The End Records

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The End Records
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Parent company BMG Rights Management
Founded1998 (1998)
FounderAndreas Katsambas [1]
Distributor(s) ADA
Genre Rock, heavy metal, experimental, indie
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew York City
Official website www.theendrecords.com

The End Records is a record label in Manhattan that specializes in rock, heavy metal, indie, and electronic music.

Contents

Early years (1998–2005)

The End Records was founded by Andreas Katsambas in Pasadena, California, with the goal of helping small underground artists. Within three years it became a full-time job and Katsambas moved the office to Salt Lake City in 2002. Too underground to get a national distribution deal, he started his own webstore, selling each release for $10 including shipping; the mail order (The Omega Order) helped cover basic expenses and slowly started bringing in other titles.

The next three years were critical in expanding the label which began signing bands such as The Gathering, Crisis, Arcturus, Ulver and many more.

The Gathering (band) Dutch alternative rock band

The Gathering is a Dutch rock band, founded in 1989 by brothers Hans and René Rutten and vocalist Bart Smits in Oss, North Brabant.

Crisis are a British punk rock band formed in 1977 in Guildford in Surrey. They performed at rallies for Rock Against Racism and the Anti-Nazi League, and at Right to Work marches. British music magazine Sounds used the phrase "Music to March To" to describe their distinctly edgy, controversial and far-left form of punk rock.

Arcturus (band) Metal band from Norway

Arcturus is a Norwegian avant-garde black metal band formed in 1991. Their name, which means "Bear Guardian", references the Behenian fixed star Arcturus.

National distribution, moving to Brooklyn (2005–2006)

In 2005 after meeting with most of the major distribution companies, The End signed a national distribution deal with Red Music and moved to Brooklyn, NY, the following year.

The move to New York paid off, enabling the label to expand and diversify their building roster (Dissection, Moonfog, Voivod feat. Jason Newsted of Metallica) with artists such as Mindless Self Indulgence, Danzig, Lemonheads, Juliette Lewis, Badly Drawn Boy, Brendan Perry, Art Brut, The Prodigy, Anathema, Dir En Grey, and Anvil, to name a few. While the label grew, Andreas commitment to each band didn't change, he felt each one was a top priority and has maintained that philosophy ever since.

Dissection (band) black/death metal and later melodic death metal band

Dissection was a Swedish extreme metal band from Strömstad, formed in 1989 by guitarist, vocalist and main songwriter Jon Nödtveidt and bass guitarist Peter Palmdahl. Despite a number of lineup changes, Dissection released The Somberlain in 1993 and Storm of the Light's Bane in 1995, before splitting up in 1997 due to Nödtveidt's imprisonment for complicity in the murder of Josef Meddour.

Voivod (band) Canadian heavy metal band

Voivod is a Canadian heavy metal band from Jonquière, Quebec. The band's current line-up consists of Denis "Snake" Bélanger (vocals), Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain (guitar), Dominique "Rocky" Laroche (bass) and Michel "Away" Langevin (drums). Their musical style has changed several times since the band's origin in the early 1980s. Starting out as a speed metal band, Voivod have added a mix of progressive metal and thrash metal to create their own unique metal style, and they are credited as one of the "big four" Canadian thrash metal bands, along with Sacrifice, Razor, and Annihilator.

Jason Newsted American musician

Jason Curtis Newsted is an American metal musician, known for being the third bass guitarist with the band Metallica from October 1986 until his sudden departure in January 2001.

Growth (2007–2009)

In 2007 The End was featured in Fortune Small Business [2] and CNN which won Fortune their sole New York Press Club award for entertainment news in the magazine category. Now on the rise and gaining attention from press, 2008 won them the CMJ Indie Label of the year award. That same year, they celebrated Mindless Self Indulgence's entrance into the Billboard Top 30 Charts, the highest entry for the band, who also placed three Top 5 singles in the digital charts in the same week. After winning the Eurovision contest with 120,000,000 votes, Finnish metal band Lordi joined the roster, shortly thereafter The Answer came on board, who were hand-picked by AC/DC to support them on their 2008 worldwide tour.

CNN American news channel

Cable News Network (CNN) is an American news-based pay television channel owned by WarnerMedia News & Sports, a division of AT&T's WarnerMedia. CNN was founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner as a 24-hour cable news channel. Upon its launch, CNN was the first television channel to provide 24-hour news coverage, and was the first all-news television channel in the United States.

Lordi Finnish hard rock band

Lordi is a Finnish hard rock/heavy metal band, formed in 1992 by the band's lead singer, songwriter and costume maker, Mr Lordi. In addition to their melodic metal music, Lordi are also known for wearing monster masks and using horror elements with pyrotechnics during concerts and music videos.

