Published Jul 26, 2010While many labels large and small might be having issues staying afloat, it hasn't stopped Austin, TX-based Cyclopean Records from announcing its official start-up with the release of an EP by Toronto, ON-based death/thrash outfit Slaughter Strike.
Formed by Iron Age vocalist Jason Tarpey just under a year ago, when his band were looking to recoup expenses for their latest effort, The Sleeping Eye, Cyclopean Eye has actually experienced a strong soft release thanks to that album's success, as well as a stable recording by fellow primal metallions Mammoth Grinder.
Still, Tarpey wanted to ensure he was making the right move before confirming the label's existence. Feeling that Slaughter Strike will be able to maintain the forward inertia, Cyclopean Eye is now an official entity. The label will follow through with intentions to issue other acts such as Green and Wood over the ensuing months.
In a statement, here's what Tarpey reveals about Cyclopean Eye's humble beginnings:
I started thinking about Cyclopean in the spring of 2009 while Iron Age was in the studio recording. We paid for the recording ourselves in order to own the album and shop it around to get a deal. Before Tee Pee picked it up, I decided to press it on 2xLP and give Iron Age half of the records to recoup for the recording.
After selling out rather quickly I decided I could probably do this full time. So I put out the Mammoth Grinder record, Extinction of Humanity, because it rips and they're great dudes. After that things started to happen by themselves... Now that my band have settled down to write new material, I have a lot of time to make the label something real and ever-present. I'm very excited about where things are going.
Slaughter Strike's twelve-inch EP, At Life's End, is due out Aguust 3. It will be followed by new full-lengths by Sungod, the Roller and NightBitch, as well as the split release from Mammoth Grinder and Hatred Surge.