The Ajna Offensive
|The Ajna Offensive|
|Founder||Tyler Davis, Stephen O'Malley|
|Genre||Extreme metal, experimental|
|Country of origin||United States|
The Ajna Offensive is an American independent record label which releases extreme metal, experimental music and neofolk records, and books related to occultism, ritual work, magic theory and meta-history. The proprietor of the label is Tyler Davis, who had met a man with a music project called Plecid and who subsequently worked with Stephen O'Malley on the black metal fanzine Descent. O'Malley was later involved with the development of The Ajna Offensive record label.
The Ajna Offensive label evolved in 1992 out of the "Warloch" label then managed by Davis. Davis and O'Malley first met after Davis sent O'Malley a very excitable letter upon reading the first issue of Descent. They met and got along famously. Tyler offered all of his energy to Descent, while Stephen offered his energies towards The Ajna Offensive record label for a while. In reviewing metal bands for the magazine, Davis felt that black metal had not yet reached its potential. One time, he and O'Malley listened to a trunk of 150 demos and gave only a handful of them good reviews in Descent.
The first album released from the label was Plecid, which was decidedly not a metal album.
According to Stylus Magazine, The Ajna Offensive appears to be an aesthetically steered label, from the color and layout of the website to the bands it chooses to brand and unleash. As a result, it's impossible to delineate the label as being this or that.
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