THE OKLAHOMA KID – release brand new single ’Shaking Off The Disease’ – start pre-orders for their upcoming debut record »SOLARRAY«

Today, stylish German metal quintet THE OKLAHOMA KID release their brand new single ‘Shaking Off The Disease’ and launch the pre-oders for their upcoming full length debut record »SOLARRAY«, which will be available on the 13th of September via Arising Empire!

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

Watch the brand new music video for ‘Shaking Off The Disease’ here: https://youtu.be/nl_1sXVXFTI
Buy or stream the brand new single ‘Shaking Off The Disease’ here: https://TheOklahomaKid.lnk.to/ShakingOffTheDisease

THE OKLAHOMA KID: “We were waiting too long to finally announce, that our first full length record SOLARRAY will be out on September 13th via Arising Empire. With OASIS you already heard the heavy and technical side of our upcoming album, so let us introduce SHAKING OFF THE DISEASE now. Our second single will show you a completely different THE OKLAHOMA KID which brings heavyness together with a romantic nineties pop vibe into your living room. See this new concept in the music video of SHAKING OFF THE DISEASE, which was super fun to shoot with Pavel Trebukhin”

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!”

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 single?
Watch the music video for ‘Oasis’ here: https://youtu.be/pFM3fgbIPS0
Buy or stream the brand new single ‘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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ANITHELD – sign with Arising Empire – release brand new single ’Ma Petite Belle’ – start pre-order for upcoming album »Goldener Schuss«

Arising Empire are proud to announce the worldwide signing of Stuttgart’s rocker heroes ANTIHELD. Welcome to the family!
Today, the band release their brand new single ‘Ma Petite Belle’ and launch pre-orders for 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 ‘Ma Petite Belle’ here: https://youtu.be/wy1LA1ejNwc
Get the song ‘Ma Petite Belle’ here: https://ANTIHELD.lnk.to/MaPetiteBelle

ANITHELD: „Our A&R wants a quote for the release… Okay: A new love is like a new life! Na na na na na na na! Or… we’re super happy that we’ve got adopted by the ARISING EMPIRE family. They got and share our visions on every level. AE knows how to rock.”

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/

»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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MISTER MISERY – sign with Arising Empire & Contra Promotion – release brand new single ’My Ghost’ – start pre-orders for their upcoming debut record »Unalive«

Arising Empire are proud to announce the worldwide signing of Sweden’s metal quartett MISTER MISERY. Welcome to the Family! 
MISTER MISERY just finished their self produced and mixed debut album, »Unalive«, that will shock the world as a first representation of a brand new band. Hungry to light a fire inside the hearts of the restless and broken around the world, MISTER MISERY not only delivers musically but pushes boundaries in their theatrical and chaotic performances. Resurrecting the wild spirit of the 80’s while also incorporating horror elements and classical composition, MISTER MISERY proves to be a promising virtuous and maniacal newcomer in the alternative metal scene.

Today MISTER MISERY release their brand new single ‘My Ghost’ and launch the pre-orders for their upcoming full length debut record »Unalive«, which will be available on the 4th of October 2019 via Arising Empire!

Pre-order their upcoming debut record »Unalive« as CD or vinyl here: https://MisterMisery.lnk.to/Unalive

Watch the music video for brand new single ‘My Ghost’: https://youtu.be/ccxbK4ZVUeg
Get the song here: https://MisterMisery.lnk.to/MyGhost

MISTER MISERY: “We are beyond excited and pumped to join forces with Arising Empire and Contra Promotion to put our band on the stage all over the world. We have fought hard to get to this point and with AE and Contras help we now feel unstoppable! It’s hard to find words as to how excited we are since this is something we all have dreamt of since we were kids! A dream has come true!”

Markus Staiger (CEO Arising Empire): “Mister Misery from Sweden soon come up with their amazing debut album which could be described as a mixture of glam rock, metal and a touch of gothic! Marilyn Manson fans as well as all other heavy rockers should watch out and check the first clip „My Ghost“ – a phenomenal video production by Patric Ullaeus (The 69 Eyes, Dimmu Borgir, Within Temptation, Arch Enemy,  etc) This young band from Stockholm will kill it, it has been a long time ago where I was so excited about a brand-new band!”

