DEADTHRONE – release brand new single ’Revival’ today

Britain’s northern metalcore bruisers DEADTHRONE released their brand new single ‘Revival’ today! The song comes off of their debut record, »Premonitions«, which will be available on the 23rd of August via Arising Empire!

Watch the video for ‘Revival’ here: https://youtu.be/daTjKVgnX3Q
Get the song here: https://Deadthrone.lnk.to/Revival

Pre-order their upcoming album »Premonitions« here: https://Deadthrone.lnk.to/Premonitions

DEADTHRONE states: “REVIVAL is the heaviest song on the album and one of the heaviest we’ve ever written as a band, but we wanted to prove that you can write a heavy song without having to be aggressive and angry. This is a love song, a thank you to the people in your life who stick around when you’re at your lowest point, the people who give you the support and strength you need to pick yourself back up and carry on. It’s self-loathing wrapped up in hope and love for someone else.
The video represents everything we’ve set out to achieve with PREMONITIONS. It’s moments of darkness and despair juxtaposed with moments of light and beauty – a visual representation of the idea that hope and love can help you overcome anything.

More on »Premonitions«:
Watch the video for ‘Time Won’t Wait’ here: https://youtu.be/AFtchtcvxt4
Get the song here: https://Deadthrone.lnk.to/TimeWontWait
Watch the video for ‘Feel’ here: https://youtu.be/A15J2qAh6VQ
Get the song here: https://Deadthrone.lnk.to/Feel

04.Time Won’t Wait
05.Wide Awake
07.Hearts In Our Hands
08.Stand Your Ground
12.Seven Years



THE OKLAHOMA KID release brand new single ’Feed Me Fear’ off their upcoming debut record »SOLARRAY« and announce »SOLARRAY Album Release Tour«!

Today, stylish German metal quintet THE OKLAHOMA KID release their brand new single ‘Feed Me Fear’ off their upcoming full length debut record »SOLARRAY«, which will be available on the 13th of September via Arising Empire! To celebrate their upcoming album the band also announces their own headline release-tour with direct support from UNPROCESSED in September!

Pre-order their upcoming debut record »SOLARRAY« here: https://TheOklahomaKid.lnk.to/Solarray

Watch the brand new music video for ‘Feed Me Fear’ here: https://youtu.be/wqEiWDTvqW8
Buy or stream the brand new single ‘Feed Me Fear’ here: https://TheOklahomaKid.lnk.to/FeedMeFear

THE OKLAHOMA KID: “Feed Me Fear” – A very special song to us. All the lyrics were written by our dear friend Sven. They deal with a topic which many of us have faced in the past: being in a toxic relationship with a beloved person. For our singer Tom, this is a personal one, since it perfectly describes the dire relationship with his stepfather.”

Robin Baumann, Arising Empire“I haven’t heard something like ‘Solarray’ in a long time. This is everything but a generic metalcore record and an absolute must have for everyone who hungers for something fresh and unique in this copy paste scene! If you love rough energy and well dressed gentlemen, do yourself a favour and check out this album!”

In celebration of their upcoming Album »SOLARRAY«, THE OKLAHOMA KID will headline three shows with direct support from UNPROCESSED

»SOLARRAY Album Release Tour«
special guests: UNPROCESSED
13.09.19  Rostock – Peter Weiss Haus    w/ NECROTTED & HANG EM HIGH
14.09.19  Dresden – Club Novitatis   w/TIDE HAS TURNED
15.09.19  Dortmund – Junkyard   w/ TIDE HAS TURNED

THE OKLAHOMA KID will support their label mates VITJA  in their comeback shows in September, together with VENUES!

special guests: VENUES, THE OKLAHOMA KID
26.09.19  Hamburg – Logo
27.09.19  Cologne – Helios 37
28.09.19  Berlin – Musik & Frieden

Missed their first singles?
Watch ‘Shaking Off The Disease’ here: https://youtu.be/nl_1sXVXFTI
Buy or stream ‘Shaking Off The Disease’ here: https://TheOklahomaKid.lnk.to/ShakingOffTheDisease
Watch ‘Oasis’ here: https://youtu.be/pFM3fgbIPS0
Buy or stream ‘Oasis’ here: https://TheOklahomaKid.lnk.to/Oasis

»SOLARRAY« tracklist:
01. Oasis
02. High Stakes
03. Shaking Off The Disease
04. Feed Me Fear
05. Doppelgaenger
06. Balaclava
07. Solar Ray
08. Heartdown
09. Monster
10. Dreambender II
11. Trailsign

THE OKLAHOMA KID stands for breathtaking modern metal that bridges the gap between technical intricacy and energizing rhythms. Since their formation in 2012 the band – consisting of David J. Burtscher, Fred Stölzel, Robert Elfenbein, Tomm Brümmer and Andreas Reinhard – has consistently pushed the envelope and have established their foundation in the German metal scene.

