Finland – a mine of talented newcomer bands since the year one. With Battle Beast from Helsinki, Nuclear Blast are happy to welcome one of the most promising combos of this flourishing scene aboard!
Founded in 2008, the band already attended the W:O:A Metal Battle in their home country two years later and won the national contest, which enabled them to perform at the Wacken Open Air in Germany and represent Finland in the international Metal Battle finals. Battling 26 other bands from all around the world, Battle Beast emerged victorious. Under these circumstances a record deal with the world's biggest independent Heavy Metal label seems to be the only logical consequence.
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Andy Siry, head of A&R at Nuclear Blast, agrees: "Young, dynamic but still deeply rooted in traditional Heavy Metal – Battle Beast breathe new life into the scene and rekindle the sound of the 80s with a fulgent livery.
"The well-deserved victory at the W:O:A Metal Battle 2010 was the first important step to which we want to live up by supporting these up-and-coming talents energetically. We're looking forward to the cooperation!"
The band also expresses their joy. Guitarist Anton commented: "We feel honoured that Nuclear Blast show their interest in Battle Beast by releasing 'Steel'. Many thanks to our partners, closest people and most of all to our fans who believed in us and gave us their support. The journey continues!"
Battle Beast's brilliant debut album 'Steel' will be released on January 27th 2012 via Nuclear Blast – the track list is as follows:
01. Enter The Metal World
02. Armageddon Clan
03. The Band Of The Hawk
04. Justice And Metal
06. Die-Hard Warrior
08. Show Me How To Die
09. Savage And Saint
10. Iron Hand
12. Stay Black
A couple of months later the band will set off for a European tour as support of their new label mates Nightwish over the course of the Imaginaerum World Tour. Dates as follows:
11.04.12 DK Copenhagen - Falconer Theater
13.04.12 NL Amsterdam - Heineken Music Hall
14.04.12 D Düsseldorf - ISS Dome
16.04.12 B Brussels - Forest National
17.04.12 F Paris - Bercy
18.04.12 F Nantes - Zenith
20.04.12 F Lyon - Halle Tony Garnier
21.04.12 LU Luxembourg - Rockhal
23.04.12 D Frankfurt - Jahrhunderthalle
24.04.12 CH Zurich - Hallenstadion
25.04.12 IT Milano - Forum
27.04.12 AT Vienna - Gasometer
29.04.12 HU Budapest - Budapest Arena
30.04.12 CZ Prague - Tesla (T-Mobile Arena)
01.05.12 D Leipzig - Arena
03.05.12 D Hamburg - o2 World
05.05.12 D Nürnberg - Arena
06.05.12 D Stuttgart - Schleyerhalle
08.05.12 SL Ljubljana - Križanke