Contra Promotion: “We are very happy to welcome such a talented new Metal band as Mister Misery to our Artist Roster. The voice, combined with the songwriting and look of the band make Mister Misery an act with a very high, unique identity, which sets them apart from other acts in the genre. This convinced us to work with Mister Misery and we are sure that this band has an eventful future ahead of them.“


MISTER MISERY will support DREAM THEATER‘s show at HohentwielFestival 2019 in Singen, Germany!
22.07.19  Singen – HohentwielFestival 2019


»Unalive« tracklist:
01. The Blood Waltz
02. You And I
03. Tell Me How
04. My Ghost
05. Legion
06. Dead Valentine
07. Alive
08. Rebels Calling
09. Stronger
10. Live While You Can

Side A
01. The Blood Waltz
02. You And I
03. Tell Me How
04. My Ghost
05. Legion
Side B
06. Dead Valentine
07. Alive
08. Rebels Calling
09. Stronger
10. Live While You Can

MISTER MISERY is a four piece metal band from the streets of Stockholm, founded in February 2018 by Harley Vendetta & Alex Nine. By blending high energy riffs with anthemic choruses and ripping guitar solos, they have managed not only to create a hype in the underground metal community, but also caught the attention of renowned founder of Nuclear Blast/Arising Empire, Markus Staiger, leading the band to sign a record deal with Arising Empire in 2019.
In addition MISTER MISERY has also signed with booking company Contra Promotion, housing bands such as NIGHTWISH, ANTHRAX, THE 69 EYES and many more.

Their brand new debut record »Unalive« reflects the emotions and struggles of a journey taken by the four members, including death, jail time, abandonment, drugs and poverty. Through every individual experience they’ve managed to turn that misery into something inspiring, and with that inspiration managed to pull themselves up from the dirt and given life to what they now call MISTER MISERY.
The album title itself is inspired by their undead, vampiric look and it’s their way to depict visually what it felt like for them to be metaphorically dead on the inside.

In collaboration with Arising Empire and Contra Promotions, MISTER MISERY will kick-start their career and promote their debut album »Unalive« worldwide on October 4th 2019.
The future looks bright for these young metalheads and with a European tour starting October 10th to November 3rd they will end their most successful year so far.
“This would not have been possible if not Markus Staiger and the amazing team at Arising Empire and Contra Promotions believed in the band as much as they have. We are all very humbled and excited to start this journey together with the Arising family and all these talented people around us”- says Harley, Alex, Eddie & Rizzy

With »Unalive«, MISTER MISERY shows their musical talent and showmanship right from the start of the journey, not holding back on anything. With their catchy choruses, insane writing and guitar composition, with elements from every musical genre known to man, they are starved for stardom and to show the world how metal and rock is still alive and kicking in the 21st century.

Harley Vendetta | Vocals/Guitars
Alex Nine | Guitars
Eddie Crow | Bass
Rizzy| Drums

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ANY GIVEN DAY »Overpower Europe Tour 2019« with special guest LANDMVRKS!

Metal rising stars ANY GIVEN DAY, from the heart of the German Ruhr area will be embarking on their big European headline-tour in December this year! Special guest and label mates LANDMVRKS from Marseille, France will support them along their big tour!

»Overpower Europe Tour 2019«
with special guest LANDMVRKS!
03.12.2019  D    Nürnberg – Hirsch
04.12.2019  AT  Wien – Arena
05.12.2019  CZ  Prag – Futurum
06.12.2019  D    Berlin – C-Theater
07.12.2019  D    Bremen – Tower
08.12.2019  BE  Antwerpen – JC Bouckenborgh
11.12.2019  FR  Paris – Backstage
12.12.2019  CH  Aarau – Kiff
13.12.2019  D    Stuttgart – Jugendhaus Hallschlag
14.12.2019  D    Augsburg – Neue Kantine
15.12.2019  AT  Salzburg – Rockhouse
18.12.2019  D    Wiesbaden – Schlachthof Halle
19.12.2019  D    Münster – Sputnikhalle
20.12.2019  D    Hamburg – Gruenspan
21.12.2019  D    Jena – F-Haus
22.12.2019  D    Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle

On-Sale Schedule
Exclusive CTS-Pre-sale (Germany): Wed. 10.07.2019 (12 pm CET)
Pre-Sale (EU): Wed. 10.07.2019 (12 pm CET)
Pre-Sale (Germany): Wed. 17.07.2019 (12 pm CET)

Germany: https://www.eventim.de/artist/any-given-day/
Aarau: https://www.starticket.ch/de/tickets/any-given-day-de-landmvrks-fra-20191212-2000-kiff-aarau

ANY GIVEN DAY  released their brand new and critically acclaimed album »Overpower« in March this year!

