Sharing a friendship with fellow Swede’s Sabaton, Follow The Cipher, a band who feature Sabaton collaborator Ken Kängström, have announced a deal with Nuclear Blast Records.

Sitting somewhere between Nightwish, In Flames and Sabaton musically, Ken said of the band: “I consider our music as both visual and cinematic. The sound is large scaled and multi-layered – each element plays an important role within the overall concept. You can listen to our music in two different ways; either by focusing on the individual, versatile elements like the keyboard melodies or Linda’s powerful voice, or you can indulge in the whole package.“

We had them on our radar for the past two years, we were convinced of the song quality and appreciated the commitment of the members. Eventually, the determining factor was their outstanding live performance, which proved to us that Follow The Cipher have everything they need,” states Markus Wosgien A&R of the German metal label. The band adds: “We are super excited to be a part of the biggest independent metal label in the world. This collaboration will shock the heavy metal ground, and is for sure a dream coming true for all of us.”

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.