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 Metallic Media back around 2000 just as a mail-order house (then named “Basement Music”) because I was tired of paying too much for CDs through other outlets & then having to wait weeks to get them. I thought, this isn’t rocket science, I bet I could do a distro & do it much better, so I did. I just started buying extra wholesale copies of the stuff I liked & then sold them through the mail as a hobby just to finance my own collecting needs, but as the years went by the “hobby” grew into a full-time job. The label currently promotes all “genres” within the Extreme Metal realm: Death, Black, Doom, Gothic, etc.
Tell us a few words on each or the most important releases of your label, and which of them are still available for purchase.
Right now I’m really pushing the new release from COLDBLOOD – they’ve been a staple of the Brazilian Death Metal scene since 1992 & Metallic Media is now proud to offer their latest album of all-new material: “Chronology of Satanic Events” – I think it’s the best album they’ve ever done – it will definitely appeal to fans of bands like Deicide & Krisiun – it’s totally old-school in style but very well-done & polished in all the right places. Other notable artists within the Metallic Media catalog include MOLOCH, ASTAROT, FECUND BETRAYAL, ABYSMAL DEPTHS, + many more. All of our releases are still available through various distros worldwide as well as on Ebay, Amazon, & Discogs.
What are the most important features you look for in a band that is or has the chance to be signed on your label?
There are actually 2 different things I look for – 1. Does the band have a solid following (fans)? If so, then pushing the “brand” won’t be nearly as hard (ha ha). And 2. Is the band doing something “unique” within the Metal genre? Most people still buying CDs these days will not “buy” something that sounds like 1000 other CDs they already have in their collection, instead they tend to pick up things that are “different” & provide a slightly new experience for the listener.
How can a band get in touch with you? What should bands know before submitting their promos for your consideration?
Metallic Media can be contacted via any of these links:
Bands should know that our release schedule is usually full up to a year in advance, but if we dig what you’re doing we’ll work with you the best we can in order to make a physical release possible.
What's the most important thing in the relationship between you and your bands? What is your label offering to its bands?
The MOST important part of the relationship between the label & the band is that the band be very aggressive in promoting itself because the label is too busy with pressing, trades, distribution, advertising, etc., so building a fan base unfortunately falls mostly on the band itself. That being said the label IS able to provide worldwide distribution of their product, cover all of the costs associated with pressing & advertising it, + give 10% of the pressed copies directly to the band as a “payment” for their efforts.
Is there anything you planned with your label and has not yet been completed?
At this point no, it’s clicking along pretty much the way I envisioned it.
How does the future looks for your label? Any major projects you would like to share with us?
Yes! In 2014 Metallic Media will be teaming up with Black Plague Records to co-release a lot of great new CDs from bands like LYCANTHROPY, ADHUK, SOLITUDE PROJECT, FATAL CASTRATION, + many more! By pooling our resources we will be able to release more stuff together than either of us could by ourselves.
How can anyone get in touch with you? Please list your website, webstore and/or social media links.
Ebay Store: www.MetallicMedia.com