Nuclear Blast Founder Launches New Label Atomic Fire

Nuclear Blast founder Markus Staiger has launched a new label called Atomic Fire Records. The label’s current roster includes Helloween, Opeth, Meshuggah, Amorphis, and more.

The following was said about the label on Facebook:

“New metal label launched: ATOMIC FIRE takes off as a new independent company!

Heavy metal is a way of life that is shaped by dedication and passion. Founded in 1987 by Markus Staiger, it was exactly that passion paired with a flair for talented artists that cemented NUCLEAR BLAST at the top of independent metal labels for over three decades.

A new chapter starts now: Under the new name ATOMIC FIRE, the following bands will be released by Markus Staiger and serviced by a team of metal experts who share their love for heavy metal – effective immediately: HELLOWEEN (most recently ranked # 1 in the German charts), OPETH, MESHUGGAH, AMORPHIS, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, PRIMAL FEAR, SONATA ARCTICA, AGNOSTIC FRONT, RISE OF THE NORTHSTAR, as well as respective projects SILVER LAKE by ESA HOLOPAINEN and WHITE STONES.

In addition to the already announced studio albums by SONATA ARCTICA (“Acoustic Adventures – Volume One”, released January 21) and AMORPHIS (“Halo”, released February 11), the first half of 2022 will also see the releases of new works by MESHUGGAH, the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP and RISE OF THE NORTHSTAR. Markus Staiger is owner and CEO of ATOMIC FIRE GmbH.

Simultaneously, the two former Nuclear Blast employees Florian Milz and Markus Wosgien founded the label ATOMIC FIRE RECORDS GmbH, where they will share CEO / label management duties. Not only will they be developing new artists, but also enlisting a variety of established acts.

Collaborating under the mutual banner ATOMIC FIRE, the goal of all parties is to strengthen the physical product, as well as drive the digital sector forward with innovative ideas and attention to detail. ATOMIC FIRE partners with major sales experts WARNER MUSIC (GAS) and ADA (rest of the world), with the exception of Japan, where the company is licensed to WARD RECORDS.

Additionally, the label will operate its own mail order shops in Germany/Europe, UK, Australia and North America with immediate effect. Furthermore, ATOMIC FIRE will look after the roster of the label REAPER ENTERTAINMENT, led by Florian Milz and Gregor Rothermel, featuring acts such as TANKARD, MEMORIAM, METAL CHURCH.

The ATOMIC FIRE headquarters are located in the South German town of Donzdorf, where a new record shop, and thus, a meeting point for metal fans will also be launched in the spring of 2022.

International offices and representatives are located in England (director: Dan Tobin), the USA (director: Liz Ciavarella-Brenner), Australia (tba), Sweden (director: Darren Edwards), France (director: Olivier Garnier), Italy (director: Barbara Francone) and Spain (director: Sergi Ramos).

The new company’s staff contains the following positions: Ute Linhart (sales & merchandise), Patrick Walch and Sarah Wohlfahrt (digital), Philipp Adelsberger (press promotion & publicity), Gregor Rothermel (graphic design & product management), Timo Beisel (publishing), Thomas “Zwini” Zwirner (mailorder & wholesale), Markus Wielandt (IT & new media), Siggi Popp (accounting) and Heiko Heike/Zimmermann & Decker (legal affairs). Mat Sinner (senior consultant), Achim Köhler (A&R) and Iris Bernotat (product management & promotion) are providing consulting support.

ATOMIC FIRE RECORDS announces its first signings today: The young Icelandic power metal force POWER PALADIN, whose anthemic debut album “With The Magic Of Windfyre Steel” has already taken the media by storm. In addition, the Scandinavian all-star formation AT THE MOVIES was brought on board. Their line-up features musicians from established acts such as PRETTY MAIDS, HAMMERFALL, KING DIAMOND, THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA and THERION, whose collaboration has immortalized well-known film hits of the 80s and 90s in a unique hard rock outfit on the two albums “The Soundtrack Of Your Life – Vol. 1″ (80s) and” The Soundtrack Of Your Life – Vol. 2″ (90s). All three aforementioned works will be released on January 7th, 2022, marking the first releases of the new label.”

