||Suicidal Angels have issued the following statement:
"We are more than happy and proud to announce that we won the Rock The Nation Award 2009 and sign a deal with Nuclear Blast. We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everybody that voted for us and of course good luck to all the bands that participated in this contest!
Our new album "Sanctify The Darkness" will be out on the 20th of November so stay tuned for more infos and as always prepare yourselves to be thrashed!"
Below you can read the official statement of Rock The Nation:
"The winner takes it all", true to the motto Rock The Nation appealed to a band contest of a particular kind. The Austrian management and booking company takes care of the needs of such bands as Deathstars, Legion Of The Damned, Sabaton, Behemoth, Kataklysm, Leaves' Eyes and Eluveitie. They offered a lucrative all inclusive package for the winner, with a long term labeldeal with Boomer Entertainment and the leading heavy metal company Nuclear Blast Records (Nightwish, Hammerfall, Testament, Dimmu Borgir and many more), and them of course.
This unique competition was presented by all leading European metal magazines, like the German, Italian, Spanish and Greek Metal Hammer, the British Terorizer, Metallian (France), Scream (Norway), Rock Tribune (Belgium), Spark (Czech Republic), and the Dutch webzine Lordsofmetal.nl.
"This high interest blew all our expectations", says Rock The Nation boss Stefan Hattinger. More than 1.200 bands from all over the world applied, hundreds of thousands votes have been counted. "It made the RTN-Award a tremendous success and proves that this is what the bands have been waiting for."
The 100 best votings were then judged by an inner circle composed of members from Rock The Nation, Boomer Entertainment and Nuclear Blast. In the end there wasn't only one, but two winners! Suicidal Angels from Greece and Steelwing from Sweden. "We love those two bands so much, that we couldn't decide us against one of them, so we had to make two winners", says Hattinger.
Regardless of the experts opinion, both acts were under the top ten of the fan votings and finally conviced with their unique and overwhelming songwriting. They simply made it! "Both bands really deserve our biggest respect, it would be cool if everybody out there sends his and her congrats & comments. Add them to your friends and see what will happen with both bands in the coming months", says Hattinger with big plans in mind. The greek Thrash metal formation Suicidal Angels play a merciless riff massacre and a perfect mix of old Kreator and Sepultura like sounds.
"We are more than happy to win this contest", says vocalist and guitar player Nick. "We will do our best to reciprocate all the trust we received. We would like to thank Stefan and Rock The Nation, all the guys from Boomer Entertainment and Nuclear Blast for giving us this unique opportunity."