Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Etc. Donate Items For “#ILoveMetal” Charity Raffle

A new “#ILoveMetal” charity raffle has been launched in an effort to raise money for Stagehand, a charity that benefits stage and road crew workers. Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Motörhead, My Dying Bride, Nuclear Blast Records, and more have donated bundles for the raffle. Each prize has a different drawing and you can enter by donating HERE.

The following was said about the initiative:

“UK Metal Merger is raising money for stage crew charity Stagehand’s #ILoveLive campaign, which is providing financial help for all UK stage crew who are in the greatest need. Stage crew seem to be the forgotten ones in the current pandemic. They’re the unsung heroes of the live entertainment world. Without them shows just couldn’t happen.

The impact of Covid-19 has been devastating for the whole music industry but particularly for the stage techs, sound engineers, guitar techs, keyboard techs, drum techs, stage managers, production managers, tour managers and other live support personnel who make shows possible.

With no shows since March 2020, crew’s income has been slashed with many finding that they are ineligible for any kind of government financial aid. Many are in desperate need and most are sitting with mental health issues.”

Rings Of Saturn Dropped By Nuclear Blast Following “Threats” And “Baseless Demands”

Nuclear Blast Records have parted ways with Rings Of Saturn. The label issued the following statement:

“Nuclear Blast has a long-standing history of supporting its artists, treating them with the utmost respect and integrity. This included Lucas Mann and Rings Of Saturn. Nuclear Blast is proud to provide this support and strives to make all its artists feel comfortable that they have a transparent, honest relationship with their label. Sadly, Lucas Mann on behalf of Rings Of Saturn has brazenly threatened to issue public statements “condemning Nuclear Blast in the strongest terms possible” if the label does not give in to his baseless demands. While Nuclear Blast is truly shocked and saddened by Lucas Mann’s actions, Nuclear Blast also does not tolerate threats. Accordingly, Rings Of Saturn have been dropped from the label.”

Massacre Sign With Nuclear Blast Records

Massacre have signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s new album will be released through the label later this year.

Vocalist Kam Lee said the following:

“I would first like to give my appreciation to Nuclear Blast for signing Massacre. It’s a long time dream of mine to be a part of the metal family under the NB flag and I am even more so grateful that it’s with my signature band. We have a lot of plans for the future of Massacre, and what a great place to be making such a proper return other than one of the best independent metal labels in the world.”

Bassist Michael Borders added:

“It’s a privilege at this point in our careers to be associated with the big name in metal labels, we did our best to make this a proper Massacre release, an authentic sounding representation of a band we started over thirty years ago.”

Nuclear Blast’s U.S.A. general manager Gerardo Martinez also commented:

“For many of us at Nuclear Blast, Massacre is one of our favorite bands, and instrumental in the formative years of death metal and with their debut album alone. It paved the way to many artists to follow. It’s an honor to be working a brand new record with Kam Lee on vocals after nearly 30 years!”

Behemoth Planning To Release New Album This Fall

Behemoth have expanded their contract with Nuclear Blast to a worldwide deal. The band’s new album is expected to be released through the label this fall.

Frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski commented:

“Nuclear Blast has been a household name in metal for decades, and Behemoth has been part of that long and illustrious history. But now is about the future, and we look forward to beginning Behemoth‘s next chapter with a refocused and revitalized team at Nuclear Blast!”

Jens Prüter, Nuclear Blast Europe’s head of A&R, added:

“It’s a great pleasure to extend our partnership for the worldwide release of Behemoth’s upcoming studio albums. Their 30-year journey has not yet reached its pinnacle, and we are more than proud to assist them on their way to being not only the biggest extreme metal band, but also one of the most exciting rock acts of the next decade. There are just a few bands who have the vision and will to dominate the music scene. Special thanks also to their management powerhouse 5B — namely, Adam Foster and Justin Arcangel — for making this happen on all levels.”

Sabaton To Release New Single “Livgardet” This Month

Sabaton have officially re-signed with Nuclear Blast and are planning to release a new single, titled “Livgardet,” on February 26. The Swedish-language track will honor the Swedish Royal Guards, which were first established in 1521. Pär Sundström commented:

“It feels good to continue our collaboration with the world’s biggest heavy metal label, Nuclear Blast. We have been working with Nuclear Blast for more than a decade, and at the end of last year, we signed the contract for the upcoming releases, and we will continue to write metal history together.”

Conjurer Sign With Nuclear Blast Records

Conjurer have signed a new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s new album will be released through the label later this year.

Brady Deeprose commented:

“Conjurer are extremely excited to partner with Nuclear Blast worldwide for the forthcoming release of our second album. Having spent the last year or so getting to know Monte Conner, we count ourselves lucky to be working with not only a true legend in the world of heavy music but one who continues to champion exciting, forward-thinking art.

We’ve now also been introduced to Barley and the rest of the international team at NB and it’s evident that they understand our mentality and want nothing more than to support and nourish our creativity. In what has been an awful year on so many levels, we are grateful to have found the right home for our music.