The album comes as CD, vinyl and a limited deluxe edition boxset!
Buy the new album »Overpower« here now: https://AnyGivenDay.lnk.to/Overpower

“We couldn’t be more proud of our new studio album. We’ve put all of our heart and energy into this record and we hope you will love it and feel it as we do!”ANY GIVEN DAY

Press quotes:

Kerrang “(AGD)… deal in a brand of slamming metalcore that’s meatier than a triple-stack hamburger, packs all the gas-guzzling uncompromising attitude of a V8 Mustang, and undulates between raw-throated aggression and chest thumping melody in ways that’ll have 1,000 rock-radio stations hammering down their door.”

Metal Hammer “(Overpower)… will scratch an itch for thundering, melody-driven aggression. Choruses that bear-hug your subconscious come strong and often, aided by vocalist Dennis Diehl’s knack for encompassing soaring fragility and brute strength.”

Battlehelm UKShan Siva – “”Overpower” certainly has what it takes to reach a wider audience, not to mention kill live so I really look forward to seeing these guys on any given day indeed!”

More on »Overpower«:
‘Lonewolf’ official video: https://itunes.apple.com/us/video/lonewolf/id1453991363?l=de&ls=1
‘Loveless’ official video: https://youtu.be/2cpaHJY0rpE
‘Savior’ official video: https://youtu.be/Z1C4lrcQBZw

»Overpower« tracklist:
01. Start Over
02. Loveless
03. Savior
04. Taking Over Me
05. Lonewolf
06. Devil Inside
07. Sure To Fail
08. In Deafening Silence
09. Whatever It Takes
10. Fear
11. Never Surrender

Although hailing from Germany, ANY GIVEN DAY are living the American dream. Founded in 2012, they ignited interest in 2014 with their debut, »My Longest Way Home« (Official German album charts: #28).Then boldly proved they were more than just an internet phenomenon with 2016’s »Everlasting« (#14 on the charts). ANY GIVEN DAY can also look back on countless tours and shows with the likes of CALIBAN, BURY TOMORROW, TRIVIUM or SUICIDE SILENCE on stages of every size which has seen euphoric reactions and a rapidly growing fanbase that celebrates the band fanatically. 2013 also saw the band debut their cover of RIHANNA’s ‚Diamonds‘ (10 million + views on YouTube), while contemporary metal icon Matt Heafy (TRIVIUM) featured on the 2016 track ‚Arise‘ (3.4 million views on YouTube).

On »Overpower«, ANY GIVEN DAY have perfected their unique blend of unruly brutality, compelling melodies and unbelievable catchiness. Surrounded by the great musicianship of his fellow band mates, one-of-a-kind vocalist Dennis Diehl, handles both growls and clean vocals. Dennis easily puts any American radio rock singer to shame with his distinctive, unique voice and epic vocal lines. Just drop onto any of the tracks on the album and you’ll get pummeling, in-your-face modern metal power and epic arcs of suspense that are the foundation of »Overpower« – all wrapped up in an always uplifting message to hold on to.

The first two singles, ‘Savior’ and ‘Loveless’, covers themes of soul-searching and breaking free, but also give a pretty accurate idea of what »Overpower« is about, musically and lyrically. Just like in another remarkable, powerful and motivating track, ‘Lonewolf’: „It’s about an outsider, alienated from the group, who’s on his own now. Metaphorically the outsider is described as a wolf. It’s a situation more and more people find themselves in these days which is why we felt we needed to address it in a song.“

Sheer sonic force, genuine emotions and an unique and fresh take on modern heavy music are what ANY GIVEN DAY call their own and craft like no other.

