Anyone who knows me knows I like my music on the independent side and with the rise of the internet, there is no shortage of independent music. There is, however, a shortage of really good independent labels.
One of my favorite labels is Southern Lord. It was founded 1998 by Greg Anderson of the drone metal band Sunn O))). The label specializes in drone, doom and black metal and has released albums by Earth, Sunn O))), Wino, Wolves in the Throne Room, Boris, as well has some reissues of classic doom and experimental metal albums.
They release music on both CD and Vinyl, and typically issue packages that include the album and a shirt. They also sell albums from other labels in their online store.
What really sets Southern Lord apart from other labels is the effort they put into their releases. While the CDs always have great packaging and designs, it’s the vinyl releases that really stand out.
These LPs always have exclusive artwork and typically use colored vinyl. Many come with bonus tracks. All are 180g Vinyl and are mastered especially for vinyl, so the quality sound is there.
Here are a few of the releases I own:
Earth – The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull:
“These 180 gram gold vinyl lps come housed in a over the top bible-esque triple gatefold jacket. Outside is faux leatherette with gold embossing. Think CSNY “Deja Vu” lp meets the Holy Bible!. Inside is the amazing artwork and photography from Arik Roper.”
Wino – Punctuated Equilibrium:
180 gram green marble vinyl in gatefold jacket. Came with a bonus 10”, also on 180 gram green marble vinyl
Sunn O))) & Boris – Altar:
180 gram baby blue vinyl. Double LP in gatefold jacket with full color photo booklet and liner notes by Kim Thayle.
If you’re a fan of quality, extreme music and prefer to listen to it on vinyl, you should check out Southern Lord today.