Closing off what has proven to be a very special year for the band, comes the announcement that Johannesburg’s Deity’s Muse has joined the Atonal Music Agency bookings roster, opening more doors into the international touring market for the South African rockers.
2018 saw many highlights present themselves to Deity’s Muse. They supported Seether during the band’s brief South African sojourn in May, had their video for 'Walls Down' premiered by the legendary Metal Hammer magazine, embarked on a successful UK tour in August which culminated in an unforgettable performance at Bloodstock Open Air festival on the Sophie Lancaster stage, followed by a local headline slot opening for SikTh and Miss May I in September at the ever-popular Krank’d Up music festival.
Watch the official video for 'Walls Down': youtu.be/zuHB2FnA1Qc
Atonal Music Agency is a UK-based talent booking and management company representing a sophisticated roster of diverse acts including the likes of Animals As Leaders, SikTh, VOLA, Heart of a Coward, Marty Friedman, Plini and more. Deity’s Muse frontman, Wayne Boucher sums up the band's excitement at the signing:-
“We’re extremely thrilled to be represented in the UK and Europe by Atonal Music Agency. We’re all big fans of their roster and joining their family is not only an honour for us, but the next logical step into opening doors for Deity’s Muse into the international arena.”
Various tours for 2019 are in the pipeline for Deity’s Muse thanks to this new deal, so be sure to watch this space for upcoming announcements from the Atonal Music Agency camp.
Deity's Muse is a melodic alternative rock band based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The band is an absolute juggernaut live and has featured on every major South African rock music festival. The band has shared stages in their home country opening for revered international acts such as Seether (US), Dead Letter Circus (Aus), Rise Against (US), Bring Me The Horizon (UK), Blind Guardian (GER), Unearth (US), Protest The Hero (CAN), Knorkator (GER), Affiance (US), Monuments (UK), 36 Crazyfists (US), Karnivool (Aus), Miss May I (US), SikTh (UK) and Blindside (SWE).
In October 2012 Deity’s Muse took part in their first ever international tour where they performed at world famous venues such as The Viper Room in Hollywood and The 100 Club in London. In April 2013 the band shared the RAMfest main stage with international heavyweights, Rise Against and Bring Me The Horizon. In September 2013 Deity’s Muse played two shows with Australian rock legends, Dead Letter Circus at The Assembly in Cape Town and Krank’d Up music festival in Johannesburg respectively.
In August 2014 the band made their first ever Oppikoppi Festival appearance. In September of the same year they performed on the main stage at Krank’d Up 2014 with Unearth and Protest The Hero. In November 2014 Deity’s Muse embarked on a South African tour with Australian heavyweights, Dead Letter Circus.
Deity's Muse supported Australian prog-rock giants, Karnivool at the Johannesburg leg of their South African tour at the end of April 2016. 2016 also saw Deity’s Muse tour South Africa extensively in support of their latest release. The band supported UK prog pioneers, TesseracT on the Johannesburg leg of their South African tour in April 2017. In July 2017 the band was featured on Metal Injection’s '10 Great South African Bands You Have To Check Out' list. Following this, Deity’s Muse made their first European music festival appearance, performing at the 2017 edition of the annual Euroblast festival at Essigfabrik in Cologne, Germany in October which was headlined by Twelve Foot Ninja, Textures and Devin Townsend Project. In July 2017 Deity’s Muse received the ‘Album of the Year’ award for Convergence at the annual South African Metal Music Awards ceremony. The album was produced by Clint Vincent, guitarist for Dead Letter Circus.
In May 2018 Deity’s Muse opened for Seether to 6,000 people at Marks Park in Johannesburg. Soon after, it was announced that Deity’s Muse had been confirmed to perform at Bloodstock Open Air 2018, effectively making them the first South African band to perform at this prestigious festival. Following this, Metal Hammer debuted the band’s video for 'Walls Down' which received 15,000 views in 4 days on the metal publication’s Facebook page. In August of the same year, Deity’s Muse embarked on their first ever co-headlining UK tour with Sumer announced as tour mates. This UK tour culminated in the band’s performance at Bloodstock Open Air 2018, opening the Sophie Lancaster stage on the Friday to 2,500 people.
