Taking over the naive and intensive undercover work done with Obscure Plasma Records label, Avantgarde Music officially debuted in 1994 with the release of THERGOTHON “Stream from the heavens”, OPHTHALAMIA “A journey in darkness” and the reissue on CD of the legendary MAYHEM‘s “Live in Leizpg” Live LP.
In the next following 6 years the label dropped on the market a serial of bomb-records that, with no arrogance and some pride, marked the tracks of extreme music and made a part of its history..
Whether we are talking about bands that made a real career or one-off studio projects, people liked almost all of them and this fact still makes us proud. There must be a good reason if many bands still today approach us saying “it would be an honour to be on the same label that…..”
We have had the pleasure to work with (and in most cases launch on the market) important bands like KATATONIA, BEHEMOTH, MAYHEM, CARPATHIAN FOREST, KEEP OF KALESSIN, SHINING, TAAKE, DARK SANCTUARY among many more, who with us began their still going-on careers, as well as smaller acts that however became a real cult in time (and still are reckoned as such), especially recognised today when people prefer to discover back the glorious records rather than giving chances to newcomers: DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE, OCTOBER TIDE, UNHOLY, DOLORIAN, KVIST, POTENTIAM, EVOKEN just to name a few.
On this new, fourth version, of avantgardemusic.com you will not find many details about these old records, although they are displayed in the Past Releases section for historical or archive purposes only.
A big change happened in 2007 was that Peaceville Records took over from us the majority of our catalogue released until that moment, and they started re-issuing these titles every now and then. So they are not available from us any longer.
We got many questions about this move (which was followed later on by other labels too, by the way): there was many good reasons back then to do it as well as many good reasons not to do it today. What I can say is: back then we didn’t know that people was more and more losing their curiosity for new bands… and they were so much bound to old classic records ! We thought “we did our best possible on these records already.. now it’s the moment to pass them over to a bigger company that can make them available at all chainstores” and so we did with Peaceville, a company doing a very respectable job on these titles, respecting the original releases and keeping agreements with the bands, therefore doing an excellent job with them. We don’t feel guilty at all because we know that our old babes are in good, if not better, hands.
Present & Future: please have a read at Mission section