Svalbard Find New Label Home

Svalbard have confirmed that Church Road Records will now be handlining the UK release of their new album “When I Die, Will I Get Better?” (out September 25). This news comes after the band parted ways with Holy Roar Records due to the rape, etc. allegations against the label’s founder Alex Fitzpatrick. Fitpatrick denied the accusations, but many artists and employees have now distanced themselves from the label, including manager Justine Jones (Employed To Serve), who has since launched Church Road Records.

Svalbard commented:

“We are very happy to announce that we will now release “When I Die, Will I Get Better?” via Church Road Records – the new venture of former Holy Roar label manager, Justine Jones.

The release date remains 25th September and pre-orders are now available from and

Translation Loss Records will release the album in North America and Tokyo Jupiter Records will release the album in Japan, neither label having any affiliation to Holy Roar so all aspects of their release remain unchanged.

We are fortunate to have worked with Justine for many years, her passion, dedication and label knowledge has been instrumental in our growth as a band. She’s a person in the music industry who genuinely cares. We are proud to be releasing this record on Church Road Records.

Justine is doing everything she can to keep the release on track, however please be patient if minor delays occur along the way or if things continue to appear online under the Holy Roar label during the transition period – we will keep everyone informed via our socials of all developments.

We will be donating a portion of each record sale through Church Road to RapeCrisis England & Wales. We have chosen to support this charity as their centres, helplines and campaign for change against sexual assault are so desperately needed.
Thank you for being understanding, supportive and patient – and to Justine and Sammy at Church Road Records for all their hard work ensuring our album still gets released.

(In the interest of complete transparency, the stock that Through Love Rec, EVIL GREED and ourselves are selling was manufactured by Holy Roar and purchased from the label at cost price but will have the logo stickered over. If we did not use this stock we would have to delay the album until next year, the already pressed CDs and LPs would have to be destroyed which would be terrible for the environment and could have ended up costing us thousands of pounds. We hope you agree that this is the best course of action to help us move forward without hindrance.)”

[via The PRP]

Svalbard: “Our Upcoming New Album Will Not Be Released On Holy Roar Records”

Svalbard have issued another statement regarding the rape, sexual assault, etc. allegations against Holy Roar Records founder Alex Fitzpatrick. The band were planning to release their new album, “When I Die, Will I Get Better?,” through the label on September 25, but have now severed ties with them completey. The group said the following:

“We have severed all ties with Holy Roar Records. Our thoughts are with the victims. We are sending all our support and solidarity to those who have suffered. Our upcoming new album will not be released on Holy Roar Records. We are in the process of figuring out what we can do. Please bare with us as we try to find a solution.”

Holy Roar Records Founder Alex Fitzpatrick Accused Of Rape, Sexual Assault, Etc.

Holy Roar Records founder Alex Fitzpatrick has been accused of rape, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and more. Some of the disturbing accusations can be found on Instagram and Twitter. In the wake of the allegations, various employees, including Employed To Serve‘s Justine Jones, and bands have left the label.

The former employees issued the following statement:

“We have spent the last 24 hours in horror of the allegations that have been made against Alex Fitzpatrick, the owner of Holy Roar.

The extremely serious allegations are against everything that myself, Sam, Wil and our bands – stand for.

We, the labels employees, are resigning from working with Holy Roar effective immediately.

We are sorry for the long silence, it was a lot for us to process with our bands and personally we found out the same time as the public.

Alex will be making his own statement in due course.

Justine, Sam & Wil.”

You can also find statements from multiple bands below:

Rolo Tomassi:

“In light of the allegations about Alex Fitzpatrick, we have ended out relationship with him and Holy Roar as a label, effective immediately. We have zero tolerance for abusive behaviour and stand in solidarity with those that have come forward.”


“We have been made aware of serious allegations against Alex Fitzpatrick of Holy Roar Records. We stand with survivors and we always will. It takes so much courage to speak out, we are sending all of our support to those affected. We are currently figuring out our next steps, and will update this when we are able.”


“We’ve become aware of the serious allegations placed against Alex Fitzpatrick. Like the many other bands on our new label, we are beside ourselves. These stories are coming from members of our own DIY community. They deserve to be heard.

We demand to see restorative justice for those involved, and have called for a process of accountability from Alex. We will continue to have conversations as a band, and with other bands on the label about what we can do to collectively further this cause and stand in solidarity with survivors.”

Palm Reader:

“Palm Reader are aware of the recent allegations against Alex Fitzpatrick.

