Please present your label, when and where was it started, who is involved in its activities and what genres are promoted by it.
My name is Anatoly and I represent METAL RACE label. Our main style is Thrash Metal. We also support some hard'n'heavy groups. We are planning to open subsidiary labels for Black Metal and Death Metal. Basically we produce only the music of old school. But we support young bands which play in the spirit of old groups 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.
Today eight releases have been made. We issued four old school Russian bands ДАЙ (DAI), ADOLF CASTLE, MORTIFER and Аспид (ASPID). Some of them have a cult status. The BONECRACKER are young guys from Omsk. The GRINDER is a Teutonic cult of Thrash Metal. The Trashmachine and Detonator are the oldest Ukrainian Thrash groups. You could listen to the Trashmachine only on LP and a new album of the Detonator includes some remakes of the beginning of the 90s!
What are the most important features you look for in a band that is or has the chance to be signed on your label?
The main criterion we select groups is the spirit of old school music. Sounding, style, lyrics - everything must be in the good spirit of the end of the 80s - beginning of the 90s. We don't accept the modern "false" sounding that was made on the computer!
How can a band get in touch with you? What should bands know before submitting their promos for your consideration?
All bands are welcome to email me on email@example.com or contact us in facebook www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008320603396 anytime! We always listen to any material which is sent. But we have had to refuse so far because we haven’t had any material which would be interesting to our label! Anyway, any musician or any group can get in touch with us. We are ready for any adequate communication!
What's the most important thing in the relationship between you and your bands? What is your label offering to its bands?
We offer different conditions to each group. For some reasons we almost never pay a royalty with money. But our CDs sell well worldwide.
There is no definite answer for this question as we haven’t worked with modern groups yet. Our label hasn’t dealt with promotion or producing. We are beginning to work on a new album of the DETONATOR which was written after twenty-year old silence. The CD is just coming into market and we haven’t got a clear plan of action. If you play real Thrash, let us know and we will do something for you.
How does the future looks for your label? Any major projects you would like to share with us?
At the moment four releases are prepared for an issue.
First of all it is a long play album of the ДАЙ called "Виновен тем, что жив" (DAI "Guilty Because Alive"). This is the only album of the group besides two demos "Close Friend of Death" and "Алкоголь превратим мы в МААЧУ" (“Alcohol will be Turned by Us Into Urine”). These demos were our first releases to issue. "Виновен тем, что жив" album is quintessence of Russian Thrash Metal. Despite this album was written in the best traditions of Metallica and Megadeth style of the beginning of the 90s, it is quite self-contained and original. This is real Russian Thrash where the deep of Russian reality in 90s is reflected. Perfect sound, design and clever lyrics and, of course, cool music!!
Our next releases are two lost demos of legendary Russian band Trizna and their famous EP "Песни для Радио" ( “Songs for Radio”) that was issued on split with Черный Обелиск band on the types in 2000. Trizna, by rights, is called as “cheerful experimentalists and Thrash avant-gardists”! Their music combines standard Thrash base together with unusual jazz elements. However their music isn’t overloaded as sometimes progressive metal is and it is light and lively.
Arbitrator "Kill Their Religion" is a Russian way of Teutonic Thrash Metal of the beginning of the 80s. This album contains a lot of raw and hatred of Proto-black metal and Thrash technical skill! It is written in the spirit of early Sodom, Kreator and Destruction!
Aspid "Extravasation”, the gem of Russian Technical Thrash Metal, is popular with music lovers worldwide! At the beginning of 2015 our label will announce a presale for this legendary album reissue in digi pack and jewel. As bonus you can hear two songs Там, где ночь that was recorded in 92 for the radio and wasn’t mentioned before and ВОЙНА that was recorded in 2010 in the course of short reunion of the group for MetalRus compilation recording.
We hope all our Russian bands releases can give a fresh look at the music in our country both to our Russian fans who thinks, for some reason, Russia hasn’t got anything worth and to the west audience who never happens to hear our Metal music.
Also, in 2015 our two subsidiary labels start working. They will be Death/Doom and Black Metal oriented. The Death/Doom Metal label will introduce Russian metal traditions of the 80-90s to its fans. There will be a lot of old school music bands. The Black Metal label will work both with old groups and modern groups playing Nordic music!
How can anyone get in touch with you? Please list your website, webstore and/or social media links.