The ILS Group (ILS), a leading distribution and label services company dedicated to bringing independent artists and labels to a major audience, has announced the signing of the nu/alternative metal band SLAVES ON DOPE to an exclusive label and distribution agreement. The group's upcoming release will be marketed and distributed globally by ILS through its partnership with the Universal Music Group.
Formed in 1993 by Jason Rockman and Kevin Jardine, SLAVES ON DOPE somewhat eschewed the grunge music explosion for a new and heavier metal sound. The band relocated from their native Montreal to Los Angeles, eventually signing with Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's Divine Recordings. The subsequent release, "Inches From The Mainline", helped the band reach a much larger audience through radio airplay, retail sales, and touring, including Ozzfest and the SnoCore tour. The group recorded another album in 2003, and shortly after took an extended hiatus, returning with their 2012 independent release "Over The Influence".
SLAVES ON DOPE's new record, "Horse", will be released on September 9. It was recorded in Montreal at Uplift Studio and features several high-profile guest musicians. ILS will be undertaking major radio and press campaigns to reintroduce the band to fans new and old. The group will also be playing shows throughout North America starting in September and well into 2017.
Said Rockman: "We really can't wait to work with ILS. This album is very important to Kevin and I, and I think this will be a place for us to flourish and continue to put out great records for years to come."
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