We look forward to working together with NB to bring you our sophomore album in 2021, and much more in the years to follow.”

Max Cavalera (Soulfly) And His Son Team Up With Zach Coleman (Khemmis) For New Project Go Ahead And Die

Max Cavalera (Soulfly) and his son Igor Amadeus Cavalera have launched a new project called Go Ahead And Die. The band, which also features Zach Coleman (Khemmis), have already signed with Nuclear Blast Records for their debut album.

All three members commented:

Max Cavalera:

“One of a kind father/son collaboration bringing the old school with a new attitude! Sick riffs and abrasive lyrics from Igor and brutal drumming from Zach Coleman (Black Curse, Khemmis) inspired me! Extreme times call for extreme music!”

Igor Amadeus Cavalera:

“We are beyond excited to sign with Nuclear Blast. They are definitely the right choice for this colossally heavy record. G.A.A.D. will deliver fast-paced, hate-fueled energy that hasn’t been heard in years.”

Zach Coleman:

“I could not be more excited to be a part of G.A.A.D. and to have the album come out on Nuclear Blast! I feel like we were able to capture (extreme) aggression with the record. It’s a mix of old school (think ’89 era metal/punk) style and newer sounds that reflect what’s going on around us. Protest and Survive!”

Nuclear Blast also added:

“For such a heavy, brutal, and pissed-off record; Go Ahead And Die will leave any metal fan with a smile on their face. With riffs the size of boulders and a genuine fuck off attitude that speaks about today’s horrors, this album will without a doubt leave a mark in metal and we are happy to be part of the journey.”

Gatecreeper Sign With Nuclear Blast

Gatecreeper have signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast Records. This news comes after the band surprise released a new record titled “An Unexpected Reality” earlier this month.

The group commented:

“We are excited to start the next chapter of Gatecreeper with Nuclear Blast. We look forward to continuing the growth of our band with Monte Conner and the rest of the label.”

Nuclear Blast‘s Monte Conner added:

“I love Chase and Gatecreeper’s killer work ethic and their marriage of brutality with actual songs. I am so excited to hear what they come up with next but I KNOW it will be their ultimate album. I am honored they have chosen Nuclear Blast and me to be part of their continuing mission for world domination.”

Battle Beast Re-Sign With Nuclear Blast, Singer Noora Louhimo To Release Solo Album In March

Battle Beast have officially re-signed with Nuclear Blast Records. With this news, it has also been revealed that singer Noora Louhimo will be releasing the debut album from her Noora Louhimo Experience project, “Eternal Wheel Of Time And Space,” in March. The first single from that effort will be available on January 29.

Battle Beast bassist Eero Sipilä commented:

“We are thrilled to announce our continued co-operation with the metal titans Nuclear Blast Records. With 200+ million plays on the various streaming services and high chartings around the world, there’s absolutely no questioning the fruit our long partnership has borne. The work for the next Battle Beast opus is well under way, and we can’t wait to hit the stages around the world once this disease has blown over! Here’s to many more great years to come! Cheers!”

Marcus Hammer, managing director of Nuclear Blast Europe, added:

“I am very happy and proud that we were able to extend the partnership with Battle Beast and can continue this success story! As we can see there are still Hollywood Endings to some stories. We are stoked to open together the next chapter for this remarkable career.”

Amorphis Guitarist Esa Holopainen Signs With Nuclear Blast For New Solo Project Silver Lake

Amorphis guitarist Esa Holopainen has signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast Records for his new solo project Silver Lake. The band’s new album was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland and it is expected to be released later this year.

Holopainen commented:

“As some of you might have noticed, I’ve been working on my first solo album. Well actually, I’d rather call this a project which I’m leading as it includes different musicians and vocalists that I’ve had great privilege to meet during these years. I’ve had this idea in the back of my head for years and now that Covid-19 hit hard on all of us, it was time to be creative and start this project.

The project is titled Silver Lake by Esa Holopainen and I am really happy to announce that Silver Lake is now signed to Nuclear Blast, which was a very obvious choice as NB is also Amorphis’ record label and I know all the label-personnel super well. Another natural move is that Grey Beard Concerts & Management is managing my solo stuff as well. I look forward to revealing more news about the artists who are collaborating with me in Silver Lake.”

Markus Staiger, owner and CEO of Nuclear Blast Tonträger Produktion und Vertriebs GmbH, added:

“An old friendship of almost three decades that goes back to the very beginnings of Amorphis connects me to Esa Holopainen. Back then we just licenced the band from Relapse for the European market.

Esa Holopainen is a remarkable guitarist, whose innovative way of playing is super recognizable. You can hear it right away if he’s involved, and it was just natural for us to work together in releasing his solo album.

I was so surprised of how diverse the final product sounded and how Esa keeps revealing hidden sides of his music. The fact that many friends worked on the album as guests just makes this fantastic record complete and I’m convinced that not only fans of Amorphis will love it.

I want to thank Esa for his loyalty and this truly beautiful jewel of an album.”