Pluto Records

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Pluto Records is a record label started in 1999 by Eric Shirey and Brian Cobbel. Since 2002, it has been owned and operated by Brian Cobbel and based near Dallas, TX. It is primarily known for punk, metal and hardcore releases, although not exclusively. The label has been home and launching pad to such bands as Grammy-nominated metal act As I Lay Dying,[1] HORSE the band, Luti-Kriss (Norma Jean), Society's Finest and more. Pluto Records is currently a member of the Warner Music Group division of East West Records.[2]


As I Lay Dying released their debut album, Beneath the Encasing of Ashes on Pluto Records in 2001 and also a split album with the band American Tragedy in 2002. They are now on Metal Blade Records where they have released additional albums, 2003's Frail Words Collapse, 2005's Shadows Are Security, 2007's An Ocean Between Us and The Powerless Rise in 2010. Their releases on Pluto have also been compiled and re-released by Metal Blade Records in 2006 as A Long March: The First Recordings. As I Lay Dying has gone on to sell over half a million records worldwide,[3] and were nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008 for Best Metal Performance.[4]

HORSE the band, who coined the term nintendocore describing their electro-metal sound, released their debut album, R. Borlax on Pluto Records in 2003. They are now on Koch Records and have released their second album, The Mechanical Hand, in 2005, and EP called Pizza in 2006, and their third album, A Natural Death, in 2007. Pluto Records' logo remains on all the bands' albums.

Norma Jean was on the label under their original moniker Luti-Kriss. Luti-Kriss released their first recording on Pluto Records in 1999. The band then signed to Solid State Records where they released one album before changing their name to Norma Jean because of confusion with the rapper Ludacris.

Current band list[edit]

  • Bloodjinn
  • Broadcast Sea
  • The Dead See
  • Divide The Day
  • Imperial
  • My America Is Watching Tigers Die
  • Spark is a Diamond

Former bands[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Bits: Madonna, The Spill Canvas, Lenor Watling". Billboard. 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2013-07-18.
  3. ^ Andrew Schwab, CCM Magazine (2007-12-06). "As I Lay Dying: The Sound of Truth – Christian Music Reviews, Interviews, News". Retrieved 2013-07-18.
  4. ^ Archived March 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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