Abusive behaviour is not to be tolerated under any circumstances and is something we as a band and individuals take very seriously.

We are currently in conversation with our team on how to move forward.”

[via The PRP]

Svalbard Premiere “Listen To Someone” Video

Svalbard have premiered a new video for their new song “Listen To Someone.“ This track is from the band’s new album “When I Die, Will I Get Better?,“ which will be released on September 25.

Serena Cherry commented:

“This song is about how we need to do so more than simply encourage people who suffer from depression to ‘talk to someone.’ There’s a lot of well-meaning discussions about mental illness online, and whilst I appreciate that talking about mental illness helps reduce the stigma that depression is a weakness; I do take issue with this catchphrase: “Speak to someone.”

It’s a common sentiment expressed in mental health discourse – people want to make it known that sufferers can speak to them if they’re feeling down, which is a clearly a kind and caring act. However, I would much rather the emphasis was placed on listening to someone. ‘If you want to talk about the most difficult, darkest aspects of your mental health – I will listen without judgement.’

Something like that is an improvement. You can feel the shift in sentiment; and as someone who has struggled with depression – someone offering to listen to me is far more reassuring than someone instructing me to talk to them. When a person urges someone with depression to speak about it, it places the onus on the mentally ill to reach out – which is actually a really difficult thing for a depressed or anxious person to do.

Also, if someone does choose to confide about the darkest depths of their depression to you, you need to be truly prepared to listen. This means: not getting impatient or frustrated with the person for being unable to be “cheered up.” Not wincing at the topic of suicide.

Not alienating mentally ill people with dramatic reactions to their words. It’s all very well and good to encourage people to speak to someone, but people also need to be prepared to listen to the mentally ill without making judgement.”

[via Revolver]

The Ocean Announce European/UK Tour With pg.lost, Hypno5e, & Svalbard

The Ocean have announced a 2021 European/UK tour with pg.lost, Hypno5e, and Svalbard. The band will be touring in support of their new album, “Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic,“ which will be released out September 25.

Tour Dates:

01/07 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
01/08 Colmar, FRA – Grillen
01/09 Paris, FRA – La Machine
01/10 Nantes, FRA – Ferrailleur
01/11 Toulouse, FRA – Le Rex
01/12 Bilbao, SPA – Stage Live
01/13 Lisbon, POR – Lav
01/14 Madrid, SPA – Caracol
01/15 Murcia, SPA – Gamma
01/16 Barcelona, SPA – Boveda
01/17 Bordeaux, FRA – Krakatoa
01/18 Lyon, FRA – CCO
01/19 Fribourg, SWI – Fri-Son
01/20 Lucerne, SWI – Sedel
01/21 Vienna, AUT – Viper Room
01/22 Prague, CZE – Nova Chmelnice
01/23 Berlin, GER – Festival
01/25 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
01/26 Hamburg, GER – Bahnhof Pauli
01/27 Leipzig, GER – Conne Island
01/28 Munich, GER – Backstage
01/29 Essen, GER – Zeche Carl
01/30 Osnabruck, GER – Kleine Freiheit
01/31 Zwolle, NET – Hedon
02/01 Cologne, GER – Volta
02/02 Brussels, BEL – Botanique
02/03 Utrecht, NET – Helling
02/04 Bristol, UK – The Fleece
02/05 Glasgow, UK – Slay
02/06 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
02/07 London, UK – 229
02/08 Brighton, UK – Patterns

The Ocean commented:

“This tour has been planned for a long time already and despite the unprecedented situation we’re all currently going through, we decided to announce it and put tickets on sale. We hope that this will serve as a strong positive statement for bands, promoters and music fans alike. Tickets go on sale on Friday, 14 August at 10am local time.

As this develops, we have to assess, analyse and make the right decisions for everyone involved. The tour going ahead in early 2021 relies on many elements to fall into place, and if it can’t go ahead, then we have a backup routing in place already for later in the year, and all tickets purchased for this tour will be transferrable to that.

Be assured that we will keep assessing this situation as we head later into 2020, and be in communication with everyone. Much love and we hope to see you guys out there in January!”

Oathbreaker To Return For 2020 ArcTanGent Festival

Oathbreaker will be returning for this year’s ArcTanGent Festival. This will be the group’s first show since going on hiatus two years ago.