»Overpower« is programmatic. »Overpower« is the perfect album.

Dennis Diehl | Vocals
Andy Posdziech | Guitar
Dennis Ter Schmitten | Guitar
Michael Golinski | Bass
Raphael Altmann | Drums

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VITJA »THIRST« pre-order bundles at Impericon!

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 a new frontman Gabriel Spigolon and new attitude the quartet sets sails for the top league.

Pre-order their upcoming fourth full length record »THIRST«, which will be released on the 6th of September, 2019 via Arising Empire now at Impericon!
Pre-order their upcoming album »THIRST« here: https://VITJA.lnk.to/Thirst

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


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



TUNGSTEN sign with Arising Empire, release brand new single ’We Will Rise’ and start pre-orders for their upcoming album »We Will Rise«!

Swedish metallers TUNGSTEN, formed by Anders Johansson (ex HAMMERFALL), was recently unveiled to the world and signed with Arising Empire. Welcome to the family!
Today, they released the title track of their forthcoming full length TUNGSTEN album to be entitled »We Will Rise« and launched the pre-orders! »We Will Rise« will be available on the 20th of September 2019 via Arising Empire!
For the music video TUNGSTEN teamed up with video producer Patric Ullaeus (rEvolver Film Company)

Watch the music video for brand new single ‘We Will Rise’ here: https://youtu.be/hxvXu6X2pZc
Get the song here: https://Tungsten.lnk.to/WeWillRiseSingle

Pre-order the upcoming album »We Will Rise« as CD or vinyl here: https://Tungsten.lnk.to/WeWillRise

Bass player Karl Johansson remembers the shooting day: “It was a freakin’ fun day ´shooting this music video! Patric Ullaeus is such a great guy and a true professional. The whole area where we were filming was beautifully spooky and super cold hahahaha”.

Nick Johansson (guitar) adds: “I think this song (We Will Rise) will be perfect to use as our first single because it has all the musical elements that represents TUNGSTEN. It’s guitar driven and heavy but, still melodic and somewhat mystical.”

Anders Johansson (drums: “There are so many bands today playing great stuff but often they tend to sound a bit similar. We wanted to be a bit different to break thru the media noise. We adapted a vibe that we think is a bit special for this song. Using Patric, that I personally worked with before in a HammerFall video recording (One more time), was the obvious choice. He is full of energy and ideas.” 

Mike Andersson (vocals): “This was one of the last songs composed for the album. I was totally in trance when I listened to it the first time after receiving it from Nick (who wrote the song). It was such a great feeling to write the lyric and work with the vocals. The intro is so mystical and enchanting… ´choosing this song as first single was a unanimous decision.” 

01. We Will Rise
02. Misled
03. The Fairie’s Dance
04. Coming Home
05. It Ain’t Over
06. As I’m falling
07. Sweet Vendetta
08. Animals
09. Remember
10. To The Bottom
11. Impolite
12. Wish Upon A Star

Side A
01. We Will Rise
02. Misled
03. The Fairie’s Dance
04. Coming Home
05. It Ain’t Over
06. As I’m falling
Side B
07. Sweet Vendetta
08. Animals
09. Remember
10. To The Bottom
11. Impolite
12. Wish Upon A Star

TUNGSTEN was formed in 2016 by drummer Anders Johansson (ex HAMMERFALL, ex YNGIEW J. MALMSEEN’S RISING FORE) after his sons Karl and Nick Johansson had let him listen to some songs they had composed together. Anders: “I really liked the songs. My sons are of course younger than me, and the songs were modern metal, like something I could never come up with. At the same time, I could hear melodies that reminded me of Nordic folk music that made me think of the past. The overall impression was catchy heavy metal with both past and future present. I asked Karl and Nick if they wanted to join me in a band and play these songs with me, and I’m happy that they accepted”.
With drums (Anders), guitars (Nick) and bass (Karl), and newly composed songs, TUNGSTEN asked Mike Andersson (CLOUDSCAPE, ex PLANET ALLIANCE, FULLFORCE) to do vocals. Mike has a powerful voice and a varied style of singing and was a perfect fit to TUNGSTEN’s music.