Their 2014 debut EP »Fortuneteller« impressed the scene with their very own blending of genres:
„Fortuneteller encapsulates the very essence of the post-hardcore and metalcore genres, but effectively intertwines tech metal and crushing djent riffs into a very solid effort.”Kenny McGalem, Bandcamp

Already one year later the band added a second EP »Doppelganger« to their catalogue for which they hired acknowledged producer Aljoscha Sieg (ESKIMO CALLBOY, BUTTER THE BREAD WITH BUTTER, NASTY) and solidified their sonic vision. The band’s signature bouncing grooves and futuristic synthesizers were completed by catchy hooks and sing-alongs.
The band teamed up with visionary director Pavel Trebukhin (ALAZKA, STICK TO YOUR GUNS, ANNISOKAY) to create a unique music video for their hit-single ‘Scharlatan’, for which they would receive the national PopFish Music Video Award.

THE OKLAHOMA KID toured the country with renowned acts such as STICK TO YOUR GUNS, CARNIFEX, EVERGREEN TERRACE and HATEBREED and electrified crowds with their passionate, relentless performance.
They are no longer an insider tip and a force to be reckoned with. No matter if live at a festival or on the record player in the living room; THE OKLAHOMA KID will change your perception of what metal is capable of.

Tomm Brümmer | Vocals
Fred Stölzel | Guitars
Andreas Reinhard | Guitars
Robert Elfenbein | Bass
David J. Burtscher | Drums

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CRO-MAGS limited 7″ EP-Vinyls »Don’t Give In« available now!

Today, New York’s hardcore punk legends CRO-MAGS released their limited 7″ EP-vinyls »Don’t Give In« available in three different colors via Arising Empire!

Save your limited 7″ EP-vinyl »Don’t Give In« here: https://Cro-Mags.lnk.to/DontGiveIn

Harley Flanagan: “In late 2018 I went in to the studio to start working on a new Cro-Mags album. After recording the first few songs, I got a strange phone call in the middle of the night, that turned out to be from Tony Brummel, Victory Records (to this day I have no idea where or how he got my number).  I thought it was a prank call; it turned out not to be, and I started negotiating a record deal with Victory Records. Arising Empire in Europe later got in touch and with a team of lawyers including Donna Tobin (Frankfurt Kurnit), Dave Stein etc. and the help of Robert Kampf, former CEO of Century Media and his team, we negotiated deals that we are all very happy with. Mike Gitter from Century made the introduction to engineer John Ferrara and Producer Arthur Rizk, and the recording process went into full swing. One of the many things that makes me happy about signing with Victory and Arising Empire, is that they are genuinely fans of my music and know my history; they are not just labels trying to make money off me or the genre.
I know that I am working with the best team, and the best musicians to launch the next era of Cro-Mags.”

The CRO-MAGS, the seminal hardcore punk crossover NYC outfit, founded and fronted by Harley Flanagan, have announced headlining dates across Europe in support of their landmark album, »Best Wishes«, 30th Anniversary. Staring Sept 27th in Essen, Germany, the trek will also see the band make appearances in the United Kingdom, France and Austria, among other countries, as well as a stop at Belgium’s Lumburg Hardcore Fest. Support will come from US based crossover newcomers, RED DEATH.

Comments Flanagan, “I’m looking forward to going to Europe and performing songs from Best Wishes and the rest of the entire Cro-Mags catalogue. I am currently in the studio working on a new album and we may surprise you with some new music as well.”

CRO-MAGS »Best Wishes«, 30th Anniversary-Tour
w/ special guest RED DEATH
27.09. Essen, Germany @ Turock
28.09. Limburg, Belgium @ Limburg Hardcore Fest
29.09. London, United Kingdom @ Underworld
30.09. Paris, France @ Gibus

01.10. Stuttgart, Germany @ De Keller Klub
02.10. Prague, Czech Rep @ Futurum
03.10. Budapest, Hungary @ Hu Dürer Kert
04.10. Graz, Austria @ Explosiv
05.10. Leipzig, Germany @ Naumanns
06.10. Berlin, Germany @ Musik & Frieden

»Don’t Give In« tracklist:
01. Don’t Give In
02. Drag You Under
03. No One’s Victim
The history of the CRO-MAGS is integral to the history of Hardcore, it’s evolution from punk and the development of alternative music genres such as hardcore, cross-over, thrash metal, post punk and grunge to name a few. Numerous iconic bands from METALLICA to GREEN DAY, and individuals such as Dave Grohl have credited CRO-MAGS with having had a primal influence on their development.

Born out of the violence and depravity of the Lower East Side of New York in the late 70s and early 80s, the CRO-MAGS was the brain-child of a very young Harley Flanagan (at the time 14 years old) when still playing with THE STIMULATORS. By 1982/83 he wrote and recorded the very first CRO-MAGS demos consisting of  four songs that would become the blue print for the seminal 1986 »Age of Quarrel«. He wrote all of the music, played each instrument and sang. Before long he connected with Parris Mayhew and the two started writing music and auditioning band members.

