Strange headline, no? But that’s the Devil’s truth, son.
A press release claims Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono has partnered with promoter Stephan Mellul and Century Media Records for “Rock The Nation America” booking agency.
“Rock The Nation America will be focused on bringing the best names in heavy metal to North American audiences, while maintaining a razor-sharp focus on emerging acts and artist development,” a press release boasts.
“Iacono will capitalize on his decade as frontman of the Canadian death metal band Kataklysm as he heads the agency’s artist relations efforts, while Mellul will build on his history as one of Canada’s premier metal promoters and agents,” the release claims.
The booking agency will be based out of the same Los Angeles offices from which the Century Media and Nuclear Blast record labels operate. I need to get my ass to Los Angeles, and hang at that office. Seems like it would be fun. But then I’d risk running into one of my crazy fucking exes. Trust me — my luck, she’d be picking up someone on the same flight as me, and be standing at the gate as I entered the terminal.
“I spent the last 15 years touring and learning what being on the road is all about, and my partner, Stephan Mellul, has been booking shows for 18 years — together, we decided to bring something different to the industry,” says Iacono. “We decided to create an agency that will help new artists develop, as well as preserve and grow the careers of established bands. I’m a soldier on the field, I understand the touring life, I still live it… and the fans deserve unselfish packages and lineups that are worth paying the ticket price. We thank Europe’s premier agency, Rock The Nation, for joining forces.”
At their launch, the Rock The Nation America roster contains more than two dozen acts spanning the extreme metal market, including Hammerfall, Hypocrisy, Wintersun and of course, Kataklysm.
The agency’s first tour will be the Paganfest USA Tour 2012, a package featuring worldwide metal acts Turisas, Alestorm, Ex Deo, Arkona and Huntress.