Avatar Premiere New Songs “Going Hunting” And “Barren Cloth Mother”

Avatar have premiered two new songs, “Going Hunting” and “Barren Cloth Mother.” You can check out both of those below. With this news, the band have also announced that they have signed with Thirty Tigers under their own imprint Black Waltz Records.

The group commented:

“Since the early ’60s, Swedish children have grown up reading Lee Falk’s The Phantom. According to legend, The Phantom has the strength of 10 tigers. Thus, Avatar now has the strength of three Phantoms and are therefore finally unstoppable. Thirty Tigers are innovators and we are very excited to have signed with them. It’s good to work with such forward thinking people who truly understand what it means to be an artist in this millennium.”

“This calls for a celebration, so to commemorate this occasion, and the tour we’re just about to embark on, we’ve chosen to tear up some eardrums with ‘Going Hunting’ and ‘Barren Cloth Mother.’ Both songs tell about inner and outer darkness in their own ways. We keep sailing over dark oceans, staring down into the abyss. These songs, as great as they are, are just a taste of what’s yet to come.”

Tour Dates:

U.S. (with Magic Sword and Tallah):

09/01 Albany, NY – The Egg Performing Arts Center
09/02 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
09/03 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
09/04 Boston, MA – Big Night Live
09/05 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
09/07 Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
09/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre
09/09 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Cleveland
09/11 Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Rockfest
09/12 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
09/13 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
09/15 Chicago, IL – House of Blues Chicago
09/17 Madison, WI – The Sylvee
09/18 Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/20 Kansas City, MO – The Truman
09/21 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
09/22 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore Minneapolis
09/24 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life
09/25 St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
09/26 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
09/27 Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas
09/28 Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston
09/29 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
10/01 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
10/02 Denver, CO – Summit Denver
10/03 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot, SLC
10/05 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
10/06 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
10/07 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues Las Vegas
10/08 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock
10/10 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
10/12 Billings, MT – The Pub Station
10/14 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
10/15 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
10/16 Boise, ID – Revolution Concert House in Boise
10/18 Seattle, WA – Neptune


01/08 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
01/09 Manchester, UK – Academy
01/10 Glasgow, UK – SWG3
01/12 Wolverhampton, UK – KK’s Steel Mill
01/13 Bristol, UK – SWX
01/14 Southampton, UK – 1865
01/15 London, UK – O2 Forum
02/12 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia
02/14 Brussels, BEL – Ancienne Belgique
02/15 Karlsruhe, GER – Substage
02/16 Lyon, FRA – Le Transbordeur
02/17 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
02/18 Madrid, SPA – Kapital
02/19 Lisbon, POR – LAV
02/21 Bordeaux, FRA – Le Rocher Palmer
02/22 Geneva, SWI – Alhambra
02/23 Zurich, SWI – Komplex
02/24 Vienna, AUT – Simm City
02/25 Brno, CZE – Sono Centrum
02/26 Munich, GER – Freiheitshalle
02/27 Leipzig, GER – Hellraiser
02/28 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
03/01 Berlin, GER – Columbia Theater
03/02 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
03/03 Cologne, GER – Essigfabrik
03/04 Tilburg, NET – O13
03/10 Gothenburg, SWE – Tradgarn
03/11 Stockholm, SWE – Fallan
03/12 Malmo, SWE – Slagthuset
06/24 Cartagena, SPA – Rock Imperium Festival
06/26 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest

Mr. Bungle’s Trevor Dunn Launches Riverworm Records, Plans To Release New SpermChurch Album In September

Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Tomahawk, etc.) has launched a new label called Riverworm Records. The bassist’s “poly-electro, pan-genre” project with Sannety, SpermChurch, will release a new album, titled “merdeka atau mati,” through the label on September 3. The first single for that effort, “A Puzzle & Not Intended For Use,” can be found below along with the cover art and track listing:

“merdeka atau mati” Track Listing:

01. “The Unrestricted Gaze”
02. “What Street Is This”
03. “You Thoroughly Want The Thing That Mounts”
04. “Ovary Looping”
05. “A Puzzle & Not Intended For Use”
06. “Which Ways The Arrows Point”
07. “Martyrs, Badgers & Other Rodents”
08. “Put The Baby Online”
09. “There is Plenty Of Time To Be Saved”
10. “Consider Yourself Left-Handed”

Dunn said the following about the new label:

“Like most DIY labels, I started my own because I could find no appropriate home for this first release. The idea of a ‘label’ is nearly defunct as marketing is essentially all DIY, that is, unless you are a heavyweight influencer, corporation or actual rock star. This is mom and pop at its most niche-within-niche.

