Great White North Records

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Great White North Records
Founded 1999
Founder Rémi Côté and Stephan Bélanger
Status Defunct
Genre Extreme metal, heavy metal
Country of origin Canada
Location Sainte-Julie, Quebec, Canada
Official website http://www.gwnrecords.com/ (inactive)

Great White North Records was a Canadian independent record label founded in 1999 and dissolved in 2006. It was founded by Rémi Côté and Stephan Bélanger and focused on promoting metal. Though the label released music by bands from around the world, it was a notable outlet and supporter of Canadian metal.

History[edit]

Over the course of its existence GWN had a European outlet in the Netherlands (Great White North Records Europe) which manufactured select GWN releases for its own market, a French distribution office (GWN Records France) and spawned two sub-labels: Grind It! Records (for grindcore and crust) and Demÿsteriis (for black metal and other dark music).[1] Productions Nouvelle France was also started with partner's in France, specializing in French rock and punk. In late 2003 the European outlet separated from the Canadian branch due to "differences in company politics."[2]

On December 3, 2003 Rémi opened a record store in Montreal called Profusion: Le Metal Store. The record label operations were run out of the same offices.[3] In March 2006, Rémi Côté decided to leave Great White North Records to "concentrate on [his] store, [his] traveling addiction and various new projects."[4] That July, only a few months later, Great White North closed.[5] Côté went on to start Prodisk, which continues to release Canadian metal.

Discography[edit]

GWN releases[edit]

Cat# Group Title Format Canadian Release Date European Release Date Notes
GWN 001 Canada Ghoulunatics Mystralengine CD 1999 n/a Not released in EU.
GWN 002 Slovakia Suffocate Exit 64[6] CD August 2000 Originally released on Erebos Productions in 1998.
GWN 003 Netherlands Necrology Malignancy Defined[7] CD March 2001 February 14, 2001[8]
GWN 004 Russia Merlin They Must Die[9] CD December 4, 2000 May 29, 2001[8]
GWN 004 Russia Merlin They Must Die CD 2004 Reissued with new artwork.
GWN 005 Canada Asgard Cold Season[10] CD February 15, 2002
GWN 006 Poland Diachronia XX's Decline CD April 2001 October 2001 Slightly different artwork between EU and CAN.[8]
GWN 007 Netherlands C of E Protect Me From What I Want CD January 2002
GWN 008 Belarus Divina Enema Under Phoenix Phenomenon CD September 15, 2003
GWN 009 Canada Obliveon Greatest Pits CD May 2002
GWN 010 Canada Soulforge Duality CD 2002
GWN 011 Russia Merlin Brutal Constructor CD 2004
GWN 012 Canada Aggression A.D. Forgotten Skeleton CD 2004
GWN 013 Canada Paroxysm Revelation is Denied CD August 15, 2004[11] An enhanced reissue was released in February 2006.
GWN 014 Canada Brief Respite Lullaby To The Moon CD April 20, 2005
GWN 015 Canada The Mass Towards Darkness CD December 2005
GWN 016 Russia Mind Eclipse Utopia: Formula of God CD 2005
GWN 017 Canada CortisoL Meat CD December 3, 2005
GWN 018 Canada Fuck the Facts Collection of Splits 2002-2004 CD April 28, 2006
GWN 019 Canada Aggression The Full Treatment CD 2005 Reissue
GWN 020 Canada Collapse Destroying by Design CD February 17, 2006
GWN 021 Canada Talamyus As Long as it Flows CD October 2005
GWN 023 Canada Hellacaust Inevitable dementia CD April 2006
GWNMC007 Netherlands C of E Day By Day[12] Enhanced CD Single 2001 1 audio track + 1 video
GWNUBR1   Various Great White North 2K5 CD February 2005

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Canceled releases[edit]

These releases were slated for release in 2006, however, they never materialized before the label dissolved.

