EARACHE INCREASES ITS ARTILLERY

Legendary British label Earache has recently acquired Heavy Artillery Records.

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The powerhouse of early extreme music has bought the American thrash and metal label, “combining two of the premier forces in metal music”.

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Earache Label Manager Dan Tobin commented: “Heavy Artillery’s policy of signing and supporting fresh new talent was something I personally bought into very early on – raw, energetic, passionate early releases like Merciless Death, Enforcer and Exmortus really stood out as genuinely exciting new bands pursuing their visions of what heavy metal should be, not just jumping on a bandwagon and hoping for a quick route to success.  The label’s roster stood out as the work of people with music in mind, and with bands like Vektor creating serious buzz, it seemed that Heavy Artillery would enjoy the success its early creativity and chance-taking deserved.

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“Now that Earache is charged with upholding an impressive legacy of releases, as well as embracing the future output of these fantastic bands, I feel like it’s a really exciting time to be involved with young, hungry bands who have the potential to become the leading lights of the next few years.  We aim to ensure that the seeds sown by Heavy Artillery grow and produce fertile metal music for years to come.”

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Earache intends to “continue Heavy Artillery’s vision”, and will re-issue Swedish heavy metallers Enforcer’s 2008 debut album ‘Into The Night’, as well as 2010’s ‘Diamonds’ in the US, followed by space thrashers Vektor’s two studio albums, 2009’s ‘Black Future’ and 2011’s ‘Outer Isolation’.

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Further releases from the Heavy Artillery catalogue will be announced “in the near future”.

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