I know I’m absolutely insane or branding myself mid-pandemic in a world where art is nearly expected to be free for the consumer but the will to have this music heard is part of what drives me. I’ve never expected everyone to like everything. That goes against common sense. That’s why everyone has boundaries. Having total control of a very personal release is the core motivation, and the feeling that, at this ripe old age, my own branding is as relevant as any grass fed mammal.”

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators To Release New Album Through Gibson Records

Gibson Brands, Inc. have partnered with BMG to launch a new label called Gibson Records. Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators have already signed to the label and are planning to release their new album in 2022.

Cesar Gueikian, brand president of Gibson Brands, said the following about the new venture:

“Launching a record label that is in service to our artists is the natural evolution of our 127 years of history. Gibson Records will work with Gibson artists to capture, record and promote their music under an artist friendly partnership. Gibson Records will keep all of us at Gibson focused on our artist first culture that is engaged and connected to music. We are excited to launch Gibson Records, to announce that Slash is our first signed artist and that we have entered into a label partnership with BMG.”

Slash continued:

“It’s an honor to be the first release on the new Gibson Records. It’s a zenith in our partnership for sure and having worked so closely with Gibson for so long, I know they will be a label that genuinely supports their artists creatively. Not just me, but all the artists they choose to work with. It’s perfect.”

Slash’s manager and Revelation Management Group co-founder Jeff Varner added:

“Partnering with Gibson Records and BMG presents an exciting and unique opportunity to explore new ideas for marketing and promoting a record. It shows a real commitment on the part of Gibson towards the artist community, and it will serve as a model for future artist releases. Working with Cesar and the Gibson team has provided a fresh approach to how we can support an album release.”

Thomas Scherer, president, BMG repertoire and marketing, New York, and Los Angeles, also commented:

“BMG congratulates Gibson on the launch of their new label and is proud to collaborate with Gibson Records on its inaugural album release. This is the perfect match between two global brands with an unrivaled reverence for iconic artists and respect to service their creative talents. We are excited to be the worldwide partner for Slash’s new album with Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators and look forward to delivering their new music to fans everywhere around the world.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Nonpoint Launch Their Own Label 361 Degrees Records

Nonpoint have officially launched their own label, which they are calling 361 Degrees Records. The group commented:

“Nothing will ever be the same for our band. Today is the first big step in the beginning of our new path we only dared to whisper about. We never thought it would ever come to pass but then again last year was 2020 and we all know that story. But what happened in the process has opened our eyes and changed everything. We want to take you along for the entire journey. Watch every concern get discussed, every obstacle laid in front of us bested, every assurance given and immediately taken we fight to recover, every triumph and disaster we’ve been presented. The story begins with this video and is the first domino to fall in the new story of Nonpoint.”

Rival Sons Launch New Label Sacred Tongue Recordings

Rival Sons have launched a new label, called Sacred Tongue Recordings, with distribution through Thirty Tigers. The band said the following about that:

“We’ve talked about creating our own record label from the very beginning. It’s about creating a good home for our back catalogue as the Rival Sons community continues to grow together worldwide. The band has always maintained a stance of independence and sole custody of our early works was the long game. Introducing SACRED TONGUE RECORDINGS, a RIVAL SONS record label. Our first offerings are: Our debut record, Before the Fire, the first pressing on vinyl in 11 years, available on Orange Splatter and limited to 1000 worldwide, and our Self Titled EP in Clear with Gold Splatter, also limited to 1000 worldwide. Help us celebrate Sacred Tongue’s beginnings by picking up these limited pressings at – In stores and at your door March 26th, 2021! Pre-order now.”