The recording of TUNGSTEN’s debut album »We Will Rise« took place in the summer of 2018. Drums were recorded at Heptagon studios and guitars and bass at Harmstudios. Vocals and choirs later added by Mike. »We Will Rise« is produced and mixed by Nick Johansson.
The music on TUNGSTEN’s debut album has influences from the different backgrounds of the members. Anders Johansson is one of the most skilled and experienced drummers in the metal world with a background in listening to DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW, but he also has strong influences from jazz and he plays upright bass. The musical talent was passed on to Karl and Nick who praises bands like RAMMSTEIN and MESHUGGAH. Being from a later generation, they bring modernity and current trends to the music. Mike enjoys a wide variety of bands, from BEE GEES to MESHUGGAH, and listens a lot to different singing styles which contributes to the melodic and varied singing on »We Will Rise«.
The lyrics on TUNGSTEN’s »We Will Rise« also deals with both past and present. Some of them are about fiction and fantasy and tells stories of ancient wars, knights and heroic heroes, whilst others are more realistic and describes everyday life with drama, passion and sorrow, in today’s world.

ARISING EMPIRE and Markus Staiger, who is responsible for the success of many bands, loved the album »We Will Rise« and a contract between ARISING EMPIRE and TUNGSTEN was signed in spring 2019. The record company decided to launch »We Will Rise« later in 2019.
The artwork for »We Will Rise«, as well as the TUNGSTEN logotype, were made by the legendary Andreas Marshall who is known for being the creator behind album covers for bands such as Blind Guardian, Obituary and Hammerfall. Andreas also created “Volfram”, the man on the album cover who is holding a guiding lantern and a battle axe. The layout for the »We Will Rise« album was put together by Rainer Kalwitz.
TUNGSTEN recorded three music videos with well-known music video creator Patric Ullaeus. The first one to be released was the title track ‚We Will Rise‘.

Mike Andersson | Vocals
Karl Johansson | Bass & Screams
Nick Johansson | Guitar
Anders Johansson | Drums

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CRO-MAGS sign with Arising Empire, release brand new EP »Don’t Give In« and start pre-orders for limited 7″ EP-Vinyls

New York’s hardcore punk legends CRO-MAGS are back and freshly signed the Europe-wide record deal with Arising Empire. Welcome to the family! Today, CRO-MAGS released his brand new EP »Don’t Give In« on all digital platforms and launched the pre-orders for the limited 7″ EP-vinyls coming in three different colors on the 2nd of August via Arising Empire!

Buy and/or stream the »Don’t Give In«-EP here: https://Cro-Mags.lnk.to/DontGiveIn

Pre-order the upcoming »Don’t Give In«-EP vinylshttps://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.”

01. Don’t Give In
02. Drag You Under
03. No One’s Victim

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
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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AVIANA release brand new single ’Red Sky’ off their upcoming album »Epicenter«!

Today, Sons of Gothenburg AVIANA following up the successful release of ‘Heavy Feather’ and ‘My Worst Enemy’ with their brand new single ‘Red Sky’ off their upcoming sophomore full length record »Epicenter«, which will be released on the 23rd of August 2019 via Arising Empire.

Pre-order their upcoming album »Epicenter« here: https://AVIANA.lnk.to/Epicenter

Watch the brand new single ‘Red Sky’ here: https://youtu.be/ibNSn6_MoIM
Buy or stream the brand new single ‘Red Sky’ here: https://AVIANA.lnk.to/RedSky

AVIANA states: “We’re really excited to finally drop our third single ‘Red Sky’ of our upcoming album, showing the diversity that ‘EPICENTER’ has to offer. Make sure you pre-order it now!”

AVIANA will be back in Germany supporting ADEPT on their exclusive European Dates celebrating 10 years of their album »Another Year of Disaster«!