Deity’s Muse is:
Wayne Boucher | Vocals & Guitar
Sashan Pillay | Drums
Alvin Boucher | Bass & Backing Vocals
Kyle Engelsman | Guitar & Backing Vocals
Spanish Hard Rockers Imperial Jade sign with Epictronic; announce release dates for the new album "On The Rise"
Epictronic is proud to announce the signing of Spanish Hard Rock band Imperial Jade. This contract will give Epictronic the great opportunity to release the new album "On The Rise" worldwide (Excluding Spain) via The Orchard (part of Sony Music Entertainment).
Release dates are as follow:
Europe (Digital): 21 December 2018
Europe (CD): 18 January 2019
Japan (CD/DIGITAL): TBA
USA: (CD/DIGITAL): TBA
The band stated:-
"Imperial Jade has the immense pleasure to announce that we have just signed the release of our second album “On The Rise” with the record label Epictronic Records, Italy. We are very pleased and excited for this new stage in our music career, we know the waiting has been long but it is completely worth it, we already got it!"
Imperial Jade is a rock band born in the Maresme province, in Barcelona in 2012 by five young friends and rock and roll lovers. The band is formed by Francesc López (Drums), Alex Pañero (guitar), Arnau Ventura (voice), Hugo Nubiola (guitar/keyboard), Ricard Turró (bass) and it is characterised by its sound that bring us back to the times where rock music ruled the world: the 70’s. In November 2015 the band released their first record “Please Welcome Imperial Jade” which was acclaimed for the specialized press, setting it on numerous top lists of best releases of the year.
Throughout 2016 Imperial Jade toured all through Spain presenting the album by giving numerous gigs booked by themselves, what brought them to open for the Californian band Rival Sons in Barcelona and the Swedish EUROPE in their two concerts given in Madrid and Barcelona among other great bands such as Ten Years After or Michael Monroe. In 2017 the band decides to bet hard on the recording of two new singles in analogue tape at Music Lan Studios, then mixed in Nashville, USA by sound engineer John Netti: (Rival Sons, Europe, Black Stone Cherry, Bon Jovi…) and mastered at The Room Studio by Gorka Dresbaj.
All through the year, Imperial Jade keeps playing gigs at different venues and appears for the first time live on TV at Los conciertos de Radio 3 of RTVE (Spanish TV channel), also playing in the main stage of Rock Fest BCN sharing stage with bands like Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Airbourne or Alice Cooper, heading numerous small festivals through Spain and playing in renowned festivals such as the Africo-American music festival Enclave de Agua being the first hard-rock proposal of the festival in its ten editions. Currently the band is setting up new material for their upcoming album, that is planned to be released at 2018, and starting up the last stage of their “Please Welcome Tour” on which they will go throughout the country once more.
Dutch rockers F.U.A. sign with Wormholedeath and reveal "Socially Transmitted Disease" album release date
Dutch Rockers F.U.A. are pleased to announce that they have signed with WormHoleDeath for the release of their debut album "Socially Transmitted Disease"
"Socially Transmitted Disease" has been recorded and mixed at Realsound Studio.
"Socially Transmitted Disease" will be released on 28 September 2018 via Wormholedeath / Aural Music Group / The Orchard worldwide and on 28 November 2018 via Disk Union Distribution in Japan.
The album will be available for pre order on 14 September 2018.
"Hi we are F.U.A. As you probably know our debut album ''Socially Transmitted Disease'' is about to be released via Wormholedeath. We have been working on it for almost three years. With ''Socially Transmitted Disease'' we want to send a warning out into the world against the dangers of social media cause unfortunately a lot of people are addicted to their phones and computers. The digital drugs we use daily has taken our social lives in a stranglehold. We ourselves have fallen victim to the addicting digital world. So we decided to fight against it. The album containing 14 songs is a mixture between what we like to hear in music : raw powerful emotion and also a lot of fun! We hope that you all enjoy our music. We can't wait to see you rock at one of our shows! Cheers!"
F.U.A. is a Dutch light and heavy punk creation of four friends who are all self-taught musicians. The band started by accident when drummer Sander Pietersen was practising with his friend at a local bar. That same day singer Daphne De Heij walked past and interested by the sounds, entered the bar. It did not take long before she grabbed a microphone and busted out some self-written lyrics. Later F.U.A. was fully formed when bass player Robbert Van Der Bijl and eventually guitarist Mitchell Verschoor joined the group. The band started creating their own songs while simultaneously learning to play as a band.
