The Godfathers of Swedish modern metal, SOILWORK,arecurrently working on a music video for the song “Deliverance Is Mine” to be directed by Ivan Colic (EX DEO, TYPE O NEGATIVE, UNLEASHED) and produced by Stanimir Lucik. The track comes off their latest upcoming release The Panic Broadcast. A few still photos from the story board stage of the project are attached. The band recently talked a little bit about the concept behind the new clip:
“Our new video ‘Deliverance Is Mine’ will be the follow-up to 2003’s CGI animated masterpiece ‘Light The Torch’. We’ve always loved that clip and it’s really exciting to be able to give it a sequel! The song is about people living through others like parasites, a perfect setting for the evil scientist and his humanoid servant to continue their cruel experiments. So far the first drafts look jaw-dropping and we have no doubt that the team over at Rock The Nation will do an amazing job on ‘Deliverance Is Mine’!” The Panic Broadcast is the first album to feature original guitarist, songwriter & producer Peter Wichers since his return to the band in 2008 and is set to be released on July 2 (EUROPE) and July 13 (N. America) via Nuclear Blast! Produced by Wichers and mixed by Jen Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SYMPHONY X), this is the record long time SOILWORK fans have been waiting for! Pre-order the regular or deluxe edition with or without an exclusive shirt design at the following location http://bit.ly/c6FJeo. First 500 orders will receive an autographed poster while supplies last.
The Panic Broadcast Deluxe Edition Tracklist:
1. Late for the Kill, Early for the Slaughter
2. Two Lives Worth of Reckoning
3. The Thrill
4. Deliverance is Mine
5. Night Comes Clean
6. King of the Threshold
7. Let This River Flow
9. The Akuma Afterglow
10. Enter Dog Of Pavlov
11. Sweet Demise (Bonus Track)
• Extended Studio Footage
• High-Definition Drum Video
• Photo Gallery
Approx. 30 min. running time
Catch SOILWORK on theirNorth American headlining tour this Summer with San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends DEATH ANGEL! Joining them will be Quebec’s tech-death masters AUGURY, Roadrunner Records recording artists MUTINY WITHIN, and pirate themed thrashers SWASHBUCKLE.
SOILWORK and DEATH ANGEL have now added a special event VIP ticket for a pre-show meet-and-greet to take place one hour before doors. Each night, fans will get to meet and greet SOILWORK and DEATH ANGEL for a special event that is being offered. Fans will also receive a customized poster to get signed by both bands. These special VIP tickets are on sale now at EnterTheVault.com .
SOILWORK, DEATH ANGEL, AUGURY, MUTINY WITHIN, SWASHBUCKLE
07/14/10 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
07/15/10 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
07/16/10 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
07/17/10 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
07/18/10 FouFounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA
07/19/10 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
07/20/10 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
07/21/10 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
07/22/10 Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
07/23/10 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI ç + THE CRINN
07/24/10 The Rock – Maplewood, MN ç + THE CRINN
07/27/10 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
07/28/10 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
07/29/10 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
07/30/10 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
07/31/10 The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
08/01/10 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
08/02/10 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
08/03/10 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
08/05/10 Emo’s – Austin, TX
08/06/10 Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX
08/07/10 The Warsaw – Houston, TX
08/08/10 The Parish – New Orleans, LA ç NO SOILWORK
08/09/10 The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
08/10/10 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
08/11/10 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
08/12/10 Gil’s Bar and Grill – Virginia Beach, VA
08/13/10 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
08/14/10 Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA
08/15/10 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
08/16/10 The Dagobert – Quebec City, QC – CANADA SOILWORK ONLY
08/17/10 Music Hall – London, ON – CANADA SOILWORK ONLY
08/18/10 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN SOILWORK ONLY
Footage of SLASH (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N’ ROSES) being tackled on stage in Milan, Italy on June 10th has surfaced online. Check out the footage below:
According to Metalitalia.com, an unknown person suddenly appeared onstage at Slash’s Milan, Italy performance on June 10th. The commotion took place during the ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ solo and almost slammed Slash down. Slash hit a stage monitor with his guitar, paused the solo for a few seconds, and then started playing again until the end of the song. The whole scene can be viewed at this location.
Santa Cruz CA’s tech-death masters, DECREPIT BIRTH, have revealed the artwork for their upcoming Polarity album, to be released on July 27th in North America on Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork was completed by cult artist Dan Seagrave (MORBID ANGEL, ENTOMBED, SUFFOCATION, etc.) and can be viewed to the right.
Guitarist Matt Sotelo explained the meaning behind the cover:
“Dan‘s art fits the overall theme of the album perfectly. We had approached Dan with some ideas at a show of ours he attended. It was really cool to finally meet Dan in person and get the chance to explain to him some of our song themes as well as ideas for the new album cover. We could tell that he was excited to help us on this one! The cover depicts images of ancient energies and balance, which is something that is personal for us, and perfectly reflects our abstract lyrical and musical style. Dan‘s art is so unmistakable!”
Artist Dan Seagrave offered an even more in depth reasoning behind his artistic interpretation:
“It is the vision of a transcendental nightmare. where the perception of technological power has gone beyond the will of the author. In the slumbering cohesive minds of the human race, and the absence of communicative truth between people, their social masks become their Sarcophagi. A telepathic cult is formed that fells the earth, reducing it to an atomic level. Its information trapped in mirrored shards. Through this energy, distant echos of images are glimpsed, particles reform, and a new chronozone period is born, set adrift at a dawnless epoch.” Polarity Track Listing:
1. (A Departure of the Sun) Ignite the Tesla Coil
3. The Resonance
5. Solar Impulse
6. Mirroring Dimensions
7. A Brief Odyssey in Time
8. The Quickening of Time
9. Sea of Memories
11. Darkness Embrace
Los Angeles-based metal upstarts HOLY GRAIL have been tapped to support thrash legends EXODUS in August and September on the “March of Brutality Tour.” Front man James Luna commented:
“Exodus are longtime favorites of mine and the other HG guys. Ever since I first saw the video from their ‘Ultimate Revenge For Disco’ show at Studio 54- I was totally hooked! Not to mention, ‘Bonded By Blood’ is one of my favorite thrash albums! I probably don’t need to say it but me and the guys are pretty ‘effin stoked to tour with Exodus and big thanks to them Gary Holt for asking us out. It’s going to be a great thrashy end to summer 2010, we can’t wait! Shred on!!” The band is currently in the UK on the “Quest For Download” tour with and will play the Download Festival on Saturday. The band was nominated for 2010’s METAL HAMMER GOLDEN GOD AWARDS’ “Best New Band,” which will be handed out Monday June 14, 2010 in London. The band will return to Europe in August to play Germany’s Wacken Open Air Festival.
HOLY GRAIL’s current tour dates are:
6/10 Glasgow, Scotland- King Tut’s %
6/12 Donnington Park, England- Download Festival
8/5-8/7 Schleswig Holstein, Germany – Wacken Open Air Festival
8/16 Portland, OR- Hawthorne Theater #
8/17 Vancouver, BC- Rickshaw Theater #
8/18 Seattle, WA- Studio Seven #
8/20 Salt Lake City, UT- The Complex #
8/21 Denver, CO- Bluebird Theater #
8/23 Chicago, IL- Reggie’s Rock Club #
8/24 Toronto, ON- The Mod Club #
8/25 Montreal, QC- Foufounes Electriques #
8/27 Worcester, MA- The Palladium #
8/28 New York, NY- The Gamercy Theater #
8/29 Philadelphia, PA- Polaris #
8/31 W. Springfield, VA- Jaxx #
9/1 Cleveland, OH- Peabody’s #
9/2 Louisville, KY- Phoenix Hill Tavern #
9/3 Atlanta, GA- The Masquerade #
9/4 Orlando, FL- The Social #
9/5 Ft. Lauderdale, FL- Culture Room #
9/7 Dallas, TX- The Door #
9/8 Austin, TX- Emo’s #
9/10 Tucson, AZ- The Rock #
9/11 Santa Ana, CA- The Galaxy Theater #
9/12 Santa Clara, CA- The Avalon #
% w/ Rise To Remain, “Quest for Download”
# w/ March of Brutality tour: Exodus, Malevolent Creation, Bonded By Blood
HOLY GRAIL’s debut release, the “Improper Burial” 7 inch, has been repressed on white vinyl and is now available through the Prosthetic Records’ web shop. This second pressing is limited to 500 pieces, and is sure to move fast!
