Published Oct 03, 2011London, ON film company Handshake Inc. has offered up plenty of heavy-music-related projects in the past, from the Maryland Deathfest: The Movie films to music videos from Jucifer, Woods of Ypres and Agoraphobic Nosebleed. Hoping to see how the other side lives, the company has announced a new record label division with hopes to release some serious bangers.
While it's arguable that the music industry is dying a little more each day, a press release explains that Handshake Inc.'s record label won't be following the blueprint of yore. The imprint will be focusing exclusively on vinyl and digital releases. Online albums will be offered as paid releases, pay-what-you-want affairs or as free downloads.
"My intention with Handshake Inc., as a music label, is to promote bands I love, to people who are passionate about great music," Handshake Inc. owner David Hall said in a statement.
Hall is joined by Catharsis PR's Kim Kelly and Agoraphobic Nosebleed's J. Randall in running the label. Distribution is being handled by Sony Red.
First up for the label will be Build and Burn, the latest album from Rochester, NY grinders Sulaco, who feature Brutal Truth member Erik Burke on guitar. According to a press release, the recording "delivers a shotgun blast of full-on intensity and grinding fury, the likes of which the world has been missing since the band's last record in 2006 [Tearing Through the Roots]." It will be released October 25.
Other upcoming releases include live albums from Yakuza and Maruta, digital releases from the Sun Through a Telescope, and vinyl/digital packages from Surachai and Ladder Devils.