Finland – a mine of talented newcomer bands since the year one. With BATTLE BEAST from Helsinki, Nuclear Blast are happy to welcome one of the most promising combos of this flourishing scene aboard! Founded in 2008, the band already attended the W:O:A Metal Battle in their home country two years later and won the national contest, which enabled them to perform at the Wacken Open Air in Germany and represent Finland in the international Metal Battle finals. Battling 26 other bands from all around the world, BATTLE BEAST emerged victorious. Under these circumstances a record deal with the world’s biggest independent heavy metal label seems to be the only logical consequence – Andy Siry, head of A&R at Nuclear Blast, agrees: ”Young, dynamic but still deeply rooted in traditional heavy metal – BATTLE BEAST breathe new life into the scene and rekindle the sound of the 80s with a fulgent livery. The well-deserved victory at the W:O:A Metal Battle 2010 was the first important step to which we want to live up by supporting these up-and-coming talents energetically. We’re looking forward to the cooperation!“ The band also expresses their joy. Guitarist Anton comments: "We feel honoured that Nuclear Blast show their interest in BATTLE BEAST by releasing "Steel". Many thanks to our partners, closest people and most of all to our fans who believed in us and gave us their support. The journey continues!" BATTLE BEAST’s brilliant debut album “Steel“ will be released on January 27th 2012 via Nuclear Blast – the track list contains the following songs: 01. Enter The Metal World 02. Armageddon Clan 03. The Band Of The Hawk 04. Justice And Metal 05. Steel 06. Die-Hard Warrior 07. Cyberspace 08. Show Me How To Die 09. Savage And Saint 10. Iron Hand 11. Victory BONUS TRACK: 12. Stay Black About two months later the band will set off for a European tour as support of their future label mates NIGHTWISH over the course of the IMAGINAERUM WORLD TOUR calling at the following cities: 11.04.12 DK Copenhagen - Falconer Theater 13.04.12 NL Amsterdam - Heineken Music Hall 14.04.12 D Düsseldorf - ISS Dome 16.04.12 B Brussels - Forest National 17.04.12 F Paris - Bercy 18.04.12 F Nantes - Zenith 20.04.12 F Lyon - Halle Tony Garnier 21.04.12 LU Luxembourg - Rockhal 23.04.12 D Frankfurt - Jahrhunderthalle 24.04.12 CH Zurich - Hallenstadion 25.04.12 IT Milano - Forum 27.04.12 AT Vienna - Gasometer 29.04.12 HU Budapest - Budapest Arena 30.04.12 CZ Prague - Tesla (T-Mobile Arena) 01.05.12 D Leipzig - Arena 03.05.12 D Hamburg - o2 World 05.05.12 D Nürnberg - Arena 06.05.12 D Stuttgart - Schleyerhalle 08.05.12 SL Ljubljana - Križanke Get ready – BATTLE BEAST break their chains and prepare for a high-end metallic assault!