Season of Mist Records has issued more information on its recently announced Underground Activists division.
Regarding what exactly Underground Activists stands for, Season of Mist president Michael Berberian said, "It's basically bands we wanted to sign but that we couldn't sign with SOM. We always wanted Season of Mist to be opened, to explore new genres, to promote the bands to the best of our ability... It's never been a radical label. The goal always was to make it, if possible, 'big,' to turn SOM into a key player on nowadays metal scene. Underground activist will be the total opposite. It's about the most Necro, the most anti commercial, the controversial bands that we like. Bands that wouldn't fit into the SOM roster.
"Since our roots, our personal tastes and musical history are strongly leaning towards the underground, and that despise the trends and all the changes, we always kept an eye on what was happening there, we decided to take a more active part. To us, it feels like paying our dues to a scene that since the tape trading days, helped most of us to shape our musical taste, and made us want to work in music!
"So expect some obscure reissues and some more signings. Basically, it will be just stuff that, we feel, deserves to be released, to be out there, even if they will only appeal to 0.1% of the most extremists of the metal scene."
The first Underground Activists release, BESTIAL MOCKERY's "Slaying the Life", will be issued on August 20 in Europe and September 18 in North America.