Hydra Head Records – R.I.P. Hydra Head Records – R.I.P.

It was with a tremendously heavy heart that we report that Hydra Head Records – which has played home to such metal/hardcore/noise luminaries as Botch, Isis, Neurosis, Cave In, Converge, Coalesce, Daughters, Sunn O))), Oxbow, Harvey Milk and even the friggin’ MELVINS! – will be closing their proverbial doors after nearly twenty years of existence. In a message posted on their blog this morning, Hydra Head Records founder Aaron Turner explains:

“The decision to pull the plug has not been an easy one, and in some ways is a not a choice at all. The simple fact of the matter is we’ve been running on empty for a while now and cannot afford to keep our doors open for much longer. Years of imbalance between creative ideals and financial realities, personal problems amongst the label operators, an unwillingness to compromise our aesthetic standards, a tendency towards releasing challenging (i.e. unmarketable) artists, and the steady decline of the music industry in general, are amongst the chief reasons for our inability to continue. It is a harsh but undeniable reality, and one which we are attempting to confront with as much integrity and grace as is afforded by the circumstances.”

The label will continue to run through December at which point they will terminate all production of new releases, maintaining their back catalog in order to satisfy any and all existing debts.

Mr. Turner’s full statement can be read here. Below, take a moment to take a look at some of our favorite HHR artists making the racket that changed the musical landscape. “Thinking Man’s Metal,” they called it.

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