The Answer (band) band

The Answer are a Northern Irish hard rock band from Newcastle and Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland, UK. They have achieved success with their debut album Rise selling in excess of 30,000 copies in the UK & Europe, 10,000 on day one in Japan and 100,000 worldwide.

American alt rock band The Lemonheads finally re-entered the Billboard charts in 2009 with Varshons ; the band had not charted since 1996. That year, two more artists signed to the label; Juliette Lewis released Terra Incognita which was featured in multiple iTunes commercials, billboards and advertisements and The Charlatans released Who We Touch which stayed number one for three weeks at the Alt Specialty Radio charts.

<i>Varshons</i> 2009 studio album by The Lemonheads

Varshons is the ninth studio album and is an album of covers by alternative rock band the Lemonheads. On 27 March 2009, it was announced that Varshons would be released in the US on 23 June on The End Records.

<i>Terra Incognita</i> (Juliette Lewis album) 2009 studio album by Juliette Lewis

Terra Incognita is the debut full-length solo album by American singer Juliette Lewis, released in August 2009. Produced by Omar Rodríguez-López of The Mars Volta, it was her first album after parting with backing band the Licks, replaced by the New Romantiques. "‘Terra Incognita’ means unknown territory," she said, "and that’s where I wanted to go musically. The guitars are more wild and atmospheric. The groove is dark and deep and allows for a lot of sonic contrasts."

<i>Who We Touch</i> 2010 studio album by The Charlatans

Who We Touch is the eleventh album by British alternative rock band The Charlatans, released on 6 September 2010. It was released in a standard version, and a two disc version which contained a second CD of early demos and alternative mixes of tracks from the standard album, plus some recordings that didn't make it on to the album. The album charted at #21 in the UK album charts.

Diversity (2010–2012)

In 2010 multi-platinum-selling artist Danzig entered the Top 40 charts with Deth Red Sabaoth , his highest charting album since Danzig III . Mercury prize winner Badly Drawn Boy signed to The End and released Part 1 of It's What I'm Thinking series. Canadian metallers Anvil also signed to the label that year, becoming a global phenomenon after the release of their documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil . With the drastic changes in the music industry, Andreas decided to adapt the label by signing indie electronic artists like Audio Bullys and Does It Offend You Yeah? along with electro-dub artists The Orb and The Prodigy. They launched The End Records Sampler which went number one on the Amazon charts.[ citation needed ] 2011 also marked the acquisition of the entire Music For Nations catalog including releases from Opeth, Paradise Lost, Cradle Of Filth, Anathema, Godflesh and more. [3] 2012 brought an especially unique project: the iconic Halo 4 Original Soundtrack. Working with Microsoft, 7 Hz Productions and Neil Davidge proved to be a monumental move for the label and the release, cracking the record for Billboard's Highest Charting Video Game Soundtrack ever. Always scouting for new talent, the label began working with UK management company Raw Power and released albums for AxeWound (Bullet For My Valentine, Cancer Bats), Funeral For A Friend, Crossfaith and While She Sleeps. The latter two performed all dates on the highly successful Warped Tour 2013. The End Records rounded out 2012 with Rhythms Del Mundo ‘Africa’, which went number 1 at the iTunes world charts and became the main theme in Wold Bank's annual event.

Current (2013–present)

2013 brought more success; Helloween entered the US Top 100 charts for the first time in their career and The End's roster also grew with Petula Clark and Fatboy Slim. Later in the year, The End released new albums from The Mission, Sponge, Hey! Hello! (Ginger Wildheart and Victoria Liedtke), Arthur Channel (Jack Irons, Greg Richling, Alain Johannes, Jon Greene), American Sharks, The Red Paintings, Crossfaith, Okta Logue, The Candles, Eklipse, Dead Letter Circus and many more.

The End's new world wide distribution deal with ADA (Alternative Distribution Alliance) came into effect in 2014 and the label announced some major signers: Nina Persson (The Cardigans, A Camp), Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes) and Neil Davidge (producer of Massive Attack and composer of Halo 4 OST) all signed on for their new solo albums.

The End also became more than just a label in 2014, expanding their business model to become a sub-distributor to smaller indie labels including 7 Hz, Crash Collide Records, Evilive Records, Imagen Records, Music For Nations, Small Stone Records, Svart Records, The Middle Ground, Unruly Sounds, Warner Music UK, Universal Scandinavia and Wanz0matic Records.

In June 2016, The End was acquired by BMG Rights Management. [4]

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