World Serpent Distribution

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World Serpent
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Founded 1990
Founder David Gibson
Alan Trench
Alison Webster
Status inactive
Distributor(s) World Trade
Genre Experimental
Country of origin United Kingdom
Location London

World Serpent Distribution was a British record label and music distribution house formed in the 1990s by David Gibson, Alan Trench and Alison Webster.[1] Douglas Pearce of Death In June coined the company name in 1991,[2] World Serpent being another name for Jörmungandr.[3]


World Serpent was well known for distributing music by many post-industrial, apocalyptic folk, neofolk, avant-garde and otherwise esoteric or experimental artists, such as Death In June through NER, Current 93 through Durtro, Sol Invictus through Tursa, Coil through Threshold House, Nurse With Wound through United Dairies, Zone through Potentia, Elijah's Mantle through De Nova Da Capo, Orchis through Cryptanthus, Ozymandias through Ramses Records and many others.[4] Many of these artists also ended up collaborating with or being influenced by one another, causing the World Serpent name to become synonymous with many of the artists and labels distributed through the company during the early 1990s.

Ceased Trading[edit]

It was confirmed in August 2004 that World Serpent Distribution was no longer operating and had ceased trading.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "World Serpent Profile". Discogs. Discogs. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Pearce stated in 2002, in a post on the official Death In June Yahoo group: "In turn, I have sold back to world serpent distribution my shares in the company that I actually named and help form in early 1991." Viewable online: [1]
  3. ^ "World Serpent". Ltd. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "World Serpent Distribution". WSD-L. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  5. ^ World Serpent No More, Filth Forge webzine. Viewable online