»ADEPT – Another Year of Disaster 10 Year Anniversary Tour« (Europe Exclusive)
w/ Special guests AVIANA & DEAD LIKE JULIET
12.09 Berlin – SO36
13.09 Köln – Essigfabrik
14.09 München – Backstage

Tickets: www.10yearsofdisaster.com

Missed the first singles?
Watch ‘My Worst Enemy’ here: https://youtu.be/vXk2MQqWbTM
Buy or stream the Song here: https://AVIANA.lnk.to/MyWorstEnemy
Watch ‘Heavy Feather’ here: https://youtu.be/5V4GC8VVESI
Buy or stream the song here: https://AVIANA.lnk.to/HeavyFeather

01.My Worst Enemy
02.Red Sky
03.Altitude Sickness
05.Heavy Feather
06.Look Away
12.More Than A Name

“The start of a new era!”

After making their mark in Scandinavian Metal scene with the 2017 debut »Polarize«, sons of Gothenburg AVIANA are back in a new shape with their sophomore album »Epicenter« via Arising Empire this August. Despite being under the radar due to departure of their former vocalist, AVIANA is now back with new frontman and vocalist Joel Holmqvist (ex. WALKING WITH STRANGERS, OCEANS RED).

Inspired by 90’s Nu-Metal, blending a flawless mix of progressive guitar leads as foundation bringing on a modern era of breakdowns in the majority of their songs, AVIANA is a new type of heavy, a new era of Metal.

In collaboration with Jeff Dunne (FIT FOR A KING, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, ICE NINE KILLS, CRYSTAL LAKE), their latest work, »Epicenter«, is another proof that the Swedes are here to bring us the next level of their generation and the next big name from Gothenburg;
„We‘ve all been listening to a lot of different music the last couple of years, and also while growing up. But I would say a few of the bands that inspired us in writing music on our own is both bands like Limp Bizkit and Deftones, but even Northlane and Eminem“, explains guitarist Marcus Heffler. „We are all listening and taking inspiration on a diverse type of music that contributes in our songwriting, but we wanted to find a new fresh sound with Epicenter still sounding like Aviana with Joel, our new vocalist.“

Coming from a progressive side of Metalcore and the last couple of years developed Djent scene, the band have been taking another direction from »Polarize« with the new album »Epicenter« and still managed to keeping the AVIANA vibe to still be there.

Heavier than ever, the Swedes with their hit single ‘Solar’ from the debut album »Polarize« that has been streamed nearly 2,000,000 times on Spotify alone, two years after its release give us another leading example of how fantastic the West Coast based band is to develop yet more hit singles with the first song they are putting out from »Epicenter« with ‘Heavy Feather’.

The track that comes with a fantastic introduction of new vocalist Joel Holmqvist and a futuristic well invested visual music video you can see the band moving around with the »Epicenter« artwork moving in the background while heavy feathers is surrounding the band members.

Despite being around since late 2016, AVIANA have not been touring that much as you might think. Although for being a band that played just about 35 shows in total in their career, the live resume of AVIANA includes touring in the UK and Europe supporting Japanese Metalcore legends CRYSTAL LAKE as well as appearing on festivals like Morecore Festival in Cologne, Germany and True North Festival in Tokyo. While touring Japan in September 2018, the band also played shows together with artists like Australia‘s MAKE THEM SUFFER, Japan’s EARTHISTS, PALEDUSK and SAILING BEFORE THE WIND to name a few.

„Our biggest moment in the live career of the band so far was definitely headlining the Omega Stage at the True North Festival 2018. It was our first time outside of Europe, so coming to Tokyo and play our first show on that tour in front of 2500 people at the legendary venue Studio Coast is something that we will never forget. “ says bassist Sebastian Colque.

„We are super excited to get back at it again and to finally show the world what we have been working on for such a long time. The next chapter of Aviana together with Joel, the level of our music that we believe so much in and to get back to touring.“ Sebastian adds.

AVIANA will be touring Europe and UK together with THE WORD ALIVE on their 10th Anniversary. A tour that also includes the band’s good friends in MAKE THEM SUFFER and OF VIRTUE this April/May 2019.
„We are all super excited to get back on the road to play our new songs and are really stoked to be releasing »Epicenter« with Arising Empire. It feels like the perfect fit for us together with our new collaboration together with High 5ive Music and Avocado Booking“ vocalist Joel Holmqvist says.

Joel Holmqvist | vocals
Marcus Heffler | guitars
Oscar Forsman | guitars
Sebastian Colque | bass
Niclas Bergström | drums

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