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Infinita Symphonia - new album 'Infinita Symphonia'  
Following the success of their critically acclaimed debut ‘A Mind’s Chronicle’ (2011), Infinita Symphonia have announced the release of their new self-titled album, keeping faith to their trademark Power/Symphonic sound but also adding an Hard Rock edge to the mix and a fresher, more modern approach. ‘Infinita Symphonia’ was recorded and mixed at Outer Sound Studio by Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre) and mastered by Henkka Niemistö and Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers Studio (Sonata Arctica, Apocalyptica) and features a very special guest appearance by legendary singer Michael Kiske (Helloween, Unisonic) on the song ‘Fly’. Follow www.infinitasymphonia.com for the latest news.
Necrodeath - 'Hellive' DVD  
Formed back in 1984 and influenced by Slayer, Possessed, Kreator, Celtic Frost and Bathory, Necrodeath released what is now considered a cult-demo tape (‘The Shining Pentagram’) and obtained an incredible success through the underground. Since then they have become one of the most important and outrageous names in Extreme Metal, influencing several other bands who still mention them as a primary influence. During their long career, spanning over 3 decades, Necrodeath have released several critically acclaimed albums and toured the world relentlessly and they are now ready to celebrate it with their first live DVD, ‘Hellive’, a real “must have” for every fan of a band that is mostly famous for their incendiary live show and “no-compromise” attitude. The DVD contains 2 full live shows, featuring all the band’s classics and plenty of bonus material, including interviews with the band members and videoclips, and it will be available starting from May 21st, 2013. Follow www.necrodeath.net for the updates.
Extrema - New album 'The Seed Of Foolishness'  
Active in the Metal scene for over 25 years, Extrema is ready to release a new chapter in their already astonishing career. ‘The Seed Of Foolishness’ sees the band going back to its Thrash Metal roots, displayed in 10 powerful new tracks which have already been described as some of the best ever written by the band, a relentless touring machine that over the years has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Heavy Metal (Metallica, Motörhead, Korn, Death Angel to name a few). ‘The Seed Of Foolishness’ takes its inspiration from a series of events that led to the economic crisis that we are all suffering today, providing therapy for all the anger and frustration resulting from it. “Combat Metal” was how fans and critics alike used to refer to when talking about Extrema at the time of their incendiary debut album ‘Tension At The Seams’ but such definition is more relevant today than ever. May 4th, 2013 the band will kick off the start of their new tour. Stay tuned! Follow www.extremateam.com for the latest news.
Empyrios - New album 'Zion'  
Founded by guitar virtuoso and acclaimed producer Simone Mularoni (DGM), Empyrios were able to push forward the boundaries of Progressive Metal with two critically acclaimed albums, ‘...And The Rest Is Silence’, 2007, and ‘The Glorious Sickness’, 2008, built on extreme musicianship and strong feelings, mixing some of the heaviest riffs in Metal with refined guitar and keyboard solos and symphonic orchestra passages. ‘The Glorious Sickness’ granted the band a mention in Metal Hammer's “Best upcoming metal band of 2008” section and in the past few years every single member of Empyrios has been busy touring and making music around the globe. Simone Bertozzi joined the danish metal machine Mnemic for an extensive tour of Europe and Australia, Simone Mularoni packed his guitars and lead DGM through a European tour with Symphony X and Dario Ciccioni kept hitting the stage with Oliver Hartmann's solo project Hartmann. At the same time, countless guitar riffs and drum parts have been exchanged between home studios and dressing rooms to magnificently craft their unique blend of melody, rhythm and sound pressure into a new Empyrios masterpiece. Produced by Simone Mularoni himself at Domination Studios, ‘Zion’ is the confirmed title for Empyrios long-waited new album, an exciting chapter in the band's career, in which once again these four musicians put on tape their incredible technical abilities and impressive mix of melodic and brutal heavy metal, in the vein of bands such as Strapping Young Lad, Nevermore, Symphony X, Fear Factory, Yngwie Malmsteen and Meshuggah to name a few. 'Zion' will be released April 23, 2013. Follow www.empyrios.it for more updates.
Kaledon - New album 'Altor: The King's Blacksmith'  
Veteran Power Metallers Kaledon have announced their new studio album, the first following the celebrated ‘Legend Of The Forgotten Reign’ saga, which was introduced in the song ‘Steel Maker’, from the band’s 2012 “best of” album ‘Mightiest Hits. ‘Altor: The King’s Blacksmith’ narrates the life of the man who forged the sword that killed Mozul, the evil creature that upset the peace and tranquillity of the Kingdom in the last chapter of the saga. With this new album, the seventh in their career, Kaledon deliver another Power metal masterpiece, with plenty of Classic Metal influences and majestic Symphonic parts. The band have also announced a very special guest appearance by renowned singer Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, Kamelot, Labyrinth, Vision Divine) in the song ‘A Dark Prison’. Videos for this last song and the monumental ‘Childhood’ are also in the making. ‘Altor: The King’s Blacksmith’ will be released April 23, 2013. Follow www.kaledon.com for more updates.
DGM - New album 'Momentum'  
Widely regarded as one of the best European Progressive Metal bands, DGM are about to release their eight studio album, following the critically acclaimed ‘Synthesis’ (2010) and hundreds of shows that brought their music to audiences all around the world, including a successful tour with American progressive giants Symphony X in 2011. ‘Momentum’ represents the full stylistic maturity of a band now on top of its game, collecting 11 new songs made of beautiful melodies, classy arrangements and top notch musicianship. To add an extra value to an already astonishing album, DGM have tapped legendary singer Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) to guest on the opening track ‘Reason’, and Norwegian guitar virtuoso Jorn Viggo Lofstad (Pagan’s Mind) to contribute with a solo on the track ‘Chaos’. ‘Momentum’ was recorded, mixed and mastered by the band’s own guitarist and celebrated producer Simone Mularoni at Domination Studios in San Marino, Italy. The beautiful album artwork has been handled by Simone Bertozzi (Mnemic). 'Momentum' will be released March 26th, 2013. Follow www.dgmsite.com for all the updates.
Odd Dimension - New album 'The Last Embrace To Humanity'  
Odd Dimension have chosen ‘The Last Embrace To Humanity’ as the title for their new album, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut release ‘Symmetrical’ (2011). The album sets new standards for the band, elevating their sound to a more mature level and recalling atmospheres by the classic Rock masters without losing the impact of their trademark Progressive approach. Lyrically, ‘The Last Embrace To Humanity’ is structured around an ambitious concept about the alienation of mankind, in an era in which everything tends to be severely damaged or even destroyed in the name of progress. A very special guest appearance by renowned singer Michele Luppi (Vision Divine, Secret Sphere, Thaurorod) in the song ‘It’s So Late’ has also been announced. The album has been recorded at Domination Studios in San Marino, Italy Odd Studios, Italy and MiLu’s Rock Lab II, Italy, between September and December 2012, mixed by Marco Barusso (Lacuna Coil, H.I.M.) and mastered by Alberto Cutolo at Massive Art Studios in Milan, Italy. The evocative artwork was handled by Carl Glover (Porcupine Tree) at Aleph Studio in London, UK. Follow www.odddimension.com for the latest news.
Heimdall - New album 'Aeneid'  
Veteran power metallers Heimdall are ready to come back with their fifth album, eight years after the release of their latest effort ‘Hard As Iron’. The band reunited for a series of live shows at the beginning of 2012, adding new members to their ranks and with a renovated energy that led to the writing of new songs. ‘Aeneid’, this is the confirmed title of the new album, is a monumental concept based on the epic masterpiece by Virgil, consisting of 12 tracks that will take the listener on an epic journey from the fall of Troy to the birth of the new State that later became Rome. Mixing Classic Heavy Metal, Power, Speed, Symphonic passages and majestic choirs, ‘Heneid’ is without any doubt the band’s most mature and inspired album ever. Glory and honour to the brave... the Lord is back! Follow www.heimdallband.com for more info.
Red Rose - New signing and new album 'On The Cusp Of Change'  
Red Rose have signed a worldwide deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their new album 'On The Cusp Of Change'. Following the critically acclaimed debut 'Live The Life You've Imagined', Red Rose were able to reach a new, higher level of maturity and musical complexity, delivering 8 tracks of astonishing beauty. 'On The Cusp Of Change' was once again produced by Tommy Hansen at Jailhouse Studios, with extraordinary Matan Shmuely (of Orphaned Land fame) sitting behind the drums and the rest of the band laying down an astonishing performance, on every possible level. The album concept was developed starting from the very current "end of the world" issue, which soon expanded into a multilayered piece of work dealing with many other topics such as relationships and conservatism versus free thinking. The artwork duties were handled by Brazilian artist Jobert Mello (Primal Fear, Sabaton, Benedictum), who skillfully transferred the lyrical themes into beautifully wrapped visual arts. 'On The Cusp Of Change' will be released February 26th, 2013. Follow www.redrose.co.il for more info.
WildeStarr - New signing and new album 'A Tell Tale Heart'  
WildeStarr returns with a vengeance with their new album ‘A Tell Tale Heart’, 10 blistering tracks of pure metal, full of passion, anger and fury, inspired by the stories of Edgar Allen Poe. The new WildeStarr opus goes above and beyond where their debut ‘Arrival’ left off. ‘A Tell Tale Heart’ will take you on a searing, metallic journey full of twists and turns leaving you breathless. Are you ready for the ride? WildeStarr hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, and was Formed in 2003 by metal veteran and original Vicious Rumors bass player Dave Starr and studio vocalist/keyboardist London Wilde. Their first LP ‘Arrival’ was released in 2009 to overwhelming positive critical review, and named one of the best metal albums of 2009/2010 by numerous magazines and webzines worldwide. With strong melodies, glistening harmony guitars, and a dark and powerful sound, WildeStarr has been compared to bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Queensrÿche, Savatage, and Crimson Glory, but with a sound all their own. Joined by drummer Josh Foster in 2010, the new record is a powerhouse not to be missed!
Follow www.wildestarr.com for more info.
Kill Ritual - New signing and debut album 'The Serpentine Ritual'  
Formed in late 2010 by former Imagika lead guitarist Steven Rice and drummer Wayne DeVecchi, Kill Ritual is completed by former Eldritch guitarist Roberto Proietti, former Dark Angel bassist Danyael Williams and Bay Area vocalist Josh Gibson. Kill Ritual have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their debut album ‘The Serpentine Ritual’, which finds the band unleashing 11 tracks of straight-up metal that is both modern and classic while retaining the legacy of their past bands. The album was recorded and engineered by Kill Ritual lead guitarist Steve Rice at Fang Studios in San Mateo, CA and Fossil Sound in San Jose, CA. Mix and Mastering was done by Andy LaRocque of King Diamond fame at his Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden. LaRocque also makes a guest appearance on the CD with the ending solo on the track ‘Coat Of Blood’.
Commented Steven: “After the demise of Imagika, Wayne and I decided to form a new band that would bring life to the music we had been working on after Imagika called it a day. We had a goal in mind of writing music that reflected our influences from Thrash, to Classic, Progressive, Power, whatever-kicks-ass Metal and this required bringing in experienced players that have been there and done that. We were lucky enough to come in contact with Roberto and Danyael, who had the kind of pedigree and experience we were definitely looking for. Having both been in bands that have released numerous albums worldwide and toured extensively, they are a perfect fit for this new band. The missing element was, of course, vocalist Josh, who came into the band with the work ethic, experience and attitude that is essential as a vocalist to help the songs take on a life of their own. His unique and identifiable vocal style is the change we needed from our past projects as we definitely had the idea of Kill Ritual taking a new direction from our collective past bands and I think we have achieved that. I mean, what's the point of rehashing what you've already done?”
Whyzdom - New signing and new album 'Blind?'  
Following the acclaimed debut ‘From The Brink Of Infinity’, Whyzdom have signed a deal with Scarlet Records and are proud to present ‘Blind?’, their new album. The band, which is known for their own signature approach to Symphonic Metal, blend once more intricate orchestral parts (including all the subtleties of strings, winds, brass, classical percussions, piano, harp etc.) and a real choir with the power of Heavy Metal. Through a coherence that hides the inherent complexity of this genre, Elvyne Lorient’s passionate melodies immediately stick into your mind, conveying pure emotions right from the very first note she sings. The album title not only refers to the blindness of people towards what’s happening around them, but also to the fact that we, as humans, often deliberately choose to be blind in many uncomfortable circumstances, which eventually lead us on the wrong path of life. ‘Blind?’ was produced by Vynce Leff, recorded and mixed in Paris at Powermania Studio and mastered by Mathieu Gillon and Vynce Leff at 120dB Studio. The stunning artwork is the result of a collaboration between X-Nihilo Design, Les Créations Vultus and Florent Cuaz, who gave real life to Whyzdom’s visual universe.
Follow www.whyzdom.com for all the updates.
Solisia - New signing and new album 'Universeasons'  
Formed in 2006 in Rome, Italy, Solisia debuted with the critically acclaimed mini CD ‘The Film Of My Life’, that led them to sign a deal with Underground Symphony for the release of their debut full length album ‘Ordinary Fate’. Combining powerful guitars and beautiful clean vocals, classy arrangements and virtuoso instrumental parts, Solisia have already proved to be able to attract a wide range of listeners, but with their new, upcoming album ‘UniverSeasons’, the band were able to reach a new, higher level of maturity and musical complexity, delivering 11 tracks of astonishing beauty. ‘UniverSeasons’ features the combined talents of the new, amazing female singer Elie Syrelia and a group of musicians that is second to none. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni (DGM) at Domination Studios. French artist Alexandra V Bach (Kamelot, Adagio, Operatika) once again handled the evocative artwork. The released date has been confirmed for November 13th, 2012. Follow www.scarletrecords.it and www.solisia.eu for all the updates.
   
