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Album deal for City of Souls

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Prog rockers City Of Souls have signed a deal with Australian label Wild Things Records.

The six-piece Auckland bred outfit – who also recently struck a management deal with Tom Larkin at VVV Management –have also just released a new single ‘Wolf’, which provides a first taste of their highly anticipated debut album due later this year.

Eli Chamravi, head of Wild Thing Records. is delighted about signing City Of Souls to the label.

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Devilskin dates for NZ and Europe

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Devilskin are to embark on a major European tour– and will warm up for it with New Zealand dates in August and September.

The hard rockers have been personally invited to support Halestorm on an 18 day blitz of continental Europe, which begins in the Netherlands on October 1 and finishes in Madrid on October 25. They will follow that with 12 dates of their own in the UK from October 28-November 12.

However, Devilskin’s NZ fanbase won’t be missing out, with the band embarking on an eight-date national tour, supported – except in Christchurch – by Written With Wolves. Devilskin will also begin recording their third studio album next month and have already done some sessions with renowned producer Greg Haver, best known for his work with Manic Street Preachers.

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Niel de Jong: meet the man behind Alien Weaponry

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From playing in bands in the 80s and early 90s to studio work and mentoring, Niel de Jong is no stranger to the New Zealand music business. But his current role as manager of the teenage thrash metal band Alien Weaponry is taking his career to a whole new level.

The Waipu three-piece – made up of his sons, lead singer and guitarist Lewis (15) and drummer Henry (17), and bassist Ethan Trembath (15) – are about to embark on a major European festival tour following the release of their debut album on the renowed Austrian metal label Napalm Records.

de Jong’s work in helping take Alien Weaponry global was honoured earlier this year when he won the international achievement prize at the NZ Music Managers Awards, but he knows that the hard work is just beginning.

“They are looking forward to Europe, though it is kind of two edged sword,” de Jong admits. “It’s a little bit scary as well.”

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June debut for Alien Weaponry

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Te reo metal mavens Alien Weaponry have dropped a new video and shared some more details about their upcoming debut album.

– which has already racked hundreds of pre-sales via their fully funded Indiegogo campaign – will be released on June 1, via noted metal label Napalm Records, which have signed the teenage siblings to a three album deal.

The latest single to be released from the album is ‘Kai Tangata’, which translates to ‘Eat People’ and is backed with a suitably bloodthirsty video. The 7-minute epic finds the thrash metal trio delving into the early 19th Century musket wars, where Ngapuhi – newly armed with muskets – attacked and decimated the de Jong brothers’ Te Arawa ancestors, who at that time were still using traditional weaponry.

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