Friday, March 21, 2014

Record Store Day 2014

It's official. Hydra Head's Record Store Day 2014 releases are coming to blow the dust out of your speakers that have been feebly emitting the subtle sounds of your significant other's soft rock samplers. Here comes hardcore heaviness.

BOTCH - Unifying Themes Redux 2xLP
CAVE IN - Jupiter LP+12"
KHLYST - Chaos Is My Name LP

Monday, February 17, 2014


Hydra Head is proud to announce that we are launching a series of limited edition screen prints by various artists!

The first entry is by our own ANDREW COX
He's also done video and art work for TorcheHelms AleeOld Man GloomSigur RósPalmsPrurientGridlinkVatican ShadowThe Austerity ProgramYoung Widows, and more. 
The fifth volume of his Pocket Book series is coming soon, and he has a short comic in the upcoming Henry and Glenn Forever collection.

Upcoming designs from: 
Faith Coloccia
Michael DeForge
Julia Gfrörer
Tom Neely
Sophie Penrose
Aaron Turner
and more! 

Andrew Cox poster

Four colors (including metallic gold) 
Screen printed on 100# French Pop Tone Paper
Hand numbered,
Limited to 50!
Andrew Cox shirt

Two color screen print on black 100% ring-spun cotton shirt.
Limited one-time printing, pre-order only!

Get them before they get got!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


We're rampin' up for our 2014 vinyl reissues/repressings and we need to drum up some fun(ds). So, we've cracked open the ABT™/HHR™ vaults and dug out some more treasure for you to buy. Specifically, about 50 different Hydra Head Test Pressings© from the very early days up through the present moment. Included are titles from all your favorites and the favorite obscurities: Cave In, Khlyst, Botch, Buzzov*en, Converge, Khanate, Melvins, House of Low Culture, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Keelhaul, Xasthur, Neurosis, Big Business, Harvey Milk, etc, etc. Also included in the sale is the HHR TP Mega Pak with 87 different 7", 10", and 12" and 2x12" test pressings including such rarities as: Dillinger Escape Plan "Calulating Infinity", Goatsnake/Burning Witch split, Botch "We Are the Romans",  Cave In "Beyond Hypothermia", Hollomen s/t, Circle "Manner", Converge/Agoraphobic Nosebleed "The Poacher Diaries", etc. Just so you know what stuff we'll be spending your hard earned monies on if you buy treasure from this sale, here is a partial list of what we've got coming up in 2014: Khlyst "Chaos is My Name" LP, Cave In "Jupiter" re-mastered + bonus 12", Khanate "Things Viral" 3xLP, Jesu "Conqueror" 2xLP, Old Man Gloom - Seminars I-III, Botch "Unifying Themes Redux" 2xLP, Botch - vinyl box set,  Boris & Merzbow "Sun Baked Snow Cave" 2xLP, and whole bunch of other excellent music. So, head on over and click them buy buttons! Thank you.

Monday, January 13, 2014

DISCORDANCE AXIS - Original Sound Version 1992-1995 2xLP+7"

Discordance Axis - Original Sound Version 1992-1995 2xLP+7"
Original Sound Version is the beyond-complete retrospective of Discordance Axis' early years. It contains their debut album, Ulterior, along with the contents of their out of print split releases with Capitalist Casualties, Cosmic Curse, and Hellchild, plus demos, live recordings, and unreleased studio tracks. There are 69 tracks in all; however, one of those is a live recording that actually contains 16 separate songs, bumping the total number of songs up into the mid-eighties. 

Remastered for vinyl by James Plotkin.
In stores January 14, 2014

Order now at

"I wanted to eclipse what NAPALM DEATH had done for me at that point. Not to make From Enslavement to Obliteration, but to make the record they would have made after. That was Ulterior for me." 

Jon Chang doesn't set small goals. From day one, he was determined to make DISCORDANCE AXIS more than another pack of weekend warrior grinders content with emulating their favorite records. He understood the songwriting and performing prowess lurking in collaborators drummer Dave Witte and Rob Marton and he brought it out by every dictatorial means necessary. 

The result was 1995's Ulterior, DISCORDANCE AXIS' first full length album. It was an album that maybe owed too obvious a debt to their influences, particularly the NAPALM DEATH records Chang was determined to top, but Ulterior hinted at the musical and lyrical themes that DISCORDANCE AXIS would perfect on their subsequent two albums, Jouhou and apotheosis The Inalienable Dreamless. 

