Label Feature: Roadrunner Records


There will always be names that are big in the hard rock and metal music industry. More often than not there will be those who come and go, and also those who will stick as hard to the industry as the music they represent. This week’s label feature is that of Roadrunner Records, which was originally formed in the 1980s and since has branched out over many countries and signed some of the industries’ most memorable acts, including the likes of Opeth, Slipknot, Dream Theater, Coal Chamber, Rob Zombie, Rush, Deicide and Death. All these recognizable names may seem impressive, but the roster doesn’t stop or end there.

One notable, cumulative effort from the label saw a collective studio album released to mark the label’s 25th anniversary. The project, ‘Roadrunner United – The All Star Sessions’ is marked as being the first of its kind across any of the music industry’s genres. It involved a staggering 52 performing artists from 40 different bands both new and old to hallmark a sound that represented the label and the artists they promoted.


This picture is from the release of the documentary and live performance following the release of the studio album, circa 2005.

Roadrunner will always be accredited with finding some of the industry’s biggest names and occasionally will be mentioned in terms of creating big names.


Deep Elm Records


Their motto: Indie ‘Til Death and We Mean It!

This week we at Melting Album Reviews are featuring Deep Elm Records. It’s not everyday a review site will go out of their way to highlight a label rather than a band or artist (yes, we do that too, but this goes without saying). This is the first of a number of features where we will highlight what a specific label will do, who they are and what bands are on the label. We have chosen Deep Elm to kick things off because of their support of MAR recently and their talent as a fiercely independent label.

About Deep Elm Records

2013 marks the celebration of eighteen years for Deep Elm Records, with almost 200 bands on the labels catalogue it’s easy to understand why this working force of a label is making head way on the independent scene. The label are recognized as one of the true remaining independent forces while other ‘so-called independent’ labels are being swallowed by bigger labels. Deep Elm is recognized as one of the industry’s premiere indie music licensing companies and has provided pre-cleared, cutting edge music to taste-makers worldwide from our catalog of 2,000+ original songs and instrumentals.

The Bands

Deep Elm is responsible for seminal releases by The Appleseed Cast, Carly Comando, Moving Mountains, Latterman, Benton Falls, 500 Miles To Memphis, Nada Surf and most recently Lights & Motion, Accents, Athletics, Dorena, Moonlit Sailor, Our Lost Infantry, Last Lungs, Les Sages, This Drama, The Lions Rampant and many more. Deep Elm is also known for its 12 volume exclusive compilation series “The Emo Diaries” featuring Jimmy Eat World and 150 other bands.

To view the list in its entity, look here:

Contact Deep Elm

Deep Elm Records have established themselves on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter, take a moment to get in touch with each one!

Twitter // Facebook // Youtube