After several line-ups, 5 studio albums (beyond the original demos) and 30 + years of tours around the world, CRO-MAGS remains one of the most iconic hardcore bands with arguably the greatest reach beyond the genre.


“In the Beginning”

Why now? In Harley’s words: “Lemmy came to me in a dream and said, ‘Take it back mate, it’s yours, you started it.’ The fact is, I never legally lost the name Cro-Mags, others were using it without my permission, while I was raising my kids. An agreement was struck with the previous members and I regained full control over the name worldwide. Now with an amazing line up and 2 record deals I am moving forward. I have a great team of people behind me; I have never felt stronger, better or more creative.”

And so bassist Harley Flanagan has reached a settlement with singer John Joseph and drummer Mackie Jayson regarding ownership of the CRO-MAGS name. Flanagan will now perform under the name CRO-MAGS while Joseph and Jayson will perform as CRO-MAGS “JM”.

In 2019 Cro-Mags signed with Victory Records and Arising Empire.

The single: consist of 3 tracks, ‘Don’t Give In’, ‘Drag You Under’, and ‘No One’s Victim’.

Harley: “The lyrics are meant to inspire and kick you in the ass when you need it. Some might not take them that way, but that’s my intention. Sometimes you need someone to tell you to man-the-fuck-up, or woman-up, cause life ain’t easy and you will get crushed if you don’t. I wrote them more for myself than anyone else, cause sometimes I need to hear these things, as I think we all do.”

Some of them were inspired by loss, the loss of friends, by suicide, cancer, struggling with depression, mortality and ultimately the beauty of life. You have to be able to recognize it, even when you’re suffering and struggling. Although we all fight our own personal battles, and they vary, none of us are alone in the fact that we have to fight our battles, and many of them we must fight alone. In that way, we all have something in common, besides needing basic things like food water and shelter. We also must learn how to cope with struggle and mortality. Some rise to the top while others crash and burn.

I feel like I crashed and burned enough times that I somehow managed to rise back to the top. I feel stronger, happier mentally, spiritually and physically than I have in years; and it did not come without a struggle or cost. But that is life; you have to fight for what you want, and you also have to know how temporary it all is.

The single and album feature, along with Harley Flanagan, Gabby Abularach (Gil Evans Orchestra, amongst many other projects) who played on Cro-Mags»Alpha Omega« (1992) and »Near Death Experience« (1993); Rocky George (formerly of Suicidal Tendencies and Fishbone) who played on Cro-Mags»Revenge« (2000); and GaryGManSullivan (who has played with everyone from the B-52‘s, Berny Worrel of Parliament Funkadelic, TM Stevens etc.), who joined Cro-Mags in the 90s.

•             »The Age Of Quarrel« (1986)
•             »Best Wishes« (1989)
•             »Alpha Omega« (1992)
•             »Near Death Experience« (1993)
•             »Revenge« (2000)

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ANTIHELD release brand new single ’Goldener Schuss’ off the upcoming album »Goldener Schuss«!

Today, Stuttgart’s rocker heroes ANTIHELD release their brand new single and title track ‘Goldener Schuss’ off their upcoming second full length record »Goldener Schuss«, which will be available on the 30th of August 2019 via Arising Empire!
With the album »Goldener Schuss«, the five guys from Stuttgart, ANTIHELD, cut out both a sound statement and a textual statement.
Including the three nicely worked-in interludes, a total of 21 (!) tracks merge into a coherent overall picture that deserves the title concept album.
The development of the band to the top literally jumps at you in all facets, although a reduction and return to the bare core is part of this development.

Pre-order the upcoming album »Goldener Schuss« here: https://ANTIHELD.lnk.to/GoldenerSchuss

Watch the brand new single ‘Goldener Schuss’ here: https://youtu.be/CCHkpth4Ppc
Get the song ‘Goldener Schuss’ here: https://ANTIHELD.lnk.to/GoldenerSchussSingle

ANTIHELD: “The escape out of the first crisis & simultaneously the cornerstone for the new Antiheld album. The most bitter, honest and best yet
Der Ausbruch aus der ersten Krise & gleichzeitig der Grundstein des ganzen neuen Antiheld Albums. Dem bittersten, ehrlichsten, besten bisher.”

Robin Baumann, Arising Empire: “I instantly fell in love with the new album when I first heard it! I am super happy and proud that my Stuttgart neighbours ANTIHELD are now part of the Arising Empire family! The journey has just begun!”

To celebrate their upcoming album »Goldener Schuss«, ANTIHELD will be embarking on their big album release tour throughout Germany in October!

