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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

 

The Mission sign Euro deal with SPV

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 30th April 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

SPV have proudly announced that they’ve renewed their contract with UK legends The Mission. Keeping busy with a worldwide tour in 2013, The Mission have sold over 4 million albums worldwide and just celebrated their 25th anniversary as a band in 2011. Presently, the band is recording their 12th studio album in a secluded residential studio in the heart of the UK. David M Allen (Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Sisters Of Mercy) is producing the album and comments:

It is a privilege and an honour to be working with The Mission on their new album. I’ve had many dealings with the band over the last 30 years that I have known them, and this chance to record with the original members is very special.

But the most exciting part of these plans – the whole process will be filmed for The Mission’s new documentary, which will be released next year.

The new album by The Mission will be released in September 2013 via Oblivion/SPV in Europe and via The End Records in the US.

The Mission online:

http://www.themissionuk.com
https://www.facebook.com/themissionuk/