Devilskin band imageDevilskin New Zealand’s most explosive rock band are continuing their exponential success in 2015.


Devilskin’s debut album We Rise is now certified Platinum. They are the first ‘new artist’ in 2015 to reach this significant milestone, with sales exceeding 15,000 albums. This is an incredible feat in this new age of music. The last NZ rock band to achieve a Platinum album was Shihad in 2013 with their album Kiljoy which took 18 years from release to hit the milestone.


Devilskin comment “It’s been an insane 8 months for us since we released We Rise and the craziness continues! We are all very proud of our accomplishments and especially proud of our amazing fans and supporters, because without them we would not be doing any of this. We truly feel privileged to be where we are today and to have the honour of a Platinum album is especially cool. Thank you so much to everyone that has been part of this ride!”


We Rise released on July 11, 2014 and went straight to the top of the charts remaining as the #1 Album and #1 Kiwi Artist Album for 3 weeks and achieving gold sales after only 2 weeks. After 34 weeks, We Rise remains in the top 30.


After a sell-out 20 date NZ album release tour and their headline Surrender Summer Tour in 2014 Devilskin will be taking their mesmerizing rock show to international audiences this year. They will headline 4 international show case gigs next month; the famous Borderline club in Soho London on April 15th, the International Rock Summit in Los Angeles on the 24th and 25thApril as well as the world famous Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Strip West Hollywood on 29th April.


Devilskin have also received international acclaim alongside Start a Revolution music director Dimi Nakov have been nominated for 17 film festival awards in the music video category. Recently winning “The Rising Star Award” at the Canada Film Festival for Best Music Video directed by Dimi Nakov.

View the music video here:


James Southgate from Music Management says “Devilskin have acknowledged their amazing fan base, I would like to pay my respect to Paul, Nail, Jennie and Nic for the enormous effort and commitment they have injected into the entire project; the music, the performances, the signing sessions, the photo opps the time to talk to anyone who asks. For certain members this represents a culmination of 30 years of hard work and it is only right they be recognised with Platinum album sales – the only NZ rock band to have that honour in many many years is truly well deserved.”



image004 1On April 17, Shihad will release the 20th Anniversary reissue of KILLJOY. The album will

be available on remastered Deluxe Vinyl LP, CD and digital formats and includes

bonus track ‘N.I.L’.

Listening to KILLJOY is like getting a big, beautiful punch in the face. It’ll give you two

black eyes but leave you smiling. It’s that good. And now that Shihad’s classic

second album is turning 20, it’s fitting it gets the re-mastered and reissue treatment to

make it sound bigger and more imposing than ever. KILLJOY is volatile, catchy, and

intense all in one.

This storm of sonic power isn’t just one of New Zealand’s finest rock albums – it’s one of

the country’s best albums full stop.

If 1993 debut, CHURN, was the sound of Shihad’s roots, then KILLJOY was the

blueprint for the band’s trademark mix of melodic heaviness, pounding rhythms, and

catchy songs that get people singing and chanting along.

Released in May 1995, KILLJOY peaked at No.4 on the album charts and went on to

gain platinum status and win album of the year at the New Zealand Music Awards in


The album’s four singles – ‘You Again’, ‘Bitter’, ‘Gimme Gimme’ and ‘Deb’s Night

Out’ – are among the band’s most enduring tracks. Few songs have the chest

beating intensity and unbridled power of album opener, ‘You Again’, with its

punishing massacre of first up riffs through to its unhinged and fractured ending. And

the simmering, dark beauty of ‘Deb’s Night Out’ – the band’s ode to bizarre and

brutal Palmerston North band Skeptics – remains one of Shihad’s finest moments.

While CHURN received some overseas recognition, it was KILLJOY that truly launched

Shihad onto the international stage when they hit the road with Faith No More on a

38-date tour through Europe. It also led to the band’s first tour of the US where they

played everything from club dates in Los Angeles and New York through to

influential heavy metal convention Foundations Forum alongside Motorhead and

Monster Magnet.

The 20th birthday reissue of KILLJOY – available on re-mastered Deluxe Vinyl LP, CD,

and Digital formats and includes bonus track ‘N.I.L’ – is testament to what a

complete album it is from start to finish. Take your pick from the fiery spite of Bitter,

the brooding and thunderous ‘For What You Burn’, or the raw slugging ferocity of


The thing about KILLJOY is that it sounded exotic, heavy and ahead of it’s time back

in 1995, and now two decades on it sounds even better.


Here’s the You Again video with remastered sound