Swedish metal band SONIC SYNDICATE has landed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records as part of the "band contest" which was originally launched last summer. A jury consisting of the Nuclear Blast staff and representatives for such magazines as Metal Hammer (Germany, Metal Hammer (Spain), Metal Hammer (Italy), Rock Hard (France), Inferno (Finland), Scream (Norway) and Close-Up (Sweden) went through more than 1,500 submissions and selected three winners who were competing for the following prizes: A deal with Nuclear Blast, a download cooperation and a gig with a Nuclear Blast band.Commented Markus Staiger, President of Nuclear Blast: "We're proud that [we have found] such a killer band out of more than 1,500 [submissions]! The perfect mixture of heaviness, melodies and the factor X!" Added SONIC SYNDICATE's 17-year-old guitar player Robin Sjunnesson: "SONIC SYNDICATE on Nuclear Blast — what a fucking dream! Who knew back in 2005 that one day we would be getting a call from one of the biggest and best metal labels in the world? It's over one year later and our manager Mike gives us a ring that we just won the Nuclear Blast Band Contest. At first we were like, 'Are you serious?' and I guess you know the answer to that since we're writing this. "For many years we've been listening to some great bands that have recorded with Nuclear Blast — IN FLAMES, MESHUGGAH, ANTHRAX, SOILWORK and AMORPHIS, just to name a few. Our dream has now turned to reality and the shock is over. We have now been given this amazing chance to be able to record and release an album and now it's time for us to hit the rehearsal studio and start writing some of the most kick-ass songs we´ve ever written!" The band, featuring the three brothers Robin, Roger and Richard Sjunnesson, plans to enter a studio in December 2006, in order to record their Nuclear Blast label debut for an early 2007 release. For more information, visit www.sonicsyndicate.com. Other winners of the Nuclear Blast band contest include the British metalcore outfit FOREVER NEVER, which has secured a download cooperation with the Nuclear Blast Music Shop. Meanwhile, German "neo thrashers" EARSHOT have won an opportunity to play the Up From The Ground festival in 2007.