Last September, after nearly 20 years of releasing some of the best in metal and its various related styles and subgenres, Hydra Head Records announced they were closing their doors. Truly a major loss for music fans, the label had to cease most of their operations in the face of financial difficulties due to the realities of running an independent record label and a rapidly changing music industry (I blame you kids and your downloading). In November, the label announced a rehab plan to hopefully raise enough funds to keep their back catalog available for the long haul.
Well, now it’s the new year and the next phase of their Financial Rehab Program is in effect. The label has acquired enough funding to roll out another series of rare and limited-edition releases. Highlights include a new t-shirt designed by label and Isis co-founder Aaron Turner, some (ab)used music gear Turner used in Greymachine and House of Low Culture, as well as some Isis vinyl rarities. Hurry and look between the couch cushions and under your mattress because a lot of this stuff is selling fast.
Unfortunately, it’s “[s]till highly unlikely” Hydra Head will be putting out any new material. In the meantime, the label is planning a large-scale repressing of items from their back catalog. For complete details, check out this blog entry on the Hydra Head site.
In addition to the re-releases, a few bands associated with the label are touring this Spring. Tourdates below.
Old Man Gloom (all dates w/ Converge):
02.10.13 - Auckland, New Zealand - Basement Bar
02.12.13 - Perth, Australia - Amplifier
02.13.13 - Adelaide, Australia - Fowlers
02.15.13 - Melbourne, Australia - Billboards
02.16.13 - Sydney, Australia - Manning Bar
02.17.13 - Brisbane, Australia - Hi Fi
02.19.13 - Shibuya, Japan - Club Quattro
02.20.13 - Imaike, Japan - Bottom Line
02.21.13 - Umeda, Japan – Akaso
02.06.13 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
02.07.13 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
02.08.13 - Atlanta, GA - 529
02.09.13 - Savannah, GA - The Jinx
02.10.13 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
03.02.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
05.23-26.13 - Baltimore, MD - Maryland Deathfest
• Hydra Head: http://www.hydrahead.com