Formed a year ago, HOLY GRAlL is already at the forefront of the new wave of metal that pays homage to such legends as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Dio. The band has already earned significant press accolades including a 2-page feature in hometown paper LA Weekly, a spot on Decibel’s “25 Most Anticipated Releases Of 2010″ list and inclusion on Metal Hammer’s “Guide To The Best In The Upcoming New Wave Of Trad Metal”. With monster vocals, not one, but two guitar virtuosos and a thundering rhythm section, Holy Grail’s sound is at once classic, yet contemporary, encompassing the best of traditional metal with a youthful spirit. Holy Grail is James Paul Luna (vocals), Eli Santana (guitar), James J. LaRue (guitar), Blake Mount (bass) and Tyler Meahl (drums).
“I’m not happy unless I see someone out there in the pit, bleeding and smiling!” Gary Holt
At the beginning of their career, EXODUS gained huge notoriety in the international underground scene as a result of the tape trading community. Their dynamic guitar riffing, adrenaline-inducing drum work, and bloodied live shows made all the difference in the band’s mission to take Bay Area Thrash to a worldwide audience. By 1983, the band line-up included guitarist Rick Hunolt and bassist Rob McKillop and had inspired the likes of Metallica, Testament, Death Angel, and Vio-lence. EXODUS’ debut, the immortal, must-have, undisputed thrash classic Bonded By Blood was released in and a vast tour with Slayer and Venom propelled the band into a household name. Eight albums later, EXODUS still remain at the top of their game, continuing to dominate the charge and showing all in their path what classic metal is about.
These undisputed thrash metal legends are on their way to smash Australian and New Zealand for their first headlining tour in these parts of the globe. EXODUS promise us another lesson in violence with a thrashing master class in heart-racing, eyebrow-raising, raise-your-fist-in-the-air guitar riffs, rip-tide bass lines, and double-bass flurries.
HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS is pleased to announce the signing of Portland, OR heavy metal maniacs SPELLCASTER. Carrying on the proud legacy of Pacific Northwest heavy metal bands before them such as MALICE, METAL CHURCH and WILD DOGS, SPELLCASTER have arrived to prove that traditional heavy metal is alive and well in the USA.
After the breakup of their previous band during late 2008 guitarist Cory Boyd and drummer Shad Covert set out to start a faster, heavier band with which to fulfill their musical desires. After hearing him sing along to GRIM REAPER tracks on his car stereo, frontman Thomas Adams was immediately recruited on vocals. Following months of practice with various temporary bass players coming and going, the band had put together a set list worth of original material and covers. Ready to hit the stage the band found themselves in need of a bass player for an upcoming show. Gabe Franco of SEVENTH GATE was asked to fill in and after a killer performance, subsequently invited to join the permanent line-up. In need of a second guitarist to complete their dual-guitar attack, Tyler Loney joined SPELLCASTER, filling the last piece of the puzzle and completing the band’s line-up.
With a Solid lineup, SPELLCASTER hit the studio in late 2009 to record and self-release their debut three song EP entitled Spells of Speed. Catching the attention of New York genre giants Heavy Artillery Records, the band were offered an opportunity to join the label’s growing roster. Now armed and ready for battle, SPELLCASTER are finalizing the material for their debut album, tentatively scheduled for release in early 2011. Working nonstop to get their music blasting into the ears of bullet belt abusing, beer bashing headbangers worldwide, SPELLCASTER are a band to watch out for throughout 2010/2011.
Hellbent For Cooking Author Annick "The Morbid Chef" Giroux
Omega’s Apple correspondent Anthony Morgan recently caught up with Annick “The Morbid Chef” Giroux, author of the new heavy metal cookbook Hellbent For Cooking. An excerpt is available below.
Q: Could you talk me through the selection process you underwent in deciding which groups to approach and request recipes from? Given the fact you were relatively unknown at the time, was it difficult to be taken seriously when requesting recipes from groups through email, MySpace or post?
Giroux: “The group selection was very important to me, as it was one of my ultimate goals to introduce people to good metal – which is not necessarily always featured in mainstream magazines. At the very beginning, I looked into my collection and wrote down the names of my favourite bands. That yielded a good amount, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss on any, so I actually went country by country on the online metal encyclopaedia (metal-archives.com) and wrote down my favourite bands’ names, websites and contract info in an Excel spread sheet. That alone took about three weeks – but it made me discover tons of new and obscure metal bands. I contacted and sent out four hundred individually written letters (by e-mail, MySpace or snail mail) and ended up with more than a hundred recipes. Of course, it was very very hard to be taken seriously at the beginning, but when I got Ian to back me up, it went much smoother as he and his publishing company was already well known in the metal scene.”