The band commented:

“It’s been over 2 years since the last Oathbreaker show, the dust has settled and the last couple of months we’ve been discussing whether or not to play another show. ArcTanGent felt like the right place to do so. We’re incredibly excited to play these songs again. This will most likely be the only Oathbreaker show in 2020. Hope to see a lot of familiar faces.”

The ArcTanGent Festival will take place on August 20-22 at Fernhill Farms near Bristol, UK and it will also feature: Opeth, TesseracT, This Will Destroy You, Amenra, Ihsahn, Perturbator, Rolo Tomassi (performing “Grievances” and “Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It” across two separate sets), Earthtone9, Giraffes? Giraffes!, Frontierer, GosT, Raketkanon, Quail vs Kenny (Jo Quail and Howard James Kenny), Scalping, OHHMS (two sets, including ‘Subjects‘ film set), Svalbard, Alpha Male Tea Party, Stake, Curse These Metal Hands, Boss Keloid, Body Hound, Vasa, Luo, Briqueville, Fes, Tankengine, The K., Mountain Caller, Swans, Metz, The Locust, Maybeshewill, Leprous, Agent Fresco, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Car Bomb, Wear Your Wounds, A.A. Williams, Tides From Nebula, Jo Quail, The Samuel Jackson Five, Petbrick, Herod, Teeth Of The Sea, The Hirsch Effekt, Bent Knee, Astrosaur, tortuganónima, Bolt Ruin, The Hyena Kill, Mutant-Thoughts, Coldbones, Skemer, Natalie Evans, Odradek, Heisa, The Mantis Opera, Last Hyena, Rainbow Slicer, Lack The Low, SEIMS, Elephant Tree, Kokomo, Thumpermonkey, TOTS, Bicurious, God Alone., Land Wars, MIËT, Vogons, Straight Girl, Ogives Big Band, and qariaq.

Opeth, TesseracT, Ihsahn, Etc. Set For 2020 ArcTanGent Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 ArcTanGent Festival. The event take place at Fernhill Farms near Bristol, UK on August 20-22 and it will feature: Opeth, TesseracT, This Will Destroy You, Amenra, Ihsahn, Perturbator, Rolo Tomassi (performing “Grievances” and “Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It” during two separate sets), Earthtone9, Giraffes? Giraffes!, Frontierer, GosT, Raketkanon, Quail vs Kenny (Jo Quail and Howard James Kenny), Scalping, OHHMS (two sets, including a special “Subjects” film set), Svalbard, Alpha Male Tea Party, Stake, Curse These Metal Hands, Boss Keloid, Body Hound, Vasa, Luo, Briqueville, Fes, Tankengine, The K., and Mountain Caller.

Thou, Racetraitor, Etc. Contribute Songs To “Riffs For Reproductive Justice” Compilation

Thou, Racetraitor, Emma Ruth Rundle, and more have contributed songs to metal journalist Kim Kelly’s new “Riffs For Reproductive Justice” compilation. The release can be purchased via Bandcamp and the proceeds will go towards the National Network Of Abortion Funds and the Yellowhammer Fund.

Nominees Announced For 2019 Kerrang! Awards

The nominees have been revealed for the 2019 Kerrang! Awards. You can check those out below and vote for your favorites HERE. The ceremony will be held on June 19 (location TBA).


Best British Breakthrough Act:

1. Yonaka
3. Scarlxrd
4. Svalbard
5. Black Peaks

Best International Breakthrough Act:

1. Vein
2. The Interrupters
4. Simple Creatures
5. Angel Du$t

Best Song:

1. FEVER 333 – “Burn It”
2. Slipknot – “All Out Life”
3. Rammstein – “Deutschland”
4. While She Sleeps – “ANTI-SOCIAL”
5. Frank Iero – “Young And Doomed”

Best Album:

1. Architects – “Holy Hell”
2. Bring Me The Horizon – “amo”
3. Ghost – “Prequelle”
4. Behemoth – “I Loved You At Your Darkest”
5. Greta Van Fleet – “Anthem Of The Peaceful Army”

Best British Live Act:

1. Architects
2. Employed To Serve
3. Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes
4. Enter Shikari
5. Don Broco

Best International Live Act:

1. FEVER 333
2. Metallica
3. Parkway Drive
4. Ghost
5. Mastodon

Best British Act:

1. Architects
2. Enter Shikari
3. Bring Me The Horizon
4. Iron Maiden
5. Biffy Clyro

Best International Act:

1. Slipknot
2. Foo Fighters
3. Metallica
4. Panic! At The Disco
5. Rammstein