Please present your label, when and where was it started, who is involved in its activities and what genres are promoted by it.
Abyss Records started August 2008 as a label full time, since then I have 40 total CD releases out, 2 12” vinyl releases and bunch of official merchandise as well some licensed stuff from Master, Obtained Enslavement, Impetigo and more to come from Vic Records artist and more….
As for genres I’m open to most as long as I’m into, but my heart is strongest for Old School Swedish Death, Black/Death, Black, Old Thrash, Old Crossover and some Doom stuff as well.
Tell us a few words on each or the most important releases of your label, and which of them are still available for purchase.
As of now (8/24/2012) all our releases are still available, couple titles are almost SOLD OUT and not sure will press more or not??? Christ Beheaded, Bulletwolf, F.U.C.T., Wan, and 1st pressing of Die Hard CD EP are all down to last copies then will be SOLD OUT when gone.
Just released our 2nd LP release, DESULTOR (Swe) Masters Of Hate LP (Limited to 500 copies, 100 Die Hard Edition). Also DEAD HORSE Boiling 12” LP was first vinyl release limited to 1000 copies.
What are the most important features you look for in a band that is or has the chance to be signed on your label?
Talent…. hahaha A band that can or knows how to write a song and also MOST important I have to be into them personally. Most important the music must have feeling regardless what genre it may be.
How can a band get in touch with you? What should bands know before submitting their promos for your consideration?
I like to see a band take control and present themselves professionally, but same time it doesn’t have to be done at famous studio, or have famous artwork, or even have to have so many friends on Facebook or MySpace or website to judge signing them. I go by the music and how it moves me on personal level. I have gotten little more picky since I started the label in August 2008, but most the bands come to me looking for support and I just pick and chose. A lot of great bands out there, many better than ones on bigger labels today.
What's the most important thing in the relationship between you and your bands? What is your label offering to its bands?
I try to keep a more personal like relationship between me and all bands, as well allow them to maintain the freedom to work, write new music, tour and do as they please and NOT told what they will do. I just feel that is important as a label.
Is there anything you planned with your label and has not yet been completed?
I have a bunch of killer releases coming up from some new artist to the label as well follow up releases too. Look for new releases out soon by: The Gardnerz (Swe), Daemonicus (Swe), Beer Pressure (Germany), Erupted (Swe), Bane (Serbia), Thousand Year War (U.S.), Mesopotamia (Nor), Angist (Iceland), Astrophobos (Swe), Maax (U.S.), Hordes Of Nebulah (U.S.) and more well into 2013.
How does the future looks for your label? Any major projects you would like to share with us?
I will keep doing things as long as I got the support and that seems to be growing as people discover our bands and actual BUY the CD/LP and or merchandise. People that keep downloading everything for FREE though will soon bring music industry to a hault soon if things don’t change there.
Abyss Records is a great label and honored to be working with such amazing bands, I just hope to see more people take note of the hard work I do for the Underground scene for 20+ years now.
How can anyone get in touch with you? Please list your website, webstore and/or social media links.
Check out any the links below and thanks for the support !!!!
ABYSS RECORDS Official Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com
ABYSS RECORDS Official My Space: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial
ABYSS RECORDS Official FaceBook: www.facebook.com/AbyssRecordsOfficial
ABYSS RECORDS Official ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords
ABYSS RECORDS Official Last FM: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords
ABYSS RECORDS Official You Tube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss