Earache Records has confirmed that it has become affiliated with rising U.S. label Willowtip as part of an exclusive licensing deal for Europe.
Willowtip has produced a consistently high level of noise over the past few years, bringing to the underground's attention such names as CEPHALIC CARNAGE, CREATION IS CRUCIFIXION, GOATSBLOOD, MISERY INDEX and CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN. The new deal will see the majority of the label's catalogue, including the likes of current artists CROWPATH, NEURAXIS, CAPHARNAUM and ARSIS, available for the first time through proper distribution channels as part of the Earache family.
Commenting on the deal, Earache Label Manager Dan Tobin noted, "Willowtip has always been a cool label in my eyes, often displaying an uncanny ability to get the creatively interesting new bands onto their roster first, but importantly they just love putting out quality noise. So far Willowtip have remained a massively untapped resource as far as European fans go, something Earache will be looking to address as soon as possible as part of this partnership."
Willowtip's Jason Tipton added his thoughts about the deal, "I am extremely happy to begin working with Earache and for European fans to now have the opportunity to enjoy the Willowtip catalog and get to know our bands. We have been looking for someone in Europe that could treat our releases properly for quite some time and its great to start a relationship with a legendary company like Earache to help make that happen. This should greatly benefit the bands, fans, and both labels involved so it's a great thing for everyone, I believe."
A firm release schedule for the first Earache/Willowtip releases will be announced shortly, as well as plans for brand new and forthcoming titles later in the year.