Nuclear Blast News 2012

GOTTHARD – Firebirth between ”Wilden Kreatürken“ 06.06.2012

Successful Swiss rockers fired the crowd up for Bülent Ceylan in the “Commerzbank Arena”, Frankfurt.

On Saturday, the successful Swiss rockers fired the crowd up for comedian BÜLENT CEYLAN with their recently released album “Firebirth” in the sold out “Commerzbank Arena” inFrankfurt,Germany. 42.000 people rocked together with Nic Maeder and his band mates and experienced the public live premiere of plenty of new songs.  

However, the show in the “Commerzbank Arena” wasn’t only a baptism by fire for GOTTHARD: Bülent Ceylan captured his new program “Wilde Kreatürken” for a DVD. True to his motto “Rock’n’Roll“, BÜLENT was supported musically by GOTTHARD and EDGUY. ”The event was huge and the audience had a great time”, states bass player Marc Lynn. “Simply a superb combination of music and comedy. We all rate Bülent highly! It’s hilarious how he’s able to play many different roles. It was huge fun!“
Back in 2011, BÜLENT CEYLAN was the first comedian ever to perform at the “Wacken Open Air” and he’s known to be a big rock fan. While having a chat backstage, the German comedian of Turkish origin and the Swiss combo noticed that they share quite a few commonalities – but also many differences: ”It’s been a long time that our hair was as long as Bülent’s”, GOTTHARD noted. ”We want to thank him very much for the invitation to his show and the great evening.”


Get your „Firebirth“ copy at the Nuclear Blast Webshop

Videoclip „Starlight“:

Gotthard on iTunes

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WE CAME AS ROMANS – to headline Impericon Never Say Die Tour in October! 06.06.2012

US shooting stars WE CAME AS ROMANS have just been confirmed for the headlining slot of this year’s installment of the renowned Impericon Never Say Die Tour!

This marks the bands second invasion of Europe in support of their most recent effort „Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be“ which was released by Nuclear Blast in 2011.

Commented guitarist Joshua Moore: „Our first time in Europe was two years ago, opening the Never Say Die tour. To think that our European fans have been so supportive over these past two years to have us back and now headlining, is an amazing feeling. We can’t wait to return and have a great time with all of you, sharing our second Impericon Never Say Die Tour experience!“

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Check out the videos for

„Just Keep Breathing“: 

12.10.12 Germany Würzburg @ Posthalle  
13.10.12 Germany Stuttgart @ Zapata   
14.10.12 France Paris @ Le Trabendo  
15.10.12 UK Birmingham @ O2 Academy 2  
17.10.12 UK Manchester @ Club Academy   
18.10.12 UK London @ The Electric Ballroom  
19.10.12 Belgium Antwerp @ Trix Zaal  
20.10.12 Germany Köln @ Essigfabrik  
21.10.12 Germany Berlin @ C-Club  
22.10.12 Germany Hamburg @ Markthalle  
23.10.12 Sweden Stockholm @ Klubben/Fryshuset  
25.10.12 Germany Münster @ Sputnikhalle   
26.10.12 Luxemburg  Esch @ Kulturfabrik  
27.10.12 Switzerland Pratteln @ Z7   
28.10.12 Italy Trezzo D’Adda (Milan) @ Live Club  
29.10.12 Germany München @ Backstage Werk  
30.10.12 Austria Wien @ Arena   
01.11.12 Czech Rep Prague @ Futurum   
02.11.12 Germany Leipzig @ Werk 2  
03.11.12 Holland Den Haag @ Paard | |

NILE – present new lyric video! 06.06.2012

US-based death metal legendsNILE proudly present the official lyric video for the song `The Fiends Who Come To Steal The Magick Of The Deceased´, taken from their upcoming new pitch-black manifesto of damnation “At The Gate Of Sethu” (out on June 29).

Follow this downward path to watch it:

Moreover, the band has recently released a songpier smartphone app plus other great gimmicks and offers the song as a free download via their Nuclear Blast band page at

Don’t miss them on their European tour in November/December!


01.11.   B          Antwerpen                                – Trix

02.11.   D          Giessen                                    – Hessenhalle

03.11.   D          Geiselwind                                – Music Hall

04.11.   NL        Eindhoven                                 – Effenaar

05.11.   F          Rennes                                     – L’Etage

06.11.   F          Paris                                        – Bataclan

22.11.   H         Budapest                                  – Club 202

23.11    A          Wien                                        – Arena

28.11.   SK        Bratislava                                  – TBA
30.11.   D         Leipzig                                      – Hellraiser

