Archive for October 2013

New Running Wild album scheduled for October release

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 10th July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Now things are really moving: while Captain Rock’n’Rolf Kasparek is working full throttle on the final details of his latest Running Wild album, Steamhammer/SPV have already announced the official release date: Resilient will be out on 4th October 2013 in Germany and on 7th October 2013 in the rest of Europe. The exact date of the US release will be revealed soon, but the album has definitely been scheduled for release in America this October. Rock’n’Rolf says:

I really love working at the moment and am currently getting down to business on the overdubs. I can hardly wait to present the new material to the many Running Wild fans worldwide.

His followers can look forward to a total of twelve brand-new numbers, ten of which will feature on the regular CD, and twelve on the limited edition. The album’s opener will be called Soldiers Of Fortune, and the title track, The Drift and Run Riot will be three typical Running Wild numbers. The most outstanding song on the album, however, will be called Bloody Island, with almost ten minutes playing time one of the longest tracks in Running Wild’s career to date. Rolf also comments:

As a composer, it’s of course difficult for me to pigeonhole the new material stylistically, but friends who have heard the demo version of Bloody Island claim that it would have fitted in on Pile Of Skulls.

Rolf explains that Resilient is audibly tougher and more compact than its predecessor Shadowmaker, clearly enjoying his revived zest:

Shadowmaker happened to come about slightly unexpectedly and spontaneously, even for me. The album has brought back the fun I used to have with Running Wild, and my fans will get to feel this fun when Resilient comes out in October!

Running Wild online:

http://www.running-wild.net
http://www.facebook.com/runningwildmusic/

 

SPV/Steamhammer sign NWOBHM cultic act Battleaxe

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 9th July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

SPV/Steamhammer have recently signed a worldwide deal with Newcastle’s NWOBHM cult act Battleaxe. The deal includes the release of Heavy Metal Sanctuary which is due in early 2014, as well as the deluxe re-releases of the classic albums Burn This Town (set to be re-released in October 2013) and Power From The Universe (scheduled for a 2014 summer release) with new covers, extended booklets and lots of bonus material.

The current line-up consists of the original members Dave King (vocals) and Brian Smith (bass) as well as Mick Percy (guitar) and Paul Atkinson (drums). Dave King and Brian Smith comment about the signing:

We think speaking for the whole band that we are all elated to be joining the SPV family. A label with great worldwide distribution and also featuring some of our favourite bands.  It is wonderful to have the opportunity to re-release our old classic albums again as well as introduce our fans to our new more powerful sound. After a long and hard struggle we have finally managed to complete our new album Heavy Metal Sanctuary which we know will delight our fans worldwide. We do not think it will disappoint in either the songs or the production, and we feel that although it sounds modern and 21st century, it is still classic Battleaxe! We thank all our loyal fans all over the world who encouraged us to reform (indeed some even demanded it), even though some of you were not even born when the original albums were first released. Now because of this new deal, we will be able to see many of you in 2014 on the European festival scene and possibly around the world.  Finally of course many many thanks to Olly Hahn and all the staff at SPV for making this dream come true!

SPV/Steamhammer A&R representative Olly Hahn adds:

Sometimes you have to do something… And I did. As a child of the NWOBHM due to the lack of information you had to buy by the cover. In some cases the covers were good but the music average. In other cases the cover weren’t really that good but the music was killer. This happened to me when I bought Burn This Town. The whole album, as well as the second one, Power From The Universe, are classics for me and I know for many metal fans too. And I heard the new songs which are really strong and will surprise a lot of people. Yes, the band is ready to deliver… So are we!

Battleaxe online:

http://www.battleaxemetal.com/
http://www.facebook.com/battleaxemetal
http://www.reverbnation.com/battleaxeband