As we reported on Tuesday, Hydra Heads Records bossman Aaron Turner announced this week that the label was to effectively close, with the label to transform little more than an administrative arm for the label’s existing catalogue before the year is out. This news was understandably greeted with howls of despair from all corners of the metal world, given the incredible pedigree of artists that Hydra Head has had through its doors over the last two decades.
It’s to that end that we’ve created a Sunday Spotify Slaylist featuring some of our favourite acts – past and present – that have passed through Hydra Head’s doors. We’re also including our favourites from Hydra Head’s two imprint labels – Hydra Head Industries, and Tortuga Records.
There are plenty of people saying its the rise of the illegal download that has led to the unfortunate demise of one of heavy music’s most interesting indie labels. However, those of us who bothered to read Aaron’s statement on why Hydra Head is closing will know that he isn’t laying the blame for this at the door of filesharers – at least, not entirely. However, if the closure of Hydra Head teaches us anything, it’s that no indie label is safe in the current financial climate, and that if you really, honestly love a band (or indeed, a label), you’ll go out and buy their records, rather than just Googling for a Rapidshare link to their latest album leak.
Spotify is available to most of Western Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand for free – though obviously you’re better off shelling out either £5 or £10 a month for one of Spotify’s premium packages, as then you can listen to our Slaylists without having them interrupted by adverts. For our readers in countries not currently serviced by Spotify….sorry. You’ll just have to go buy some records directly from Hydra Head to get your Sunday fix of awesome songs.