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Gravedancer Records launched, signs two bands

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 11:22 AM PT

Official press release:

It is with great excitement that Gravedancer Records announces its formation. The label is the brainchild of the former Head of Publicity for Century Media Records and current Head of Marketing for The MuseBox, Josh Eldridge. Gravedancer Records has already teamed with EMI to offer worldwide distribution, while The MuseBox Label Group will provide label services.

An exclusive interview with Eldridge and EMI Executive VP/GM Mike Harris can be found online at Billboard.com.

Gravedancer Records looks to deliver the best in heavy music and has already inked three great bands that have releases planned for 2012. The label's first signing is Chrome Waves, a group made up of Jeff Wilson (Nachtmystium, Wolvhammer), Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth, Twilight) and Bob Fouts (The Gates of Slumber, Apostle of Solitude). The trio has constructed an epic, haunting album, combining elements of doom, black metal and post-metal that is already highly anticipated by fans and press alike. The self-titled effort will be available on July 3rd, 2012 in CD, digital and a special, limited edition vinyl package that will be revealed soon.

The label has also partnered with the iconic Roadburn Festival for the North American market to release 'Monnos,' the monstrous doom metal masterpiece from UK trio Conan. 'Monnos' will be available on July 31, 2012.

Finally, Gravedancer is beyond excited to announce the signing of recently reunited metallers Byzantine. The band, who was first discovered by Lamb of God, released three highly respected albums and completed several major tours before calling in quits in 2008, just after the release of their most respected effort 'Oblivion Beckons.' This spring, the band will enter the studio and begin work on their forthcoming new album, which is tentatively schedule for an October release.

Gravedancer Records is excited to establish itself as one of the premiere labels for metal. We are excited to have trusted partners EMI and The MuseBox to bring some of the most exciting records of 2012 to metal fans across the globe.


3/27/2012 11:44:54 AM
No one likes byzantine

3/27/2012 12:12:50 PM
^yea people say they're "respected" but i've never met a person who actively listens to and likes byzantine.

should have stayed broken up.

3/27/2012 12:15:49 PM

3/27/2012 12:50:45 PM
I like Byzantine. I also know for a fact that EMI is about to get bought out/absorbed into another label in the coming months - I dunno how that'll affect the distro plan these guys have lined up...

3/27/2012 2:25:37 PM
^ you like byzantine. dont do that. just....dont

3/27/2012 3:53:08 PM
No on likes Byzantine eh? maybe you Tools don't but I love Byzantine and so does every single metal fan I know! It's really to bad most of you miserable pieces of shit can't enjoy something but just talk shit about everything! BYZANTINE will be warmly welcomed back to the world of metal! Lvoe this news. HAILS!

3/27/2012 4:20:01 PM
Guess that Kickstarter shit re-kickstarted Byzantine's career

3/28/2012 5:54:31 AM
yeah, fck the haters here. byzantine rules. good to hear they're still alive.

3/28/2012 7:52:45 AM
When I saw them at the Ottobar: Singer - "Who wants us to play a cover?" Fan -"Play In Da Club [by 50 Cent]!" Singer - "Hah...wrong color, dude." Yeahhhhhh.

3/28/2012 5:09:29 PM
^ok if true, then that's pretty damn funny.

3/29/2012 11:15:36 AM
EMI's been teetering on bankruptcy/being sold for years. Getting involved with them now is like buying property on a beach when a hurricane is coming.
Also, this band has a VERY devoted following. However, the size of the following is incredibly small. They couldn't draw more than 100 people anywhere outside of their home town/area and probably won't sell more than 2000 records.

3/30/2012 5:06:48 PM
byzantine?.......big announce Gravedancer Records, ha!