S/D: Hydra Head Records

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'my' number one, excuse me.

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Sunday, 6 November 2011 23:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Good call on Northern Failures! Almost like a noisey stoner rock pop album, great tunes. The Cable album before that one is pretty cool too although more chaotic and less catchy.

liam fennell, Sunday, 6 November 2011 23:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

Also along those lines and also pretty great is Milligram who had 2 Tortuga releases

liam fennell, Sunday, 6 November 2011 23:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Cattlepress cd is cool too, sorta minimalist metalcore. I guess there are really quite a few good releases I tend to forget about.

liam fennell, Sunday, 6 November 2011 23:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

I gave props to Cattle Press in the older thread, I like it a lot.

And how could I forget Discordance Axis? 'The Inalienable Dreamless' is a stone-cold classic.

Helms Alee's 'Weatherhead' is my favourite of the most recent things they've put out.

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Monday, 7 November 2011 00:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

I didn't look at the other thread yet, sorry. You're right, though, Inalienable Dreamless is unbeatable. Fucking hell, the Agoraphobic Nosebleed PCP Torpedo is killer, too. And the Atom/Phantomsmasher stuff is some of the wackiest music ever, although I'm not sure it's worth searching out.

liam fennell, Monday, 7 November 2011 00:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

i still cant believe ilxor said destroy early cave-in

(Algerian Goalkeeper) Vs (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 7 November 2011 02:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...


dave cool, Thursday, 16 February 2012 07:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hopefully the embed works


ma ck ro ma ck ro (mackro mackro), Thursday, 16 February 2012 07:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Really bummed to hear this:


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 11 September 2012 18:26 (six years ago) Permalink


call all destroyer, Tuesday, 11 September 2012 18:29 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah just saw that

in a way, them becoming a 'big' label in indie metal terms around the middle of the 00s might have been a millstone for them. like, they were obliged to operate as a pro business w/ employees etc since, but at this point idk if they have any bands with a hope of selling more than a few thousand copies

it's-a me, irl (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 11 September 2012 18:31 (six years ago) Permalink

I just tried to order their big pack through Real Tomato Ketchup and remembered why I stopped ordering from them. SEVENTY TWO DOLLARS POSTAGE. Plus Aaron always puts the full amount on the postage label - a couple of cds and a shirt suddenly starting costing me an extra $25 in UK customs/VAT, so this $100 package would end up costing me at least $330.

Krakow has a similar story about trying to buy Circle shirts in bulk for his NWOFHM store.

passive-aggressive display name (aldo), Tuesday, 11 September 2012 19:20 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah I was totally bummed to see this news.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 11 September 2012 20:14 (six years ago) Permalink

Sorry that never happened aldo - I really should have been in touch.

In terms of Hydra Head, I'm surprised and sorry to hear this news. It sounds like there's a little bit of life in them yet though.

NWOFHM! Overlord (krakow), Tuesday, 11 September 2012 23:07 (six years ago) Permalink

Don't worry about it - I had figured something had gone wrong. We'll have a beer at Supersonic.

passive-aggressive display name (aldo), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 07:28 (six years ago) Permalink

Cool! Yeah, it was just that I was going to have to buy a large number of ridiculously expensive t-shirts myself that no-one would ever buy from me (though HH have all but sold out themselves now that I look). I ended up feeling too tired of the whole endeavour to sort it out. Sorry.

As regards Supersonic, I'm there Saturday & Sunday this year, just booked my trains last night.

NWOFHM! Overlord (krakow), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 08:04 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, this wasn't really a surprise to me. They haven't been relevant for a while now IMO... the best thing about them has always been how consistently brave they were. They'd release a bunch of safe stuff like Cave In or Pelican which would sell decently and then they'd put out something totally left-field like that Craw record which absolutely kills... but you know it'd only sell like 100 copies and is a total loss.

I'll always be forever thankful they did release that niche stuff!! I guess we'll never get any more new Craw, Harkonen, Cavity, Austerity Program, Keelhaul and Knut records now which is a huge shame.

liam fennell, Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:01 (six years ago) Permalink

might be naive of me here but Craw's last album (which bangs ftr) came out ten years ago, I think bands in their sort of position could expect to sell a bit more than that at the time

it's-a me, irl (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:27 (six years ago) Permalink

I mean I agree with your general point don't mistake me

it's-a me, irl (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:28 (six years ago) Permalink

(although you could say that about the great majority of notable independent labels - they had acts that sold a lot more than the rest, and in doing so funded acts that were more of a gamble financially)

it's-a me, irl (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:30 (six years ago) Permalink

I guess we'll never get any more new Craw, Harkonen, Cavity, Austerity Program, Keelhaul and Knut records now which is a huge shame.

I certainly hope not. There's nothing particularly challenging in the music of Keelhaul and their ilk; totally a place for them on the likes of Relapse, etc.

But I guess I'm also one of the hundred or so who got that last Craw record when it came out.

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:02 (six years ago) Permalink

Well, I was exaggerating a little! And I'm sure just being on HH gave Craw and the lower profile bands a certain added cachet. I know that Craw record in particular has gained in popularity as time passes. I guess it's really just my perspective. Everyone I used to know who listened to this type of stuff would have We Are The Romans and Jupiter in their collection but it seemed like I was the only one buying things like On The Lam and Challenger.

And DJ Mencap, your point is good, all labels do this subsidizing and HH certainly had tons of other risky one off things that I wasn't interested in like Logh and Mare or whatever. Hydrahead just seemed super consistent about it, even in recent years (a Circle record!!!) so it always stood out to me.

liam fennell, Thursday, 13 September 2012 13:52 (six years ago) Permalink

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