Hydra Head Records

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Hydra Head Records
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Founded 1993
Founder Aaron Turner
Distributor(s) Redeye Distribution[1]
Genre Avant-garde metal, experimental music, heavy metal, hip hop, metalcore, noise music
Country of origin United States
Official website hydrahead.com

Hydra Head Records is an independent record label which specializes in heavy metal music, founded in New Mexico by Aaron Turner (the frontman of Isis) in 1993. It has another imprint, Hydra Head Noise Industries, which specialises in experimental and noise music.

Hydra Head was founded in 1993 as a distribution company while Turner was still in high school.[2] In 1995, he moved to Boston to attend art school. In late 1995, he was handed a demo by local band Vent. That seven inch would be the first record released on Hydra Head.[2] The label grew to accommodate local bands such as Roswell, Corrin, Piebald and Converge, and after Turner graduated from college in 1999, it became a full-time endeavour.[3] Hydra Head recently relocated to Los Angeles, California from their former home in Boston, Massachusetts.[citation needed]

Some of the bands signed to the label include Cave In, Xasthur, Kayo Dot, Boris, and Jesu. Its discography includes Botch, Khanate, and Harkonen, who were all signed to Hydra Head prior to their respective disbandings.

On September 11, 2012, Turner announced the "imminent demise of Hydra Head Records", stating that they will take their first steps into shutdown "this December, at which point we are cutting off new releases from the label." They will continue to stay operational, maintaining their back catalogue to pay off their "rather sizeable debts."[4] The label's final release of new material was Worship is the Cleansing of the Imagination, a split album between JK Flesh & Prurient.

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Past artists[edit]

  • Age of Reason
  • Barbaro

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