10.12.   S         Stockholm                                – Lilla Arenan

11.12.   S          Gothenburg                               – Traedgarn

12.12.   DK       Copenhagen                             – Amager Bio

13.12.   DK        Aarhus                                     – Voxhall

14.12.   D          Hamburg                                  – Große Freiheit 36

15.12.   D          Stuttgart                                   – LKA Longhorn

16.12.   NL        Leeuwarden                              – Schaaf

19.12.   D          Saarbrücken                             – Garage

20.12.   D          Hannover                                  – Capitol

21.12.   D         Munich                                     – Backstage

22.12.   D          Oberhausen                              – Turbinenhalle | |


KORPIKLAANI – put lyric videos and songpier online 05.06.2012

Finnish traditional folk metal pioneers KORPIKLAANI proudly present a new song of their upcoming 8th studio album “Manala” (out on the 3rd of August via Nuclear Blast) – that actually exists in two different versions! As announced before, the limited Digipak edition of “Manala” will come to you with a bonus CD, including the whole album with English lyrics. The English counterpart of `Kunnia´ (as the original Finnish song is called) is entitled `Honor´, and both songs can now be enjoyed in the form of two great lyric videos. Feel free to sing along to




Moreover, the band has just unveiled their very own songpier smartphone app and offers a Soundcloud stream of the new songs plus some other great gimmicks via their official Nuclear Blast band page at

Planning a journey toSouth America? Why don’t you take the chance to see KORPIKLAANI live on stage while you’re there?

KORPIKLAANI South America Tour


06.06. RCH       Santiago                                              – Espacio 334

07.06.   RA       Buenos Aires                                         – Salon Reducci

08.06.   BR       Belo Horizonte                                       – Music Hall

09.06.   BR       Sao Paulo                                             – Clash Club

10.06.   BR        Curitiba                                                – Music Hall
12.06.   BR        Porto Alegre                                         – Beco 203
13.03.   ROU     Montevideo                                           – Buzz Live | | |

TANKARD – first track-by-track video posted! 05.06.2012

Legendary German alcoholic thrash metallers TANKARD, whose 30-years-anniversary-album “A Girl Called Cerveza” will be released on the 27th of July via Nuclear Blast, have posted the first part of a series of track-by-track videos! Let front man Gerre give you further information on the idea behind the songs „Running On Fumes“ , „A Girl Called Cerveza“ and „Witch Hunt 2.0“:

Stay tuned for part 2  – in the meantime, check out the awesome TANKARD songpier app for your smartphone | |  


BULLET: New Single „Full Pull“ will be released on July, 13th 01.06.2012

On July 13th, the new BULLET single „Full Pull“ will be released. The single will be available digitally and on vinyl, with various colours.


Side A:           Full Pull

Side B:            Get On


You can order the single HERE

On September 14th, the new BULLET record “Full Pull” will be released worldwide on Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded in “Gutterview Recorders” in Solna/Stockholm, along with Nicke Andersson (Hellacopters a.o.) and Fred Estby (Dismember a.o.)

Bullet on tour 2012:


28.09   D         Berlin                          – Frannz Club

29.09   D         Leipzig                         – Hellraiser 

30.09   D         Frankfurt                    – Batschkapp

02.10  A          Wien                           – Arena

03.10   D         München                    – Backstage Halle

04.10  CH       Aarau                          – KiFF

05.10  D          Saarbrücken                – Garage

06.10   D         Köln                           – Luxor

07.10  B          Antwerpen                 – Trix Club

08.10   D         Essen                          – Turcok                             

09.10  NL       Utrecht                       – dB´s

10.10  D          Hamburg                    – Logo

11.10  S          Malmö                        – KB

12.10  S          Stockholm                  – Debaser Medis

13.10  S          Gothenburg                – Pustervik

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ELUVEITIE – join the Metalcamp band chat on the 12th of June 01.06.2012

Just like last year, the popular Metalcamp band chat will available within the weeks until the festival. On the official MC page you can login at „CHAT“ and talk with your favourite bands, ask questions, find out news or secrets and much more…

The chat 2012 will be kicked off by ELUVEITIE´s bass player Kay, who will answer your questions and chat with you on Tuesday, June 12 from 8 – 8.30 pm CET. To take part you only have to sign up and register and off you go. – CHAT or via direct link

Watch out for further announcements and chat confirmations until the festival!



Swiss folk-metal-maniacs ELUVEITIE started a new, aspiring and flourishing era of heathen metal – “New Wave Of Folk Metal” – with their output “Spirit”, released in 2006, and turned everything upside down within the whole scene. Influenced by Celtic music and mysticism, this pagan circle reached to unite two total different styles. ELUVEITIE play traditional, authentic folk combined with modern melodic death metal in the classical Gothenburg-vein. Nevertheless the band also concentrates on topics and stories behind their songs. With their new chartbreaker album „Helvetios“ the band surely will perform a hell of a show at METALCAMP 2012!


ELUVEITIE video clip

Tickets for the Metalcamp, taking place in Tolmin, Slovenia, from August 5 to August 10, can be purchased via the Nuclear Blast web shop | | |  


KREATOR – „Phantom Antichrist“ out now, European tour announced! 01.06.2012

The time has come! The brand new album, „Phantom Antichrist“, by Germanys thrash metal export no. 1, KREATOR, is out now on CD, vinyl and as digital download!

„Phantom Antichrist“ is available as a regular jewel case CD, limited edition CD/DVD digipack, the extensive „Ultimate Edition“ box set, 2LP picture vinyl and various coloured 2LP vinyl editions – get your copy at the Nuclear Blast Mailorder: or surf to to download the album digitally.

