Please present your label, when and where was it started, who is involved in its activities and what genres are promoted by it.
I started the label for real around July/August 2009. I had tried to start it as a vinyl only label a year or so earlier, but it proved too expensive. I'm based in my home town of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. Up to now the label has been a solo effort. I'm reaching the point now where I need partners to help with the workload and finances, but I still manage OK. The label releases doom metal in it's various sub genres. I decided to stick to that style, as it's the one I like the most. I'm also keen to avoid releasing a variety of unrelated genres. If I tried to release doom and thrash/death at the same time, for example, I think one or the other release would suffer.

Tell us a few words on each or the most important releases of your label, and which of them are still available for purchase.
My personal favourite is the first release. I emailed Italy's Misty Morning and asked if they would let me do a reissue of their Martian Pope EP. They agreed, and the remastered version with new artwork was released on October 31st 2009 – Halloween! I like this one as the quality is so much higher than I was expecting. It was only released as a limited edition on CDR (two batches of 100 were made). I think it would be cool to reissue it as a mass-market CD and maybe one day on vinyl.
The most important release aside from that first one is my own début EP with my band Iron Void. Spell of Ruin was also released as a limited CDR in 2010. I'm pleased to announce that it has been reissued as a factory produced CD which will be released on 26th November 2012. It has an eight page booklet and two extra tracks. This new version forms a neat 6-track mini album with two tracks that we recorded over summer 2010.

What are the most important features you look for in a band that is or has the chance to be signed on your label?
When I started, I was into more psychedelic, stoner doom stuff. I've drifted away from that lately, as I'm not that bigger stoner any more – my tasted changed quite a lot when I cut down on the weed! These days I'm more into straight up doom metal with clean vocals, but more Sabbath and Saint Vitus style than say epic doom. There is a cult vibe that you get from just the right demo or hearing a new band live purely by chance. It's hard to define, but every now and then I get it.

How can a band get in touch with you? What should bands know before submitting their promos for your consideration?
They can send me mp3 promos by email, or CD's by post. I don't have an exact criteria for promos, but I would say not to send Funeral Doom or metal with death vocals. I have to be certain about what I release, as money is so tight at the moment. That said, it's worth a try. I know I will release a new band in 2013, if I find one that works for the label. They're out there somewhere.

What's the most important thing in the relationship between you and your bands? What is your label offering to its bands?
I'd like to work with bands that have a unique style. Each of the releases so far has been that way. There's no one who really sounds like bands from the Doomanoid roster. I'm offering to risk the cost of pressing the album, promotion and I also have a distribution deal with Code 7 via PHD here in the United Kingdom. I hope to expand this to the rest of the world when the chance arises.

Is there anything you planned with your label and has not yet been completed?
I started work on a book about the label called The Story So Far. It's an art-book covering the first three years of the label. It has been delayed a little as I have resumed university work, but I am still working on it when I have time. I plan to self-publish it using a company called Blurb books. Copies are made to order, which makes it affordable.

How does the future looks for your label? Any major projects you would like to share with us?
Misty Morning are working on their début album. That will more than likely be my next full release. I'd like to do some one-off vinyl in 2013, maybe a split EP. We plan to record a full length Iron Void album early next year. I'm not sure if that will be released by my label or whether we will try and get a larger company to release it.
My ultimate goal is to press deluxe vinyl but I'll keep the CD and digital side going as these are cheaper. Expensive vinyl will exclude people who have less money to spend – I would like to strike a balance.

How can anyone get in touch with you? Please list your website, web store and/or social media links.
Twitter: @doomanoid
Facebook: Search for 'Doomanoid Records'
Contact details are on the main website. Thanks for the interview. I think webzines are getting more important every day, especially for new bands and smaller labels like mine.


October 2012


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