Group Title Format Planned Release Date Notes
  Various Profusion Volume 1 CD January 2006 Later released by Prodisk/Profusion.
Canada Paroxysm Revelation Is Denied CD February 2006 Currently unreleased.
Reissue with bonus video.
Canada Gorguts Live In Rotterdam CD March 2006 Later released by Prodisk.
Canada Obliveon From This Day Forward CD March 2006 Later released by Prodisk.
Reissue with bonus content.
Canada Thy Flesh Consumed Pacified by Oceans of Blood CD April 2006 Later released by CDN Records in November.
Canada Fuck the Facts Stigmata High-Five CD May 2006 Later released by Relapse Records in August.
Canada Towards Darkness Solemn CD May 2006 Later released by Twilight Foundation in December 2007.
Canada Obliveon Nemesis CD June 2006 Later released by Prodisk.
Reissue with bonus content.
Canada Cortisol S-12 CD June 2006 Later released by Prodisk in October.
Canada Gorguts Live At The Whiskey DVD December 2006 Currently unreleased.
  Various Le Brotherhood DVD January 2006 Currently unreleased.

Grind It! releases[edit]

Cat# Group Title Format Release Date Notes
GIT-001 Russia Merlin Deathkoteque[15] CD October 2001 Remastered. Originally on cassette only.
GIT-00? Canada Trails of Anguish Relentless Abhorrence of Misery's Grievance CD 2002 Originally self-released by the band in 1999.
GIT-002 Canada Aphasia Arcane In Thalassa[16] CD January 2002
GIT-004 Belarus Divina Enema At The Conclave CD 2002 Originally released in 2000 on Eldrich Music.
GIT-005 Germany BK 49 Join the Dead CD 2003
GIT-006 Canada Dahmer The Studio Sessions: Discography CD 2003
GIT-007 Canada Fuck the Facts Backstabber Etiquette CD 2003
GIT-008 Canada Fistfuck 23 Songs In The Same Hole CD 2004
GIT-009 Canada Fistfuck / United States Aberrant Split CD CD 2005

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Demÿsteriis Releases[edit]

Cat# Group Title Format Street Date
YYYY-MM-DD
MYS 001 France The Eternal Blade The Eternal Blade CD 2005-03
MYS 002 France Funerarium Noces Chimiques CD 2005

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Great White North Europe". GWN-Europe.com. Great White North Europe. Archived from the original on December 16, 2003. Retrieved January 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ "News". GWNRecords.com. Great White North Records. October 20, 2003. Archived from the original on December 7, 2003. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Prodisk - About Us". ProdiskMusic.com. Prodisk. Archived from the original on January 25, 2008. Retrieved January 5, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Great White North Records". GWNRecords.com. Great White North Records. Archived from the original on July 14, 2006. Retrieved January 5, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Suffocate - Exit 64". GWNRecords.com. Great White North Records. May 3, 2001. Archived from the original on May 3, 2001. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Necrology - Malignancy Definited". GWNRecords.com. Great White North Records. May 3, 2001. Archived from the original on October 4, 2001. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c https://web.archive.org/web/20011017043552/http://gwn-europe.com/index01.htm
  9. ^ "Necrology - Malignancy Defined". GWNRecords.com. Great White North Records. May 3, 2001. Archived from the original on May 5, 2001. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Asgard - Cold Season". GWNRecords.com. Great White North Records. June 9, 2002. Archived from the original on June 9, 2002. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  12. ^ "C of E - Day By Day". GWNRecords.com. Great White North Records. June 9, 2002. Archived from the original on June 9, 2002. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Great White North records - History". GWNRecords.com. Great White North Records. Archived from the original on July 10, 2004. Retrieved January 5, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Great White North Records - Releases". GWNRecords.com. Great White North Records. Archived from the original on February 10, 2006. Retrieved January 5, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Hot News". GWNRecords.com. Great White North Records. October 2001. Archived from the original on February 21, 2002. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Aphasia - Arcane In Thalassa". GWNRecords.com. Great White North Records. April 13, 2002. Archived from the original on April 13, 2002. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Grind It! Records - Releases". GrindItRecords. Great White North Records. Archived from the original on August 6, 2004. Retrieved January 5, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Grind It! Records - Releases". GrindItRecords. Great White North Records. Archived from the original on December 4, 2002. Retrieved January 5, 2010.