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Mallcore Mosher

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ATTENTION METAL BANDS IN WESTERN CANADA!

Death Of The West Records is seeking 10-15 unsigned bands from BC, AB, SK and MB to each include a track on our first compilation.


“Who are Death Of The West Records?”
Death Of The West Records (DotW) is a new, Calgary-based ‘record company’. We’re not really a record company, though…we don’t want you to sign your soul away in blood, nor do we even want rights to your songs (in fact, we really want very little from you at all). DotW is really a ‘record collaborative’ that wants to help promote our fine Western Canadian underground metal scene by producing high-quality compilations that each participating band can either give away, or sell on, thus cross-promoting each other to audiences that wouldn’t normally have heard of you. We’ll also be putting the compilations up on Bandcamp, and spending some cash promoting them through targeted digital advertising campaigns and by sending physical copies to radio stations and selected underground press outlets. DotW are real people who play in the scene: we’re not scammers, and we’re not doing this to make any money. In fact, we expect to make no money at all.

“Ok, so what are you looking for?”
We are seeking bands that:
a) Play metal. Death, black, thrash, folk, power, industrial, etc. We like rock, but DotW is not a rock label. So please don’t waste our time or yours by sending us rock, grunge, punk or nu-metal
b) Have professional-quality recorded material from 2013 or 2014
c) That are actively gigging (sorry, but bedroom bands need not apply)
d) Can point to favourable press reviews
e) Have a high quality and professional social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc)
f) And, of course, it goes without saying…but we’ll say it anyway…you’ve got to have good songs.

“Sounds good…we kick ass, and we’re pretty sure you’ll love us. What do we need to submit?”

It’s pretty simple. You simply need to send us four things:
a) Your band name (seriously) and home town
b) One digital track, in .mp3, .wav, .aac or .flac format
c) A short (no more than 1 page) bio stating your gig history and key press quotes
d) A list of your social media websites (including Encyclopedia Metallum entry, if you have one).

“Easy, consider it done. Then what?”
Then we do the following:
a) Select the best 10-15 submissions
b) Include them on a compilation (we may re-master your tracks, if needed, for sound-level consistency)
c) Commission professional artwork
d) Professionally print the compilation
e) Send each participating band 50 copies of the compilation; you’ll be free to sell these on or give them away (this is not a pyramid scheme…you can do what you like with them)
f) Host the compilation on Bandcamp for free download.

“OK. With you so far. But is there a cost?”
Glad you asked. Yes, there is. Each selected band will be asked to contribute a small amount (likely around $250 but it does depend on how many bands are selected to appear on the compilation). This will cover our costs (artwork, printing, mailing) and it ensures you’re invested in promoting the compilation, too. We will not be making any money out of this – all funds left over after paying to set up the compilation will be spent on promotional activities (sending copies to radio stations and selected press outlets and conducting an online media advertising campaign). Does this make sense for you? We think so. As stated, we’re not a company and we’re not doing this to make money. But by pooling resources, everyone wins: you can’t get the promotional exposure this will get you by each spending $250.

“That seems fair. My band is interested. So how the hell do I send you our material?”
Mail us a USB key by winged monkey to the Castle of Death, overlooking the Valley of Despair, and we’ll be sure to get it. Or if you’re fresh out of winged monkeys, you could always email us at deathofthewestrecords@gmail.com. We’re looking to receive your submissions before the END OF SEPTEMBER.

"Anything else I need to know?"
No. But we would ask that you please follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter (@DotWRecords), and please share/re-tweet this post and spread the love of METAL \m/

Thanks,
DotW Records.

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