|New signings: THE FINAL HARVEST and FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING||14.06.2009|
We are very proud to announce the signings of two really outstanding bands of the European Metal-underground:
THE FINAL HARVEST
THE FINAL HARVEST was unsleashed in the beginning of 2008 and after the first 2 track-demo the record deal was signed with blood and first summer took the band
to the biggest Finnish metal festivals (Nummirock, Tuska Open Air afterparty etc) and the band shared the club stages and festivals with bands like Destruction, Satyricon,
In Flames, Torture Killer, Sotajumala etc.
The fall came with a debut album - THE END - and the "BLOODGOD" video with massive coverage in Finnish Headbangers Ball. Finnish winters are cold and raw and so was the TFH crew on stage when touring around Finland with Grind veterans Napalm Death. Now the scythe is aimed at Europe.
There will be a special release with bonus songs, there will be gigs and there will be blood!
Band statement to the signing with CYCLONE EMPIRE:
"TFH crew is more than happy to find ourselves under the wings of Cyclone Empire and with a trustworthy partner in crime we will surely hit the European metal-scene with sharpened scythe"
Here you can find the video-clip for ‘Bloodgod’:
FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING
Fragments Of Unbecoming saw the light of day in the hot summer of 2000, initially serving as a side project for Sascha Ehrich, then guitarist in MORTIFIED, and Stefan Weimar, at that time guitarist in VENEREAL DISEASE, the latter also taking up the position of vocalist. A suitable drummer was soon found in Ingo Maier, a bandmate of Stefan's in VENEREAL DISEASE. After months of trying out different bassists, Wolfram Schellenberg (ex- DISEMBOWLED, ex-TOMBTHROAT) joined on the four strings, completing a line-up that was slowly but surely moving away from the concept of a side project. The musical direction of choice was unavoidable, irrevocable and definite: FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING would travel the monumental and unforgotten peaks of 90s Swedish death metal, without sacrificing originality and variation in the process. In the spring of 2001 a decision was made to definitely bury the idea of a side project, namely making FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING a full-time band for all involved. As a consequence, Sascha left MORTIFIED to concentrate in full on his new source of motivation and inspiration. During the following year, the band wrote enough material to choose from for the recording of a demo CD, also providing enough material for a full live set. In the spring of 2002 FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING entered Stellwerk Studio, where VENEREAL DISEASE had previously worked, to record their studio debut "BLOODRED TALES / CHAPTER I - THE CRIMSON SEASON", which was released in May 2002. The CD gained excellent reactions from the press, getting the band to appear on "Best of Unsigned" compilations by both the German magazines Rock Hard and Heavy, Oder Was?! Metal Blade Records got wind of the buzz FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING were creating, signing the band exactly 12 months after the release of the demo CD. The first full-length album was recorded in the fall of 2003, once again at Stellwerk Studio, with production duties being shared by the band and Stefan Hahnbuch. The offering eintitled "SKYWARDS / CHAPTER II - A SYLPHE'S ASCENSION" even surpassed the already high expectations: a brutal yet dynamic and melodic death metal record complemented by wisely-dosed acoustic guitar sounds. After presenting the new material at concerts and festivals, a new thought began growing within the band: Stefan expressed his desire to get a lead singer/frontman on board to get himself more room on the guitar as well as enriching the band's live act. The idea was also to use dual vocals on future compositions in order to make the material more intense, at the same time enabling the band to experiment more in the vocal department. The ideal vocalist was soon found in Sam Anetzberger, a member of the death metal band DEAD EYED SLEEPER (former known as LEGACY). The first few rehearsal and shows were very promising, but Sam chose to give his main band priority over FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING, forcing the band to search for an alternative. In the summer of 2005 a possible candidate traveled all the way from the United States to try out for the spot, but the band was let down again when it became clear that the vocalist-to-be wouldn't be able to stay in Germany on a permanent basis. A short time before the studio date for the new album "STERLING BLACK ICON / CHAPTER III – BLACK BUT SHINING" the band managed to convince Sam to return to the fold. He became a full member of the band, taking care of most lead vocals alongside Stefan. In September 2005 the recording of the new album could finally begin. In 2006, the “STERLING BLACK ICON” was released and the band hit the stage to spread the new material.
In 2008, FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING already had composed enough new material for recording their so far fourth album in the band´s history. Under the title “THE EVERHAUNTING PAST / CHAPTER IV – A SPLENDID RETROSPECTION” eleven new songs were recorded in the studio. After the mastering was done, Wolle decided to leave the band due to personal reasons and a lack of time for rehearsing. Because of Sam was deep into his examination, the remaining triple made good use in one´s time in searching for a new label partner and at the same time even composing for the fifth longplayer.
Finally in 2009, FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING hit the target and signed a new deal with their candidate of choice: CYCLONE EMPIRE.
Band statement to the signing with CYCLONE EMPIRE:
"It´s time for another big step in the history of FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING, that will take us fast forward in the future. As many of you perhaps already knew, we were looking for a new label partner in the past months. So, let´s finally say, we definitely hit the bullseye by getting the chance to work with our candidate of choice.
FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING are very excited and proud to announce, that from now on we will release under the banner of CYCLONE EMPIRE (besides bands like Evocation, Demonical, Black Sun Aeon etc.). Thus, our long awaited fourth album “THE EVERHAUNTING PAST / CHAPTER IV – A SPLENDID RETROSPECTION” will be released this year. One thing is for sure: we´re convinced of having found real fans in the guys of CYCLONE EMPIRE.
A big cheers to the future!
Sascha on behalf of FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING"
Bloodred Tales / Chapter I – The Crimson Season (2002) – Sylphony Creations
Skywards / Chapter II – A Sylphe´s Ascension (2004) – Metal Blade Records
Sterling Black Icon / Chapter III – Black But Shining (2006) – Metal Blade Records
The Everhaunting Past / Chapter IV – A Splendid Retrospective (2009) – Cyclone Empire