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|Australian Underground Labels/distros|
Shipping vinyl from the States and Europe is terribly annoying which has led me to focus a lot rmore on the small number of Australian distros and labels that release and distribute vinyl r(among other things). Most of the stuff I want to buy is not usually available at typical record rstores, plus stores have ridiculous prices which I generally don't tolerate.rI thought it might be ra good idea to make a quick list of a few labels and distros that I know of and that regularly rmake purchases from, in the hope that any other Australians here would be able to add a few rmore. Failing that, any other distros or labels from abroad that you regularly check on and buy rfrom would be nice to know about, on the chance I don't already know about them.
The Departure Of Shub-Niggurath
Abysmal Sounds -
This is without a doubt the best metal label currently going in Australia. Bands like Innsmouth, Armoured Angel, Anatomy and
Grave Upheaval are on its roster, and the distro is chock full of goodies. The prices are reasonable and Stu will go out of his way
to make the shipping affordable. Based in Melbourne.
Coffin Cut Records -
This is a small label/distro based in Perth. It holds a lot of obscure gems, mainly 7" vinyl and occasionally gets some good zines.
No Patience Records -
No Patience is the place to go for hardcore in Australia. Lewis who runs it is a really nice guy and doesn't really put out or hold
anything that's not good. You can pick up some great vinyl at his webstore and the shipping is very reasonable.
The Monad of Creation
The Cave Distro -
This is the distro of Damon from Mournful Congregation. It gets in good stock but it's a little pricey. He does the whole prices
with shipping thing.
Adverse Order Music -
Big distro. Generally with this sort of thing (especially when you consider the amount of black metal here) there's bound to be a
drop in quality, but they still offer great releases and I do check it quite often.
|6||Woods of Desolation|
Toward the Depths
Ruin Productions -
D from WoD's label/distro. This used to be a lot more active but D announced he was closing it down a while ago. He still has it
going but with greatly reduced stock and just some 2nd hand items. Worth checking out but it's not what it used to be.
Crypt Born & Tethered to Ruin
Adelaide Underground -
This was always a little 'commercial' and so the prices of the vinyl reflected that. For some reason the distro part of the site
isn't working anymore, so I'm hoping it's not on its way out. Still, the forums are there for any trading and such.
|8||Circle of Ouroborus|
Infinite Wisdom Productions -
Mainly black metal releases here. I haven't personally bought anything, but some of the stuff that is being released by the label
looks pretty interesting. One I keep my eye on.
Relentless Execution of Ceremonial Excrescence
The Coffins Slave -
A really great distro, full of good stuff. Prices are pretty standard but I wouldn't say it was cheap. They get in all the good shit
though, so it's worth it.
|10|| ||Ocean of Zero|
Bloody Oath Records -
This is an email only label, essentially a vehicle for Ocean of Zero releases, which is currently one of my favourite Australian
death metal acts.
Victims of Faith
Magik Crowbar -
Very well known label within the noise and hardcore scene, Magik Crowbar have put out a lot of stuff. I haven't really bought
anything from them, but I've got a few of the releases they've put out.
|12|| ||Javier Frisco & Royal Vomit|
Emerald Cabal -
This is a perth label and is a vehicle for noise act Javier Frisco and Royal Vomit. Their material is pretty cool. Emerald Cabal also
puts out a print zine under the same name which I'm quite fond of.
|13|| ||Nerve City|
Altered States -
I don't know much about Altered States or the bands they associate with, but there's the usual noise and power electronics
based stuff here. Cock Safari is the only one I'm familiar with - harsh noise from NSW.
Midnight Funeral -
Melbourne label (pretty sure there's a physical store in the city, but I can't remember if it was this label or another), not cheap
but lots of good stuff. They recently did the Lone LP by Suffer, second pressing pre-orders are out now.