Hotel Diablo - New signing and debut album 'The Return to Psycho, California'  
Los Angeles based Hard Rock sensation Hotel Diablo has signed a worldwide deal with Scarlet Records for the physical release of their full length debut 'The Return To Psycho, California'.
The band formed in early 2011, when vocalist Rick Stitch and guitarist Alex Grossi had just come off a grueling world tour with original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler in support of his tell-all biography. Upon returning home, Alex and Rick both departed the Adler camp in search of a fresh project and when they played a one-off gig in Hollywood with powerhouse rhythm section Mike Duda and Mike Dupke, everyone in the room had the same, excited feeling. The chemistry was undeniable!
Hotel Diablo's full length debut 'The Return To Psycho, California' was produced by Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses, Rockstar Supernova) with additional production by underground LA producer Matt Starr, and will be available worldwide starting September 25th. Legendary Los Angeles rock station 95.5 KLOS exclusively debuted 'Bury You', the first track released off of the album, to an overwhelming response in June of 2012.
"We are very excited to be working with Scarlet Records" says guitarist Alex Grossi "In the past couple of years they have really grown to become a major force in the European rock and metal market, and coupled with the muscle of E1 here in the US we feel that ‘The Return To Psycho, California will reach the audience is was meant to" .
Follow www.thehoteldiablo.com for all the updates.
Sound Storm - New signing and new album 'Immortalia'  
Sound Storm have signed a worldwide deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their new album 'Immortalia'. Over the years the band have developed a very personal blend of Heavy Metal mixed with a theatrical sense of drama, which was internationally recognised with the release of their critically acclaimed debut 'Twilight Opera'. This new chapter marks another important milestone for the band, mixing their wide range of influences in a piece of work perfectly balanced between powerful guitars, magnificent symphonic choirs, gothic atmospheres and baroque melodies, which is definitely worth listening to. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Metal House Studio by Ettore Rigotti (Disarmonia Mundi), 'Immortalia' is a stunning concept album on the quest for eternal life, an amazing journey through literature, poetry and history, a collection of songs linked together by the common theme of the immortality of the soul. The evocative artwork was handled by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire). 'Immortalia' will be released August 28th, 2012. Shortly after the band will support Norwegian Gothic Metal veterans Tristania on their new European tour, starting September 14th, 2012 . Follow www.powerofsoundstorm.com for all the updates.
Angels Of Babylon - New signing and new album  
Angels Of Babylon have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their long-waited second album. Founded by former Manowar drummer Kenny “Rhino” Earl in 2008, Angels Of Babylon released their debut album ‘Kingdom Of Evil’ in 2010, which featured another heavy metal legend, Dave Ellefson (of Megadeth fame) on bass guitar. The yet to be announced new album can be described as a collection of epic, melodic and heavy songs that will inspire and arouse the imagination, a timeless piece of work that any real heavy metal fan will treasure for many years to come.
Holy Knights - New signing and new album 'Between Daylight And Pain'  
Symphonic Power metallers Holy Knights have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their second, long-waited album 'Between Daylight And Pain'. The band debuted in 2001 with the critically acclaimed album 'Gate Through The Past', which attracted enthusiastic reactions throughout the world, despite the fact that a series of internal problems put the band in hiatus for the following ten years, with its members now focused on various projects such as Thy Majestie, Trinakrius and Crimsonwind to name a few. In 2010 the long break was finally interrupted with the band entering the studio to commence working on their sophomore album. 'Between Daylight And Pain' is everything that a Symphonic Metal fan can dream of: powerful guitars, captivating melodies, refined orchestrations and evocative atmospheres for what has already been described as a true melodic masterpiece.
Thy Majestie - New album ‘ShiHuangDi’  
Veteran power metallers Thy Majestie will release their long-waited fifth album ‘ShiHuangDi’ on Scarlet Records. The album, which marks the first Thy Majestie release since 2009's ‘Dawn’, was recorded at Wreck Studios in Palermo, Italy, mixed by Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre) at Outer Sound Studios in Rome, Italy and mastered by Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius) at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Another epic conceptual record, in the vein of Thy Majesties’s acclaimed albums ‘The Lasting Power’ (2000) and ‘Hastings 1066’ (2002), ‘ShiHuangDi’ marks another important chapter in the band’s career, this time dealing with the life of the legendary Qin Shi Huang, who became the first emperor of a unified China in 221 BC. ‘ShiHuangDi’ will see Thy Majestie returning to their trademark sound, made of epic atmospheres, massive orchestral and operatic parts and - most of all - genuinely devastating metal. A very special guest appearance by renowned singer Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, Vision Divine, Kamelot) has also been announced. More exciting new will be released soon on www.thymajestie.com.
Secret Sphere - Michele Luppi is the new singer of the band  
Veteran power metallers Secret Sphere have just officially confirmed that renowned singer Michele Luppi has been added to the ranks of the band. Best known for his oustanding vocal contribution to a moltitude of melodic metal masterpieces, including those of bands such as Vision Divine, Thaurorod and Killing Touch to name a few, Luppi is without a doubt the best choice the band could have made in order to achieve its new ambitious goals after more that a decade in the business. The talented singer contributed to Secret Sphere's new album 'Portrait Of A Dying Heart' writing lyrics and melodies as well as delivering one of his best vocal performances to date. Here is how Secret Sphere's founding guitarist Aldo Lonobile commented the event:
"We are extremely happy to welcome Michele to our family. Everybody knows what he is capable of doing with his voice, that's why, for the moment, I would just like to share with you the positive vibes we felt working with such a great musician and friend. All our fans will surely catch the excitement within the band by simply listening to the new album."
Michele Luppi stated as follows:
"I'm very proud to be the new singer of this fantastic group! All the guys in the band made me feel part of their family since we first met. I can feel that our forthcoming album 'Portrait Of A Dying Heart' is by far one of the best I've ever done, though I'm still recording the vocals. I wanna thank all the guys in Secret Sphere for their trust and belief and I'm willing to share all my experience and passion in order to write and perform our music the best way we can... For us but mostly for all of you Secret Sphere maniacs out there!"
More details will be announced soon on www.secretsphere.org
Def-Con-One - New signing and debut album 'Warface'  
English Metal masters Def-Con-One, featuring former Venom and Mpire Of Evil drummer Antton Lant, have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their debut album ‘Warface’. With influences covering a wide range of musical styles, from modern Metal to old school Rock and Punk, Def-Con-One have been described by the organizers of Bloodstock Open Air Festival (where they played in 2011) as a bar fight between Machine Head, Slayer and Pantera. Def-Con-One is on a mission to spread their sound and infect the world with ‘Warface’. Songs such as the titletrack and ‘Steeped In Pain’, which offer up huge slabs of aggressive, groove laden riffs, beats and vocals that will be hard to beat. Songs like ‘Blood’, which has harmonies that infect the brain. Hook filled tracks such as ‘My Halo’ and ‘March Of The Dead’. Every song from Def-Con-One is crushing! A solid year of gigs in 2011 increased their fan base and saw them play the length and breadth of the UK. The band has gone from strength to strength and is now ready to unleash themselves upon the world. Follow the latest news on www.def-con-one.com.
Burning Point - New signing and new album 'The Ignitor'  
Finnish melodic metallers Burning Point have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their new album ‘The Ignitor’. No other title could be more appropriate to describe an album that truly ignites all the elements that Burning Point are about. The band have come a long way round musically and you can really hear it in their music. ‘The Ignitor’ takes all the good things from its predecessors, throwing them into a whirlwind of Heavy Metal and from the eye of the storm rises what can be easily considered the Finns’ masterpiece.
‘The Ignitor’ was recorded at HelGate and Reindeer Horns Studios and mastered at Tico Tico Studios (Sonata Arctica, Sentenced) by Ahti Kortelainen. The beautiful cover artwork was handled by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Iron Savior).
Follow all the latest news on www.burningpointmetal.com.
Lullacry - New signing and new album 'Where Angels Fear'  
Pioneers of Finnish female-fronted Metal Lullacry will release their long-waited fifth album 'Where Angels Fear’ on April 16th on Scarlet Records. The album, which marks the first Lullacry release since 2005's 'Vol. 4', was produced by Mikko Herranen, who also sings a duet with Tanja in the track 'Feel My Revenge'. The album was mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers in Helsinki. Here is how guitarist Sami Leppikangas commented the event:
“Yes it sure has taken a lot of time and many things have happened. Last year has probably been the best we've had in Lullacry, at least when it comes to vibes. And you can hear that in the album. For the first time I made the songs without thinking that I have to do a goth ballad or a rock song. We just did things more spontaneously and it led to an album that is a lot more dark, ambitious and multi-dimensional than its predecessors. We’ve also paid a lot more attention to the lyrics and the production, which is much more dynamic. It will be awesome to go and play these new tunes to people, we've really waited this moment for so long.”
Follow www.lullacry.com for all the latest updates.
Mpire Of Evil - 'Hell To The Holy' coming out soon  
Mpire Of Evil’s long-waited full length album, ‘Hell To The Holy’, will be released March 26th, 2012 on Scarlet Records. The album boasts 10 brand-new tracks displaying the band’s infectious and groovy Heavy Metal assault, conveying Mantas’ thunderous riffs, a huge rhythm section and Dolan’s abrasive vocals into a monstrous musical holocaust which will appeal to both old school and modern Metal fans. Produced by Mantas himself and featuring stunning cover artwork by Gyula Havancsák (Annihilator, Destruction, Grave Digger), ‘Hell To The Holy’ is without any doubts a “must have” album for2012. A North American tour with British thrash legends Onslaught has already been confirmed but many more dates will follow soon. Despite having played on the album, drummer Antony “Antton” Lant has since left the band for personal reasons but a replacement for the tour will be announced soon. Follow www.mpireofevil.com for all the updates.
Evenoire – New signing and debut album 'Vitriol'  

Evenoire have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their debut album ‘Vitriol’. Formed in 2007, Evenoire combine a wide range of influences, from Gothic to Symphonic Metal with a very distinctive Medieval/Folk approach, which has already attracted overwhelming response from the international underground Metal scene. A special mention goes to extraordinary lead vocalist Lisy Stefanoni, whose ethereal and powerful voice adds an extra dimension to the melodies and makes her one of the most promising female singers around.
‘Vitriol’ was recorded at Dreamsound Studios in MunichGermany, with Mario Lochert (Emergency Gate, Graveworm, Visions Of Atlantis) behind theconsolle. Mastering and Mixing duties were handled by Jan Vacik (Dreamscape). The album features a very special guest appearance by German soprano Gaby Koss (Haggard, Equilibrium, Nota Profana) in the song ‘Misleading Paradise’. Check out www.evenoire.it for more info.

Kaledon – New album 'Mightiest Hits'  
Veteran power metallers Kaledon are going to release their first “best of” album January 31st, 2012. ‘Mightiest Hits’ includes 12 songs from each one of their 6 studio albums (2 songs from each episode of the ‘Legend Of The Forgotten Reign’ saga) plus 1 brand new track, ‘Steel Maker’, which introduces the main character of their soon to be recorded new album, the heroic figure of Altor. All the songs taken from the first 2 albums (‘The Destruction', 2002 and ‘The King’s rescue’, 2003) have been re-recorded by the new line-up, the ones from the 3rd and 4th (‘The Way Of The Light’, 2004 and ‘Twilight Of The Gods’, 2006, featuring Stratovarius’ Jorg Michael on drums) have been re-sang and re-mixed, whilst the ones from the latter 2 albums (A New Era Begins’, 2008 and ‘The Last Night On The Battlefield’, 2010) have been re-mastered.
‘Mightiest Hits’ will be available in a double CD format, including a bonus disc containing the very rare band demos, for a total of 11 songs. The amazing artwork was handled by Nerve Design (Nile, Threshold, Vision Divine, Bulldozer). Follow the latest news on www.kaledon.com.
Eagleheart - New signing and new album 'Dreamtherapy'  
Hailing from Brno, Czech Republic, Eagleheart is one of the most promising new forces in the current Power Metal scene. Their debut album, ‘Moment Of Life’ (2008) gained an excellent response from fans and critics alike, leading them to energetic live performances as a support band for names like W.A.S.P., Blaze Bayley and André Matos to name a few, not mentioning the fact that they also appeared at some of the biggest Czech Metal festivals such as Masters Of Rock and Benátská Noc where Eagleheart played for thousands of fans. ‘Dreamtherapy’ is the title of their long awaited second album produced by Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), described as a giant step forward in every direction: heavier and faster than ever before, combining the Classic Metal sound with a fresh personal approach that makes it relevant for this day and age. The album will be released November 24th in Europe and January 17 th in USA on Scarlet Records. More info on www.eagleheart.eu.
Ecnephias - New signing and new album 'Inferno'  
Occult Metal band Ecnephias have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their third album ‘Inferno’, which has been described as a substantial step forward in the band’s career, in multiple ways: the lyrics will be both in their native Italian and English languages and the music is developing in a more mature and melodic direction without denaturalizing Ecnephias’ distinctive heavy sound, Mediterranean influences and refined arrangements. Here’s how the band leader, Mancan, commented the event: “Those who follow Ecnephias and have an open mind towards extreme music, will not be disappointed by this new release. And for those of you who like comparisons, I would say that ‘Inferno’ is the perfect mix of Rotting Christ’s more melodic approach, Paradise Lost and Dark Rock, with a very personal ‘Mediterranean’ and ‘theatrical’ touch. This record is for those who have always followed us and those who want to experience something new.” ‘Inferno’ will be released in December 2011. More news on www.ecnephias.com.
Necrodeath - New album 'Idiosyncrasy'  
Legendary black/thrashers Necrodeath are set to release their brand-new album ‘Idiosyncrasy’ on Scarlet Records. This new effort is arguably the band’s most challenging so far, both musically and lyrically, consisting in one single (40 min. long) track which sums Necrodeath’s musical approach without necessarily trying to sound “progressive”. Drummer Peso has once again written the majority of the music, this time with a big help from guitarist Pier Gonella, whose importance within the band’s dynamics is constantly increasing. Singer Flegias and Peso are co-authors of the lyrical concept, inspired by the eternal conflict between good and evil and the struggle towards reaching the interior peace against all odds.
'Idiosyncrasy' was recorded at Outer Sound Studios in Rome, Italy and Music Art Studios in Rapallo, Italy and mixed by Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre). The artwork, inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s classic movie ‘Reservoir Dogs’, has been made by Nerve Design (Nile, Threshold, Vision Divine, Bulldozer). Leif Jensen (Dew-Scented) is credited as a very special guest on vocals.
A trailer of the new album si available on Necrodeath's official Youtube page (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWmgPfdUeAM)
More info on www.necrodeath.net
Tesla - 'Twisted Wires & The Acoustic Sessions...'  
Scarlet Records is proud to announce that it will be releasing Californian rock legends’ Tesla new album ‘Twisted Wires & The Acoustic Sessions…’ on July 25th in Europe. The album will feature 6 tracks that were recorded back in 2005 at bassist Brian Wheat's J Street Recorders studio (which are the last recordings with original member Tommy Skeoch) and 6 newly recorded tracks which include acoustic remakes of songs from their entire catalog and two brand new songs called ‘2nd Street’ and ‘Better Off Without You’. ‘Twisted Wires & The Acoustic Sessions…’ is the follow up to 2008's ‘Forever More’.