Q: In an interview with AOL’s Noisecreep, you said that metalheads are “not culinary degenerates by any means”. Do you feel that’s a perception the general, non-metal loving public hold, and that your book goes to some lengths to combat that perception?
Giroux: “Oh yeah, a lot of the general public see metalheads as pizza eatin’ and beer gurgling subhumans. Although they got the beer (and sometimes subhuman) parts right, we are mostly a well-educated crowd who enjoys the finer things in life like good metal, good food, and nice artwork. The book clearly reflects this lifestyle, and I think it achieved it. At least, some people have told me that the book broke all the stereotypes they had for metal. Cool.”
Magic Circle Music recording artists HOLYHELL will take Belgium by storm for the first time ever at the Metal Female Voices Fest VIII at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium on October 24, 2010. The goth/power metal sensations have been racking up some pretty hefty worldwide touring miles over the last five years and the MFVF organizers sought them out as this year’s very special guest based on the band’s growing reputation as a stellar live act. HOLYHELL’s eponymous, full-length Magic Circle debut was released in the US and Canada on June 8th and the band is also participating in the label’s forthcoming tribute CD, “Magic – A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio,” with a monstrous live rendition of one of Dio’s all time classics “Holy Diver.”
MFVF is a Metal festival dedicated to female-fronted bands and has been running since 2003. It takes place every year in Belgium, most recently at Oktoberhallen in Wieze. The growing success of the festival comes from its unique concept, but also from past appearances by Epica, Nightwish, After Forever, Tarja and many others. This year’s line-up includes Arch Enemy, Revamp, Leaves’ Eyes and now, thanks to the fans, HOLYHELL.
SUICIDAL ANGELS' new full-length Sanctify The Darkness
Greek old-school thrash assassins SUICIDAL ANGELS’ new full-length Sanctify The Darkness will see North American release on Sonic Unyon Metal in mere weeks.
Already released across Europe on Nuclear Blast in November of 2009, the album will see official release in North America on June 22nd, 2010, and will mark SUICIDAL ANGELS’ first official North American release, versus being imported from Europe on previous releases. The band’s solid, no-bullshit attack has already reaped massive press and fan response across much of the world, and the crunchy, hellish riff attacks on the eleven meaty tracks composing Sanctify The Darkness will now attack the Americas, who are always prime for a pungent new thrash unit to infiltrate and go on the rampage. Denim and leather-clad bullet-belt rockers of the land everywhere are surely ready to embrace the jaw-clenching riff attacks and swift thrash justice SUICIDAL ANGELS execute.
The North American version of Sanctify The Darkness will include two bonus music videos for album tracks “Apokathilosis” and “Beyond The Laws of Church”.
“Suicidal Angels resurrect the spirit of thrash metal’s glory days! They kill!!!” – Mille/Kreator
Sanctify The Darkness Track Listing:
02. The Pestilence of Saints
06. No More Than Illusion
08. Beyond The Laws of Church
09. Mourning of the Cursed
10. Dark Abyss (Your Fate Is Colored Black)
11. Child Molester
*Bonus Video Footage
Apokathilosis (video clip)
Beyond The Laws Of Church (video clip)
EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition
On Friday, June 11th, Stickam.com will stream the EXODUS record release show live from Hollywood at The Key Club. Bay Area thrashers EXODUS will take the stage at 10:45 p.m. PACIFIC.
For those in later time zones who can’t stay awake to view the live stream, captured footage from the show will be available at www.stickam.com/EXODUS.
EXODUS is playing the following three record release shows in California in support of Exhibit B: The Human Condition before heading to Europe to play the festival circuit:
Thursday, June 10th – Chico, CA @ The Senator Theater with Lååz Rockit, Anvil Chorus, plus two local openers (tickets on sale here)
Friday, June 11th – Los Angeles @ Key Club with Heathen, Bonded By Blood, plus two local openers (16 & over; tickets on sale here)
Saturday, June 12th – San Francisco @ Slim’s with Heathen, Anvil Chorus, and Passive Aggressive (tickets on sale here)
EXODUS recently announced they will help kick off Ozzfest 2010 with a one-off appearance on the 2nd Stage at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California on Saturday, August 14th.
View the dates & purchase links for the band’s headlining “March Of Brutality” tour through the U.S. and Canada with Malevolent Creation, Holy Grail, and Bonded By Blood here.
VIP packages are also available for purchase. They include:
– ONE General Admission ticket
– Early entry to the venue (where available)
– Commemorative Meet & Greet Laminate
– Meet & Greet with EXODUS members
– Individual photo with EXODUS members
– Limited Edition poster signed by EXODUS members
– Collectible EXODUS Guitar Pick
EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, hit #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock radio chart and has sold over 4,600 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan, debuting at #114 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #43 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, #19 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, and #12 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart. The album alsodebuted at #19 on the Neilsen SoundScan LOUD Chart in Canada.
Finnish power metallers STRATOVARIUS continue work on the follow-up to 2009’s Polaris. Singer Timo Kotipelto checks in with BraveWords.com from the studio. “Right now we are recording some new demos,” he reveals. “I think we have more than 20 songs sort of demoed out. I still have to sing the demo vocals, but all the other instruments are done, and in the next couple of weeks, I hope I’ll do that. But of course, the next week we’re going to go to China and do some gigs over there, so nothing is going to happen that week. But then the plan is to start recording the actual album later this year, and the album should come out… it’s hard to say, maybe early next year between January and May, somewhere in there. But that’s the plan. Hopefully there will be a new Stratovarius album then.”
So how would you describe the music?
“That’s a good question. Songs from Matias (Kupiainen – new guitarist) are more progressive, but then again, there is still some more traditional stuff. But the songs that will be on the final album, it’s hard to say. I think we are maybe following the path of the last album, but maybe more progressive stuff. We’ll see – I don’t know yet.”
Stratovarius’ brand new studio album will be released in early 2011 through JVC in Asia and Edel throughout the rest of the world. 2011 will see another Stratovarius world tour.
In other news, Stratovarius’ highly acclaimed Infinite album (from 2000) will be re-released on June 26th internationally after the band recently reacquired the rights to the album.
Ozzy to lead Dodger Stadium crowd in Guinness World Records attempt for the loudest scream this Friday, June 11, 2010
Ozzy to lead Dodger Stadium crowd in Guinness World Records® attempt for the loudest scream this Friday, June 11
Grammy Award-winning rock legend OZZY OSBOURNE will lead Dodger fans in what will potentially be the Guinness World Record-holding longest and loudest scream this Friday, June 11 during the 5th inning break when the Dodgers play against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. As part of the third annual ThinkCure! Weekend at Dodger Stadium this Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12, Ozzy and his wife Sharon Osbourne, a cancer survivor, will lend their support to ThinkCure! This stadium-wide scream is also in celebration of Osbourne’s upcoming Epic Records album SCREAM, due out June 22.
During Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at 7:10 p.m. fans will be prompted to save their loudest scream for the middle of the 5th inning when Ozzy Osbourne and Stuart Claxton of Guinness World Records will take the field and lead the crowd in a “Scream for a Cure.” The stadium’s scream will be measured in length and audio level in hopes of breaking the world record. Additionally, Sharon Osbourne lent her support to ThinkCure! by recording a promotional message that will air in-game and during the telethon and online.
Fans can also donate to the ThinkCure! Weekend online at http://www.dodgers.com/thinkcureweekend and http://www.thinkcure.org, by calling (866) 554-CURE or by texting CURE to 50555 to make a $10 donation through their mobile phone bill. Last year’s ThinkCure! online auction raised more than $50,000 to fund collaborative and innovative cancer research. ThinkCure! is an innovative, community-based non-profit that accelerates collaborative research to cure cancers. It was launched in July 2007 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the McCourt family, City of Hope and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
SCREAM–OZZY’s first album in three years and 10th studio album overall–is fueled by the red hot first single, the Top Active Rock track “Let Me Hear You Scream.” Notably, the album marks the first appearance of OZZY’s new guitar player, Gus G. OZZY’s band also features bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman. Later this summer, OZZY will embark on an 18-month world tour (dates TBA) in support of SCREAM. First up is this summer’s six-city OZZFest, co-headlined by OZZY and Mötley Crue.