When F.U.A. had just one song they immediately performed it live without second thought. The audience really liked the way the band presented itself. Generally having a good time and doing crazy on stage with easy to remember sing-along songs. F.U.A then quickly started to grow as a small underground punk-rock band. The demo released in 2015, while in low quality, was immediately sold-out. Armed with their own style F.U.A. took over the Dutch city of Purmerend as the go-to punk-rock band. With this newly gained popularity the band travelled all-over The Netherlands to perform on many venues, bars and festivals. Mitchell Verschoor joined the band at a later stage and started writing songs specifically for Daphne’s singing.
It proved very successful after the song ‘Cheers’ became a major turning point for the band. Daphne and Mitchell are mostly behind the lyrics of the songs. This means that alot of different views are taken into the music. F.U.A was also never shy about themselves and posted all kinds of video’s online. Some were funny moments while others were low-quality videos of shows. They just wanted to share all the good times with the world. Because of this online presence F.U.A. got approached by Italian music producer Corvi Wahoomy, from Realsound Studios and Carlo Bellotti, owner at record label Wormholedeath, in 2016. Bellotti asked the band for a newer demo. Agreeing to Bellotti’s request the band spend a lot of time recording this demo, but the sound was still low quality.
Still Bellotti saw a lot of potential in F.U.A. as he fell in love with the energy and sound of the band, especially the song "Cheers" . He wanted the band to record a fully fledged album with Corvi at RealSound Studio in Langhirano, Italy. The band, again agreeing, started writing an entire year and finally entered the studio in January 2018. Working together with talented producers Coruzzi Christian and Corvi Wahoomy, the fruit of the band’s labours have paid off. The album, containing 14 songs, was exactly what everyone had envisioned. With many influences in all kinds of rock. It's a fast and heavy creation with an unique style unheard of in the world of punk. F.U.A. is planning to release this album on a worldwide scale on the 28th of September, 2018 via Wormholedeath.
Ashes Collide is an alternative rock band from Saint Petersburg, Russia. Their music is inspired by 2000’s American rock, based on memorable guitar riffs, simple harmonies and powerful female vocals. While this style certainly attracts lots of fans, the group are in constant search of their own unique niche within the genre.
The band was created in spring 2015 by Nikita Frolov (guitar) and Alexahder Kolchin (drums) and completed in early 2016 by Roman Vtorov (bass) and Marfa Savchenko (vocals/lyrics). Since 2016, Ashes Collide have quickly gained popularity in their hometown and neighboring cities, performing many live shows. Their first single Ashes Collide, self-released in 2016, caused a lot of interest in the local rock communities and gigs in Finland and Estonia during 2017/2018 have marked the beginning of the groups planned global expansion. The latest work of the band, the EP First Collide, which was recorded in 2017, will be released worldwide later in the year on Sliptrick Records.
Ashes Collide are now working on new album as a follow-up to First Collide and booking future gigs that will allow them to express and show their developing style plus some significant changes to the bands sound.
First Collide | Released TBA, 2018 on Sliptrick Records
Ashes Collide are:
Marfa Savchenko – Vocals
Nikita Frolov – Guitar
Roman Vtorov – Bass
Aleksandr Kolchin – Drums
Band links: Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | VK | On Sliptrick
InVogue Records proudly welcomes Sweden-based band Smash Into Pieces. The band blends elements electro & rock to create a very melodic sound with singalong anthems.
The band's label debut single will be released on April 20th. You can pre save the new single via Spotify here: https://ffm.to/superstarinme
Smash Into Pieces consists of:-
Chris Adam Hedman Sorbye (Lead Vocals)
Benjamin Jennebo (Guitar/Vocals)
Per Bergquist (Guitar/Vocals)
The Apocalypse DJ (percussion).
The band was founded by The Apocalypse DJ who has caught the attention of press & fans with his unique look & technology incorporated into his live performance.
SIP's last full length album "Rise and Shine" was released worldwide in January 2017. The album has collected over 12.5 million streams on Spotify alone. The band released a follow up single "Boomerang" that has gathered over 1.8 million streams in a short period on Spotify.
"We always try to find different types of artists for the IVR roster. We have never signed anything like Smash Into Pieces so I'm very excited to put something different out there for us. Great guys making great music, honored to be a part of what they are doing."
