Bristol brutalizers Svalbard join the Nuclear Blast family - Knotfest

Bristol brutalizers Svalbard join the Nuclear Blast family

Posted by Ramon Gonzales in News on June 28, 2022

The band’s complete back catalog and their lauded 2020 LP ‘When I Die, Will I Get Better?’ are now available.

Among the post-hardcore’s most visceral practitioners, Svalbard has gone from cherished underground outfit to tip of the tongue among the best in their respective lane. That much was proven in 2020 when the Bristol crew unveiled one of the most celebrated albums of the year in, When I Die, Will I Get Better?

During a year where music became more important than ever, the full length effort from Svalbard was hailed by respected counter culture voice Metal Hammer as “the most important British metal record of 2020”. Over the course of the last decade, the band has amassed a teflon body of work that includes three studio albums, three EPs, and several split releases – all of which remain potent examples of the band’s articulate aggression and punishing prowess.

In an important move for the band and their auspicious future in the space of heavy culture, Svalbard has announced their signing to Nuclear Blast Records. Making the band’s entire catalog available for the banner, the band’s Serena Cherry explains how the partnership holds personal weight with her as not only a participant, but a fan.

“I have many fond memories of visiting my local record shop and buying anything that had the Nuclear Blast logo stamped on it. You always knew you were in for a tasty metal treat with a Nuclear Blast band! Most days I have to pinch myself that we have now joined Nuclear Blast, it is a real dream come true for me to work with this amazing label.”

As Senior Nuclear Blast A&R, Nathan Barley Phillips explained how he was instantly convinced of the power of the band many years ago and is now excited to share their command with the rest of the heavy music world. “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome SVALBARD to Nuclear Blast! Ever since I heard the raw and visceral emotion of ‘Disparity’ back in 2015, I was an instant fan. With biting lyrics and a keen observation of today’s societal issues, SVALBARD continues to be one of the most important and challenging voices in the heavy scene today. I’m delighted to be able to amplify this voice as the band gets set to make an indelible mark on our genre.”

Svalbard’s back catalog of music is now available via Nuclear Blast Records – HERE. The band have also confirmed a European tour set for early 2023 supporting Cult of Luna and Russian Circles. The tour announcement follows the band’s confirmed 2022 festival stretch – including appearances at Resurrection Fest in Spain, Dominion Fest in the UK and Summer Breeze in Germany. A complete list of dates can be found below.


02/07/22 – ES Viveiro, Resurrection Festival
30/07/22 – UK Ushaw, Dominion Festival
31/07/22 – UK Kendal Calling
17/08/22 – DE Dinkelsbuhl, Summer Breeze
19/08/22 – FR Saint-Nolff, Motocultor Festival
16/09/22 – UK London, Electric Ballroom (w/ MONO)
17/09/22 – UK Guildford, Boileroom
18/09/22 – UK Sheffield, Riffolution Festival
 07/10/22 – ES Barcelona, AMFest
European tour with Cult of Luna & Russian Circles

17/03/23 – DK Copenhagen, Store Vega 
18/03/23 – DE Berlin, Huxleys 
19/03/23 – DE Wiesbaden, Schlachthof 
20/03/23 – NL Utrecht, Tivoli Ronda 
21/03/23 – BE Brussels, AB 
22/03/23 – FR Paris, Olympia 
23/03/23 – DE Stuttgart, Wizemann
24/03/23 – CH Lausanne, Les Docks 
25/03/23 – SI Ljubljana, Kino Siska 
27/03/23 – AT Vienna, Arena 
28/03/23 – DE Munich, Muffathalle 
29/03/23 – CZ Prague, Roxy
30/03/23 – PL Krakow, Studio
31/03/23 – PL Warsaw, Progresja

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