»ANTIHELD Goldener Schuss Release-Tour 2019«
03.10.19 – Freiburg – Waldsee
04.10.19 – Kaiserslautern – Kammgarn
05.10.19 – Wilhelmshaven – Pumpwerk
11.10.19 – Frankfurt – Das Bett
12.10.19 – München – Strom
17.10.19 – Dresden – Groovestation
18.10.19 – Bochum – Rotunde
19.10.19 – Köln – Helio37
25.10.19 – Leipzig – Neues Schauspiel
26.10.19 – Berlin – Privatclub
01.11.19 – Hamburg – Hebebühne
02.11.19 – Hannover – Lux
20.12.19 – Stuttgart – LKA

Tickets: https://www.antiheldmusik.com/konzerte/

Missed the first single?
Watch the brand new single ‘Ma Petite Belle’ here: https://youtu.be/wy1LA1ejNwc
Get the song ‘Ma Petite Belle’ here: https://ANTIHELD.lnk.to/MaPetiteBelle

»Goldener Schuss«  tracklist:
01. Introduktion
02. Ma Petite Belle
03. Präsidenten
04. Goldener Schuss
05. Interlude I
06. Herz
07. Find What U Love
08. VII
09. Interlude II
10. Mach Mirn Kind
11. Interlude III
12. 99 Luftballons 2019
13. Nie Wieder Lieben
14. Gott
15. Babylon
16. Sonnenkind
17. Vollrausch
18. Ma Petite Belle – Akustik Version
19. Mach Mirn Kind – Akustik Version
20. Mama – Akustik Version
21. Goldener Schuss – Akustik Version

What does a young band do after their debut album, two tours with sold-out shows  all over Germany a home game in front of 1,500 people? Netflix and ‘Ficken für den Weltfrieden’ or maybe move to ‘Berlin am Meer’? Of course nothing like that, because the five guys from Stuttgart, ANTIHELD, stay true to themselves and their Swabian village-metropolis, go back to the rehearsal room and work on new material.
Quickly, it becomes very clear, where the journey is going, the sound is getting rougher and the ever more personal lyrics pinpoint the mood of a generation, incapable of relationships and politically fragile. Each song is like a slap in the face with a kiss and every line a hug with a knife in the back. Logically and consistently, nothing describes this broken, intoxicating transience better than the new album called »Goldener Schuss«.

With Arising Empire a strong and competent partner was found who understood and shared the ideas and visions of the band from the beginning

Luca Opifanti | Vocals & Guitar
André Zweifel | Guitar
Matze Brendle | Bass
Arne Brien | Drums
Henry Kasper | Accordion & Piano

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DOUBLE CRUSH SYNDROME will play at ZDF Fernsehgarten on August 18th 2019

The “strayed” rockers return to the crime scene – DOUBLE CRUSH SYNDROME will play at ZDF Fernsehgarten!

It’s THE rock’n roll summer tale of 2019; on the 23rd of June, three allegedly tough guys didn’t want to fit into the usual ZDF Fernsehgarten scene that attracts millions of viewers every week; but instead stood out like a sore thumb despite their black cloth.
The internet flashed over with speculations of how these three rockers covered in tattoos ended up on the Mainzer Lerchenberg. A broken navigation device? Got lost? A wrong turn on their way to the Rammstein concert?

Bild Online solved the puzzle and revealed that this was a private trip by DOUBLE CRUSH SYDNROME (latest album “Die For Rock´n´Roll“, 2017 Top 50 in the German album charts) from the Ruhr area. Vocalist Andy Brings (latest movie: “FULL CIRCLE – Last Exit Rock´n´Roll“) persuaded his band mate Slick Prolidol and their roadie Antionio Scafidi to take a slight detour to the hit-show on the way back home from their concert the day before, due to his guilty pleasure; the schlager music of the 70s and 80s which was the topic of this Sunday’s show. Brings: “I don’t want to hide the fact that the good old schlager music is part of my DNA as well as heavy metal and punk rock music. We had a lot of fun and artists like Andy Borg are absolutely great. For me there is no chiraptophobia. Quite the opposite!”

Brings‘ spontaneous participation at the Schlager quiz with moderator Andrea Kiewel literally made the cut and now the sensation is perfected: On the 18th of August DOUBLE CRUSH SYNDROME will perform a secret song at the Fernsehgarten show. The band is currently producing the song with living producer legend Uwe Hoffmann (DIE ÄRZTE, SPORTSFREUNDE STILLER) in his Studio in Costa Blanca, Spain.

Andy Brings: “We’re totally shocked! What an honor! We are very happy to perform at this show and we will bring something special with us for this evening. We can’t help but stepping the pedal to the metal. On or off, there’s nothing in between and that’s what we always do: TURN IT UP!”
The band isn’t scared of criticism from their own fans or from the metal community. Brings says: “We always and only do what we want to do. You can’t force us at all. Everything we deliver comes from our hearts. If we want to do something, nothing is impossible. We don’t care about the opinions of narrow minded and deadlocked people. Everyone may see and like us. Rock n’ roll is for everybody and this is a message we like to spread. The reactions on our spontaneous visit at the Fernsehgarten show were pretty positive. We love what we do and we’re really looking forward to our performance. We’ll bring back the action into rock!”

