Heavy music innovators PRONG have signed a worldwide recording contact with LONG BRANCH RECORDS/SPV. Founded in 1986 PRONG are considered to be pioneers of the American post-hardcore and post-metal scenes whose influence is still being felt today. The as yet untitled album will be released in Spring 2012.
PRONG frontman Tommy Victor commented on signing with SPV
“I feel like PRONG has come full circle. We have the same energy and excitement about our music that we did at the beginning of our career. With Long Branch SPV we’ve found people to work with who are very supportive of us and what PRONG has accomplished so far in our career.”
SPV A&R representative Maria Ouellette spoke about signing PRONG
“We’re extremely excited to welcome PRONG into the SPV/Long Branch Records fold! Tommy Victor’s musical innovation and influence is far-reaching and inspirational, and exactly what we’re about. We’re proud that we can be part of their next musical milestone!”
Look for more news on PRONG in the coming weeks.
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LONG BRANCH RECORDS is a new SPV label imprint created by industry veteran Maria Ouellette. PRONG join artists like CHIMAIRA and MADINA LAKE in the label’s quest to build a home for today’s best in new and established rock and metal groundbreakers.
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The fallout from the financial turmoil surrounding Quebec distributor Fusion 3 continues, with Universal Music Canada announcing a deal to distribute SPV. SPV, which has acts such as Sepultura, Alice Cooper, Eric Burdon, Whitesnake, Motörhead, Skinny Puppy, Symphony X and Type O Negative, has entered into an exclusive distribution deal with Universal, which already distributes indie labels like Last Gang, Maple Music and others. SPV also has several sub-labels that it produces and distributes such as Steamhammer, Synthetic Symphony, Oblivion, SPV Recordings/SPV America and progressive label InsideOut.
The label had been previously distributed by Fusion 3, Canada’s largest independent distributor that filed for bankruptcy protection in Quebec in December. Jim West, the company’s founder, told Billboard today that the label has extended the bankruptcy protection by an additional 30 days as it negotiates with creditors.
SPV’s director of sales, Thomas Ziegler, said the deal with Universal should stabilize SPV’s distribution in Canada.
“There is no need to point out that these are challenging times in the music business,” Zeigler said in a statement. “We feel very confident about going with the market leader to face those challenges and to make sure to satisfy the needs of our customers.”
Saxon has announced that their brand new studio album, “Into The Labyrinth” is set to be released on January 12th in Europe (9th in Germany) and January 13th in North America. The albums first single, “Live To Rock” will be made available as a download on October 17th.
Into The Labyrinth was recorded at the Twilight Hall in Krefeld, Germany, under the direction of Charlie Bauerfeind. Saxon recorded 13 new songs at Blind Guardian’s studio, starting with their monumental opener, ‘Battalions Of Steel’, through ‘Demon Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Valley Of The Kings’, which both cover historic events, to the final slide guitar blues track, ‘Coming Home’ (fans are already familiar with the electric version of this track from Saxon’s Killing Ground album). Saxon are currently still working on an additional 14th track, which will be available exclusively as a download on iTunes from the release date. “The new material was written in England and at my house in France,” Byford explains. “Stylistically, I would describe the album as an even balance between Lionheart and The Inner Sanctum, a mix of powerful, in-your-face rock songs and pure heavy metal tracks. We’re very happy with the production and proud of Into The Labyrinth.”
The track listing is as follows:
1. Battalions Of Steel
2. Live To Rock
3. Demon Sweeney Todd
4. The Letter
5. Valley Of The Kings
6. Slow Lane Blues
7. Crime Of Passion
8. Premonition in D Minor
10. Protect Yourselves
12. Come Rock Of Ages (The Circle Is Complete)
13. Coming Home (Bottleneck Version)
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Legendary hard rock band MOTÖRHEAD will release its new album, entitled “Motörizer”, through SPV Records on the following dates:
USA: August 26
Germany: August 29
Rest of Europe: September 1
The follow-up to 2006’s “Kiss of Death” was recorded in part (drums only) at FOO FIGHTERS frontman/ex-NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in Northridge, California with producer Cameron Webb, who also worked on “Kiss of Death” and 2004’s “Inferno”.
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Alice Cooper is in the news again with word that he has signed with German record label Steamhammer/SPV.
Cooper is currently working on his new album, “Along Came A Spider,” which is scheduled for release sometime in the fall. Currently, Cooper is taking a break from the recording studio to perform in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Later on this year the venerable shock rocker will embark on another tour which will take him to various locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. There’s little doubt that Alice Cooper is a busy man.