Stained Circles -
This is essentially a vehicle to put out the Distort zine, which is probably the most popular in underground hardcore currentily in
Aus. He's well into the issues now and each of them are of high quality. You can even get a subscription =P The distro holds
some vinyl too, all of which I'm sure is great.
|I'm sure I've missed a few, like Prime Cuts in Perth or Obsidian in Brisbane, but I don't really check on them anymore.|
|Australia fuck yeah. |
|like a bawesese|
|red eye records...|
|ray from The Hard-Ons had Utopia back in the day that ran out of Sydney|
|oh dude. awesome list.|
|List is noice|
|anymore suggestions? spare told me about cd wow as well|
i know a couple from NZ too, but mainly based around their dirty punk/sludge/bm scene (which rules)
|Sick list, you must get fucked over on shipping costs all the time ordering from the US and Europe.|
|it can get pretty bad when youre ordering LPs|
plus there's always incentive to buy big so you end up ordering a shitload of stuff and then all your money is gone
im lucky enough to be living in a city with almost no good record stores (we have one good one, a few shitty ones), but as soon as undergrad is finished i'll be heading across the nullabor to melbourne
|I'd kill to have a good, underground metal record store/distro around here that sells 7" and shit. I have a few good independent record stores that have some good stock in terms of the bigger bands in the bm/dm scene but almost none of it is ever too unknown (although I did find that Vasaeleth album as well as Mitochondrion's latest there, they seem to always stock Profound Lore releases). I've briefly looked around Boston (the closest city to me) but I haven't found anything good yet.|
|I'm gonna look into these, there's only a couple decent record stores left here and they barely carry metal.|
|Very nice list.|
|awesome stuff. abysmal sounds fucking rules.|
missing link is a pretty sweet shop in melbourne, and has a website too. you can order pretty much anything from the labels they deal with. its a bit pricey sometimes, but ive found some great stuff there.
|ahh missling link, that's what it was. i was confusing midnight funeral with missing link. i was taken to missing link once. had some decent stuff but yeah, the prices were crazy. if it's in a store in australia though, you can never expect it to be cheap.|
|yeah true. most of the smaller stores in melbourne are very pricey. theres a few cool stores i found through this 'diggin melbourne' record store your thing they had a year or so back, but all the good stuff they had (hard to find stuff) was crazy expensive.|
|This is a really cool and helpful idea for a list. Can't say I've used a lot of small distro sites though. I end up buying on eBay a lot and sites that compile different record stores or private sellers like Discogs and MusicStack. Or straight from the label's site in some cases.|
|woah awesome list. I wish I lived in Aus and could check out those labels.|
|swell man, thanks for the post. |
liledman, melbourne sucks with record stores so much, just try brunswick street... what a nightmare.
|Awesome list. I might have to make one myself. |
|and thats why i got a debit card doug|
|'This is a really cool and helpful idea for a list. Can't say I've used a lot of small distro sites though. I end up buying on eBay a lot and sites that compile different record stores or private sellers like Discogs and MusicStack. Or straight from the label's site in some cases.'|
yeah I use ebay a lot too, mostly because I have to. generally I find it cheaper and better to buy from the band as well, but sometimes that's not possible.
'woah awesome list. I wish I lived in Aus and could check out those labels.'
i could do a similar list except 10 times bigger for american ones that are just as good if not better, so there's no real loss on your part =P
|THANK YOU DUDE! AWESOME LIST!|
|There was a great little record store where I live that had some incredibly hard to track down vinyls, and just stuff that i would otherwise would've had to have paid a small fortune to get them shipped from overseas. Honestly, I do get annoyed sometimes when artists tend to release music in such a format (7" vinyl/cassette etc) and make it difficult to get a hold of|
|"i could do a similar list except 10 times bigger for american ones that are just as good if not better, so there's no real loss on your part =P"|
make it Canada and we've got a deal
|Missing Link used to be great, not so much any more. It's still OK but I haven't been in there in ages. Rare Records is pretty cool but pricey, and they just shut their brick-and-mortar shop in St. Kilda last year. I tend to buy a lot of my vinyl stuff online with a couple of mates and we split the shipping 3 ways. Much cheaper. Do the same with skateboards too.|
|what sort of places do you buy online? (sort of the point of the list)|
come on fags help me spend more money
|Pretty sure it's not Aussie, but ever visited Kreation Records' site? They've got some pretty large selection of good/hard to find stuff on there.|
|awesome list will look into these|
|Dude, you missed El Shaddai Records (a Melbourne independent label, released House vs Hurricane, Forgiven Rival, He Is Legend, To Speak of Wolves, and many others)!|
|yeah liled, but my debit card hates me because i spend to much money with it. ahah|
|haha yeah no shit, im the same|
|i buy a lot from grindhead records(sydney),and they have an awesome,cheap webstore.they also usually add extras too.run by a guy named bubsy.|