Papa Roach Create Their Own Label For New Album

Papa Roach have decided to create their own label for their upcoming album. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix recently confirmed the news with Rock Sound.

Shaddix said the following:

“While in quarantine, we negotiated a record deal, so we’re with a new company for this next album. And we’re excited about that. We are the record company for this one. We are in partnership with Warner/ADA, and so it’s like an artist services group.

And we’re gonna do that for an album and see how it works out. We’ve been super focused in the creative marketing behind what we do and the imaging and the videos and the messaging and everything, we were, like, let’s take it in our hands and see where we can go with it and try it for an album.”

He also added the following about their new album progress:

“We’ve been doing a lot of writing — writing and recording. Everybody’s got their own rigs at their place. We went down to L.A. for 10 days on the low and just were getting together and making noise and making music.

We wanna come out of this experience with a bunch of content and creative stuff to flood the people with, because it’s important for to maintain a creative flow and a creative dialogue between the members. We’ve been doing it so long, I feel like if we stop, then that’s it. So we’ve gotta keep it going, man.

There’s no shortage of things to sing about, talk about, write about, scream about, croon about.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Victory Records Founder Tony Brummel Launches New Label Mission Two Entertainment

Victory Records founder Tony Brummel has launched a new label called Mission Two Entertainment. This news comes after Victory Records was previously acquired by Concord last fall.

The following was said about Mission Two Entertainment on their official website:

“After a historic 30 year run with close to 16 million albums sold and numerous platinum and gold albums and singles, the team behind VICTORY RECORDS has launched MISSION TWO ENTERTAINMENT.

“Same job, different name, bigger mission,” promises CEO/founder Tony Brummel. “I started Victory Records in 1989 with $800.00. I made a different deal and I have not submitted like so many other ‘independents.’ I kept the entire staff. Let’s go!”

The inaugural release will be delivered by hardcore legends CRO-MAGS, led by founder, bassist and vocalist Harley Flanagan. Debuting their first studio album since 2000 with the aptly titled In The Beginning, the album will be released on June 19th, 2020. The full-length features the latest single “The Final Test,” as well as the previously released “From The Grave,” featuring ex-Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell. The NYC quartet recorded “The Quarantine Show” on March 15, 2020 live from New York City. “I first saw the CRO-MAGS open for Venom in 1985 in Chicago when I was 13 years old after moving home from the Bahamas. After that show, I knew I was not going to college,” says Brummel. The band is rounded out by guitarists Rocky George (Suicidal Tendencies), Gabby Abularach and drummer Garry Sullivan.

As one of the founders of the Salt Lake City punk scene, the reunited INSIGHT will issue Reflection later this summer. The 19-track collection spans their short but blistering career with four brand new tracks, rare live tracks and vintage studio material. Brummel says, “INSIGHT are a great band that my old band Even Score played with in Salt Lake City in 1990. Such an underrated band and better human beings.”

DON’T SLEEP, led by ex-DAG NASTY/DYS/ALL frontman Dave Smalley, will release their full length Mission Two debut later this year, Turn The Tide, with Smalley adding, “It is a new era for hardcore and I am really happy with it.” Brummel adds, “DYS and Dag Nasty were huge inspirations for me and I love Dave, the band and their manager Matt Holmes.”

MISSION TWO ENTERTAINMENT has also launched AMUXE PUBLISHING as its cutting edge, dynamic, and risk taking independent music publishing entity. Amuxe Publishing is not only the home of Mission Two Entertainment artists, but has aggressively curated a talented and diverse roster of writers: Drew Giordano (Sonic Graffiti, Deadborns), Dan Snyder (Paper Lights, aReverie), Jessica Mar, Brodie Z, Menton J. Matthews III (Saltillo), Dan Guenther (Vein Collector, Missing in STARS), Jesse Sexton (Subtle Jones), Sasha K.A (American Dreamer), and Brian Barrett & Micaiah Walker of Polaroid Summer.

MISSION TWO ENTERTAINMENT and AMUXE PUBLISHING are aggressively looking for great artists of all genres. Join the mailing list and submit music at MISSION TWO ENTERTAINMENT.”

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: