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King Diamond sign worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 4th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce that Grammy Award nominated King Diamond has signed a new 3 album worldwide record deal with the label.

King Diamond released the following statement: “This is gonna be awesome! Another perfect piece of the puzzle. We have the full backup of Metal Blade, and there’s an understanding between us that goes much, much deeper than before.

Our new business setup will noticeably benefit the fans in so many ways. You must have already noticed some of all the cool new stuff that is happening.

Now we can’t wait to get out there and start touring again!

King Diamond is quite possibly the most recognizable and prolific personality ever in heavy metal. Revered by icons as big as Metallica and Pantera to inspiring new upstarts like Goatwhore; King Diamond, the man and the band, have left an indelible mark on the history, and now again, the future of heavy metal.

In August of 2008, King Diamond joined Metallica on stage at Ozzfest in Dallas to perform the Mercyful Fate medley made famous from the Garage, Inc. album. Additionally, King Diamond was featured alongside Motorhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister as a playable character in Guitar Hero: Metallica in 2009.

By 2012, King Diamond was prepared to return to the stage for a select number of shows. The band’s triumphant return to the stage were the highlights of both the Hellfest and Sweden Rock festivals in France and Sweden. Fans at these festivals were treated to the largest and most involved stage production in the band’s storied history. Horror concepts from multiple albums were used in the décor; fans can rest-assured that this show will only get larger and more impressive at future performances.

King Diamond‘s 30+ year musical career is one of the most storied in history of heavy metal, but the tale is not yet over. The most recent release, 2007’s Grammy nominated album Give Me Your Soul…Please, stands as one of the most critically-acclaimed albums in an already iconic discography. Future albums will feature entirely new horror stories, concepts, haunting orchestrations, and the band’s signature brand of heavy metal from the mind of King Diamond and the talented group of musicians in tow: Andy La Rocque, Mike Wead, Hal Patino, and Matt Thompson. Many more albums, tours, and ventures lay ahead.

For news, updates, and all things King Diamond, click here.

 

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Rival Sons’ Keep On Swinging video premiers on VEVO

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 6th September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Rival Sons have premiered their brand new music video for the track Keep On Swinging (#KeepOnSwinging) on the front page of VEVO.

Keep On Swinging is the first single from the band’s highly-anticipated new album, Head Down.  The band once again worked with director Greg Ephraim, who also shot the band’s music videos for Pressure and Time and All Over the Road.

Watch the video for Keep On Swinging now on VEVO’s front page carousel, or go directly to the video here.

For viewers in territories where VEVO is not available, the video is also available on YouTube or down below.

Rival Sons frontman Jay Buchanan comments “Shooting the video for Keep On Swinging was a pleasure.  Snake handling while wailing to a congregation in an old church is pretty high up there on the list of odd ways to pass the time.  Excuse me while I go to hell.

Rival Sons drummer Michael Miley adds “We recently returned from an exciting expedition; it was an adventure.  The Spirit was moving in that room.  We were playing in a church somewhere in the South (can’t reveal exact location) and had to convince this congregation we could be a musical catalyst for the casting out of demons; we succeeded.  We had to tame snakes with our music.  There was a swarm of ravens.  A girl that was baptized was on fire!  Crazy stuff!  And it was all caught on tape…  I’m sure it will be all over the interwebs soon.  Be on the lookout…

Head Down is due to be released on September 17th, and was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb (Jamie Johnson, Shooter Jennings) and Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, The White Stripes, Kings of Leon).

The album is available to pre-order now on CD, digi-sleeve CD and limited edition audiophile vinyl.  A special stencil edition hand-made by the band themselves is also available exclusively from the Earache Webstore.  Pre-order HEAD DOWN now in Europe here or in North America here.

See Rival Sons on tour in Europe at the following shows:

Sep. 21 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Sep. 22 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Sep. 23 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Sep. 24 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Sep. 26 – Newcastle, UK – Academy 2
Sep. 27 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Sep. 28 – Manchester, UK – Ritz
Sep. 29 – Wolverhampton, UK – Wulfrun Hall
Oct. 01 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
Oct. 02 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Oct. 03 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
Oct. 04 – Cologne, Germany – Werkstatt
Oct. 05 – Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
Oct. 07 – Warsaw, Poland – Hydrozagadka
Oct. 08 – Vilnius, Lithuania – New York Club
Oct. 09 – Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
Oct. 11 – Helsinki, Finland – Club Circus
Oct. 12 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone Club
Oct. 13 – Oulu, Finland – Club Teatria
Oct. 15 – Stockholm Sweden – Tyrol
Oct. 16 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Oct. 17 – Stavanger, Norway – Folken
Oct. 18 – Bergen, Norway – Hulen
Oct. 20 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Trädgår’n
Oct. 21 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
Oct. 22 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
Oct. 23 – Munich, Germany – 59:1
Oct. 24 – Vienna, Austria – B72
Oct. 26 – Bern, Switzerland – Bierhubeli
Oct. 27 – Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali
Oct. 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Plaza
Oct. 29 – Paris, France – Nouveau Casino

Rival Sons drummer Michael Miley discusses new album: Head Down

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 3rd September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Rival Sons drummer Michael Miley recently sat down to talk about the band’s highly-anticipated new album, Head Down, which is due to be released on September 17th.

Michael Miley discusses the band’s writing process, recording techniques, and the trials of creating an album from scratch in such a short amount of time.

Head Down is due to be released on 17th September, and was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb (Jamie Johnson, Shooter Jennings) and Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, The White Stripes, Kings Of Leon).

The album is available to pre-order now on CD, digi-sleeve CD and limited edition audiophile vinyl.  A special stencil edition hand-made by the band themselves is also available exclusively from the Earache Webstore.  Pre-order Head Down now in Europe here or in North America here.

Head Down is also available to pre-order now on iTunes.

See RIVAL SONS on tour in Europe in support of Head Down at the following shows:

Sep. 21 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Sep. 22 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Sep. 23 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Sep. 24 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Sep. 26 – Newcastle, UK – Academy 2
Sep. 27 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Sep. 28 – Manchester, UK – Ritz
Sep. 29 – Wolverhampton, UK – Wulfrun Hall
Oct. 01 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
Oct. 02 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Oct. 03 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
Oct. 04 – Cologne, Germany – Werkstatt
Oct. 05 – Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
Oct. 07 – Warsaw, Poland – Hydrozagadka
Oct. 08 – Vilnius, Lithuania – New York Club
Oct. 09 – Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
Oct. 11 – Helsinki, Finland – Club Circus
Oct. 12 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone Club
Oct. 13 – Oulu, Finland – Club Teatria
Oct. 15 – Stockholm Sweden – Tyrol
Oct. 16 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Oct. 17 – Stavanger, Norway – Folken
Oct. 18 – Bergen, Norway – Hulen
Oct. 20 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Trädgår’n
Oct. 21 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
Oct. 22 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
Oct. 23 – Munich, Germany – 59:1
Oct. 24 – Vienna, Austria – B72
Oct. 26 – Bern, Switzerland – Bierhubeli
Oct. 27 – Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali
Oct. 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Plaza
Oct. 29 – Paris, France – Nouveau Casino

Rival Sons confirm UK signing sessions

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 3rd September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Rival Sons have confirmed two signing sessions in the UK, which will take place this September during the band’s European tour in support of their new album, Head Down.

The band will be chatting to fans and signing items in Newcastle on Wednesday, 26th September ahead of their show at Academy 2, and in Glasgow on Thursday, 27th September ahead of their show at the Garage. Don’t miss your chance to meet Rival Sons:

REFLEX – NEWCASTLE
Wednesday, 26th September at 5pm
23 Nun Street,
Newcastle,
NE1 5AG

LOVE MUSIC – GLASGOW
Thursday, 27th September at 4pm
34 Dundas Street,
Glasgow,
G1 2AQ

Head Down is due to be released on 17th September, and was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb (Jamie Johnson, Shooter Jennings) and Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, The White Stripes, Kings Of Leon).

The album is available to pre-order now on CD, digi-sleeve CD and limited edition audiophile vinyl.  A special stencil edition hand-made by the band themselves is also available exclusively from the Earache Webstore.  Pre-order Head Down now in Europe here or in North America here.

See Rival Sons on tour in Europe at the following shows:

Sep. 21 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Sep. 22 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Sep. 23 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Sep. 24 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Sep. 26 – Newcastle, UK – Academy 2
Sep. 27 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Sep. 28 – Manchester, UK – Ritz
Sep. 29 – Wolverhampton, UK – Wulfrun Hall
Oct. 01 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
Oct. 02 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Oct. 03 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
Oct. 04 – Cologne, Germany – Werkstatt
Oct. 05 – Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
Oct. 07 – Warsaw, Poland – Hydrozagadka
Oct. 08 – Vilnius, Lithuania – New York Club
Oct. 09 – Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
Oct. 11 – Helsinki, Finland – Club Circus
Oct. 12 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone Club
Oct. 13 – Oulu, Finland – Club Teatria
Oct. 15 – Stockholm Sweden – Tyrol
Oct. 16 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Oct. 17 – Stavanger, Norway – Folken
Oct. 18 – Bergen, Norway – Hulen
Oct. 20 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Trädgår’n
Oct. 21 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
Oct. 22 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
Oct. 23 – Munich, Germany – 59:1
Oct. 24 – Vienna, Austria – B72
Oct. 26 – Bern, Switzerland – Bierhubeli
Oct. 27 – Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali
Oct. 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Plaza
Oct. 29 – Paris, France – Nouveau Casino