2011 also marks the 25th anniversary of the band! To stay updated on everything Tesla visit their Official Site (www.teslatheband.com), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/teslatheband) and Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/teslatheband).
The Slam - New signing and debut album 'Hit It!'  
The Slam have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the worldwide release of their debut album 'Hit It!'. Founded by Canadian raised lead singer and guitarist Serge Simic, The Slam combine inspired guitar licks, driving grooves and catchy melodies in the likes of Seventies hard rock giants such as Kiss, Black Sabbath, Boston, Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. 'Hit It!' was mixed in Los Angeles by renowned producer Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai, Alice Cooper), who recognized and captured the essence of that positive, highly energetic rock'n'roll The Slam is unleashing. The "Voice of rock" himself, Mr. Glenn Hughes, appears as a very special guest on the track 'Little Angel', with an outstanding performance on lead vocals. The album will be out on the 11th October 2011. Check out all the updates on www.theslamband.com.
DGM - European tour with Symphony X  

Symphony X is touring Europe this fall on their newest release "Iconoclast". Support will be by Norway's Pagans Mind and Italy's DGM (see show support schedule and city listing below). The band are excited and looking forward to play for their European fans.

SEPTEMBER 2011

wed 28 - HAMBURG (D), KNUST - Pagan's Mind + DGM
thu 29 - BOCHUM (D), ZECHE - Pagan's Mind + DGM
fri 30 - ZOETERMEER (NL), BOERDERIJ - DGM

Eldritch - New signing and new album 'Gaia's Legacy'  
Veteran progressive metallers Eldritch have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their eight studio album ‘Gaia’s Legacy’, a concept on global warming based on Al Gore’s documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’. The album will see Eldritch going back to their technical progressive roots, with lots of influences raging from thrash to aor and a modern approach still in the band’s distinctive style. Frontman Terence Holler wrote all the lyrics after a deep search of information on every kind of source for the last 3 years. ‘Gaia’s Legacy’ was produced by Marco Ribecai and Eugenio Simone at Syncropain Products Studio in Pisa, Italy, and mastered by Göran Finnberg (Opeth, In Flames, Evergrey, Dark Tranquillity) in Sweden. Firewind’s Bob Katsionis, a long-time fan of the band, is credited as special guest keyboardist on the song ‘Like A Child’. The album will see the light of the day in late September 2011. Check out all the latest info on www.eldritchweb.com.
Primevil has changed its name to Mpire Of Evil  
Primevil, the new band featuring former Venom members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar), Antony "Antton" Lant (drums; brother of Venom frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant) and Tony "The Demolition Man" Dolan (bass, vocals) has changed its name to Mpire Of Evil. Commented the group: "It was brought to our attention that a band who named themselves after our sixth Venom album, 'Prime Evil', had decided to get back together after we had announced our intentions. We had already signed our deal with Scarlet and had appearances booked but we have decided to cancel those shows as our belief is that EVERY band should have a chance and we do not wish to exclude anyone so we have made this change. We apologize to the Venom Legions and fans who chose our name but we hope you support this/our decision.., and so... welcome to the Mpire Of Evil!". Mpire Of Evil's debut mini-album, 'The Creatures Of The Black', will be released this summer on Scarlet Records. The CD will feature cover versions of four songs that influenced the members of the band ('Exciter' by Judas Priest, 'God Of Thunder' by Kiss, 'Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be' by AC/DC and 'Motörhead' by Motörhead) plus two brand new original tracks, 'The Creatures Of The Black' and 'Reptile'. A full-length effort will follow sometime in September/October, with a full tour planned for 2012.
Primevil - New signing and mini album 'The Creatures Of The Black'  
Primevil, the new band formed by former Venom members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar), Tony "The Demolition Man" Dolan (bass, vocals) and Antony "Antton" Lant (drums), have signed a deal with Scarlet Records. This summer will see the release of the mini album 'The Creatures Of The Black', which features 4 cover versions of songs that influenced them to begin their very own metal journeys ('Exciter' by Judas Priest, 'God Of Thunder' by Kiss, 'Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be' by AC/DC and 'Motörhead' by Motörhead) plus 2 brand new Primevil tracks, 'The Creatures Of The Black' and 'Reptile'. The mini album is going to anticipate Primevil's debut full length album, which will be out sometime around September/October 2011. As appearences are being booked now a full tour is preparing for 2012.Check out all the updates on www.scarletrecords.it and www.primevil.eu. All Hail!
Infinita Symphonia - New signing and debut album 'A Mind's Chronicle'  
Symphonic Power Prog metallers Infinita Symphonia have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the June 2011 release of their debut album ‘A Mind’s Chronicle’, a representation of the human mind that emphasizes the role of personal decisions in our own journey of life. The album features very special guest appearances by Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest,Iced Earth, Malmsteen) and Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, Vision Divine). It was recorded and mixed at Outer Sound Studios in Rome, Italy, by Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre) and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland, by Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius, Edguy). The beautiful cover artwork was handled by Nerve Design (Nile, Threshold, Legion Of The Damned, Vision Divine,Exilia). More info on www.infinitasymphonia.com.
Scar Of The Sun - New signing and debut album ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Concurrencies’  
Scar Of The Sun have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the worldwide release of their much anticipated debut album ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Concurrencies’, a multi-dimensional musical concept blending many elements and influences, from gothic and doom atmospheres to modern electronic samples, from symphonic arrangements to the Swedish sound, with a touch of progressive structures and lots of heaviness and drama. The album was co-produced and mixed with renowned Canadian producer Rhys Fulber (Paradise Lost, Fear Factory, Megadeth, Machine Head) and mastered by Greg Reely (Paradise Lost, Strapping Young Lad, Theatre Of Tragedy, Fear Factory, Machine Head) and features special guest appearances by Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity), Bob Katsionis (Firewind), Marios Iliopoulos (Nightrage), Chris Antoniou (Septic Flesh) and Leah Randi (Conjure One). ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Concurrencies’ will be released in May 2011. More info on www.ScarOfTheSun.com.
Necrodeath - Retrospective album 'The Age Of Fear'  
Legendary black/thrashers Necrodeath are set to release their definitive retrospective CD 'The Age Of Fear' May 26th, 2011 and June 14th, 2011 on Scarlet Records. Featuring songs from their entire back catalogue, starting with 1987's legendary debut album 'Into The Macabre' until their latest 'Old Skull', 'The Age Of Fear' captures the entire essence of the band to this day whilst awaiting their next new album, to be released in the fall of 2011 on Scarlet Records.
'The Age of Fear' features 15 classic tracks including the previously unreleased "onyric" version of the song 'Queen Of Desire', featuring guest appearances by Giorgia Gueglio (Mastercastle) on vocals and Botys Beezart (Godyva) on piano, the stunning cover version of Slayer’s ‘Black Magic’ and the live version of the band’s own ‘The Theory’. The beautiful artwork was made by French artist Pierre-Alain D. at 3mmi Design.
More info on www.necrodeath.net.
Bulldozer – 'Unexpected Fate' Special Edition  
Strengthened by the renewed legacy of original members AC Wild and Andy Panigada, Bulldozer released their long-waited come back album ‘Unexpected Fate’ in 2009, after signing a worldwide deal with Scarlet Records. The album was a huge success among all the real thrash metal purists around the globe: fast & furious as never before, with a lethal dosage of heavy riffs and disturbing vocals, plenty of attitude, an intriguing lyrical concept and special guest appearances by renowned musicians Jennifer Batten and Billy Sheehan.
May 26th, 2011 (Europe) and June 14th, 2011 (USA) will see Scarlet Records releasing a special edition of the album including 4 bonus Bulldozer classics (‘Minkions’, ‘Micro V.I.P., ‘Willfull Death’ and the ‘IX/Desert’ medley) recorded live at Rock Hard Festival 2010 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, where the band annihilated the audience with their notoriously electrifying performance. ‘Unexpected Fate Special Edition’ will be released in a captivating digipack CD format.
More news on www.scarletrecords.it.
Faithsedge - New signing and debut album 'Faithsedge'  
Faithsedge has signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the worldwide release of their much anticipated debut album. Faithsedge was started by singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia in Huntington Beach, California, in early 2009. The band’s all-star line up includes renowned bassist/producer Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Lukather/Starbreaker), former Dokken guitarist Alex De Rosso and drummer Tony Morra (Rebecca St James,Van Zant). The resulting effort is a perfect mix of hard rock, heavy metal and progressive, with lots of vocals and hooks, shredding guitar solos, pounding bass and drums and plenty of melodically challenging songwriting. ‘Faithsedge’ was mastered by Tom Baker at Precision Mastering (Judas Priest/Motley Crue). The album will be out April 19, 2011. Get ready for Faithsedge! More info on www.faithsedgemusic.com
Solar Fragment - New signing and new album 'In Our Hands'  
April 2011 will see Scarlet Records releasing Solar Fragment’s new album ‘In Our Hands’. After getting together in 2004 the band quickly became a substantial part of the German Power Metal underground, gaining remarkable international feedback shortly after, with their celebrated debut ‘A Spark Of Deity’. ‘In Our Hands’ holds on to the band’s trademark of keeping things fast, melodic, traditional but fresh, mixing powerful grooves and emotional melodies in 10 brand-new catchy and diversified songs that every heavy metal fan will better not miss. It was no surprise that Blind Guardian’s Hansi Kürsch himself wanted to join forces with the boys on the epic anthem ‘Inside The Circle’, adding an extra flavour to the band’s own Robert Leger’s extraordinary voice.
Check out all the updates on www.solar-fragment.com.
Labyrinth – Retrospective album 'As Time Goes By...' and European tour  
2011 marks Italian power metal pioneers Labyrinth's 20 Year Anniversary and the band celebrates the occasion with the release of the restrospective album 'As Time Goes By...', containing their classics plus 2 bonus tracks, the acoustic version of ‘A Midnight Autumn's Dream’ and the cover version of Yngwie Malmsteen’s ‘You Don't Remember and I'll Never Forget’. February 24th 2011 saw the band embarking on a full European tour with Finnish power metallers Sonata Arctica.
“I have very fond memories of that year 1991. It all started out with an idea by Olaf Thorsen and like every young band, all we wanted to do was rock out in our practice room, hoping to develop our passion into something more. What is now a rare green cassette, 'Midnight Resistance', soon became our very first recording. Since then, we've experienced all the ups and downs of being in a band, through critically-acclaimed albums, fan recognition, line-up changes, personal issues and hundreds of gigs played in almost every corner of the world. This new release is, first of all, our own way to look back at things and put them in prospective. We just wanted to trace back our career and try to realize how much we have done and how much we still want to achieve. We also wanted to take a little rest before this new, exciting chapter of our lives and career, the European tour with Sonata Arctica, in support of our latest release ‘Return To Heaven Denied Pt. 2 - A Midnight Autum's Dream’. But we couldn't do all this on our own, and here comes the real reason why we wanted to put out this new release: make sure you will be part of Labyrinth's history once again. We still have a long way to go.”
Dotma - New signing and debut album 'Sleep Paralyses'  
Scarlet has signed a new deal with Finnish symphonic/power metallers Dotma for the release of their debut album 'Sleep Paralyses'. The album was recorded in December 2009 at Rockstar Productions, Hyvinkää, Finland, with the help of sound engineer Lari Takala and was mastered in May 2010 at renowned Cutting Room Studios, Sweden (Scorpions, Europe), with Björn Engelmann. On this spectacular debut release Dotma had the chance to collaborate with various guest musicians such as Vladimir Lumi (ex-Thaurorod), Ines Lukkanen (Embassy Of Silence), Lasse Nyman (Thaurorod) and Tero Kalliomäki (Embassy Of Silence, Saattue). And let’s not forget Dotma's own Johanna Lesonen’s outstanding vocal performance, which makes the band’s music a truly overwhelming experience. 'Sleep Paralyses' will be released in March 2011. And be sure that it will be something worth waiting for. More info on www.dotma.net and www.myspace.com/dotma
New North American distribution deal  

 

Scarlet has entered a new deal with Belmondo Entertainment/Entertainment One Distribution for the North American distribution of its new releases and extensive catalog. Belmondo/Entertainment One will acquire both physical and digital rights for the Italian based metal label's roster, which includes many acclaimed international acts such Revolution Renaissance (featuring former Stratovarius’ mastermind Timo Tolkki), Skyclad, Royal Hunt, Labyrinth, Vision Divine, Dark Moor, Sadist, Bulldozer, Shaman, DGM, Necrodeath and Operatika among others.

Scarlet Label Manager Filippo Bersani comments “Scarlet is finally back in the North American market with its entire catalog. And we are really excited to start this new venture with the professional setup that Belmondo and Entertainment One can guarantee and, most importantly, their passion for music.”

Belmondo Entertainment CEO Adriane Ciani and Head of Production Max Serio add "We are very proud to be representing Scarlet Records as they re- launch into the US & Canadian market place. Their repertoire, A&R and long history as one of the preeminent metal labels in Europe is sure to make them a force in North America. We at Belmondo along with our partners at Entertainment One look forward to a long and successful relationship.”
Additionally, Scarlet has signed a new deal with PR firm Freeman Promotions for all its marketing and promotional activities in North America, as stated by the firm's owner Jon Freeman himself "I am very excited to be involved with working with Scarlet Records in North America. With their impressive roster of artists and releases that they have coming down the pipe, I am confident that Scarlet will soon become a household name in the metal community”.