DISCORDANCE AXIS were finding their footing with Ulterior, repurposing grindcore's tropes and updating its lexicon to fit the 21st Century. Band visionary Chang jolted grindcore's stale infatuation with the politics of opposition with his fascination for science fiction and manga. DISCORDANCE AXIS would also make Witte's bones as the most in-demand drummer of the last two decades as he blasted and thrashed his way into fastest man alive contention. But the secret weapon in DISCORDANCE AXIS' arsenal has always been Marton. Unlike his more gregarious bandmates, Marton just quietly went about his business of redefining grindcore guitar playing. Rather than speeding up '80s hardcore, Marton wrote riffs that actually stood up on their own. His technically adept performance owes as much to jazz and VOIVOD as it does Scum and Horrified. DISCORDANCE AXIS distinguished themselves from the grindcore pack by having actual songs. Ulterior hinted at his prodigious talent, but Marton would stake his case for grind guitar godhood on the strength of Jouhou and The Inalienable Dreamless.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Hydra Head Holiday Sale!

HYDRA HEAD HOLIDAY SALE - 20% Off Everything! Use code "HYDRAHOLIDAYS" thru Dec. 2nd,

20% Off Everything!
Nov. 29th - Dec. 2nd

Friday, November 22, 2013


We're getting prepped for a whole pile of vinyl reissues and first time pressings for 2014 (Khanate, Old Man Gloom, Botch, Cave In, Jesu, Khlyst, Discordance Axis, etc.) and we need to drum up some fundz! So, we're selling off a bunch of old, rare, new and used t-shirts and hoodies from the HHR and A. Turner archives to help us along. We've got ones and twos only from a bunch of excellent HHR and non-HHR artists: Cave In, Neurosis, Melvins, Botch, Pelican, ISIS, Daughters, Swans, Godflesh, Xasthur, etc. Lots of  mid 90's-present day hardcore, metal, black metal, grind, whatever-weird-sub-genre-you-like kind of stuff. They are all up now in the HHR RTK store here. In case you are having trouble seeing ALL the shirts here's a direct link for them.

Thank you.

!! PLEASE NOTE !!: Many of the items in this t-shirt sale are USED items. They are sold "as-is", with no returns accepted. They are of differing age, size, cut and brand, and as such size indications are approximate and may vary by garment. We have done our best to note the condition of the garment using the key chart listed below. All prices have been somewhat arbitrarily chosen, though some determination has been made based on age, condition and rarity of the garment. Profits from the sale of these garments will go towards producing Hydra Head vinyl re-issues for 2014. Thank you for your support.
*N-SU: new to slightly used
*U-WW: used to well-worn
*HW-DPT: heavily worn - as in by a dirty punk teenager

Monday, November 04, 2013

CAVE IN - Until Your Heart Stops cassette tape

CAVE IN - Until Your Heart Stops cassette tape

CAVE IN - Until Your Heart Stops
cassette tape

- Super limited to 100 pcs.
- Dark blue cassette.
- Only available in the Hydra Head shop:

Until Your Heart Stops continues and widens Cave In's assault upon body and mind. The chugga-chugga chunks are still there, this time refined into escalating and edgy walls of sound that owe a large debt to Slayer. Newly present, however, are forays into psychedelia and noise. At times expansive and at other times dark and claustrophobic, these always aggressive ventures open new doors for Cave In. When fused with the usual jarring assemblage of riffs, a bold and original heavy music is created. Perhaps the only band who has successfully tread similar ground is Neurosis. Until Your Heart Stops' production is a major force as well; the band's undertakings are captured and conveyed in a way that at times sound impossibly dense, balancing gut-stabbing bottom end with piercing highs. This is one key factor among many that burn away the hardcore framework through which Cave In originally slipped. - Matt Kantor

01. Moral Eclipse 
02. Terminal Deity 
03. Juggernaut 
04. The End Of Our Rope Is A Noose 
05. Segue 1 
06. Until Your Heart Stops / Segue 2 
07. Halo Of Flies 
08. Bottom Feeder / Segue 3 
09. Ebola 

10. Controlled Mayhem Then Erupts