Currently, the band is touring the Metalfest Open Airs across Europe before heading overseas to destroy the US together with label mates ACCEPT.

A European tour has been confirmed for November/December 2012.

Presented by Rock Hard, Legacy, Virus, Noizeletter, Musix, Piranha,, BLAST!

01.11.2012 BE – Antwerp, Trix
02.11.2012 DE – Giessen, Hessenhalle
03.11.2012 DE – Geiselwind, Music Hall
04.11.2012 NL – Eindhoven, Effenaar
05.11.2012 FR – Rennes, L´Etage
06.11.2012 FR – Paris, Bataclan
22.11.2012 HU – Budapest, Club 202
23.11.2012 AT – Wien, Arena
28.11.2012 SK – Bratislava
30.11.2012 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser
10.12.2012 SE – Stockholm, Lilla Arenan
11.12.2012 SE – Gothenburg, Traedgarn
12.12.2012 DK – Copenhagen, Amager Bio
13.12.2012 DK – Aarhus, Voxhall
14.12.2012 DE – Hamburg, Große Freiheit 36
15.12.2012 DE – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
16.12.2012 NL – Leeuwarden, Schaaf
19.12.2012 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
20.12.2012 DE – Hannover, Capitol
21.12.2012 DE – München, Backstage
22.12.2012 DE – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle

“Brutalized thrash attack with increased attention for great melodies and dark moods. Perfect hybrid of classic heavy metal and idiosyncratic thrash with more contrasts than ever!”
ROCK TRIBUNE (B) | Vera Matthijssens

“Heavy, brutal & melodic! PHANTOM ANTICHRIST combines the best moments of all KREATOR albums!”
METAL HAMMER (GER) | Sebastian Kessler

“I need to change my pants! I think KREATOR just delivered their new signature album! F**K, I LOVE THIS BAND!”
SCREAM (NO) | Hakon Grav

“A strong album that keeps heavy metal very much alive!”
ZILLO (GER) | Christoph Kutzer

“Complex & diverse featuring just the best from all KREATOR eras. Very good.”
HEAVY (GER) | Jürgen Lugerth

Melodic and serious thrashy joy! Enormous amounts of ideas with expert songwriting and superbe performances throughout! If anyone releases a better thrash album in 2012, it’ll take a mammoth effort!

“A really solid slab of thrash metal! Quite possibly the thrash album of the year!”
TERRORIZER (UK) | Lee MacBride

„KREATOR’s finest post-millennial album… A truly classy European metal record“.
KERRANG (UK) | KKKK | Jason Arnopp | |


SONATA ARCTICA: Worldwide Chart Domination 01.06.2012

With their fantastisc new record “Stones Grow Her Name”, SONATA ARCTCA not only achieved gold status in their homecountry Finland, but also entered charts worldwide.

We´re pround to announce the chart entries so far:


Finland                                   1

Hungary                               13

Switzerland                          21

Germany                              24

Austria                                 29

Sweden                                37

Norway                                39

France                                  54

Italy                                      72

Holland                                72

Canada                                79

Belgium Wallonie                79

Spain                                    97

Sweden Rock Charts              5

Canada Rock Charts              7

UK Rock Charts                      9


Great news also from the US camp:


After hearing that SONATA ARCTICA’s latest album, Stones Grow Her Name, achieved “highest 1st week sales” status in the USA with 2,225 copies sold and has debuted at #9 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, vocalist/songwriter Tony Kakko checked in from his home in Finland with the following message:


„North America! Awesome!  Our best ever 1st week sales with Stones Grow Her Name!  Thank you so much!  Feels good to hear this kind of news from the other side of the great puddle. Especially now, when the times are what they are… You guys rock!  Sure hope to get all the tour plans ready as soon as possible, so we can announce out next great North American adventure.  See you guys hopefully soon!  Miss ya!  Cheers!”


SONATA ARCTICA – „Stones Grow Her Name World Tour 2012“

German dates presented by: Rock Hard, MusiX and BLAST! Magazine

03.11.12 PL-Warsaw Progresja

04.11.12 D-Berlin Columbiaclub

06.11.12 D-Hamburg Markthalle

07.11.12 D-Cologne Essigfabrik

08.11.12 B-Antwerpen Trix

09.11.12 NL-Tilburg 013)

11.11.12 D-Bochum Zeche

12.11.12 D-Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal

13.11.12 F-Lille Le Splendid

14.11.12 F-Paris Bataclan

16.11.12 E-Madrid La Riviera

17.11.12 E-Barcelona Razzmatazz

19.11.12 F-Lyon Le Transpordeur

20.11.12 D-Stuttgart LKA Longhorn

21.11.12 CH-Pratteln Z7

22.11.12 I-Milano Alcatraz

24.11.12 CZ-Prag Winter Masters of Rock

27.11.12 D-Munich Backstage Halle

Free Songpier App

Watch the video for “I Have A Right” here

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