Operatika pay homage to Ronnie James Dio  
Operatika is pleased to announce the official release of their new single, a stunning cover version of Ronnie James Dio's 'We Rock', a tribute to the legendary singer and his contribution to the world of heavy metal. In light of Dio's recent passing Operatika will be donating all of the proceeds from this song to Dio's Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund.
Listen to the song here: www.operatika.com/yura/music/We_Rock.mp3
More details on www.operatika.com and www.myspace.com/operatika
At the moment, the band is in full pre-production mode for their next album. The new songs have been described as heavier and more technical than ever before. A release date is expected for 2011.
Odd Dimension – New signing and debut album 'Symmetrical'  
Italian progressive metallers Odd Dimension are going to release their debut album ‘Symmetrical’ on Scarlet Records. The album has been described as an exciting journey through good and evil, light and shadows, past and present, a classy concept record based on the life of a father and his beloved son. ‘Symmetrical’ was mixed at Thin Ice Studios, London, by Karl Groom (guitarist of British progressive metal legends Threshold) and mastered at Massive Art Studios in Milan, Italy. The stunning artwork was handled by renowned Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes at Abstrata Studios (Manowar, Angra, Firewind, Arch Enemy). More info on www.myspace.com/odddimension
Dark Moor – New album ‘Ancestral Romance’  
Symphonic power metal masters Dark Moor are back with their brand-new album, ‘Ancestral Romance’, the band’s eight full length release, an amazing homage to the Spanish cultural heritage, recorded once again with Luigi Stefanini (Rhapsody, Labyrinth, Vision Divine) at New Sin Studios in Loria, Italy, and expected to be released in November 2010 on Scarlet Records. The album contains ten brand new songs, most notably ‘Alaric De Marnac’, a powerful tune which pays tribute to renowned horror actor/screenwriter Paul Naschy, who recently died in Madrid, and ‘La Canción Del Pirata’, Dark Moor’s first ever song in Spanish. The new album, which will be presented October 23rd 2010 at Heineken Hall in Madrid is a giant new step in the band’s career : musical excellence, big symphonic tunes, catchy chorus and memorable melodies for the fans to go crazy ! Stay tuned on www.dark-moor.com
Extrema – New bassist and touring plans  
Extrema have just announced the addition to the band’s official line-up of new bassist Gabri Giovanna (Fuzz Fuzz Machine), who had already replaced former bassist Mattia Bigi during the band’s last summer tour. A statement regarding the next club tour will be made available soon. The new set list will once again revolve around the band’s latest album, ‘Pound For Pound’, but it will also include some extracts from the band’s 1993 classic ‘Tension At The Seams’. For more info you can visit www.extremateam.com

The band will also take part in the soundtrack of the western/horror movie ‘Undead Men’, in which guitarist Tommy Massara also plays a role as an actor. Check out more news about this project on creativecomicsvideo.blogspot.com
Shaman – New album 'Origins'  
Brazilian power metallers Shaman, formed in 2000 by drummer Ricardo Confessori (Angra), are ready to release their third studio offering, ‘Origins’, an outstanding collection of songs which was developed during the last 2 years and which will bring to the table some of Shaman’s most memorable riffs and vocal melodies so far, with a special mention for singer Thiago Bianchi’s extraordinary vocal performance. The album, produced by Shaman and mastered by Vlado Meller (Metallica, Slayer, Muse) at Universal Studios (New York) will be released in October 2010 on Scarlet Records. Cover artwork was handled by renowned brazilian artist Carlos Fides (Almah, Narnia). For more info stay tuned on www.shamanimmortal.com.
Secret Sphere – New signing and new album 'Archetype'  
Secret Sphere, one of the best known European symphonic/power metal bands, have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their new album ‘Archetype’, the sixth in their career. The band’s first release, ‘Mistress Of The Shadowlight’, came out in 1999 and since then Secret Sphere have accomplished many important goals, including two albums released on powerful German label Nuclear Blast and countless tours and festivals around the world, sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in metal such as Megadeth, Judas Priest, King Diamond and many others. Last but not least, in early 2010 they were chosen to open the European tour of German heavy metal veterans Gamma Ray. But the best has yet to come… ‘Archetype’, due to be released in September 2010, has already been described as the band’s most instinctive, mature and energetic album, an overwhelming mixture of classy arrangements, beautiful melodies and powerful rhythms. Be ready for one of the heavy metal highlits of 2010. More info on www.myspace.com/heartanger
DGM – 'Synthesis' DVD+CD  
DGM are going to celebrate their 15 year long career with a stunning live DVD, ‘Synthesis’, recorded in April 2010 in Rome, Italy, which will be released in September 2010 on Scarlet Records. The DVD will come out in a special package containing various bonus material plus a bonus CD featuring the band’s greatest hits, re-recorded specifically for this release. Also 2 previously unreleased tracks, ‘Just Like Before’ and ‘The Only One’ will be included in the CD. ‘Synthesis’ is a real “must” for all the band’s fanatics but also for those who have never experienced one of the greatest power-progressive acts in today’s metal scene. DGM are also ready to hit the American soil, having been invited to take part in the premier US Prog/Power Metal festival ProgPower USA in Atlanta, Georgia, where they will share the stage with celebrated acts such as Kamelot, Hammerfall, Nocturnal Rites and many more on September 11th 2010. Follow the latest news on www.dgmsite.com
Labyrinth – New album 'Return To Heaven Denied Pt.2'  
Power Metal legends Labyrinth have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of 'Return To Heaven Denied Pt.2 - A Midnight Autumn's Dream', a stunning concept album conceived to be the continuation of their much celebrated masterpiece ‘Return To Heaven Denied’ (1998), still considered by fans and media alike as a real Classic in its genre. Labyrinth’s new effort features guitarist and mastermind Olaf Thorsen back on board and the band sticking to their Power Metal roots. Produced by Olaf Thorsen himself and Labyrinth and mastered by Mika Jussila at renowned Finnvox Studios, Helsinki (Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, HIM), 'Return To Heaven Denied Pt.2' is without doubt the album that every fan of powerful and melodic music was waiting for and has already been described as a powerful, technically challenging and melodically enthralling piece of music. Cover artwork was held by Nerve Design (Threshold, Nile, Legion Of The Damned, Vision Divine). The album will be out June 21st 2010. More info at www.labyrinthband.com and www.myspace.com/labyrinthitaly
Royal Hunt – New signing and new album 'X'  
Legendary Danish hard rock/prog metal band Royal Hunt have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the European release of their new album ‘X’. After selling 1.5 million albums and touring the world numerous times, the band’s still going strong, with André Andersen, keyboardist and main composer since day one, heading back to the roots of Rock with a brand new, astonishing 70´s inspired album. Here’s how Andersen himself commented the event: “This album came out of our love for the 70´s music (tagged as Classic Rock nowadays) – from Kansas, Genesis and ELP to Uriah Heep and Deep Purple - music which was/is very adventurous while just a tad naïve at the same time (as some might say). We all are notoriously resistant to categorize it in any way, form or shape, but (if hard pressed) would go as far as saying that it’s definitely much more hard rock than metal and if by ‘progressive’ you might mean some odd time signatures here and there as well as random key changes – sure, there’re tons of them here… as well as really basic, simple stuff – so go figure.” The album will be released in June 2010 and “If you’re into pre-MTV, pre-computer/digital but pure quality rock – this thing’s been tailor made for you!” Check out the latest news on www.royalhunt.com or www.myspace.com/royalhuntmusic
Sadist – New signing and new album 'Season In Silence'  
Scarlet Records has signed a licensing deal with Live Global for the worldwide release of Sadist's long-waited new album 'Season In Silence'.
Sadist is one of Europe's finest death metal bands, having released genre-defining milestones such as 'Above The Light' (1993) and 'Tribe' (1996) and having taken part in some of the biggest international metal events (including Wacken Open Air, Metal Camp, Gods Of Metal and several tours with Carcass, Blind Guardian, Samael and Amon Amarth among others). 'Season In Silence' is the confirmed title for the band's brand-new album, an exciting journey through the darkest side of the Human Mind based on a "freezing" concept on the coldest season of the year (the beautiful artwork was handled by nerve Design). The album has already been described as the heaviest and most technical in the entire band's career, confirming Sadist as one of the greatest techno death metal bands ever among Cynic, Atheist and Pestilence. A long tour will follow the release of the album, including various festival appearances in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary and many more to be confirmed. More info on www.sadist.it and www.myspace.com/sadistribe
Sawthis – New signing and new album 'Egod'  
After the success of their 2006 debut album ‘Fusion’, which attracted enthusiastic reviews all over the world, leading them to perform with some of the most respected artists in the metal genre such as Lacuna Coil, Vader, Destruction, Entombed and Anathema among others, Sawthis are back with a new, strong album titled ‘Egod’, which is expected to be released 17th May 2010 on Scarlet Records. ‘Egod’ has been produced by Paolo Ojetti (singer of renowned metal band Infernal Poetry and live sound engineer for many great artists such as Tony Martin, Steve Vai, Carl Palmer and L.A Guns among others) and is without doubt one of the most interesting works to merge from the Italian metal scene in recent years, a stunning mix of thrash and death metal with captivating modern influences and plenty of unique attitude. A real must for every fan of heavy, deep, passionate and truly emotional metal music. The band will start a massive tour campaign in late May, having been chosen by legendary Polish death metal band Vader as their opening act for the upcoming Eastern European tour. More news on www.sawthis.it and www.myspace.com/sawthismusic
Extrema – ‘Pound For Pound’ special edition  
May 2010 will see Extrema releasing a special edition of their latest, acclaimed album ‘Pound For Pound’ on Scarlet Records. The band will present this new version of the album live on stage at the infamous The Underworld in London, UK, Tuesday 11th May 2010. The album will contain 4 new tracks, consisting of 3 live songs recorded during the band’s latest club tour and a stunning cover version of Venom’s ‘Black Metal’. Also a brand-new videoclip for the song ‘Selfishness’ will be released during the same period. Check out the latest news on www.extremateam.com and www.myspace.com/extrema.
Kaledon – New signing and new album 'Legend Of The Forgotten Reign Chapter VI: The Last Night On The Battlefield'  
Veteran power metallers Kaledon have inked a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their new album 'Legend Of The Forgotten Reign Chapter VI: The Last Night On The Battlefield', the sixth installment of the saga started in 2002. Having collaborated with first class musicians such as Jorg Michael (Stratovarius) and having shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the metal scene (Ronnie James Dio, Anvil, Gamma Ray, Tankard and Tony Martin among others), Kaledon is without doubt more than worth to check out! The new album has been described as a return to the band's power metal roots: powerful, melodic and extremely captivating! The beautiful atwork has been made by renowned artist JP Fournier (Edguy, Avantasia, Immortal) and it perfectly depicts the band's epic music as never before! Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre) produced the album, which is expected to be released in July 2010. More info on www.kaledon.com and www.myspace.com/kaledonband
Kingcrow - New signing and new album 'Phlegethon'  
Formed back in 1996, Kingcrow is one of the leading Italian progressive metal bands, taking its name from Edgar Allan Poe's poem 'Raven' and inspired by a wide range of musical influences, spanning from classic acts such as Pink Floyd and Rush to modern day prog giants such as Porcupine Tree, Riverside, Opeth, Orphaned Land and Dream Theater. 'Phlegethon' is the confirmed title for the band's new effort, following the critically acclaimed concept-album 'Timetropia', which secured them enthusiastic reviews in the international press and several high profile gigs at big rock/metal events including Gods Of Metal (alongside Iron Maiden and Judas Priest among others) and Evolution festival (alongside Sebastian Bach, Virgin Steele and Fates Warning among others). 'Phlegethon' is a brand-new concept representing the very best of the band's musical approach and features a first class performance by Diego Marchesi, singer with outstanding vocal skills and an emotional approach which consolidated Kingcrow as one of the most exciting bands that Italy has to offer. The album is expected to be released in may 2010 on Scarlet Records. More info on www.kingcrow.it and www.myspace.com/kingcrowband.
Wuthering Heights – New signing and new album 'Salt'  
Formed back in the beginning of the nineties, Wuthering Heights started to draw attention from the Denmark scene to the entire world. Their brilliant epos of majestic and symphonic speed power metal with progressive and folk roots became the trademark of their entire discography. Their previous albums were very well received by fans and media and solidified Wuthering Heights' status as one of the most interesting bands to emerge on the international heavy metal scene in recent years. Finally, after three years of silence, the band is back with a brand-new album, the 5th in their outstanding career, titled ‘Salt’ and set to be released on the 12th April on Scarlet Records. Featuring the same line-up as seen on ‘The Shadow Cabinet’, Erik and the boys have created an epic album which is undoubtedly their strongest to date. While writing its lyrics, Erik discovered that the imagery of the sea was a perfect setting for his dark tales of personal and global armageddon. And consequently the music has traded some of its celtic delicacy for the rawness of the sailor´s tunes. Never before the end of the world has sounded this uplifting. More info on www.wuthering-heights.dk
Disdain – New signing and debut album 'Leave This World'  
Disdain, from Gothenburg, Sweden, is without doubt one of the most exciting bands you will happen to hear this year. Their music is full of life, with choruses that really wake you up, but which are counterbalanced with deep lyrics, heavy and dark enough to suit even the most evil ones of you out there! Watch out, cause the power of this machinery is about to be let out in a world-resounding roar with their debut album 'Leave this World', due early February 2010 on Scarlet Records. Their wide range of influences include bands such as Iced Earth, Sonata Arctica, Nocturnal Rites, Metallica, Dark Tranquillity, In Flames and many more, but it's life in general that inspires this kick-ass quintet’s music, which often deals with subjects such as escaping difficult situations by fighting your way through them, thinking on your own and being resourceful individuals when hard times come. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered in cooperation with renowned Studiomega in Varberg, Sweden (Tiamat, Katatonia, Sonic Syndicate, Beseech, Lake Of Tears), and includes very special guest appearances by Swedish guitar wizard Mattias "IA" Eklundh and former Lost Horizon singer Daniel Heiman. For more info you can visit www.disdain.se or www.myspace.com/disdainsweden
Royal Jester – New signing and debut album ‘Night Is Young’  
March 2010 will see Scarlet Records releasing Royal Jester's debut album 'Night is Young'. The band formed in 2008 in Sweden and straight from the start rehearsed a lot, played dozens of live shows and wrote lots of songs. They soon contacted Per Nilsson of Scar Symmetry and the band's debut album was recorded at his Studio Kabyss. Later it was mixed in Black Lounge Studio by Jonas Kjellgren, also from Scar Symmetry. Royal Jester is a modern power metal band that mixes speedy intense power metal with other elements to get a wide array of arrangements. Lyrical themes can also differ much from song to song, as well as musical influences. Let's say that fans of bands such as Helloween, Gamma Ray, Nocturnal Rites and Edguy will surely find something appealing enough! The Jester is hungry, energetic and ready to spread their word through the entire world! Expect a band to count on! For more info you can visit www.myspace.com/royaljestermetal
Extrema – Edit their new videoclip!  
If you are a video maker and you would like to demonstrate your ability, Extrema are now giving you the chance to edit their new videoclip for the song “Selfishness”. You just have to click on www.extremateam.com, register yourself, download the band clips and work on them. When you think you’re ready upload your video on www.youtube.com/boogaow and... cross your fingers! The best editing will be used as the band’s new official videoclip!
Node – New album 'In The End Everything Is A Gag'  
Formed in 1994 and mixing death metal and grindcore since then, Node is without a doubt one of the most active and well-known extreme metal bands from Italy. With four critically-acclaimed albums under their belt and a massive live activity which led them to share the stage with renowned acts such as Death, Anthrax, Lacuna Coil, Fear Factory, The Haunted and many others all around Europe, Node are going to set the world on fire with their brand-new album ‘In The End Everything Is A Gag’, out in January 2010 on Scarlet Records. With the addition of singer Beppe (Rex) Caruso and guitarist Andrea (Attila) Caniato, Node is now, for the first time, a killer five-piece: more technical, powerful and focused than ever! The new album can be described as a mix of all the band’s influences, with a fresh, modern approach which is drawing comparisons with Swedish metal giants Meshuggah. The album has been mastered by legendary Goran Finnberg at Mastering Room, Sweden. Artwork duties were handled by Seldon Hunt (Neurosis, Isis, The Ocean). Stay ready for the ultimate metal massacre! For more info you can visit www.node.it and www.myspace.com/nodeband
BULLDOZER & FRIENDS – FESTA A FAVORE DELL’UNICEF  

Per salutare il ritorno sul palco, oltre diciannove anni dopo il loro ultimo concerto (andato in scena il 1° Dicembre 1990 al Prego di Milano), i leggendari thrash metallers Bulldozer hanno organizzato una festa di beneficenza il cui ricavato andrà interamente devoluto all’Unicef. La quota di partecipazione all’evento è stata fissata a soli 8 Euro. Al termine della loro esibizione i Bulldozer metteranno a disposizione per circa un ora il palco, con batteria, amplificatori, microfoni e basso di AC Wild, in modo che gruppi composti da amici e supporters possano partecipare all’evento suonando una canzone ciascuno a scelta. Lo spirito di questo concerto è legato a doppio filo a quello che è il messaggio principale del loro ultimo lavoro in studio, il recente ‘Unexpected Fate’, volendosi contribuire ad aiutare milioni di bambini costretti a vivere facendo fronte a grosse difficoltà. Tutti i fonici, così come i promoters dell’evento lavoreranno in modo completamente gratuito. I Bulldozer stessi copriranno le spese di affitto del locale e il PA e chiedono a tutti i partecipanti di condividere con loro lo spirito di questa iniziativa così particolare e importante. L'evento si terrà Sabato 19 Dicembre 2009 alle 15.30 presso i Magazzini Generali di Via Pietrasanta, Milano.

