2017 continues to sizzle as Sliptrick welcomes three Italian bands to it’s roster, all with debuting albums to be released through Sliptrick Records this year. Read more after the jump:

Ypnos (IT) Prog Rock | Prog Metal
Razgate (IT) Thrash Metal | Heavy Metal
Royal Guard (IT) Hard Rock

Ypnos is an Italian prog rock band from the Bologna area. The bands style and personnel went through several changes until 2010, when they settled on their current line-up. Ypnos rarely over indulge themselves with their own melodies, keeping every song as tight as possible. No pointless long solos or over repeated riffs. This is a compelling mantra in the band’s natural “modus operandi”, and also applies to the intimate and cerebral style of the lyrics. Their debut album Beholder will be released on Sliptrick Records soon.

Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube

Razgate are Giacomo Burgassi (vocals, rhythm guitar), Edoardo Natalini (drums), Niccolò Olivieri (bass) and Francesco Monaci (lead guitar). The band formed in Sienna, Italy in 2012 with their musical style evolving from classic melodic metal to the more contemporary Bay Area thrash metal. Their first EP Countdown To The End was released in 2014 and 2016 saw Razgate putting together their first full-length album called Feral
which will be released via Sliptrick Records this year.

Band links: Facebook | YoutubeOn Sliptrick

Royal Guard
Royal Guard are a five-piece Hard Rock band based near Ravenna, Italy. They started in early 2013 and after recording their first demo, the band immediately began intense live activity, playing all over Italy including gigs as the opening act for such luminaries as Thomas Silver (ex HCSS), Pino Scotto, Tigertailz, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and many others. After line-up changes and a honing of their musical style, the band solidified and in September 2016 they entered the recording studio to create their first full length album to be released on Sliptrick Records later in the year.

Band links: Facebook