|Genre||Stoner rock, doom metal, sludge metal, drone metal, psychedelic rock|
|Country of origin||United States|
MeteorCity Records is an American record label founded in 1997 by Jadd Shickler and Aaron Emmel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. With the release of its compilation album Welcome to MeteorCity showcasing young unsigned Kyuss-like bands, MeteorCity helped launch the stoner rock genre and many of the genre's first bands, plus side projects from members of well-known bands including The Atomic Bitchwax and Hermano. MeteorCity Records was one of the first record labels dedicated exclusively to Stoner rock, doom metal, sludge metal, drone metal and psychedelic rock.
MeteorCity was founded in September 1997 by Jadd Shickler (of band Spiritu) and Aaron Emmel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The first incarnation was an online store called All That's Heavy, which sold hard-to-find releases by stoner rock bands Kyuss, Monster Magnet, and Fu Manchu. They soon expanded the catalog to include artists that stylistically fit with the first three bands.
After running the online store for about half a year, they were contacted by the former proprietor for the first Kyuss fan website. He recommended MeteorCity do a compilation of unsigned bands that Kyuss fans would enjoy. MeteorCity Records was formed, and the result of the suggestion was the compilation Welcome to MeteorCity, which was released in May of that year. The compilation included both established desert and stoner rock acts, including new bands established by John Garcia of Kyuss (now in Unida), Ed Mundell of Monster Magnet, and Pete Stahl. The album was the first time that the bands Sixty Watt Shaman, Lowrider, The Atomic Bitchwax, Dozer, Goatsnake, Drag Pack, and Los Natas were heard on a record. According to MeteorCity founders,
"When this was happening, there wasn't really a [stoner rock] scene yet, there were just a lot of people around the world who were still sad about the end of Kyuss, as well as the end of Slo Burn, and who listened to stuff like Monster Magnet and Fu Manchu but wanted more. The label took off when we appeared with Welcome To Meteor City, as though the world was waiting for someone to do what we were doing."
Around this time a MeteorCity intern purportedly coined the term desert rock to describe the burgeoning genre, which is still used interchangeably with the more known descriptor "stoner rock". Stoner rock originates from the title of the 1997 Roadrunner Records compilation Burn One Up! Music for Stoners.
After the first compilation was released, that summer the label received a call from customer Henry Vasquez, who had the members of the band Nebula in his store. The bandmembers, which included founding Fu Manchu members Eddie Glass (guitar) and Ruben Romano (drums), had asked to talk with them. The band agreed to release their EP on MeteorCity, and MeteorCity offered to fund the band's recording session with Jack Endino. The result was MeteorCity's second release, the Nebula/Lowrider EP, which also featured tracks by Swedish band Lowrider. In 1999, the label released Unida/Dozer, a joint EP featuring the first non-compilation tracks by Unida and Swedish band Dozer.
The label soon signed a number of musicians and bands from the Palm Desert Scene of desert rock, such as Hermano and Unida, both featuring former Kyuss frontman John Garcia. They have also released albums by The Atomic Bitchwax, which features Monster Magnet guitarist Ed Mundell, and The Hidden Hand and Spirit Caravan led by Obsessed/St. Vitus guitarist Scott "Wino" Weinreich. In 2002 they released the first album by the Orquesta Del Desierto, which featured key members of the major desert rock bands.
Change of ownership
As the scene continued to develop, the popular website StonerRock.com was launched by Dan Beland in 1999. The website became a central community hub for heavy music artists and fans. In March 2001, MeteorCity licensed StonerRock.com to take over management and operations of All That's Heavy. All That's Heavy's catalog grew to become the largest online store of stoner rock, doom metal, sludge metal, drone metal and psychedelic rock. MeteorCity in turn began to focus more on the label. All That's Heavy was officially sold to Dan Beland and Melanie Streko of StonerRock.com on May 15, 2004, and renamed All That is Heavy.
In 2007, Shickler and Emmel sold MeteorCity Records to Dan Beland and Melanie Streko as well. Their farewell release was a three disc compilation disc titled ...And Back to Earth Again.  MeteorCity continued to release albums by new bands, including full LPs from Black Pyramid, Elder, Snail and Freedom Hawk, among others. In 2010 StonerRock.com was taken offline, and MeteorCity Records became the official label for All That is Heavy. On September 1, 2014, Melanie Streko resigned from All That is Heavy and MeteorCity Records. Three years later, on August 1, 2017, All That is Heavy was sold to Casey and Taylor Kelch of Katy, Texas.