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Stefano Longhi leaves Scarlet  
Scarlet Records co-founder and co-owner Stefano Longhi left the label for personal reasons. This is how Longhi commented his departure: “I would like to thank you all for sharing with me a journey that lasted more than ten years. It’s time for me to change and move on different experiences. From now on I will be focused on my band Allhelluja and some other projects still to be defined. My new contact will be stefano.longhi@yahoo.it”.
Slowmotion Apocalypse – New album 'Mothra'  
‘Mothra’ is the confirmed title for Slowmotion Apocalypse’s brand-new third studio album, expected early next fall on Scarlet Records. Recorded and mixed by Andreas Magnusson (Black Dahlia Murder, The Agony Scene) at Planet Red Studios in Richmond, Virginia, and mastered by Alan Douches (Misfits, Mastodon, Converge, As I Lay Dying) at West West Side Music in New Windsor, New York, ‘Mothra’ is without doubt the band’s finest and most ambitious work to date, an explosive mix of crunchy guitars, powerful beats and abrasive vocals in the vein of bands such as Entombed, Hatebreed and Converge. After having shared the stage with some of the most respectable names in metal (Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Megadeth, Black Label Society, Type O Negative, As I Lay Dying, Bleeding Through, Caliban and The Haunted to name a few), Slowmotion Apocalypse are ready to expand their boundaries once more. ‘Mothra’ includes special guest appearances by Mike Terry (Bury Your Dead) and Matthew Rudzinski (Killwhitneydead). Artwork duties were handled by Seldon Hunt (Neurosis, Isis, The Ocean).
For more info you can visit www.slowmotionapocalypse.com and www.myspace.com/slowmotionapocalypse.
Highlord – New signing and new album 'The Death Of The Artists'  
The Death Of The Artists’ is the confirmed title for Higlord’s sixth brand-new album, out next fall on Scarlet Records. Highlord is one of Italy’s finest and most respected melodic metal bands, which provides powerful guitars, fast drum beats and great melodies since 1996. Following the country’s melodic tradition of bands such as Labyrynth, Vision Divine, Eldritch, DGM, Highlord delivered 9 new tracks ready to blow your mind! The japanese version of the album will also include 2 bonus tracks, a cover version of Billy Idol’s ‘rebel Yell’ and, as it is now usual for a band which has always attracted large followings in the Far East, a new version of ‘Zankokuna Tenshi No Teeze’, song originally included in the renowned Anime-movie ‘Evangelion.
For more info you can visit www.highlord.it and www.myspace.com/highlorditalia.
Allhelluja - Entire new album for streaming and videoclip competition  
The entire new album from the stoner/metal sensation Allhelluja, ‘Breath Your Soul’ (album of the month on Metal Hammer Italy and Rock Hard Italy), is now available for streaming on www.myspace.com/allhelluja (with the exception of the cover versions of ‘Into The Void’/’Deep Red’ and ‘25th Century Schizoid Man’), along with a deep interview with the entire band about the recording process of the album and everything related. Allhelluja have launched a competition that will allow everyone (including professionals but also fans of the band) to send over videoclips in dvd, dvx, avi or mpeg formats of one of the album’s songs, one of which will be chosen to become the first official videoclip from ‘Breath Yourt Soul’ (also low-quality videos will be well accepted). All the other clips will be included on Allhelluja’s official Youtube channel. Every participant is invited to contact the band on www.myspace.com/allhelluja and/or directly send the material at SCARLET – ALLHELLUJA COMPETITION, Via Emilia 4, 20097 San Donato Milanese - Milano, Italy.
Revolution Renaissance - 'The making of Age Of Aquarius'  
Revolution Renaissance, the new band of the renowned Stratovarius mastermind Timo Tolkki has made available on its offical website a documentary on the “making of” the group’s latest effort ‘Age Of Aquarius’, already a big success both in terms of media reaction (Finnish magazine Inferno features Tolkki on its latest cover and stunning comments came from almost every metal magazine in the world) and sales (the album has officially entered the finnish “top 40” on its first week of release). You can watch the documentary simply clicking here:
www.revolution-renaissance.com/documentary/
More news soon on www.myspace.com/revolutionrenaissance.
Extrema - New song 'Selfishness' online and first European dates confirmed  

Extrema have set for 8th May 2009 the release date for their new, long-waited studio album ‘Pound For Pound’, on Scarlet Records. Following their 2005 effort ‘Set The World On Fire’, the new album sees Extrema going back to its thrash metal roots, displayed in 13 powerful tracks which have already been described as some of the best ever written by a band active in the scene since 1986. ‘Pound For Pound’ collects 13 tracks of groovy thrash metal with plenty of attitude, including a stunning version of Kiss’ classic ‘Deuce’. Also confirmed, as a very special guest on the track ‘You Make Me Sick’, Page Hamilton, leader of the post-core legend Helmet, on vocals. A brand-new song, ‘Selfishness’, has been uploaded on www.myspace.com/extrema.
In the meantime, the band is planning its own ‘Pound For Pound European Tour 2009’. The first confirmed dates follow:

May 2009
22 Dessau (D) – Legacy Festival

June 2009
19 Saragozza (E) – Metal Way
20 Val di sole (I) – Sun Valley In Rock
21 Torino (I) – Colonia Sonora
27 Monza (I) – Gods of Metal

July 2009
07 Tolmin (SLO) – Metal Camp
15 Roma (I) – Ippodromo Capannelle (w/MOTÖRHEAD)
16 Firenze (I) – Fortezza da Basso (w/MOTÖRHEAD)
17 Piazzola sul Brenta (I) - Villa Contarini (w/MOTÖRHEAD)

More news soon on www.myspace.com/extrema and www.myspace.com/scarletrecords.

Necrodeath - New album 'Phylogenesis'  

Black-thrash metal heroes Necrodeath are ready to come back with a brand new studio album, following the highly acclaimed ‘Draculea’ and after a 25-year-long career which established them as one of the prominent acts in the European extreme metal scene. ‘Phylogenesis’ is the title of the new album, a concept on the origin of the species, 9 killer tracks about the past, the present and the future of the world population, out in April 2009 on Scarlet Records. The new line-up, consisting of bassist GL and guitarist Pier Gonella, alongside former members Peso and Flegias, is tight as never before and the result of their cooperation is one of the band’s heaviest and most inspired albums ever! The album was once again recorded at Outer Sound Studios in Rome, Italy, with Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre) handling the mixing duties. Mastering was done at renowned Fear Studio in Ravenna, Italy. The amazing artwork came from Nerve Design (Nile, Threshold, Legion Of The Damned, Vision Divine, Exilia). Necrodeath will enmark on an heavy touring schedule to promote the new effort. In the meantime, a “making of” promo trailer is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFq7fh1PWVg
More news soon on www.myspace.com/necrodeath100x100 and www.myspace.com/scarletrecords.

Extrema - New album 'Pound For Pound'  

Extrema have finally completed the recording process of their new, long-waited studio album ‘Pound For Pound’, set to be released in May 2009 on Scarlet Records. Following their 2005 effort ‘Set The World On Fire’, the new album sees Extrema going back to its thrash metal roots, displayed in 13 powerful tracks which have already been described as some of the best ever written by a band active in the scene since 1986. Produced and mixed by Riccardo “Paso” Pasini at Studio 73 in Ravenna, Italy (Ephel Duat, Slowmotion Apocalypse, Rumors Of Gehenna, Handful Of Hate), ‘Pound For Pound’ collects 13 tracks of groovy thrash metal with plenty of attitude, including a stunning version of Kiss’ classic ‘Deuce’. Also confirmed, as a very special guest on the track ‘You Make Me Sick’, Page Hamilton, leader of the post-core legend Helmet, on vocals. Artwork duties were handled by Nerve Design (Nile, Vision Divine, Threshold, Legion Of The Damned). Some confirmed titles: ‘Everlasting’, ‘Anymore’, ‘Selfishness’, ‘The Bad Itself’, ‘You Make Me Sick’, ‘Fat Liars’, ‘From The 80’s’.
More news soon on www.myspace.com/extrema and www.myspace.com/scarletrecords.

Skyclad - New signing and new album ‘In The… All Together’  

Skyclad, the seminal British band, often referred to as “the originators of Folk Metal”, have signed a deal with Scarlet Records. Formed in 1990 by Martin Walkyer (Sabbat) and Steve Ramsey (Satan/Pariah), the band gained extraordinary attention from both the press and the public with the now legendary debut album ‘The Wayward Sons Of Mother Earth’ (1991) and, since then, has built up a solid reputation which led them to take part in some of the most important international metal events (such as the renowned Dynamo, Wacken, Gods of Metal and Tuska Festivals) and share the stage with some of the most respected artists of their time.
‘In The… All Together’ is the confirmed title for the band’s new, long-waited album, the twelfth in their prestigious career, expected to be released in spring 2009. Recorded and mixed by Dario Mollo (The Cage, Voodoo Hill) at Damage Inc Studio, in Ventimiglia, Italy, during August 2008, ‘In The… All Together’ mixes the usual thrash/speed metal influences with the extraordinary folk melodies that made the band famous all around the world, maintaining a fresh and dynamic approach which gives a strong live dimension to the new songs. More news will be made available soon on www.myspace.com/scarletrecords and www.myspace.com/officialskyclad.

Revolution Renaissance - New signing and new album 'Age Of Aquarius'  

Revolution Renaissance, the new band of the Stratovarius mastermind Timo Tolkki has signed a worldwide deal for one album with Scarlet Records. The last weeks have kept Tolkki and his band members busy putting finishing touches to the band’s first real debut album entitled ‘Age Of Aquarius’. Recorded over three months in Finland, it is by far the darkest, heaviest and most symphonic album that Tolkki has ever been involved in. Finding a close connection with his new band members Gus Monsanto and Bruno Agra, the trio locked itself in a cabin in Finland for a month and composed ten new songs. It is the first time during Tolkki’s career that he shared the whole songwriting process with other band members. “I just felt this incredibly fresh vibe with these guys and the songs were just flowing. It was so natural process that it almost felt like the songs were already composed and we just let them be born. It was possible because in Gus and Bruno I finally have found the kindred spirits I have been looking for so long. The results were something that none of us were expecting and yet at the same time, we felt that this record is exactly the way it is supposed to be”, comments Tolkki. The release date of ‘Age Of Aquarius’ is 25 March 2009 in South East Asia (JVC) and 9 March 2009 in the rest of the world. The band also filmed a promotional video in Helsinki for the title track of the album.
Tracklist: ‘The Age Of Aquarius’, ‘So She Wears Black’, ‘Ixion’s Wheel’, ‘Kyrie Eleison’, ‘Revolution Has Begun’, ‘Sins Of My Beloved’, ‘Behind The Mask’, ‘Ghost Of Fallen Grace’, ‘Children Of The Future’ and ‘The Heart Of All’. The tours are currently been booked to promote ‘Age Of Aquarius’ worldwide and are planned to start from South America in early April.
Scarlet Records will also release Timo Tolkki’s third solo album, the ethereal classical Rock Opera ‘Saana-Warrior Of Light Part 1’ worldwide on 23 January 2009.
For more info you can visit www.myspace.com/scarletrecords or www.myspace.com/ttolkki.

Allhelluja - New line-up and new album 'Breath Your Soul' almost ready!  
Allhelluja are busy in the studio in Milan completing their new album, a sonic apocalypse rising from the most brutal and corrosive Death & Roll with groovy Stoner/Doom influences and the usual Horror-Gloomy blast! ‘Breath Your Soul’, the confirmed title of the new effort, which is going to be released in March 2009 on Scarlet Records, adds new, talented musicians to the ranks of the band: Trevor (Sadist) and GL Perotti (Extrema) on vocals and Tommy Massara (Extrema) on guitars in the place of singer Jacob Bredahl and guitarist Massimo Gajer. Here’s how drummer Stefano Longhi commented the event: “Finally Allhelluja are coming back and I can say that with this album we’ve reached our best potential. The legacy of the band is strenghten by our friendship, our humility and, mostly, our crazy talent, making ‘Breath Your Soul’ something really unique. Roby (Gelli, bass) and I, along with Tommy, have worked for months on the new songs, giving justice to the sonic assault that makes Allhelluja such a diverse act from anything else around. And what can I say about Trevor and GL… Those guys simply are what we needed to close the circle! I think that Allhelluja are, in this particular moment, a very ‘strange’ mix of bands such as Entombed, Carcass, Black Sabbath, Corrosion Of Conformity, Kyuss, Down, Mastodon and Slipknot. Jacob and I have decided to part our ways to be able to concentrate in a better way on our busy lives… Jacob can now focus himself on Last Mile and I can do the same with Allhelluja, in total freedom, without compromising the friendship that still exists among us. Allhelluja will never delude all the people who’ve supported us till this moment!” Confirmed titles for the new songs are ‘Face To Face With The Devil’, ‘The Bible Babylon’, ‘The Eve Of Despair’, ‘I Will Rise Again’, ‘Bloodtrip’, ‘My Medicine’, ‘I'm The Zero’, ‘Step By Step’, ‘The Black Jar’, ‘Into My Head’, with the addition of cover versions of classic songs such as ‘21st Century Schizoid Man’ (King Crimson), ‘Into The Void’ (Black Sabbath) and ‘Profondo Rosso’ (Goblin), reaching a total duration of 70 minutes. Extra-cool updates from the studio will follow soon!

