Southern Lord Records

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Southern Lord
Southern Lord logo.gif
FoundedApril 1998
FounderGreg Anderson
Distributor(s)Caroline (United States), Southern (Europe)
GenreExtreme metal, experimental, heavy metal, hardcore punk
Country of originUnited States
LocationLos Angeles, California
Official websitewww.southernlord.com

Southern Lord is an American heavy metal record label that was founded in 1998 by Greg Anderson. It specialized in experimental metal: particularly doom metal, stoner rock, and drone metal. The label later expanded its line-up to include artists from black metal, hardcore punk and crust punk bands.

History[edit]

Before co-founding their own record label Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley were friends and bandmates in Thorr's Hammer and Burning Witch. The pair formed a new band named Sunn O))) in 1998 and moved to Los Angeles. They started Southern Lord as a way to have control over the releases of their own recordings.[1]

Southern Lord's first release was the CD version (previous released as a cassette) of Thorr’s Hammer‘s Dommedagsnatt-- a doom/death metal album with Norwegian lyrics. The second release was: Burning Witch‘s Crippled Lucifer-- a compilation CD of the band's first two EPs.[2]

Subsequently Southern Lord branched out to release a compilation album from Scott "Wino" Weinrich's doom band The Obsessed. Incarnate was the first release to bear the Southern Lord label that did not include Anderson and O’Malley. Anderson's next band Goatsnake added another name to the roster. Wino continued his involvment with the label through various bands such as: Saint Vitus, Place of Skulls, as well as a solo artist in 2009.

Southern Lord released material by Anderson and O’Malley‘s latest band, Sunn O))) in 2002. Sun O))) was later reviewed several times by Ben Ratliff of The New York Times.[3][4][5]

The label's roster continued to grow with notable doom releases such as Warhorse’s As Heaven Turns to Ash, Place of Skulls Nailed and With Vision, as well as albums from Anderson's band Goatsnake. It also expanded its musical pallet releasing music by: Darkest Hour, Orcustus,and Dave Grohl‘s side project Probot.[citation needed]

The band Earth joined the Southern Lord family in 2005 -- continuing Southern Lord's involvement in drone and doom music.[citation needed]

Southern Lord released just shy of 20 black metal releases between 2005 and 2006-- focused primarily on black metal with dark ambient undertones. Releases included albums by: Xasthur, Leviathan, Lurker of Chalice, as well as the ‘supergroup‘ Twilight.

Relationships were also formed with international bands: Deathspell Omega, Urgehal and Striborg.

Releases from Earth, Sunn O))) (including the heavily lauded Monoliths & Dimensions), and a series of Boris 7″s to go along with the album Smile took place at the end of the decade.[6]

Artists[edit]

This is a list of the artists who have recorded for Southern Lord Records.

Current roster[edit]

Former bands, One-offs, etc.[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About". Southern Lord Recordings. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Burning Witch". Southern Lord Recordings. Southern Lord. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  3. ^ Ratliff, Ben (23 September 2009). "Two Bands, a Million Decibels (Published 2009)". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  4. ^ Ratliff, Ben (2 December 2015). "Review: In 'Kannon,' From Sunn O))), Brevity and Austerity (Published 2015)". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  5. ^ Ratliff, Ben (3 September 2012). "Think You Know Loud? Try Throbbing Sound as the Body Vibrates (Published 2012)". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  6. ^ http://ilistensoyoudonthaveto.com/2011/03/21/doom-to-drone-to-diversity-a-profile-of-los-angeles-extreme-experimental-label-southern-lord-records/

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