- The Atomic Bitchwax
- Black NASA
- Blind Dog
- Black Pyramid
- Dead Man
- Eighteen Wheels Burning
- Eternal Elysium
- Freedom Hawk
- Gallery of Mites
- The Hidden Hand
- Humo Del Cairo
- Leeches of Lore
- Let the Night Roar
- Los Natas
- The Mushroom River Band
- New Keepers of The Water Towers
- The Obsessed
- Olde Growth
- Orquesta del Desierto
- The Quill
- The Ribeye Brothers
- Scene Killer
- Spirit Caravan
- Village of Dead Roads
|1998||MCY-001||Various (Sixty Watt Shaman, Sparzanza, Fatso Jetson, The Atomic Bitchwax, Rotors to Rust, Demoncleaner, Goatsnake, Drag Pack, Lowrider, Roadsaw, Sheavy, Dozer, Los Natas, JM.J, Core, Celestial Season, etc.)||Welcome to MeteorCity|
|FMC-001||Solace, Solarized||Jersey Devils Double EP|
|MCY-006||Five Wheel Drive||Misdemeanor|
|2000||MCY-008||The Quill||The Quill|
|MCY-009||Various (Electric Frankenstein, Solace, Sebastian Bach, Zébulon, Iron Savior, Las Cruces, Eternal Elysium, The Quill, Blind Dog, etc.)||Slave to the Power – The Iron Maiden Tribute|
|MCY-011||Eternal Elysium||Spiritualized D|
|MCY-012||Lowrider||Ode to Io|
|MCY-013||The Mushroom River Band||Music for the World Beyond|
|MCY-015||Blind Dog||The Last Adventures of Captain Dog|
|2001||MCY-016||Various (Lowrider, Eternal Elysium, Sheavy, The Awesome Machine, etc.)||I Am Vengeance Soundtrack|
|MCY-017||Scene Killer (Members of The Atomic Bitchwax, Burnout King, Core, Daisycutter, Drag Pack)||Scene Killer|
|MCY-020||The Atomic Bitchwax||Spit Blood|
|MCY-021||The Ribeye Brothers||If I Had a Horse|
|MCY-022||Orquesta Del Desierto||Orquesta Del Desierto|
|MCY-024||The Mushroom River Band||Simsalabim|
|MCY-028||Gallery of Mites||Bugs on the Bluefish|
|MCY-029||Blind Dog||Captain Dog Rides Again|
|2004||MCY-030||The Hidden Hand||Divine Propaganda|
|2003||MCY-031||Spirit Caravan||The Last Embrace|
|2004||MCY-032||Orquesta del Desierto||Dos|
|MCY-034||The Hidden Hand, Wooly Mammoth||Night Letters|
|MCY-035||Hermano||Dare I Say...|
|2005||MCY-036||The Atomic Bitchwax||3|
|2006||MCY-037||Spiritu / Village of Dead Roads||Human Failures|
|MCY-038||The Obsessed||Lunar Womb|
|MCY-039||The Atomic Bitchwax||Boxriff|
|2007||MCY-040||Various (Solace, The Atomic Bitchwax, Unida, Lowrider, Blind Dog, Dozer, Black NASA, Cosmosquad, Las Cruces, Spiritu, I am Droid, Truckfighters, etc.)||...And Back to Earth Again – Ten Years of MeteorCity|
|2008||MCY-041||Farflung||A Wound in Eternity|
|MCY-042||Dead Man||Dead Man|
|MCY-044||Eighteen Wheels Burning||Tweak'd Out, Strung up and Redlined|
|MCY-046||Freedom Hawk||Freedom Hawk|
|MCY-047||Leeches of Lore||Leeches of Lore|
|MCY-048||New Keepers of the Water Towers||Chronicles|
|MCY-049||Black Pyramid||Black Pyramid|
|2008||MCY-051||Let the Night Roar||Let the Night Roar|
|MCY-054||Valkyrie||Man of Two Visions|
|2009||MCY-055||Ararat||Musica de la Resistencia|
|MCY-056||Village of Dead Roads||Desolation Will Destroy You|
|MCY-057||Whitebuzz||Book of Whyte|
|2010||MCY-059||Humo Del Cairo||Humo del Cairo|
|2011||MCY-060||New Keepers of the Water Towers||The Calydonian Hunt|
|2010||MCY-063||Dozer||In the Tail of a Comet / Madre de Dios|
|MCY-064||Farflung||Live at Roadburn 2009|
|MCY-065||Olde Growth||Olde Growth|
|2010||MCY-666||Various (Crushed Skulls, Flood, Egypt, Whitebuzz, SardoniS, Ararat, Freedom Hawk, Elder, Farflung, Black Pyramid, etc.)||Welcome Back to MeteorCity|
|2011||MCY-066||Elder||Dead Roots Stirring|
|2005||MCY-999||The Atomic Bitchwax||Atomic Bitchwax I (limited edition with alternate cover art)|
|MCY-997||Unida, Dozer||Unida/Dozer (reissue)|
|2006||MCY-995||Village of Dead Roads||Dwelling in Doubt|
|2007||MCY-994||Los Natas||El Universo Perdido De Los Natas|
|2008||MCY-993||The Atomic Bitchwax||Tab 4 (limited edition with alternate cover art)|
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