The Australian heavy music scene better get ready because brand new label Wild Thing Records is entering the game and they already have their first artist on the books.

The Music can exclusively announce that Melbourne-based prog-metal four-piece CIRCLES have the honour of being the first band signed to the label with their upcoming album to be released by Wild Thing Records in Australia and New Zealand and via French label Season of Mist to the rest of the world.

The brains behind the new venture, Eli Chamravi and David Roy Williams, are adding the label arm to management, booking and touring company, Wild Thing Presents.

They are over the moon at all the possibilities that Wild Thing Records and their new signees provide going forward.

"For many years now, I felt that the next step in Wild Thing’s evolution was to start a record label - Wild Thing Records" Chamravi said.

"I’m extremely excited about our first signing CIRCLES, who are on the cusp of something very special with their magical new album to be released later this year.

"I look forward to signing more artists - local and international, nurturing our world-class progressive scene, and assisting Australian prog bands to reach greater heights."

Williams added, "Australian musos are smashing down the doors!

"Eli and the Wild Thing team are making huge inroads taking Australian progressive metal out of small Aussie venues and onto international festival stages, so it’s great to see such an amazing band as CIRCLES joining the fray and taking their music around the globe.

"CIRCLES have created a new work which is simply astonishing in its scope and we can’t wait to unleash this monster at the ears of fans all over the world." 

Ted Furuhashi, guitarist for CIRCLES, said the band is "honoured" to be teaming up with Season of Mist and Wild Thing Records.

"It's been great vibes all round and we know they're invested in our music as much as we are," Furuhashi said.

"It's been a while but we're ready to smash it and show you guys what we've been up to!"

Meanwhile, CIRCLES will be hitting the road in support of Ne Obliviscaris' tour, with the first show of the run kicking off tomorrow (9 February).

Tickets are on sale now; for more information, head to theGuide.