NEW ALLHELLUJA LINE -UP

TREVOR - Vocals
GL PEROTTI - Vocals
TOMMY MASSARA - Guitars
ROBERTO GELLI - Bass
STEFANO LONGHI - Drums

For more info you can visit www.allhelluja.com and www.myspace.com/allhelluja.
Spice And The RJ Band  
Legendary vocalist/songwriter Spice (Kayser, ex-Spiritual Beggars) is ready to come back with the new album from his own Spice And The RJ Band, also featuring drummer Bob Ruben (Kayser, The Mushroom River Band), which draw the attention of both public and press with the release of the superb debut album ‘The Will’in 2007. The band is driven by Spice’s insane passion for ‘70s psychedelic/soul/blues/hard rock sound that never went by during all this years and the new effort, ‘Shave Your Fear’, coming out in February 2009 on Scarlet Records is a new, powerful statement from one of Sweden’s most talented musicians and his boys. ‘Shave Your Fear’ consists in 15 new songs ranging influences from such diverse bands as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, Spiritual Beggars, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Frusciante and many others. In Spice’s own words: “I belive it is a good album to work out to, drink to, get high to, make love to, masturbate to, cut your toe nails to, take your dog for a walk to, arguing with your neighbour while standing in your dirty underwear at four o’ clock in the morning to... I belive it's a good album for a lot of purposes. Just take your time.”
For more info you can visit www.myspace.com/spiceandtherjband.
DGM - New album 'Frame'  
February 2009 will see Scarlet Records releasing progressive metallers DGM’s seventh studio album, ‘Frame’. DGM are undoubtely one of Europe’s leading progressive metal acts, always pushing the boundaries with their technical and refined musical skills, which allowed them to be included among prog metal fans’ favourites. The beautiful rtwork was handled by Nerve Design (Nile, Vision Divine, Threshold, Legion Of The Damned). Also confirmed is a very special guest appearance by former guitarist Diego Reali. A real must for every fan of Dream Theater and Symphony X. For more info you can visit www.scarletrecords.it, www.dgmsite.com and www.myspace.com/dgmprog.
Dark Moor - New album 'Autumnal'  
Following the release of the critically-acclaimed ‘Tarot’, which confirmed their status as one of the leading forces in the European metal scene, the Spanish power/symphonic metallers Dark Moor are ready to come back with a new, exciting album, the seventh in their prestigious career, which is gonna take them to a whole new level. In August 2008, with great expectations from the fans, Dark Moor came back to Italy to work with their producer, renowned Luigi Stefanini (Labyrinth, Vision Divine, Domine, Rhapsody Of Fire), in order to record the new masterpiece ‘Autumnal’. This album is indoubtely the most intriguing Dark Moor work so far. The powerful symphonic metal which gave the band its phenomenal reputation all around the world is still here but the wide range of new sounds achieved with ‘Autumnal’, from the celtic athmospheres of ‘Phantom Queen’, to the arabian melodies of ‘When The Sun Is Gone’ and the mystical and gothic-oriented approach of ‘The Enchanted Forest’, will give dark Moor's fans something which was really worth waiting for. Artwork duties were handled by canadian artist Yaga Kielb. Also a special appearance from talented soprano Itea Benedicto (Niobeth) is confirmed. January 2009 will see the band's new album in the stores. Be sure not to miss it!
For more info you can visit www.myspace.com/scarletrecords and www.myspace.com/theofficialdarkmoor.
Killing Touch - New signing and debut album 'One Of A Kind'  
Scarlet Records has signed a deal with Killing Touch. The band, featuring extraordinary talented singer Michele Luppi, renowned former frontman of Vision Divine, is clearly going to take the melodic metal sound with progressive influences that he is best knowk for, onto a further level. The band line-up includes some of the best musicians in the italian scene and also some very special appearances, coming from Oleg Smirnoff (Vision Divine, Death SS, Eldritch), Andrea “Tower” Torricini (Vision Divine) and federico Puleri (Vision Divine), are confirmed. ‘One Of A Kind’ is the title for Killing Touch’s debut album, expected to be released in March 2009. Here’s how Michele Luppi commented the birth of this new, exciting band: “When I started writing the songs for this album and decided how Killing Touch should sound like, I knew I wanted to create a real band. I wanted to continue developing my musical interests with the same energy, passion and dedication that I’ve always put in my work, feeling the incredible support from all my fans all over the world. All of us are very excited and we are willing to create the best album ever and play live as much as we can. For all of you who have been waiting for us… Killing Touch are coming! ”
For more info you can visit www.myspace.com/scarletrecords and www.myspace.com/killingtouch.
Bulldozer - New signing and new album 'Unexpected Fate'  
Scarlet Records has signed a deal with reunited thrashers Bulldozer for a new album that will mark the long-waited come back for one of the true legendary european extreme metal bands. Bulldozer was discovered in the Eighties by the renowned dutch metal label Roadrunner Records and since then the band attracted a consistent and solid fan base who’s legacy had never gone apart. During these years an increasing number of well known international artists included Bulldozer among their major influences, spreading their name among the younger generations. ‘Unexpected Fate’ is the confirmed title for the band’s new album, coming more than two decades after their latest full lenth (Neurodeliri, 1988) and reuniting former members AC Wild (bass/vocals) and Andy Panigada (guitar) with the new, powerful drummer Manu (former member of thrashers Death Mechanism). The album will be released worldwide by Scarlet Records in April 2009, with an exception for the asian territories. Be sure not to miss it! More info on www.myspace.com/scarletrecords.
Bokor - New album 'Vermin Soul'  
After the amazing success of the debut album,‘Anomia 1’, finally the new chapter of the Bokor saga is ready. And 'Vermin Soul' is the confirmed title for the new masterpiece, out on 24th October, again on Scarlet Records. Try to think at a sort of mixture of very unique bands such as Tool, Mastodon, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Anathema and System Of A Down and you’ll get an idea of what Bokor sound like. New blood, talent, experience and energy came from new drummer Daniel Melo and guitarist Jimmy Larsén. Reluctantly written, recorded and produced by the band itself at Realtime Recording with the soundcrafting, editing and mixing skills of Daniel Gese. Artwork, guest vocals and inspiring ideas came from the immense talent of Valentin Maelstrom. Rhodes piano and Hammond once again played by Niclas Kinnander. A directive for the Ghost Stories to end spoken by Marielle Martinz of Misty. 'Vermin Soul' can be described in very simple words: "More of everything". In the band's own words: "A frequent question in the interviews for our last record was if it was a theme-album. No, it wasn’t. This album may be. Indeed, all children know where spiders come from. After all, the roaches, rats, mosquitoes and woodlice will survive in the end. And that’s a soothing thought." Again it’s time for a change. It’s time for Bokor.
For more info you can visit www.bokor.se and www.myspace.com/bokorband.
Bloodshot - New album 'Murder The World'  
Following the critically acclaimed album ‘Ultimate Hatred’, Belgian hardcore-metal masters Bloodshot are finally ready to release their third full length effort, ‘Murder The World’, expected to come out on the 20th October 2008. Bloodshot’s new effort, which will once again be released by Scarlet Records, is more vicious and agressive than ever before, redefining brutality and combining the best elements of metal and hardcore to a perfect war machine crushing everything on its path. Bands like Full Blown Chaos, Sworn Enemy, Hatebreed, Cataract and Hatesphere come to mind but yet Bloodshot experiences no difficulties in creating their own well distinctive sound, giving them an original touch in the metalcore scene nowadays. ‘Murder The World’ will be once again dealing with the acts of another serial killer, Richard Ramirez! Recording sessions took place at Jonathas studio and DeStudio, with Dirk Miers (Do Or Die, Born From Pain) handling the mixing duties. Mastering took place at West West Side Music in New York City. A videoclip from the song ‘Stand Your Ground’ will also be available. Bloodshot are ready to take their ambitions to the next level, playing and touring as much as possible, promoting the new CD’s in the most professional way, spreading the Bloodshot madness on the crowds all over the world! For more info don’t forget to check out www.myspace.com/scarletrecords and www.myspace.com/bloodshotbxl.
Oceans Of Sadness - New album 'The Arrogance Of Ignorance'  
September 2008 will see Scarlet Records releasing belgian avantgarde metallers Oceans Of Sadness’ new album 'The Arrogance Of Ignorance', once again produced by Jens Bogren and featuring very special guest appearances by Johan Liiva (ex-Arch Enemy, Hearse) and Annlouice Loegdlund (Diablo Swing Orchestra). Artwork was handled by Greek artist Seth Siro (Paradise Lost, Oceansize, Moonspell). This album is clearly the synthesis of years of hard work and fine-tuning the sound of Oceans Of Sadness and if their music was difficult to be labelled already in the past, prepare yourself for this new, diverse metal madness, which might even set some new standards in metal music. Listen to this album as you would taste a fine wine... take your time and focus on every aspect of what you hear. Experience how these songs become richer with each listening until they are like a second skin! Stay tuned also on www.myspace.com/scarletrecords or www.myspace.com/oceansofsadness.
Georgian Skull - New signing and debut album ‘Mother Armageddon, Healing Apocalypse’  
Georgian Skull from Ontario, Canada, drives inspiration from 1970's Heavy Metal: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy, fused with heavier acts such as Down, Clutch, Pantera, Corrosion Of Conformity and Entombed. ‘Mother Armageddon, Healing Apocalypse’ is the confirmed title of the band’s debut full length album: Apocalyptic lyrics meshed with life's struggle for sanity, crossed with the biggest, baddest riffs around. Georgian Skull command the attention of every audience they’ve played for. Bands they have shared the stage with have been Anvil, Cryptopsy, Today Is The Day, Goatwhore, Trouble, Sons Of Otis, and many, many more. Artwork duties were handled by Vince Locke (well known for his work with death metal legends Cannibal Corpse). Here’s how singer/guitarist Al “The Yeti” Bones (also frontman for U.S.A 's sludge king's The Mighty Nimbus and former Canadian Stoner band, Mister Bones) commented the album: “The new record will blow the fuckin' doors wide open on who we are and what we're doing musically at this moment in time. It is more than just a vibe. It's our lives. We put our heart and souls in this record and it aint nothing to be fucked with... This is the real deal.”. Stay tuned on www.myspace.com/scarletrecords
or www.myspace.com/georgianskull.
Scamp - New signing and debut album ‘Mirror Faced Mentality’  
Scarlet Records has signed a deal with danish technical death metallers Scamp, described as a mix between the sonic assault of bands such as Meshuggah, Fear Factory, Strapping Young Lad, Gojira and Chimaira incorporated with intense melodic passages that add an atmospheric feel to the music. Scamp have already gained a large following in their country’s underground scene, due to the critically-acclaimed EP ‘The New Groove Complex’ and an intense live activity which allowed them to share the stage with celebrated actes such as Evergrey, Mnemic, Mercenary and Stonegard among others. ‘Mirror Faced Mentality’ is the confirmed title for their first full length album, produced by Ziggy (Illdisposed, Mercenary) and mastered by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Moonspell, Hatesphere), set to be released at the end of August 2008. For more news you can visit www.scampsite.dk, www.myspace.com/scampdk or www.myspace.com/scarletrecords.
Vision Divine - Fabio Lione is the new singer of the band  
Italian melodic power metallers Vision Divine, the brainchild of ex-Labyrinth mastermind Olaf Thörsen, have issued the following statement:
“We are very happy and proud to finally announce that Fabio Lione has just joined the Vision Divine Family again.
He's the most natural choice for us, and the first person we thought about, ‘cause Fabio is a wonderful singer and a very special friend.
Fabio, along with Olaf, created Vision Divine 10 years ago, he wrote wonderful melodies for the first three albums (from the debut ‘Vision Divine’ up to the high acclaimed ‘Stream Of Consciousness’).
Just to be clear, Fabio is fully involved with the band, not as session musician but as an official member of the line-up, including recording sessions, live shows and tours.
We apologize for how long it took to give you this news, but we all wanted to make things properly in order not to give illusions to anybody nor to do some wrong move.
Now it's official: Fabio will be on stage with the band starting from June 20th (Morarock) and he's already working to our new album, which recordings are scheduled starting from August 11th. We know that every time there's a change in our line-up somebody gets concerned and fears that things could go wrong; every time there are gossips around the names and the reasons why things have happened. As always, we let fact talk on behalf of the band, and so far facts always told we were right making the best decision in order to let Vision Divine grow up as it deserves…
We would like to spend some words for you guys who supported us through the years: your friendship arrived to us from all around the world, and we want to dedicate our new album to all of you, who never lost your faith in us. Once again, we are sure you won't regret.
Stay Divine, see you in tour.”
Tears Of Magdalena - New signing and debut album 'Myths And Legends'  
Scarlet Records has signed a deal with extraordinary Finnish band Tears Of Magdalena. Fronted by super-talented soprano Magdalena Lee (also violinist and keyboardist), a fascinating musician with a strong classical and operistic background, the finnish four-piece can also count on each of the band member’s technical and composing skills. The result is no less than a grandious melodic and symphonic power/gothic metal in the vein of Nightwish, After Forever and Epica, with and extreme and dramatic edge that can bring to mind bands such as early Tristania, early Theatre Of Tragedy and Dimmu Borgir. ‘Myths And Legends’ is the confirmed title for the band’s debut album, mastered by Mika Jussila at legendary Finnvox Studios in Helsinki (Nightwish, Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica) and expected to be released in October 2008. Artwork was entirely designed by Nerve Design (Nile, Threshold, Vision Divine, Extrema, Sadist). Be sure not to miss it! More info on www.scarletrecords.it, www.myspace.com/scarletrecords or www.myspace.com/tearsofmagdalena
Extrema - Brand-new videos and pics from the 'Killing Season European Tour 2008'  

Extrema are back from the highly succesfull ‘Killing Season European Tour 2008’ with californian thrash metal masters Death Angel and after a short break they will be soon ready to hit the road again this summer. In the meantime, Extrema was voted “best italian band” on Metal Hammer Italy’s readers poll 2007 and their recent, extraordinary DVD ‘Murder Tunes & Broken Bones’ was voted “best DVD” on Rock Hard Italy’s readers poll.
Here you have some video footage from the ‘Killing Season European Tour 2008’ featuring members of Extrema dueting with Death Angel on Motörhead’s classic ‘Ace Of Spades’ and Metallica’s ‘Seek And Destroy’, and various photo galleries:

