The votes have been tallied, the producers, mentors, celebrity judges, and most of all, the public have spoken. The winner of the No Label Needed contest and series presented by Scion is Minnesota’s Iron Thrones. “We’re incredibly excited for this opportunity to become more self-sufficient as far as marketing and recording ourselves, and to get our music in front of tons of new potential fans,” frontman Adam Clemans commented.
Iron Thrones consists of Clemans, guitarist/producer Steve Henningsgard, drummer Peter Clark, and bassist Curtis Parker. Their sound is informed by bands such as Isis, Opeth and Cult of Luna. The band was initially known as Everest, but changed their name in 2008.
As the winners, Iron Thrones will receive a comprehensive tutorial in how to achieve success in the music industry. They’ll be mentored by Shadows Fall, record an EP produced by The Machine Shop’s Will Putney and Machine, have new merch and website designs and much more.
However, the No Label Needed Series is designed for everyone to benefit. Iron Thrones’ victory will be well-documented, with the promotional partners giving advice not just to the band, but to any reader of Metal Insider interested in learning from the best in the business.
“We’ve always been outspoken about our independence and DIY nature,” Iron Thrones guitarist Steve Henningsgard says. “We encourage all bands to take full control of their own careers, and to utilize all of the new technologies and tools available to them.”
Congratulations to Iron Thrones, but also to the other 19 finalists. All of them are great bands worth keeping an eye out for.