Italian label Punishment 18 has announced the signing of up-and-coming U.K. thrashers PITIFUL REIGN. The band will enter the studio in fall/winter 2007 to record the new album for an early 2008 release.

Label spokesperson Marita Mirabella said, "I first saw PITIFUL REIGN at the ANNIHILATOR fan party at Christmas 2005. Even though Punishment 18 was still in its infancy, I knew then that we wanted to add PITIFUL REIGN to our roster. They were a revelation."

In a career that has spanned only two short years, founding bandmembers Josh Callis-Smith (vocals), Tom Small (drums), Matt Walker (bass) and new additions Nev Britton and Al Pashby (guitars) have gained a large following and a reputation for a great live show of "beer-fueled thrash metal mayhem." They were voted third best U.K. unsigned live act last year in a poll conducted by Terrorizer magazine. Other highlights in the past year have been support slots with some of the U.K. and Europe's premier bands, including '80s thrash metal icons ONSLAUGHT and XENTRIX, Germany's RECKLESS TIDE, PANIC CELL and Italy's WARCHILD.


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