Check out some streams of “Let Me Hear You Scream” below:
Ibex Moon Records deals out a double dose of death metal today with new releases from Cardiac Arrest and Lifeless hitting stores today. Known as the world’s premier death metal label, Ibex Moon excels in finding the best bands in extreme music today and these two are no exception.
Haven For The Insane, from Chicago’s Cardiac Arrest promises to deliver the kind of aural pummeling that only the most extreme brand of death metal can provide. Here’s what the critics have to say:
I loved every track on this album as it blends breakneck grind speed with pounding death rhythms that anyone from the late 80s and early 90s will remember so well. Anyone with an interest in Autopsy, early Death, Obituary, Malevolent Creation, Deicide, insert your favourite 90s death metal band here ………………………, will absolutely worship this. – Metal Team UK
Monstrous old school death with murder one barrel bottom vocals, cement mixer rhythms and of course, buzzsaw riffs – Battlehelm
Proudly flying the flag of traditional death metal, LIFELESS has emptied its arsenal on an album that reminds of both the early Stockholm and Tampa death metal scenes. Though the song-first approach ensures an impacting listening experience, it is the riff firefights, guitar solo bombing runs, the crunching marches into battle, the speedy gallops across scorched earth, and the overwhelming force of this war machine that will leave one shell shocked and horrorstruck. War may be hell, but LIFELESS is certain death. Put on a helmet and flak jacket, push play, and take the full force of the shrapnel blast that is Beyond the Threshold of Death
Beyond the Threshold of Death is dangerous to necks everywhere. – MetalReview.com LIFELESS are one of those bands who reminds you what real death metal is supposed to sound like. – SMNNews.com Beyond The Threshold Of Death is a thick hunk of bloody raw meat. – CWGMagazine.com
Plastic Head Music today confirms the launch of its North American office. The newly created American division will be headed up Paula Hogan with Edward Christie coordinating details in the company’s London office. Logistics and distribution will be handled with existing label partners Candlelight Records and EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution.
Currently ranked England’s seventh largest distributor, Plastic Head Music carries a diverse range of music and dvd titles from over 300 record labels. Founded by Director Steve Beatty, the company’s title base exceeds 40,000 including over 6,000 exclusive clothing items and 5,000 specialist vinyl titles. The American division is set to release more than 100 titles before year’s end with more on tap for early 2011.
Located outside London, Plastic Head Music has built its reputation firmly on the results of its achievements. The company employs a dedicated staff of fifty-eight that works closely to ensure superior service and support. It’s the insistence for quality and dedication that has kept the company’s loyal partners successful for nearly two decades. American operations will be located outside Philadelphia in cooperation with label partner Candlelight Records. Candlelight co-director Edward Christie says, “having worked with Caroline and now EMI for the last ten years we have built a strong working relationship. They understand what we are about and this new operation is a very natural move for both of us. The existing relationships will allow the new company the ability to work with a much larger and more varied product base and help open up the USA to many more European labels.”
Plastic Head Director Steve Beatty comments, “I am so excited for this has been a long time coming. After nearly ten successful years working with EMI Label Services and Caroline Distribution on co-owned label Candlelight Records, it feels right to launch our new North American operation. It’s a tried and tested relationship. I don’t see it as a bold step I see it as a logical step. Plastic Head’s truly worldwide distribution network has a strong partner and we have ambitions to be a mover in the North American distribution market. The USA is a massive market with European labels finding it hard to get any distribution at all let alone one with a UK and American office that talks to each other constantly exchanging information and making the right decisions to maximize our efforts. Plastic Head has made a huge step in what it can offer its European labels.”
Executive Vice President EMI Music Services North America Dominic Pandiscia adds, “”We are thrilled to forge this relationship between EMI Label Services/Caroline and Plastic Head USA. Plastic Head represents a significant number of unique labels and artists and we look forward to help drive their visibility across the market.”
Plastic Head North America will start its US release schedule beginning August 10. Planned titles include releases from 1349, Burzum, Dark Tranquility, Forbidden, Holy Terror, Meshuggah, Thin Lizzy and Vader. August 24 will bring titles from Bathory, Behemoth, Borknagar, Manowar, Sabbat, and Venom.