MuseBox VP of marketing Josh Eldridge has formed a new metal label, Gravedancer Records, in partnership with marketing company MuseBox. The label is launching with three acts on its roster and will be distributed worldwide by EMI.
Gravedancer Records looks to deliver the best in heavy music and has already inked three 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 3 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 U.K. trio CONAN. The band has already begun to establish itself in the worldwide metal scene and recently teamed with Pitchfork to give away the track “Hawk As A Weapon”. “Monnos” will be available on July 31.
Gravedancer has also announced 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.
An interview with Eldridge and EMI executive VP/GM Mike Harris can be found at Billboard.biz.