Metal and noise label Hydra Head Records is sadly closing its doors this December after seventeen years. On the label's blog, co-founder Aaron Turner (of Isis) gives a detailed account of why they were forced to make the decision. He says:

"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."

To complete the final round of releases, the label is selling as much of their material as they can. Support their efforts here.

Some of the notable acts on their roster included Jesu, Harvey Milk, These Arms Are Snakes, and Converge. We wish the Hydra Head team the best of luck.