Hydra Head Records has officially announced that it will close down this year.
The renown label has released music by Isis, Botch, Cave In, Harvey Milk and Pelican among many others, and has been one of the most prominent in the independent metal scene for two decades. It will be sorely missed by both its fans and Ultimate Guitar.
Writing in a sentimental post on its blog, founder Aaron Turner said their vision and the harsh realities of business don't align in a way that will let it continue:
"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.
"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 label will continue releasing new music towards the end of 2012 to help pay off its artists.
UG wishes the best to Hydra Head staff and its artists. You can still buy music and merch from its website, and we recommend browsing the Hydra Head Bandcamp page where you can listen to most of their releases. You're guaranteed to find a few gems.