Time has come for a friendly kick in the ass. Even if this rock n’ roll summer dream will find an early happy end on the 18th of August it will soon continue for sure. The world is in need for new rock stars!

DOUBLE CRUSH SYNDROME live at ZDF Fernsehgarten on August 18th!
Tickets: https://ticketservice.zdf.de/veranstaltungen.html

Purchase or stream »Flash & Blood«-EP now here: https://doublecrushsyndrome.lnk.to/FlashAndBlood

More on the EP:
‘I Don’t Like You’https://youtu.be/-A9g3F_MAOg
‘Rebel Yell’https://youtu.be/Qc-HF7f2RDw

Order the debut album »Die For Rock N’ Roll«, here: https://www.impericon.com/de/double-crush-syndrome.html

Or get the digital version via
iTunes: http://geni.us/DCSDieForRockRollIT
Apple Music: http://geni.us/DCSDieForRockRollAM
Amazon MP3: http://geni.us/DCSDieForRockRollAMP3
Google Play: http://geni.us/DCSDieForRockRollGP
Spotify: http://geni.us/DCSDieForRockRollSP

More on »Die For Rock N’ Roll«:
‘I Wanna Be Your Monkey’https://youtu.be/rETxy7GMtu0
‘On Top Of Mt. Whateverest’https://youtu.be/FAYU3aSqv54
‘Gimme Everything’https://youtu.be/-WaXkl-gp7A
‘Die For Rock N’ Roll’https://youtu.be/5aeq7TkJehA

Get the 7″ vinyl single ‘Die For Rock N’ Roll’, here: http://geni.us/DCSDie4RnRVinyl
DOUBLE CRUSH SYNDROME – The Return of Rock n´ Roll!

When acclaimed underground talent gets signed by a big player, eyebrows will be raised and questions will be asked.

So, Andy Brings, why are you taking your band, who proclaimed its independence like a mantra, and earned its reputation as a DIY sensation by sailing under jolly roger, to the luxury liner Arising Empire? „Because the right band has found the right company, it´s the perfect gathering of Rock n´Roll maniacs. It feels 100% right! We don´t have to make any compromises whatsoever. On the contrary, they want us to  be different from the rest and remain true to ourselves at the same time!“

And different is what DOUBLE CRUSH SYNDROME were, when they surfaced in 2013, fronted by singer and guitarplayer Andy Brings (ex-SODOM, ex- THE TRACEELORDS). Without a label or any kind of promotion, but armed with a self-pressed CD in a cardboard sleeve, they began to conquer the stages in and outside of Germany, starting a true Rock n´ Roll rampage. „We go out with the determination to give the people the best rockshow possible! We literally force them to have a good time!“ The band´s energy spread like wildfire, and so they spent the following 3 years on the road supporting acts like Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, DORO, J.B.O., OHRENFEINDT, W.A.S.P., LOUDNESS and playing countless shows on their own, each and everyone like it would be their last!

Now, what can we expect from the official debut album? „We see ourselves in the tradition of bands like Kiss, Ramones, Skid Row, Motörhead, Mötley Crüe, without even trying to sound like them.”

“It´s our version of Rock n´ Roll, naturally with a huge punk influence in the instrumentation, strong chorusses with an undeniable pop factor, and the power to destroy a small town. One small town per song that is !“ says Brings, without even the slightest indication of a smile. Is the band lacking a sense of humor? „Not at all, DCS is very tongue-in-cheek, and there´s a certain degree of anarchy happening on stage. But we are not a funny band per se, we take what we do very seriously! Still, everybody is supposed to have a good time, on stage and in the audience!“

The spectrum of songs reaches from powerful bombshells such as the band´s anthems ´Die For Rock N´Roll´ and ´Gimme Everything´ to more sophisticated wrecking balls such as ´Can´t You Be Like Everyone Else´ and ´Revolution´ and the most „expensive“ tune ´Ón Top Of Mount Whateverest´. Expensive? Andy Brings: „´On Top…´ stands out because the arrangement is a little more elaborate, with some synthezizer effects here and there, that let it shine a little brighter. We are very proud of that song!“ says, who has also produced and mixed the album.

And the lyrics? Does DCS have anything to say? „We are definately against it! We sometimes forget what it is that we are against in particular, but with a certain amount of punk anger inside you it doesn´t really matter! Just don´t take shit from anybody! But there´s no  political or ideological superstructure in what we do! Our interpretation of Punkrock is not wearing the politically correct brand of streetwear and shouting pseudo-intellectual slogans into the atmosphere. We dress up and want to entertain! Some songs celebrate love, some condemn it. What all songs have in common is never-ending hope and the will to live on your own terms, to love, laugh and cry, with a firm belief that everything will turn out fine. Be strong! Be happy!“

All systems are go, Mr. Brings?

