Jason Aalon Butler (Fever 333) Launches 333 Wreckords Crew

Fever 333 frontman Jason Aalon Butler has launched his own artist collective called 333 Wreckords Crew. With this news, he has also announced the label’s first signing, Guerrilla Warfare.

Butler commented:

“When I started this project it was quite literally built upon a foundation of community. In my mind this community would thrive due to its unique focus on ethics, progressiveness, a symbiotic structuring and, of course, dope art. I believe that the difference between myself and many other record labels (especially most established ones) is that I am not here to make money off of my artists. I am an artist who wants to create a structure that challenges the current music creation process and disrupts the way it is distributed. I will do this by working with my artists. So we all have a stake in the fulfillment and success of the art.”

“It is very seldom you find personnel in the music business with any actual experience beyond the desk or computer they’ve been placed in front of and tasked to do the impossible – understand the infinitely faceted experience and perspective of an artist creating art that isn’t theirs.

Even when you do find the rare employee that ‘had a band and played outside cities on the weekends’ it often still couldn’t be farther from the understanding you as an artist are looking for when you’re stuck on a section of highway in the middle of the night that isn’t even listed on Google maps trying to find a replacement gas tank for the one your van just lost due to an animal bone puncturing your previous one because you ran over the remains of an accident that wasn’t properly handled earlier that day and all you want to do is make the next show so you can possibly eat tomorrow.

Strangely specific? Well you can guess that I am remarking on a situation I, as an artist, experienced which is one of thousands that make up the prism through which I will view my artists’ needs, desires, tribulations, and queries. Essentially, I will offer them ACTUAL experience which will be conducive to their progression and success in all situations while keeping their vision, health, and emotional safety at the front of my mind at all times.”

He also added the following on Facebook:

“Someone had to find an alternative to the approach that has kept artists on the wrong side of the benefits in this industry for far too long. If someone’s going to do it, it might as well be us- the artists. We are 333 WRECKORDS CREW.”

Mike McKenzie (The Red Chord, Etc.) Launches New Label, Streams New Song “Resplendent Host”

Mike “Gunface” McKenzie (The Red Chord, Wear Your Wounds, etc.) has launched his own Deathwish Inc. imprint called Nighted Throne. With this news, he has also revealed that he will be releasing a new album, titled “Resplendent Host,” through the label on November 1. You can stream the title track of that effort below:

Cult Of Luna Sign With Metal Blade, Announce European Tour

Cult Of Luna have signed a new deal with Metal Blade Records. The band commented:

“We’re thrilled to announce our collaboration with Metal Blade and the creation of our new home: Red Creek, that will handle Cult Of Luna‘s future productions. This is a dawn to an exciting journey to come.”

In other news, the group have also announced a European tour:

05/18 Huskvarna, SWE – Huskvarna Folkets Park
06/01 Nijmegen, NET – Fortarock
06/21 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/22 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest Open Air
06/28 Helsinki, FIN – Tuska Open Air Festival
06/29 Tornava, FIN – Provinssi Festival
07/03-06 Viveiro, SPA – Resurrection Festival
08/07-10 Jaromer, CZE – Brutal Assault Festival
08/09 Oslo, NOR – Øya Festival
08/15-18 Le Locle, SWI – Rock Altitude
08/15-17 Bristol, UK – ArcTanGent Festival
11/24 Berlin, GER – Festsaal Kreuzberg (with A.A. Williams)
11/25 Cologne, GER – Stollwerck (with A.A. Williams)
11/26-29 TBA (with A.A. Williams)
11/30 Paris, FRA – Le Trianon (with A.A. Williams)
12/01-03 TBA (with A.A. Williams)
12/04 Ljubljana, SLO – Kino Siska (with A.A. Williams)
12/05 Munich, GER – Technikum (with A.A. Williams)
12/06 Vienna, AUT – Arena (with A.A. Williams)
12/07 TBA – TBA (with A.A. Williams)

Vitriol Sign With Century Media Records

Vitriol have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records and are currently working on a new album. Vocalist/guitarist Kyle Rasmussen commented:

“We are very pleased to announce Vitriol‘s signing to Century Media Records. Much time, devotion, and patience has gone into discovering what Vitriol has become. We have approached determining our partnerships with no less resolute scrutiny. The only noble future for death metal is one of strenuous personal responsibility, intolerance for mediocrity, and reverence without novelty. Century Media believes in that future where death metal demands more. We will show you what that looks like.”