- VIDEO1 Extrema feat. Mark Osegueda (Death Angel) performing ‘Ace Of Spades’ (Motörhead) >>
- VIDEO2 Death Angel feat. Paolo Crimi, Tommy Massara e GL Perotti

(Extrema) performing ‘Seek And Destroy’ (Metallica) >>
- GALLERY 1 >>
- GALLERY 2 >>
- GALLERY 3 >>

- BAND CONTACT:
www.myspace.com/extrema
www.extremateam.com

- BOOKING AGENCY CONTACT:
www.myspace.com/godownbelieving - www.godownbelieving.com

The Defaced - New album 'Anomaly'  
July 2008 will see Scarlet Records releasing swedish The Defaced’s third long-waited full length album. The band, formed in 1999 by a group of musicians already well known for their activity in relevant Swedish acts such as Soilwork, Darkane and Terror 2000, debuted in 2001 with ‘Domination Commence’ and with the follow up ‘Karma In Black’ (2003) was able to establish itself as one of the leading forces in scandinavian metal. ‘Anomaly’ is the confirmed title for The Defaced’s new studio effort, recorded at Ceasar studio and Palace of Noise studio and mixed by guitarists Klas Ideberg (Darkane/Terror 2000) and Swaney (Swaney) at Not Quite Studio in Helsingborg. The new album boasts a vast progression of the sound established by The Defaced on previous records, with a particular mention for the new singer Jens Broman’s devastating performance. New barriers are crossed stepping away from the convention of the scene in general, making the album a force of nature. This is the Anomaly! The Defaced… stronger than ever… For more info you can visit www.myspace.com/thedefaced.
Empyrios - New signing and debut album 'The Glorious Sickness'  
Scarlet Records has just signed a deal with Empyrios. Founded in 2001 by guitar virtuoso Simone Mularoni (DGM), Empyrios gained enthusiastic reviews and awesome feedback worldwide, due to their incredible technical abilities and impressive mix of melodic and brutal heavy metal, in the vein of bands such as Strapping Young Lad, Nevermore, Symphony X, Fear Factory, Yngwie Malmsteen e Meshuggah. The new album, ‘The Glorious Sickness’, will be available in June 2008. Check out the latest news on www.myspace.com/scarletrecords and www.myspace.com/empyrios.
Arthemis - New signing and new album 'Black Society'  
Scarlet Records has just signed a deal with Arthemis, band formed in 1994 which combines the darker side of hard rock with prog/power influences and a modern touch of top-quality heavy/thrash metal. Since their inception in the scene, Arthemis released four well-received albums which made them one of the prominent names in the european metal scene, building up a solid fan-base in countries like Japan and touring the world with celebrated names such as Slayer, Yngwie Malmsteen, Hammerfall, Within Temptation and Cradle Of Filth, among others. ‘Black Society’ is the confirmed title for their new album, accompanied by the videoclip for the song ‘Angels In Black’ and expected to be released in July 2008. For more info you can visit www.arthemisweb.com or www.myspace.com/arthemisweb.
Extrema - 'Another Nite' videoclip posted on line  
Extrema’s brand-new videoclip for the acoustic version of the song ‘Another Nite’ is finally available. Shot in various locations in central Italy, the clip was directed by renowed italian director Paolo Doppieri (who’s previous collaborations include well known italian and international artists such as Adema, Elisa, Linea 77, Roy Paci and several others). ‘Another Nite’, song originally included in the album ‘Better Mad Than Dead’ was rearranged acoustically and released as a bonus track for the reissue version of BMTD itself, which came along with the reissue of the band’s entire back-catalogue, from the mighty debut ‘Tension At The Seams’ to the latest ‘Set The World On Fire’, every release containing plenty bonus material, available now on Scarlet Records. The videoclip, which will be officially presented live on the 28th March on Italian music channel Rock TV, can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o8IpLPby_U
Straight To Your Face - New signing and debut album 'From The Underground We Shall Rise'  
Danish hardcore/metal crew Straight To Your Face have inked a deal with Scarlet Records. ‘From The Underground We Shall Rise’ will be the title of the band’s debut album, produced by Jacob Bredahl (Hatesphere, Allhelluja, Barcode) and already described as a real must for fans of bands such as Hatebreed, Madball, Unearth and As I Lay Dying. For more info you can visit www.myspace.com/straighttoyourface, www.scarletrecords.it or www.myspace.com/scarletrecords.
Vicious - New signing and new album 'Emotionally Disqualified'  
Swedish metallers Vicious have signed a deal with Scarlet Records. The band, already well known in their country’s underground scene after the realese of the debut CD ‘Vile, Vicious & Victorius’, will relase the new album, ‘Emotionally Disqualified’, recorded at Black Lounge Studios (Carnal Forge, Scar Simmetry, Sonic Syndicate, Insision, The Absence) in May 2008. Vicious’ music is the perfect mix between the band members’ death/thrash influences with a hardcore/punk edge and lots of good melodies, in the vein of bands such as At The Gates, Dismember, Entombed, Machine Head and Mastodon. For more info you can visit www.myspace.com/viciousonline, www.scarletrecords.it or www.myspace.com/scarletrecords.
Extrema - European tour with Death Angel  

Extrema have just been confirmed as the support act for the whole european tour of Bay Area’s metal legends Death Angel. The tour will coincide with the reissue, on Scarlet Records, of the band’s back catalogue (from the mighty debut ‘Tension At The Seams’ to the latest ‘Set The World On Fire’, every release will contain plenty bonus material) and it will surely celebrate in the best way possible the 20-year-long career of one of Italy’s longest running and most powerful live bands (as it was recently displayed on the mastodontic double DVD ‘Murder Tunes & Broken Bones’). Never surrending among music trends and always capable to look straight forward, Extrema adds another chapter to its now legendary career. Be sure not to miss one of this year’s most lethal tour packages! Tour dates and contacts follows:

DEATH ANGEL w/EXTREMA, Mercenary and Demolition

03.04.2008 OSNABRUECK (D) N8
04.04.2008 ROTTERDAM (NL) Baroeg*
05.04.2008 EINDHOVEN (NL) Dynamo Club
06.04.2008 VOSSELAAR (BE) Biebob
07.04.2008 LINDAU (D) VaudeVille
09.04.2008 BUDAPEST (HUN) A38
10.04.2008 WIEN (AT) Planet Music*
11.04.2008 PRATTELN (CH) Z7
12.04.2008 PIACENZA (IT) Fillmore
13.04.2008 ROME (IT) Alpheus
15.04.2008 LONDON (UK) The Underworld
16.04.2008 NOTTINGHAM (UK) Junction7
17.04.2008 GLASGOW (UK) Ivory Blacks
18.04.2008 WOLVERHAMPTON (UK) Civic
19.04.2008 ESSEN (D) Turock
20.04.2008 LEIPZIG (D) Hellraiser
22.04.2008 COPENHAGEN (DK) The Rock ***
23.04.2008 HAMBURG (D) Markthalle
24.04.2008 BERLIN (D) K17
25.04.2008 ADELSHEIM (D) Livefactory
26.04.2008 NUERNBERG (D) K4 ***

* without EXTREMA *** without Mercenary

BAND CONTACT:
www.myspace.com/extrema - www.extremateam.com
LABEL CONTACT:
www.myspace.com/scarletrecords - www.scarletrecords.it
BOOKING AGENCY CONTACT:
www.myspace.com/godownbelieving - www.godownbelieving.com

DGM - New singer revealed  

DGM, one of Europe’s finest and most renowed power-progressive acts, have just announced that Mark Basile (B.R.A.K.E., Mind Key) is the new singer of the band. Mark was chosen among several auditions throughout Italy, Europe and America. The band would like to thank all those who have sent their material for being so professional. DGM are excited to work with Mark on the songs for the new album, which is expected soon. In the meantime, the new line up will play the following shows:

02/03/2008 Italian Gods Of Metal - Alcatraz (Milano)
29/03/2008 Heavy Naples Fest - Palapartenope - Fuorigrotta (NA)

Ethersens - New signing and debut album 'Ordinary Days'  
French avantgarde metallers Ethersens have signed a deal with Scarlet Records. After years of attempts, working with several other bands, touring and recording, the talented five piece is starting a new musical journey, having just added the final touches to their first full length album ‘Ordinary Days’. Innovative and highly emotional, Ethersens mix heavy progressive metal and dark music like it was never done before. A true “must-have” for every fan of Opeth, Nevermore, Pain Of Salvation, Dark Tranquillity, Neurosis and Katatonia. For more infos you can visit www.scarletrecords.it, www.myspace.com/scarletrecords or www.myspace.com/ethersens.
Operatika - New signing and debut album 'The Calling'  
Symphonic/power metallers Operatika are now part of the Scarlet Records roster. The New Jersey quintet, already known for a super-intense live activity, having shared the stage with celebrated artists such as Nightwish, Helloween, Yngwie Malmsteen, Twisted Sister, Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica, Sebastian Bach, Kamelot among others, is going to release its debut CD ‘The Calling’ next spring. The album, which was already described as the perfect combination of singer Slava Popova’s harmonious operatic vocals, powerful guitar riffs and solos, melodic keyboard harmonies, intense bass (handled by world famous Michael LePond of Symphony X) and fierce drumming, it’s truly a must-have for every fan of Nightwish, Stratovarius, Helloween, Children Of Bodom and Primal Fear. Check out the latest news on www.operatika.com or www.myspace.com/operatika.
Vision Divine - Special 10-years-career show  
February 23rd 2008 will see Vision Divine celebrating their 10 years anniversary with a special show, which will take place at Tempo Rock in Reggio Emilia, Italy, straight after their recent and succesfull tours in China and South America. The band will perform a special set also including songs from their whole career, with some very special guests, ex-members Fabio Lione, Oleg Smirnoff, Andrea “Tower” Torricini, Matteo Amoroso and Riccardo Quagliato, joining VD on stage. This concert, which will be very different from the ones performed during the long tour in support of the last, acclaimed album ‘The 25th Hour’, will be surely remembered as a real event! More info on www.visiondivine.com.
Stormlord - 'The Legacy Of Medusa - 17 Years Of Extreme Epic Metal'  
Extreme metallers Stormlord’s double CD 'The Legacy Of Medusa - 17 Years Of Extreme Epic Metal' will be out on the 22nd February on Scarlet Records. The first CD contains 13 songs spanning over the whole 17-years-long career of one of Europe’s most respected metal merchants, including the rare EP ‘Under The Sign Of The Sword’, originally released in 1997. The second CD contains a full live show recorded in Quebec City on the 14th June 2006 during the band’s acclaimed canadian tour. A real must-have, this one, for all the fans of the band and everyone who would like to discover one of Italy’s most succesfull metal exports. More info on www.stormlord.net.
Frequency - New album 'Compassion Denied'  
March 2008 will see Scarlet Records releasing Frequency's new album 'Compassion Denied'. Recorded at Studio Mega (The Crown, Lake Of Tears, Beseech), Sweden, with the addition of the new, amazing singer Rick Altzi (At Vance, Treasure Land), The album will also feature a very special guest appearance by singer Daniel Heiman (Lost Horizon) on the song 'Life After Hell'. Japanese version, on Soundholic records, will also contain a stunning cover version of Roxette's 'Listen To Your Heart' as a bonus track. Critically acclaimed when they released their debut 'When Dream And Day Collide', Frequency will surely not miss to impress all their fans with this new, exciting, heavy metal masterpiece. A real must for fans of classic heavy metal with progressive influences, in the vein of Masterplan, Edguy and Nocturnal Rites. More news on www.scarletrecords.itor www.frequency.se. Stay Tuned!
Idols Are Dead - New signing and debut album 'Mean'  
A new, exciting band is now part of the Scarlet roster. Idols Are Dead, founded by Mana (vocals) and Luka (drums), former members of Electrocution (one of the most interesting italian death/thrash bands of the Nineties) and Folder (iper-active crossover band with 2 full length albums released and hundreds of concerts all around Europe, not to mention a collaboration with American legends Stuck Mojo), with the intent of mixing their never-ending thrash influences (Metallica, Slayer, Testament and Anthrax above all) with a modern edge that can bring to mind bands such as Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, Atreyu and Avenged Sevenfold. The band, including talented guitarists Alley-X and Ico and friend/bassit Maxx C. (previously in Electrocution and Folder too), is going to release its debut album, titled ‘Mean’ and produced by Gabriele Ravaglia at Fear Studio in Ravenna, Italy, in February 2008. This is not “another teenage band” but a strong act definetely worth to check! For more info you can visit www.idolsaredead.com and www.myspace.com/idolsrdead.
ANNO X - 10 Years Of Scarlet Records  
Celebrating its first decade of existance, Scarlet Records is going to release a special compilation including 20 tracks from some of its most celebrated artists: Vision Divine, Hatesphere, Necrodeath, Extrema, Allhelluja, Kayser, Dark Moor, Disarmonia Mundi, Shaman, Terror 2000, Spice And The RJ Band, The Defaced, DGM, Thy Majestie, Stormlord, Slowmotion Apocalypse, Barcode, Schizo, Olympos Mons, Bokor and Malfeitor, for over 70 minutes of music including plenty of rarities. ‘Anno X - 10 Years Of Scarlet Records’ is the confirmed title for this release, which is schedule to hit the stores in January 2008. Don’t miss it!
Allhelluja - New album updates  
ALLHELLUJA have just announced that they are currently working on the band’s third full-length album, titled ‘Breath Your Soul’ and expected to be released shortly after summer 2008. The new release will include 15 songs, for a total of 70 minutes of new music, including cover versions of 3 songs: King Crimson’s ‘21st Century Schizoid Man’, Black Sabbath’s ‘Into The Void’ and Goblin’s ‘Profondo Rosso’ (better known as the soundtrack-theme of the masterpiece of horror-movies 'Deep Red' by Dario Argento). Cover artwork will be once again held by renowed artist Chad Michael Ward (Marilyn Manson, Fear Factory, Soil) and it’s also confirmed that yet unrevealed guests will take part to the recording sessions. Jacob Bredahl (ex-Hatesphere) will be obviously handling vocal duties. ‘Breath Your Souls is already taking shape as something quite special and unique in its genre. Stay tuned motherfuckers!
For more infos: www.myspace.com/allhelluja - www.allhelluja.com.
Schizo - Line-up changes  
Italian extreme metal veterans Schizo have just announced that former bassist and mainman Alberto Penzin is no longer a member of the band. This is what AP himself has to say regarding his departure, as well as guitarist S.B. Reder…

“I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’m going to say but I finally came to the very sad conlusion that I need to step out of the band. I’m very proud of all we have slowly accomplished in over two decades of activity but nowadays I don’t feel for Schizo the same type of emotional involvement I felt when we released ‘Total Schizophrenia’ and, specially, ‘Main Frame Collapse’. I need to rediscover my roots, both musically and in a more personal way. My feelings are still close to that moment in time, and I just want to follow that vibe, which is not possible with the group's current incarnation. No regrets or any kind of dispute with the other members of the band. I just prefer to leave. And soon you will see me, along with my true friend and partner in crime S.B. Reder and Necrodeath's drummer Peso, coming back with my former project Mondocane. But that’s another story…
Last but not least, I would really like to thank all of the fans and friends that supported me and keep on supporting our music. See you soon then, just on different shores. As someone says: that which does not kill us makes us stronger..."
Alberto P.