„The enthusiasm of our new partner Nuclear Blast/Arising Empire is a kick in the butt we did not really need, but it´s definately nice to feel the support. Our powerswitch only has a „Full Speed“ and  an „Off“ position, there´s no in-between. We are not scared of anything or anybody, just bring it on! We die for Rock n´ Roll!“

Andy Brings | vocals, guitars
Slick Prolidol | bass, vocals
Jason-Steve Mageney | drums

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TO THE RATS AND WOLVES announce their official break up for January 2020 and announce »TO THE RATS AND WOLVES Farewell Tour 2020«!

Essen’s young powerhouse TO THE RATS AND WOLVES officially announced their break up; but will be embarking on their farewell tour in January 2020 for the last time! More information soon.

“There is no right or wrong way to explain this decision but we’ll try to do so in respect and thankfulness to all the people who have supported us. This band was a monumental part of our lives for the past seven years and shaped us as human beings, musicians, entertainers and artists; but also cost us a lot of effort, time, money, blood, sweat and tears.
We traveled the world, partied a lot and gave all we had, in order to live this dream and keep it alive. However things change and an affectionate hobby and passion turns into stress and frustrating work which fraught our daily routine. This is unfair towards our fans and people who have supported us, as well as ourselves.
Sometimes you have to close a chapter so that you can start a new one.
At this point we want to thank a lot of people:
First we want to thank all the fans which supported us from the start, along our journey. WITHOUT YOU this would have been impossible.
Our crew which helped us to shine on stage. Thank you for your hard work and the wild nights and antics.
Thanks to all the bands which shared the stage with us and paved our way to the top!
We lay this band to rest in January 2020 with our farewell tour. We hope that we’ll have a memorable time together and can come to a notable end.
All further information about the farewell tour will be shared soon!
Stay young.used.wasted.
To The Rats and Wolves
2012-2019“ –

Earlier this year the german based sextet released their third full length record called »Cheap Love«!
Buy the album »Cheap Love« as limited boxset or CD here: https://ToTheRatsAndWolves.lnk.to/CheapLoveAlbum

“Cheap Love is about the daily struggle from love and heartache to depressions. We learned that it is more important to say things straight out of your heart then putting into metaphors. That is what Cheap Love is lyrically about.”TTRAW

More on »Cheap Love«:
Watch ‘Down’ here: https://youtu.be/vvVxSgNu9T4
Watch ‘Cure’ here: https://youtu.be/JGBzcplnIDY
Watch ‘Cheap Love’ here: https://youtu.be/WJ5Nrwz6mOQ

»Cheap Love« is 100% TTRAW states the band that has risen solidly from the German underground over the past six years since their formation in 2012. Born from the ashes of BEAST WAR RETURNS, TO THE RATS AND WOLVES gained popularity rather quickly with their eye-catching outfits, two singers and a trademark heavy sound. One EP and two albums in, their energetic mix of electronic energy and modern, contemporary heaviness is unique in today’s music scene. Their newest effort benefits from a strict DIY-attitude – as the band took over every part of it’s production without outside influences.
„It was pretty exciting as we did everything on our own. We’ve been disappointed in the past because we made compromises that went against our intuition. This time around we did not allow anything like this at all.“

It took the band only 18 months to write, record and produce »Cheap Love«, a time in which the band evolved once more, dispensed with their masked outfits and made the logical next step after 2016’s highly-acclaimed »Dethroned«. Now, more relaxed and assured, their sound has softened it’s edges but also added a lot more feeling and emotion.
”The album is about the daily struggle, really“, declares guitarist Danny, „it’s about love and heartache as well as about depression.“

A fact that becomes obvious once one lets a single like ‘Down’ sink in; a  stripped-down, poppy track that has become the band’s favourite during the production process. „We’ve been through a whole lot, sank into depression and were close to putting the band to rest. ‚Down‘ is uplifting and the sort of song you need in those kind of situations. It gave us hope when we recorded the album.“

‘True’ is another surprising but deep song, that shows a different side to TO THE RATS AND WOLVES; a very emotional, yet fragile side that also features Trevor Wentworth from US post hardcore connoisseurs OUR LAST NIGHT on guest vocals. „The main goal for this album was to not write something people have heard over and over again already.“, explains the guitarist.

Yet, TTRAW make sure to let you know that riffs still run through their veins. The opening title track ‘Cheap Love’ embodies pretty much everything the band have always stood for and does not hold back with the party vibes, dance beats and aggressiveness. „It’s a fusion of old and new elements and is just straightforward. We wanted to come back with a bang“, Danny blatantly puts it.

All in all, »Cheap Love« is an album packed with great vibes, genuine emotion and hard hitting moments – but most importantly, »Cheap Love« is honest. „With time we have learned to say things outright instead of holding back“, Danny states, „on this record  we try to be encouraging yet embrace melancholy.We are vocal about standing our ground.”

In the past, TO THE RATS AND WOLVES had toured with the likes of ESKIMO CALLBOY, WE BUTTER THE BREAD WITH BUTTER, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE and SUICIDE SILENCE – for »Cheap Love« the band intends to tour as much as possible and also to explore places they haven’t been to before.

