Facedown Records

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Facedown Records
Facedown Records.jpg
Founded1997 (1997)[1]
FounderJason Dunn
GenreMetalcore, post-hardcore, hardcore punk, Christian rock
Country of originUnited States
LocationFallbrook, California
Official websitefacedownrecords.com

Facedown Records is a Christian rock record label based in Fallbrook, California that is devoted to hardcore punk and metalcore bands (Christian and secular) with a few death metal acts such as Immortal Souls and Indwelling. Founded by No Innocent Victim drummer Jason Dunn,[2] the label started small with a number of 7" record releases by Overcome, Dodgin Bullets, and Born Blind. As the label grew, it was able to sign artists for full album deals. xDISCIPLEx and the Deal, who were both popular in the Christian and secular scenes,[citation needed] released material on Facedown, as well as Figure Four, One-21, and Point of Recognition. The label also signs straight edge groups such as xDEATHSTARx and xLooking Forwardx.

Bands like Seventh Star and Nodes of Ranvier released well-received records through the label, but it was the release of Turn It Around by Comeback Kid (featuring members of Figure Four) that really brought the label more notice.[citation needed] Comeback Kid toured behind that album for the following two years, eventually leaving Facedown to sign with Victory Records.

War of Ages, For Today, Sleeping Giant and others make up the self-described "Facedown Family". Facedown has more recently signed Twin Cities metalcore group Your Memorial, Nashville metalcore group A Plea for Purging and Alabama southern metal group Remove the Veil.

Strike First Records[edit]

Strike First Records
Parent companyFacedown Records
FounderJason Dunn
GenreMetalcore, post-hardcore, hardcore punk, deathcore
Country of originUS
LocationFallbrook, California
Official websitestrikefirstrecords.com at the Wayback Machine (archived July 27, 2013)

Strike First Records is Facedown's imprint label, which provides label services for smaller bands, and sometimes acts as a "Facedown training ground"; some Strike First bands, such as Bloody Sunday, Kingston Falls, Call to Preserve, and War of Ages have since moved to Facedown.[3] All of Strike First's releases are limited edition physical issue, and are made using no plastic, from recycled cardboard.[2]

Dreamt Music[edit]

Dreamt Music
Parent companyFacedown Records
GenreHard rock, classic rock, Christian alternative rock, Christian rock
Country of originUS
LocationFallbrook, California
Official websiteDreamt Music at the Wayback Machine (archive index)

Late in 2007, the label announced a new imprint, the rock-based Dreamt Music.[4] Dreamt Music focuses more on Christian Alternative and Classic Rock unlike its Christian Metal counterparts Facedown and Strike First Records. See Dreamt Artists for list of Dreamt Music signed artists.

Facedown Fest[edit]

The label also hosts an annual two-day "Facedown Fest" in southern California.[5] The festival is usually made up of the entire Facedown and Strike First rosters. It has been the site of final performances by The Deal, xDisciplex A.D., and xDEATHSTARx, Seventh Star, and served as the introduction of xLooking Forwardx to Facedown fans, prior to the band signing with the label. The popularity of the Fest has grown,[citation needed] and in November 2005, an additional two days were held in Annapolis, Maryland for the convenience of those in the eastern part of the U.S. who cannot easily make it to California. For 2017's Facedown Fest, and to celebrate their 20th anniversary, the label is hosting the festival as a three-day event, with old acts such as A Plea for Purging, Bloodlined Calligraphy and xLooking Forwardx and new acts such as Nothing Left and Comrades. The 20th anniversary had many notable acts, including Impending Doom, Sinai Beach, Gideon, Hands and War of Ages.[6]

Current artists[edit]

Past artists[edit]





  • Persevere (disbanded)
  • Phanatik (disbanded)
  • Positive Youth (disbanded)
  • Sympathy (active)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sciarretto, Amy (April 13, 2010). "Interview with Facedown Records founder, Jason Dunn". Noisecreep. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Company Profile: Facedown Records". Alternative Press 251 (June 2009), p. 38.
  3. ^ "Strike First Records - Artists". Archived from the original on July 27, 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ New Imprint Label from Facedown Records. Decapolis, November 16, 2007.
  5. ^ "Facedown Fest 2013". facedownrecords.com. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  6. ^ Distefano, Alex (May 12, 2017). "Five Must See Bands at Facedown Fest This Weekend". OC Weekly. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  7. ^ wookubus. "Impending Doom Sign With eOne Music". Theprp.com. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  8. ^ Jones, Brandon (August 12, 2017). "Introducing: Union Hearts". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved August 12, 2017.

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