Rock The Nation Award 2011 announced

The Rock The Nation Award was launched 2009 for the very first time and is happening this year for the third time. 2009, Steelwing and Suicidal Angels won the award, 2010 Heavy Metal shooting stars Skull Fist had been voted the lucky winner! Suicidal Angels and Steelwing both have been releasing very successful albums and were touring with well-known bands all over Europe as well as playing at several big European festivals. Skull Fist are about to release their highly anticipated debut album ‘Head öf the Pack’ on August 26 before they hit the road alongside Sabaton, Grave Digger and Powerwolf on the Power of Metal tour… Three winners, three stories of success!

The Rock The Nation Award 2011 is being presented by Noiseart Records, Rock The Nation, Noizeletter, Terrorizer UK, Metallian France, Metal Hammer Spain, Rock Hard Italy, Rock Hard Greece, and Inferno Finland!

Here´s the official RTN Award info 2011:

Winners Suicidal Angels and Steelwing of the first edition of the award both have successfully released new albums and played many tours (e.g. Exodus, Kreator, Death Angel, Sabaton, Blind Guardian, Accept, Overkill, Kataklysm, Belphegor and more….) and festivals all over Europe (Sonisphere, Wacken, Metalfest, Metalcamp, Party:San, SummerBreeze…). The current Award winner Skull Fist from 2010 will be releasing their debut album “Head öf the Pack”, which is highly anticipated by the metal scene, the press and foremost the fans. After the release of their EP “Heavier Than Metal” and the tour with Enforcer/Bullet in April this year they are about to take off big time. In September Skull Fist will hit the road alongside Sabaton, Grave Digger and Powerwolf on the Power of Metal tour!

Suicidal Angels are in writing mode for their new album which is due early 2012, their latest album “Dead Again” was released end of 2010 and they also played the Thrashfest tour with Kreator, Exodus and Death Angel as well as plenty of summer festivals such as Metalfest and Metalcamp. Steelwing on the other side are about to enter the studio to record their second album. Steelwing have so far played support tours with Blind Guardian, Accept and Sabaton.

The winner receives:
1)       A record deal with Noise Art records – with worldwide distribution
2)       A worldwide booking contract with one of the leading metal agencies/management companies Rock The Nation which is the home of bands such as Kreator, Behemoth, Death Angel, Sabaton, Kataklysm, Legion Of The Damned, Eluveitie, Finntroll, Wintersun and many more…
3)       Touring Europe in 2012 – Rock The Nation books highly successful festival tours these days, like Full Of Hate, Neckbreakers Ball, Heidenfest, Paganfest, Thrashfest or your band will be touring with bands of the Rock The Nation roster  (whatever fit’s to your bands style best).
4)       Guaranteed summer festival appearances in 2012 (Metalcamp Slovenia, Metalfest GER/AT/CH)
5)       Plus many more festivals and future tours…
6)       Presentation through Europe’s premiere metal magazines who present the RTN award – they not only present the award, but also introduce the winner – followed by a huge European wide campaign.

And this all is just the beginning…
If this is what your metal band was waiting for, fill in the form and you are maybe just one step away from a dream career. Application is possible from August 1st to September 2nd, 2011.

Since there will be hundreds of applications, we need your fans to help. Ask them to vote for you at  The 100 most voted bands will be the ones which will be checked out by Noise Art Records and Rock The Nation. The Fan voting will start on 2nd of September and ends on 30th of September 2011.

The winner will be announced on October 31st 2011 on all pages of Rock The Nation and NoiseArt Records as well as in the Dec/Jan issues of the magazines!

Some statements about the Rock The Nation Award and its huge success so far:

Stefan Hattinger (Rock The Nation/NoiseArt Records):

“The RTN Award 2010 in my opinion was again a huge success and with Skull Fist we have found a real diamond that´ll bring us lots of joy in the future, that´s for sure! The award has established itself and has become an important institution in the world of heavy music. We´re looking forward to plenty of band applications and can´t wait to see and hear the most voted bands!”

Skull Fist:

“There I was just minding my own mind when I got the call that Skull Fist won the Rock the Nation Contest! Good thing I wasnt wearing my good spandex! On behalf of the other fist’s in the fist I am wickedly syked to be rockin the nation with rock the nation. I have been very aware over the years with the concept of art coming from noise and since this is a great concept and an absolutely gnarly label I am proud to be loud catching the magic power of Noise Art Records! All the heavy metal dudes and dudettes of planet earth be prepared for the gnarliest of gnarly times and be sure to exercise those necks.. You don’t want to pull a muscle out there! Skull Fist will continue its quest for world domination alongside Rock the Nation and Noise Art and will forever RIDE THE BEAST. On the rise, rising out together. calling out, our forces multiply. I can see, there’s nothing else to live for. THE TRUE MUST KEEP THE SPIRIT ALIVE!“

Suicidal Angels:

“Two years passed since we won the RTN award.Through the years, we had the chance to participate in some great tours with bands like Kreator, Exodus, Death Angel, Kataklysm and Overkill, great slots in festivals like Wacken, Summer Breeze, Metalcamp, Metalfest, Party:san and many many more. We are now about to record our new album which will be released early 2012 and we´ll as well hit the road again on some damn fine mighty tour! Stay tuned and horns up for the RTN award!“


“Two years have passed since we were announced as winners of the Rock The Nation Award 2009, and we could not have hoped for a better boost in our career! We’ve released an album through the perfect metal label there is for us, we’re going on tour all over Europe with Blind Guardian and Sabaton, playing in front of thousands of metalheads… it goes without saying that we’ve had amazing years so far! All thanks to the organizers of the RTN Award, and the enormous support we received from the fans who voted for us!”


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