Sad news on the heavy music front, Hydra Head Records is closing its doors. The label has been the home for such hardcore/metal juggernauts as Botch, Discordance Axis, Coalesce, Botch and Isis just to name a few. In a lengthy statement, owner Aaron Turner, stated the following:
Hydra Head Records has never been a smooth-running operation. We've spent the majority of our existence excitedly scrambling from one thing to the next, taking on more than we could ever possibly hope to achieve, and never quite finding solid footing in the midst of our self-induced whirlwind of chaos. Though not every second of doing this label has been enjoyable, it has been a very rewarding and meaningful project for me, and I hope for many of the other lives to which it has been directly connected. The fact that it has lasted close to two decades at this point is astonishing, and much has changed during that time - the lives of those directly involved with running the label, the bands and artists we've worked with, and the nature of the music industry itself. Though many of these changes have been positive, or at least illuminating, the impact of our history and current industry circumstances are culminating into a slow and somewhat painful death for the label. It certainly isn't an entirely unforeseen event, but we didn't think it would come quite so abruptly, or (perhaps naively) ever.
Clearly, Hydra Head Records will be sorely missed. You can read the full statement from Aaron Turner via the Hydra Head blog.