Diamond Head To Release New Album “The Coffin Train” In May

Diamond Head have signed a new worldwide deal with Silver Lining Music. The band plan to release their new album “The Coffin Train” through the label on May 24.

The group commented:

“We’re delighted to be bringing the Diamond Head lightning to our new family at Silver Lining Music and honored to be standing alongside a stable of established international talent, which includes such legends as Saxon, Europe and Motörhead. This is the start of an exciting journey and we can’t wait to share it with you all.”

Silver Lining Music added:

“We are beyond psyched to announce that we have struck legendary heavy metal gold by signing Diamond Head to the Silver Lining Music roster. The blend of Brian Tatler’s legendary chops with the exciting new visions of Rasmus Bom Andersen are electric indeed, and we look forward to the world discovering that for themselves with Diamond Head’s forthcoming new album, ‘The Coffin Train’, out on May 24th, 2019. We are proud to offer you the chance to catch a ride on this train, so be sure to buy a ticket and get on board fast!”

Khemmis Sign With Nuclear Blast

Khemmis have signed a new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. With this news, the group have also revealed that they have “some very exciting announcements about tours, festivals, and new music coming soon.”

The band said the following:

“We are honored and excited to join the Nuclear Blast roster alongside so many legendary artists. Endless thanks to Monte Conner, Mark Palmer, Yorck Eysel and the rest of the amazing team at Nuclear Blast for sharing in our vision for the future.

We also send our unending gratitude to Dave Adelson of 20 Buck Spin, who not only took a chance on us when he released Absolution in 2015 but also became a true friend and brother to us over the last few years. Finally, thanks to everyone who has supported us by seeing us live, snagging a shirt, and/or picking up a CD or LP. Without all of you, none of this would be possible. We’ve got some very exciting announcements about tours, festivals, and new music coming soon. Cheers!”

Scott Stapp (Creed) Signs With Napalm Records

Scott Stapp (Creed) has signed a new deal with Napalm Records. The singer is planning to release new music through the label later this year.

Here’s a press release:

“Napalm Records is proud to announce the signing of Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum songwriter and vocalist, Scott Stapp. One of rock’s biggest names, Stapp is known as frontman for Creed (over 50 million albums sold worldwide), and for his work as a solo artist who released the platinum-certified The Great Divide (2005) and Proof of Life (2013) which featured his first solo Billboard #1, “Slow Suicide.”

His evolution, both personally and professionally, reflects a powerful vocal style from an artist with a strong sense of purpose in sharing the silver lining of his survival. As someone who benefitted from the work of music industry organization, MusiCares, Scott spoke about his journey while attending their annual Person of the Year Awards ahead of this year’s Grammy Awards.

“I still have a lot of music ahead me and without MusiCares that wouldn’t have been possible. They provided support and helped educate my wife and I on what we were going through, that it was a disease, and if I did my part, it could be treated and recovered from. Thanks to MusiCares and my family, I’m going on five years sober.”

Scott Stapp has found a way to give purpose to the pain that has taught him so much. As such, he is an inspiration to others who struggle with the often over-lapping illnesses of addiction and depression. With Napalm, he looks forward to returning to the stage, stronger than ever.

“Obviously we were thrilled at the prospect of aligning with Scott from the first conversation and our excitement has only deepened as this partnership has developed,” said Napalm Records CEO, Thomas Caser. “He is a true professional, one of the most passionate live entertainers we’ve seen on a stage, and we know rock fans will be blown away by his evolution.”

Scott Stapp is managed by Andy Gould of Spectacle Entertainment Group, booked by Paradigm Talent Agency, and signed to Reservoir Media for publishing.”