APR 27- Falun, Sweden- Falun Bowling & Krog (w/ Amaranthe, Jay Smith)
APR 28- Västerås Rockfest- Vasteras, Sweden (w/ Amaranthe, Lillasyster, Corroded)
APR 30- Västervik, Sweden- Simson
MAY 04- Stockholm, Sweden- Harry B James
MAY 05- Örebro, Sweden- Ritz Nightclub (w/ Jay Smith, NORMANDIE)
MAY 11- Göteborg, Sweden- Sticky Fingers (w/ Jay Smith)
MAY 12- Linkoping, Sweden The Crypt LKPG (w/ Sonic Syndicate, Jay Smith)
MAY 19- Hova, Sweden - Rockfickan
MAY 25- Edsbyn, Sweden- Parken
MAY 26- Ornskoldsvik, Sweden - Statt
JUL 07- Helsingborg, Sweden - Sundspärlan (w/ HammerFall, CyHra)
JUL 14- Asele, Sweden- Trillen (w/ Dead by April, Corroded)
Neutral Bombs is a punk rock band formed in 2015 in Lugano, Switzerland. The band consists of Rudy Pulino (vocals), Michele Sedili (guitar), Matteo Soldati (bass), and Gab Ferrantini (drums). Neutral Bombs take their inspiration from bands such as Rancid, Nofx, Bad Religion, and Street Dogs, incorporating a mix of street punk with classic 90’s punk rock. Their first EP Another Cultures Dies was released in 2015 consisting of 7 short fiery tunes. The band has since grown in popularity, playing multiple shows throughout Switzerland, Germany, and Italy.
The band is now ready to release their debut album entitled Pretend to Fly composed of 11 new songs recorded in October 2017 at New Mood Recording Studio (Cantù, Italy) and mastered at Newmastering Studio in Milano (Italy). Pretend to Fly will be released worldwide via Sliptrick Records later in the year.
Neutral Bombs are:
Rudy Pulino – Vocals
Mick Sedili – Guitar
Matte Soldati – Bass
Gabriele Ferrantini – Drums
Band links: Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | On Sliptrick
Sony Classical is pleased to announce the signing of renowned German pianist and composer Volker Bertelmann - known as Hauschka - in a new long-term recording contract. The first fruits of this collaboration will herald a return of the artist to his musical origins with an album of melodic solo piano works. The album will be released in early 2019.
A composer, songwriter and experimental musician, Hauschka is known as one of today’s leading exponents of prepared piano music. In recent years he has also built a prolific career writing scores for films, coming to international prominence in this field through his soundtrack for the hit film Lion in 2016. Scored in collaboration with Dustin O’Halloran, the soundtrack was nominated for numerous awards including an Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA.
Hauschka discovered the prepared piano shortly after the release of his first solo album Substantial and the instrument has been an integral part of his compositional endeavours ever since. His impressive catalogue lies testament to his extensive exploration of possibilities on this instrument, ranging from the spontaneous improvisations of The Prepared Piano (2005), to the electronic sound-worlds of What If (2017).
Ever prolific, Hauschka has worked on numerous other projects throughout the last decade, most notably in the fields of film, theatre, dance and classical ensemble works. His recent soundtrack work, in addition to Lion, includes the films In Dubious Battle (2016), Exodus (2016) & Praia do Futuro; music for the new US TV mini-series Patrick Melrose starring Benedict Cumberbatch. He also founded Düsseldorf‘s annual Piano Approximation Festival, which features an always-imposing line-up of internationally renowned experimental artists.
Collaborators along the way have included Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino, violinist Hilary Hahn, the Alma Quartet, mandolin player Avi Avital, cellists Nicolas Altstaedt and Jeffrey Zeigler (formerly of the Kronos Quartet) and drummer Samuli Kosminen from Icelandic band múm. In recent years, Hauschka has also composed music for classical orchestras, ensembles and soloists such as the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, where he was Composer in Residence, Folkwang Chamber Orchestra as well as members of the Munich Philharmonic.
Volker Bertelmann says: “I am very proud to announce that I will release my next record with Sony Classical. With this record, I am going full circle and will return to my musical roots, where my music preserves the purity of piano in its natural form. I will continue to explore prepared piano with my existing labels, but my music with Sony will be an expansion of my musical expression.”
Managing Director Sony Classical International Per Hauber says: “Volker’s sound musical knowledge and background enabled him to develop his own musical language, which in addition to his great successes as a film music composer, also made him one of the most innovative and sought-after composers of a new and vital classical music scene. At Sony Classical, we look forward with great curiosity and excitement to our joint projects with Volker.”
