on March 17 via Progressive Metal gurus Basick Records.

The band premiered their new single “Sleep” on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P Carter this week before exclusively releasing the accompanying video on both sides of the world simultaneously on Metal Hammer and Metal Injection.

Hailing from Chicago, IL, ALAYA are a band who have caught the ears and imaginations of musicians, fans and press worldwide by fusing punishing technical rhythm with a genre-defying soulful, melodic style. Thrones is the product of over two years of meticulous craftsmanship. Combining heartbreakingly haunting and beautiful melodies with an eye for razor-sharp technical grooves, ALAYA illuminate the path of the future of Metal. Entirely accessible and exclusively unique: ALAYA are here.

ALAYA are Evan Graham Dunn (Vocals/Guitar), David Jacob Robison (Drums), and Michael Brandt Rinkenberger (Bass/Vocals).

Pre-order the debut album now, and check out the video for “Sleep” below:

Carcass’ New Album Is Just What The Doctor Ordered

July 25, 2013 Artist News No Comments

Unknown-15Carcass, the legendary British metal band who created the Gore-Grind genre and set the bar for melodic Death Metal, is dropping its new album, Surgical Steel, this September 17th in the U.S. As a special preview for impatient fans, you can already stream and download the track “Captive Bolt Pistol” courtesy of Nuclear Blast.

Surgical Steel is the band’s sixth full length album, and their first record since 1996, so you can imagine just how highly it’s been anticipated. When the band decided to take a break after their last record, fans weren’t sure they were ever going to return. In 2007, the Metal world got its wish as Carcass reformed to play several sold-out reunion shows around the world. Re-motivated, the band has decided to come out with this brand new album, bringing joy to fans around the globe.

This time around, joining guitarist Bill Steer and vocalist/bassist Jeff Walker will be drummer Dan Wilding and guitarist Ben Ash. Both of these talented musicians have been part of other Metal bands such as Aborted, Trigger The BloodshedPig Iron, Desolation and Liquefied Skeleton. In addition, original skinsman Ken Owen will be providing guest vocals too.

Show Carcass how glad you are they’re back by downloading “Captive Bolt Pistol” now, and keep your eyes peeled for Surgical Steel in September. Until then, check out this album trailer. It’s definitely worth watching, no matter what your taste in music is!

“Destroy Everything” You Think You Know About Rock + Metal

April 18, 2013 Artist News No Comments

Destroy Everything LogoAlready running one of the baddest Metal labels on the scene in the form of Basick Records, the folks at Invictus Music & Media have just announced the launch of new Rock and Metal imprint DESTROY EVERYTHING. Not ones to take things slowly, they’ve confirmed six new signings already, namely The First, Azriel, Black Dogs, We Are Fiction, I Divide and The Colour Line.

Nathan Barley Phillips, A&R Director for Invictus says he’s “absolutely delighted to be launching DESTROY EVERYTHING and signing so many exciting bands immediately to the roster. The underground Rock and Metal scene has an incredible amount of talent pushing through to the mainstream right now; by partnering up with The Orchard we expand our reach and capabilities, so I’m thrilled to be able to develop and support all of our new and existing acts and play a major part in their early careers.”

What can you expect from DESTROY EVERYTHING? A whole load of awesomeness, mainly. Either see for yourself at the launch party this evening in London (flyer after the jump), or have a listen to The First below:

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