Dixi Wu | vocals
Nico Sallach | vocals
Danny Güldener | guitars
Marc Dobruk | guitars
Stanislaw Czywil | bass
Simon Yildirim | drums

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SERDAR SOMUNCU signs with Arising Empire – releases brand new single ‘Wir Sind Hier’ – announces pre-order for upcoming album »SYSPHS«!

Fotograf : Paul Schirnhofer

Arising Empire are proud to announce the worldwide signing of extraorinaire cabaretist, novelist, director and passionate musician Serdar Somuncu! Welcome to the family!
Today, Serdar Somuncu release his first single ‘Wir Sind Hier’ and launches the pre-orders for his new and upcoming third album »SYSPHS«, which will be available on the 16th of August 2019 via Arising Empire!
»SYSPHS« is the exact opposite of the screaming persona he portrays on cabaret stages, the Hassias. His new Album is all about love in all its varieties. With that Somuncu moves away from his rap albums »Dafür kommt man in den Knast« (2011) and »Wir Beide« (2013): „SYSPHS is the result of a musical evolution towards a wider audience. Music can serve your image and exist within the limitations of a certain genre but it can also be diverse and express who you truly are“.

Pre-order the upcoming album »SYSPHS« here: https://SerdarSomuncu.lnk.to/Sysphs

Watch the brand new single ‘Wir Sind Hier’ here: https://youtu.be/hZZmWmkiU9M
Get the song ‘Wir Sind Hier’ here: https://SerdarSomuncu.lnk.to/WirSindHier

Cabaretist Serdar Somuncu will be touring Germany and Europe with his new programme »GröHaZ – Der größte Hassias aller Zeiten« in the spring of 2020!

»GröHaZ – Der größte Hassias aller Zeiten-Tour«
27.02.20  Liechtenstein | TAK
28.02.20  Liechtenstein | TAK
05.03.20  Hannover | Swiss Life Hall
06.03.20  Düsseldorf | Mitsubishi Electric Halle
11.03.20  Stuttgart | Liederhalle Beethovensaal
12.03.20  Stuttgart | Liederhalle Beethovensaal
13.03.20  Hamburg | Sporthalle
19.03.20  Berlin | Tempodrom
20.03.20  Berlin | Tempodrom
25.03.20  Frankfurt | Jahrhunderthalle
26.03.20  Frankfurt | Jahrhunderthalle
02.04.20  Nürnberg | Meistersingerhalle
03.04.20  Nürnberg | Meistersingerhalle
04.04.20  München | Philharmonie
18.04.20  Halle | Steintor Varieté
19.04.20  Wien | Globe
23.04.20  Zürich | Volkshaus
25.04.20  Eupen | Alter Schlachthof

Tickets: http://somuncu.de

»SYSPHS« Tracklist:
01. Intro
02. Wir sind hier
03. Baby bleib hier
04. Du lügst
05. Lily Girl (ZMX)
06. Interlude Part 2
07. Du bist süchtig
08. Komm
09. Sextape
10. Interlude Part 3
11. In diesem Moment
12. Du bist da
13. Dunkle Liebe
14. Rockstar
15. Outro

For »SYSPHS« Somuncu used elements of different genres. The style of the 17 tracks varies somewhere between soul-ballads, dancy pop music, trap and rock and all of them were written and recorded by Serdar Somuncu himself.
„This time I wanted to control the production myself. A wide range was important. Three people mixed the songs. The hip hop scene is so narrow-minded, so you easily end up with more participants than necessary. I didn’t want to go as far as I went on the last albums and keep it more to myself“, Somuncu comments about the making of »SYSPHS«.

It was settled right from the start that he would again be working with André Fuchs, like on the previous two albums. Fuchs is a DJ and producer based in Cologne, Germany and is mainly known in the rap scene. He was responsible for the four remixes on »SYSPHS«. „André is a very important partner for me when it comes to music and he’s a great producer. He does everything just in the way in which I would do it too.“, Somuncu explains. The result of his solo project reminds of artist like Seal, Andreas Bourani or Prince.

»SYSPHS« is about jealousy, being in love, disappointment and passion. ‘Wir Sind Hier‘ is about feeling the high between past and present, living in the here and now. The track ‚Du bist da‘ also sticks out because of the combination of a written and an improvised songtext, inspired by the impro-sessions with Somuncu’s band The Politics.
‚Du lügst‘ on the other hand describes the bittersweet realization that you can put your trust in someone even though you already know that you’ll be deceived. But don’t believe that Serdar Somuncu has now become a weary softy – he hasn’t. His trademark is neither the harshness of his stage persona nor the musical analysis of love, but rather the convincing honesty that is behind everything he does.