“I respect Alberto’s decision in the strongest way. Friendship is way more important than music itself. And I will proudly go on making music with Schizo in the best way I can. And in the same way I will put all of myself in Mondocane…"
S.B. Reder

www.myspace.com/mondocane2
www.myspace.com/schizoxxx
www.schizo1.com
Extrema - Back-catalogue reissue, European booking agency announced and career-award  
Big news in the Extrema camp! The band, which has recently celebrated its 20-years career with the stunning DVD Murder Tunes & Broken Bones – 20 Years Anniversary’ (top-score reviews on all the biggest metal mags around the world), is going to release the entire back-catalogue (the legendary debut ‘Tension At The Seams’, originally released in 1992, ‘The Positive Pressure’, 1995, the now hard-to-find ‘Better Mad Than Dead’, 2001, this one with a brand-new artwork and ‘Set The World On Fire’, 2005) in November 2007 on Scarlet Records. Every relase will include plenty of bonus material. In the meantime, Extrema annonce that they have just signed a deal with the german booking and management agency Go Down Believing (www.myspace.com/godownbelieving), for the European territories. Last, but not least, the band will be honoured with a special career-award at this year’s edition of MEI (Italy’s most important meeting for independent record labels, which is going to be held in Faenza, Italy, from the 23rd to the 25th November), on the 25th November. More info on www.extremateam.com.
Shaman - New signing and new album 'Immortal'  
Shaman (formerly Shaaman), the revamped Brazilian band featuring extraordinary drummer Ricardo Confessori (ex-Angra) and talented singer Thiago Bianchi (who recently replaced former Shaaman and Angra vocalist Andrè Matos) signed a deal with Scarlet Records. ‘Immortal’ is the confirmed title for the new effort and it will be released in November. Here’s the tracklist:

01. Renovatti
02. Inside Chains
03. Tribal by Blood
04. Immortal
05. One Life
06. In the Dark
07. Strenght
08. Freedom
09. Never Yield
10. The Yellow Brick Road

The songs ‘One Life’ and ‘In The Dark’ can be streamed on the following locations. You can also check out the photo shooting from the ‘In The Dark’ videoclip recording sessions:
‘One Life’: http://www.shamanimmortal.com/audio.php?lang=1
‘In The Dark’: http://www.novometal.com/soundcheck/ouvir.php?id=8
Pictures: http://www.shamanimmortal.com/photos.php?listar=14&galeria=57&lang=1
Spice And The RJ Band - New signing and debut album 'The Will'  
Spice And The RJ Band is the name of a new, exciting project featuring vocalist/songwriter Spice (Kayser, ex-Spiritual Beggars) and drummer Bob Ruben (Kayser, The Mushroom River Band), which will release its debut album ‘The Will’ in October on Scarlet Records. The band is driven by an insane passion for ‘70s psychedelic/soul/blues/hard rock sound that never went by. Here’s what Spice itself has to say about this:
“Spice And The RJ Band is my solo band. The “R” stands for “Bob Ruben” and the “J” stands for “Johann”. Johann is an old friend and an ex-roadie of a band I used to play with a couple of years ago. About a year ago I opened an old door which led into other doors… which I decided to walk through… What I´m trying to say is, that instead of seeking riff I wanted my fingers to play, I started to let the music lead me. No genre orientated. I just let it all come out. In all kinds of beautiful shapes.”
Here’s the complete tracklist of the album:

01. Pick A Rose
02. See Ya
03. Parallel
04. As We Lie
05. Don´t Tell Me
06. Fat Snakes And Robots
07. Hold On
08. All I Know
09. The Fake
10. Like A Rose
11. I´II Be Alright
12. The Will
Extrema - Metal Camp audio / video footage available  
Photo and video footage of Extrema’s acclaimed show at the Metal Camp festival in Tolmin, Slovenia (sharing the bill with bands such as Motorhead, Kreator, Sepultura, Immortal, Cradle Of Filth and many others) is now available. To watch the clips click on the following links: THIS TOY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqZuDpBcdzg, MONEY TALKS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZDd92yr4FA
The photo gallery is available, including some nice shoots of the exclusive interview conducted by MTV Adria - Headbangers Ball with Tommy and GL. Check it out on:
http://www.foreverchildren.net/scarlet/EXTREMA-METALCAMPbyENZO-MAZZEO.zip
Extrema will soon embark on a massive touring schedule in order to promote the stunning ‘Murder Tunes & Broken Bones – 20 Years Anniversary DVD’ and the live CD ‘Raisin’ Hell With Friends – Live At The Rolling Stone’. More news on www.extremateam.com and www.myspace.com/extrema
Demia - New signing and debut album 'Insidious'  
Demia, one of Europe’s most interesting metal newcomers, signed a deal with Scarlet Records. ‘Insidious’, this is the confirmed title for the band’s debut album, was recorded at Undercity Recording Studios in North Hollywood, California, produced by Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head) and Lucas Banker (Junkie XL), and it will be released in September 2007. A real must for fans of Machine Head, Slipknot, Chimaira, Meshuggah and Lamb Of God. In the meantime, the band, who’s live CV includes hundreds of shows with bands such as (HED) p.e., Caliban and Dagoba among others, as well as a full European tour with illdisposed and Deadsoil, is ready to hit the road again to support the new effort. Check out the latest news on www.myspace.com/demiamusic.
Allhelluja - 'Band of the year on Metal Hammer readers poll and Limited-edition Box-Set to come!´  
A limited edition collectors box titled 'Into The Inferno - Into The Pain' containing both Allhelluja’s critically-acclaimed albums, debut ‘Inferno Museum’ and the latest ‘Pain Is The Game’, will be released in July on Scarlet Records. The box-set, consisting of the 2 CDs, will also include some stickers, a pin and a band poster. Allhelluja also announce that the band was voted by leading Italian mag Metal Hammer’s readers as 2006’ Italian band of the year and ‘Pain Is The Game’ Italian album of the year, leaving behind celebrated acts such as Lacuna Coil and Rhapsody Of Fire to name a few. Check out the latest news on www.allhelluja.com and www.myspace.com/allhelluja.
Necrodeath - New Album 'Draculea'  
Black-thrash metal heroes Necrodeath are ready to come back with a brand new studio album, following the highly acclaimed ‘100% Hell’ and after a 25-year-long career which established them as one of the prominent acts in the European extreme metal scene. ‘Draculea’ will be the title of the new album, which is scheduled to be released in October on Scarlet Records. Here’s what former drummer Peso had to say about that:
“Immediately after the recording sessions for ‘100% Hell’ I began composing some new material, but it was in November 2006 that I realized that Necrodeath had to come back with a new record, some new material capable to improve our sound without losing our typical trademark. That’s why I had the idea to write a concept based on Vlad Tepes’ life, finding the inspiration on some books I’ve been reading recently. Every song will have its particular meaning and there will be a wide range of influences upon this new record. Pier from Labyrinth will be handling the guitar duties, with us being still in search for a permanent guitar player, and, of course, this means that the whole record will be influenced by Pier’s extraordinary style, with lots of great solos, for the first time in the band’s career. Flegias and John are also putting a lot of efforts in this record, you can be sure that everybody will notice that. Last thing is that I also came out with a definitive title for the record: ‘Draculea’. Stay tuned!”
Malfeitor - New signing and debut album 'Unio Mystica Maxima'  

Malfeitor, featuring Fabban (Aborym) signed a 1-album-deal with Scarlet Records, the label who launched the first two Aborym albums, ‘Kali Yuga Bizarre’ (1999) e ‘Fire Walk With Us’ (2001), as M.Fabban himself explains:
“I know Scarlet’s crew since 1997, they know how to launch a newborn piece of evil like Malfeitor. We received lots of interesting offers in order to put some inch on paper, but Scarlet is a well organized and well structured label, they’ve been in the scene for many years. They will do a cool job for us. No doubts”.
The debut full-lenght will be out in September 2007 both in CD and vinyl LP formats. The confirmed title is ‘Unio Mystica Maxima’, 9 tracks of mind-crushing, freezing, obscure and weird Luciferian Black Metal! Here’s the tracklist:

Adveniat Infernus (INTRO)
Rex Bestia Fera
In This Place Forever
Unio Mystica Maxima
Jesus Christi to the Lions
Baphomet
Fiamme Udite
Dungeon
Black Magic Mushrooms (MYSTICUM COVER)

The artwork of the album, currently under-construction, was created by Fabban itself, and the front cover of both the CD and LP versions by Marcelo HVC (Poisoned To Reality, Brazil).
Before the full-lenght’s release in September, Malfeitor will release a special hand-numbered 666 copies limited edition split 7” EP with the norwegian band Amok (feat. Goatpromoter Lava, ex Taake) through War Arts Production (Portugal).

Info: www.war-arts-productions.com.
For more info you can visit www.scarletrecords.it, www.malfeitor.net or www.myspace.com/malfeitor666.

Extrema - Festival appearances, DVD preview and more!  
Being in the music business for more than two decades already, Extrema can be simply considered one of the everlasting and most popular metal bands in Italy. No wonder their first, monumental ‘Murder Tunes & Broken Bones – 20 Years Anniversary DVD’, covering the whole band’s history and stepping inside Extrema’s world with stunning live shots, videoclips, interviews and tons of extras, already collected amazing reviews and comments all over the country, gaining Italian’s leading metal mag Metal Hammer’s front cover and topping the dedicated sections in basically every other publication (METAL HAMMER 10/10 - GRIND ZONE 9,5/10 - ROCK HARD 9/10 - METAL SHOCK 8/10 and so on…). The DVD, along with the live CD ‘Raisin’ Hell With Friends – Live At The Rolling Stone’, will come out in June on Scarlet Records. In the meantime, the band has already confirmed its appearance at prestigious Heineken Jammin’ Festival in Venice, Italy (14th June), sharing the stage with metal legends Iron Maiden, Slayer and many others, and Metal Camp in Tolmin, Slovenia (19th July). More live dates are expected to be announced soon. Check www.extremateam.com and www.myspace.com/extrema for infos and updates.
Stormlord - 'The Battle Of Quebec City: Live In Canada' DVD  

June 2007 will see Scarlet Records releasing Stormlord’s first official DVD ‘The Battle Of Quebec City: Live In Canada’, a very special package for every fan of the celebrated extreme metal band which was able to gain international respect and credibility with critically-acclaimed albums such as ‘At The Gates Of Utopia’ and the last ‘The Gorgon Cult’. The DVD consists in the full live show recorded in Quebec City last June (including a new song, ‘Dimension: Hate’, and a stunning cover of Slayer’s ‘Raining Blood’), during the band’s successful Canadian tour, four extra songs in bootleg version recorded in Montreal and Toronto and videoclips for the songs ‘I Am Legend’ and ‘Under The Boards (195, M.A.)’. Here’s the complete tracklist:

Live in Quebec City @ Les Dagobert, 14 June 2006:

01. “The Torchbearer”
02. “Dance Of Hecate”
03. “Wurdulak”
04. “I Am Legend”
05. “The Oath Of The Legion”
06. “Under The Boards (195, M.A.)”
07. “The Gorgon Cult”
08. “Dimension: Hate”
09. “Xanadu (A Vision In A Dream)”
10. “Where My Spirit Forever Shall Be”
11. “The Curse Of Medusa”
12. “Raining Blood”

Extra:
Live in Montreal @ Foufounes Electriques, 16 June 2006 - Bootleg
“Dance Of Hecate”
“Wurdulak”
Live in Toronto @ Reilly's, 17 June 2006 - Bootleg
“Wurdulak”
“I Am Legend”
“I Am Legend” (Promotional Clip 2002)
“Under The Boards” (Promotional Clip 2004)

Every fan of true symphonic black metal should not miss this! Check out the latest news on www.stormlord.net

Olympos Mons - New signing and new album 'Medievil'  
Critically-acclaimed finnish metallers Olympos Mons have just announced that they’ve parted company with Limb Music productions, which released their debut ‘Conquistador’ in 2004, and signed a new worldwide deal with Scarlet Records (which licensed the album to marquee/Avalon for the Japanese market). ‘Medievil’ is the title of the new studio effort, mixed by Janne Saksa at Sound Supreme Studios in Hämeenlinna and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Heksinki. The record will hit the stores in July 2007 and has been already described as a big step forward compared to its predecessor, both technically and musically, as people can expect from a group of talented and experienced musicians as Olympos Mons certainly are, with a particular mention for the extraordinary singer Ian E. Highhill. Check out the latest news on www.olymposmons.com.
Deliver Us From Evil - The Official Scarlet Records DVD  

Scarlet Records is going to release the label’s first ever DVD on the 16th April. ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ is the confirmed title for the label’s latest effort, a compilation which will include video clips and live clips from some of its most significant artists, such as Necrodeath (‘Master Of Morphine’), Vision Divine (We Are, We Are Not’), Hatesphere (‘Only The Strongest…’, recorded live at France’s Hellfest), Barcode (‘Fuck What You Say’) or Allhelluja (‘Superhero Motherfucker Superman’, directed by renowed artist Chad Michael Ward) to name a few. Here’s the complete tracklist:

1) Necrodeath – Master Of Morphine
2) Stormlord – Under The Boards
3) Allhelluja – Superhero Motherfucker Superman
4) Disarmonia Mundi – Celestial Furnace
5) Barcode – Fuck What You Say
6) Hatesphere – Only The Strongest…(LIVE)
7) Slowmotion Apocalypse – The Insomniac
8) Kayser – Good Citizen
9) Phaze I – Scream Of Dying Dogs
10) Cadaveria – Spell
11)The Defaced – Once In Between
12) Vision Divine – We Are, We Are Not (LIVE)
13) Disarmonia Mundi – Red Clouds