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After almost 20 years, the metal and noise label Hydra Head Records is closing down, founder Aaron Turner (of Isis) just announced on the label’s blog. The label has released records by artists such as Isis, Old Man Gloom, Boris, Sunn O))), Harvey Milk, Jesu, Torche, Neurosis, Cave In, Oxbow, Xasthur, Botch, Khanate, Pelican, These Arms Are Snakes, and many more.

The decision to pull the plug has not been an easy one, and in some ways is a not a choice at all. The simple fact of the matter is we’ve been running on empty for a while now and cannot afford to keep our doors open for much longer. Years of imbalance between creative ideals and financial realities, personal problems amongst the label operators, an unwillingness to compromise our aesthetic standards, a tendency towards releasing challenging (i.e. unmarketable) artists, and the steady decline of the music industry in general, are amongst the chief reasons for our inability to continue. It is a harsh but undeniable reality, and one which we are attempting to confront with as much integrity and grace as is afforded by the circumstances.

After December they will just handle the back catalog stuff, but don’t forget as one of their last releases will be the new Jodis record.

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