Hellhound Records

Last updated
Founded 1988
Status Defunct
Distributor(s) Noise Records
Genre Heavy metal
Doom metal
Country of origin Germany

Hellhound Records was a German record label during the late 1980s and 1990s, self-described as "The Heaviest Label On Earth". They became known for putting out doom metal, with artists such as Saint Vitus and The Obsessed. In the early 1990s Hellhound signed a number of Maryland doom bands such as Internal Void, Iron Man, Revelation, Wretched and Unorthodox. [1] They quickly became a prominent label in the doom metal genre. Some of the Hellhound releases were distributed in the US by Noise Records and Noise began pressing some of the later releases after Hellhound's demise. Noise released a compilation entitled Pure Noise which featured a number of Hellhound bands along with many Noise bands as well. Only a few Hellhound releases were re-released by current labels, such as Southern Lord Records and Japan's Leaf Hound Records.

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north, and the Alps to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.

A record label, or record company, is a brand or trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. Sometimes, a record label is also a publishing company that manages such brands and trademarks, coordinates the production, manufacture, distribution, marketing, promotion, and enforcement of copyright for sound recordings and music videos, while also conducting talent scouting and development of new artists, and maintaining contracts with recording artists and their managers. The term "record label" derives from the circular label in the center of a vinyl record which prominently displays the manufacturer's name, along with other information. Within the mainstream music industry, recording artists have traditionally been reliant upon record labels to broaden their consumer base, market their albums, and be both promoted and heard on music streaming services, radio, and television. Record labels also provide publicists, who assist performers in gaining positive media coverage, and arrange for their merchandise to be available via stores and other media outlets.

Doom metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music that typically uses slower tempos, low-tuned guitars and a much "thicker" or "heavier" sound than other heavy metal genres. Both the music and the lyrics intend to evoke a sense of despair, dread, and impending doom. The genre is strongly influenced by the early work of Black Sabbath, who formed a prototype for doom metal with songs such as "Black Sabbath", "Children of the Grave", "Electric Funeral" and "Into the Void". During the first half of the 1980s, a number of bands from England, the United States and Sweden defined doom metal as a distinct genre.



  1. Eddie Dixon - "Relentless" 7"
  2. Jingo De Lunch - Axe to Grind
  3. Scarlet - Red Alert
  4. God BC - God BC
  5. Saint Vitus - V
  6. Toxic Reasons - Anything for Money
  7. The Lazy Cowgirls - How It Looks, How It Is"
  8. The Obsessed - The Obsessed
  9. Count Raven - Storm Warning
  10. Saint Vitus - Live
  11. Hyste'riah G.B.C. - Snakeworld
  12. Angelus - Kneel Down and Pray
  13. Pigmy Love Circus - Drink Free Forever
  14. What the Hell! compilation
  15. The Obsessed - Lunar Womb
  16. Pigmy Love Circus - When Clowns Become Kings
  17. Saint Vitus - C.O.D.
  18. Internal Void - Standing on the Sun
  19. Count Raven - Destruction of the Void
  20. Revelation - Never Comes Silence
  21. Unorthodox - Asylum
  22. Iron Man - Black Night
  23. Lost Breed - The Evil in You and Me
  24. Wretched - Life Out There
  25. Buzzard - Churp!!!
  26. Count Raven - High on Infinity
  27. Year Zero - Nihil's Flame
  28. Vortex of Insanity - Social Decay
  29. The Obsessed - The Church Within
  30. Unorthodox - Balance of Power
  31. Wretched - Psychosomatic Medicine
  32. Hellhound Compilation
  33. Lost Breed - Save Yourself
  34. Iron Man - The Passage
  35. Saint Vitus - Die Healing
  36. Revelation - ...Yet So Far
  37. Blood Farmers - Blood Farmers
  38. Year Zero - Creation
  39. Hundred Years - Hundred Years
  40. It Is I - Evolve
  41. Wretched - Center of the Universe
  42. Count Raven - Messiah of Confusion


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<i>V</i> (Saint Vitus album) 1990 studio album by Saint Vitus

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Southern Lord is an American heavy metal record label that was founded in 1998 by Greg Anderson. Initially, Southern Lord specialized in what could broadly be classified as experimental metal, particularly the slow-moving doom metal, stoner rock, and drone metal subgenres. Some of the more notable artists on the label include Baptists, Earth, Om, Goatsnake, Khanate, Obliterations, Pelican, Sleep and Sunn O))), among others. More recently, the label expanded its line-up to include artists from the black metal subgenre, including releases by Twilight, Wolves in the Throne Room, Xasthur, and Striborg. They have also released albums by hardcore punk and crust punk bands like Burning Love, Agrimonia, and Wolfbrigade.

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