Short biography
Serdar Somuncu was born in 1968 in Istanbul and is a German musician, author, cabaret artist and director. He studied music, acting and direction. On November 25th, 2011 Somuncu released his first record titled »Dafür kommt man in den Knast« via the label Groove Attack. The album was published in cooperation with the producer and musician André Fuchs from Cologne, who can be heard in one song as guest-rapper under his stage name Onkel Zwieback. Somuncu played all the instruments on the 18 songs himself. As the  duo Zwieback & T, Somuncu and Fuchs released the rap-album „Wir beide“ on September 19th 2013. Somuncu can be heard rapping together with Fuchs under his pseudonym T or sometimes Scheiß T – a reference to the US-american rapper Ice-T. His third album »SYSPHS« will be released on August 16th 2019 via the label Arising Empire.

Somuncu also published three DVDs (and received gold- status for Der Hassprediger – Hardcore Live!), numerous books, audiobooks and –plays and staged more than 100 plays. He is a common guest to shows like Hart aber fair, Anne Will and also a commentator in the heute-show and the heute-journal. In 2020, Somuncu will celebrate his 33rd anniversary on stage and kicks off a tour with his new material. He returns to the big stages as GröHaZ – the greatest Hassias of all times – uncompromising, determined and with vigilant eyes on everything that happens around him and his community.

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VITJA release brand new single ‘Mistakes’ off their upcoming album »THIRST«!

Powerful German genre hybrid VITJA from North Rhine-Westphalia beats back with the powerful comeback album »THIRST«. A new era has begun. The cards are shuffled, all the signs are on victory and the sound is clearer, more mature and more consistent than ever before. With new frontman Gabriel Spigolon and new attitude the quartet sets sails for the top league. Today they release their brand new single ‘Mistakes’ off their upcoming fourth full length record »THIRST«, which will be released on the 6th of September, 2019 via Arising Empire!

Pre-order their upcoming album »THIRST« here: https://VITJA.lnk.to/Thirst

Watch the brand new single ‘Mistakes’ here: https://youtu.be/A_s9yNz3hDE
Buy or stream the brand new single ‘Mistakes’ here: https://VITJA.lnk.to/Mistakes

VITJA: “Love lost, love found, love lost again… Is it really too late to get it back?
Well, I’ve learned from my MISTAKES.”

To celebrate the upcoming record VITJA are doing comeback-shows with their label mates VENUES and THE OKLAHOMA KID in September this year!

special guests: VENUES*, THE OKLAHOMA KID*
31.08.19  PELL-MELL Festival
26.09.19  Hamburg – Logo*
27.09.19  Cologne – Helios 37*
28.09.19  Berlin – Musik & Frieden*

Tickets: www.eventim.de/vitja

Missed the first single?
Watch the brand new single ‘Back’ here: https://youtu.be/GbfkTUNN64Y
Buy or stream the brand new single ‘Back’ here: https://VITJA.lnk.to/Back

»THIRST« Tracklist:
01. Light Blue
02. Silver Lining feat. Carlo Knöpfel of BREAKDOWN OF SANITY
03. Mistakes
04. Breathe
05. Instinct
06. Lost In You
07. Back
08. Silence
09. What’s Next
10. Those Years
11. Voices
12. One
13. Strangers


»THIRST« is the name of the new chapter of a versatile and ambitious band, which now wants to build on past successes and, moreover, wants to climb the summit. Six years of band history have been turned upside down and at the same time they have created an inimitable sound garb, which is not represented in Germany so far.

The songwriting begins in the autumn of 2018. The quartet decides to put it into a new design that has been experienced and so far harmonious in order to remain true to itself and at the same time varied. Twenty songs are being produced over the months in the homestudios of the boys, which are to characterize the new and unique sound of the Rhinelanders.
“We found our sound. Each of us is extremely happy with the development. Still, we had to avoid offending people. We are sure to have found a perfect solution for our fans and ourselves“, says drummer Daniel Pampuch.

The guitars were recorded in the Sureshot Studios by Daniel Keller. The vocal recordings took place in the Mega Blaster Studios by Timo Bonner (OUR MIRAGE), who also mixes and masters the LP. To track the vocals, they took a lot of time to decide where to go.
“We wanted to go beyond the well-known Vitja sound and experimented with the new vocal possibilities“, says guitarist Vladimir Dontschenko.

The first single ‘Back’ is musically very broad. The versatile guitar playing of Dontschenko, combined with Pampuch´s fast, rhythm-driven, paired with the individual basslines of Mario Metzler and the varied vocals of Gabriel Spigolon, creates a unique atmosphere that leaves endless room for interpretation. The breakdown interrupts the hymn-like mood and makes the entire song explode in fractions of a second.
‘Back’ reflects everything about what we are and how we feel. He embodies the unrest of the last months and lets us arrive anyway“, says Pampuch.

»THIRST« is a new and fresh VITJA which gives the listener the freedom to choose between dreamy hovering states, wild headbanging or melancholy questioning.

2019 – VITJA is back.
Better and stronger than ever.

VITJA are:
Gabriel Spigolon | Vocals
Vladimir Dontschenko | Guitars
Mario Metzler | Bass
Daniel Pampuch | Drums

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