Volker Bertelmann/Hauschka is managed by Redbird Music: http://redbirdmusic.com
Alpha Omega Management is extremely glad to announce the signing of the Croatia's alternative rock metallers Nord!
Nord - formed in October 2013 - is hailing from Rijeka, Croatia. The meaning of the name reflects the idea of being lost in the sonic wilderness, but also their hopeful and positive attitude towards music and life. The band's sound is a blend of dark textural ambience, massive guitar riffs and emotional lyrics with a very personal feeling. Nord's debut album, "Play Restart" (released April 21, 2017 via Geenger Records), is all about finding a clean, new start in life. Nord is for the fans of Faith No More, Soundgarden, Helmet, Tool, Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, Deftones etc.
Comments the band on signing:
"We were all very excited about 2018 in general since we planned a lot of great things to come for our band - recording of our second album, many shows ahead all around Europe and making some new songs for 3rd album already.. But we didn't expect that things will get even better. The second day of 2018 started with (almost accidentally) getting in touch with Alex from Alpha Omega, and after a couple of great talks and after discussing all possibilities with band members we decided that this collaboration would be a great thing and a step forward for Nord! So far this decision has already proven to be a good one since we just got booked for a great tour in March (more information will be revealed very soon), and that is just the start we're sure. We are very positive about the Alpha Omega crew and hopefully we'll achieve some great things together and of course have much fun in the process. World, Alpha Omega is bringing us to YOU so get ready to rock out with NORD!! ?? ??"
Alpha Omega Management adds:
"We are very happy to welcome Nord to our family! These guys have the right attitude and desire to work hard to achieve their goals and conquer new territories! Soon we will announce their headliner tour, so check out this band and stay tuned, you will not regret it!"
Watch the band's latest video for "Remake" from their debut album "Play Restart": https://youtu.be/KoAkLeCjIBI
https://www.facebook.com/nordmusicofficial - http://music.nord.band/album/play-restart
Xtra Mile Recordings has signed Brand New Friend, an exhilarating indie pop brother-and-sister-fronted foursome from Castlerock, Northern Ireland, as announced exclusively by Stuart Baillie on BBC Radio Ulster's Across the Line.
The band – Taylor Johnson, vocals and guitar, Lauren Johnson, vocals and keyboard, Aaron Milligan, bass, and Luke Harris, drums – have been gathering steam since their first Irish tour in January wowing crowds in Dublin, Galway, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. Since then, they fired up the BBC Introducing Stage at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Hull; played at all the key Irish summer festivals including Indiependence and Electric Picnic; stole the show at Whelan's 'Ones To Watch' Festival in Dublin, and have sold out headline shows in Belfast. They've gained radio play from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart and BBC 6 Music by Tom Robinson Show as well as consistent, solid support from BBC Radio Ulster's Across the Line.
Their third single 'Hate It When You Have To Go' was catapulted into the world in September, a two minute thrust of fuzz guitars and po-going keyboard melodies. Watch the video here. This perfectly surmised the same frantic melancholy-dipped rush of previous singles 'I Was An Astronaut' and 'Your Friends Hate Me', as well as the accomplished pure pop sting throughout the five-track American Wives EP highlighted by the thrashing title track and the delightful 'I Love You, Goodbye'.
With hints of Ash and Los Campesinos! but with an even more infectious blend of joy and sad, Brand New Friend only need a few minutes of your time to have you joining in on handclaps and harmonies.
Taylor Johnson said about the signing:
“We’re incredibly excited to have signed to Xtra Mile, a label who right from the off shared our huge ambition and the passion that we’ve poured into everything up until now. More than anything we can’t wait to start working even harder for them! We’re well aware of their great reputation and want to repay them for the faith they’ve shown in us by delivering a brilliant album and getting out on the road. The hard work starts now and we can’t wait!”
Charlie Caplowe, from Xtra Mile Recordings says:
“The first time we heard Brand New Friend we knew we wanted to be involved. It was immediate. They are a great and exciting new young band with huge potential. Instead of pausing for thought and restricting their momentum, passion and enthusiasm, Xtra Mile wants to jump on board and be with them from the beginning onwards. Really excited to be working with them. Onwards into 2018 and a cracking debut album.”
The band will headline the legendary Duke Of York venue in Belfast on 19th January 2018 where the likes of Snow Patrol started their careers.
Tickets will be on sale from 9th November 2017 here:
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