Ex-SNOT/SOULFLY guitarist Mikey Doling has announced the formation of his new label GridIron Records. The label is a joint venture between Doling, Kyle Turley (offensive tackle for Kansas City Chiefs), Max Harris and former SNOT manager Nic Adler.
"I was on tour with PANTERA and had just got off stage in New Orleans. I'm on the bus drinking beers and Kyle Turley, who at the time was an offensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints, comes on the bus and says 'Who's the guy from SNOT?" remembers ex-SNOT/SOULFLY guitarist Mikey Doling. "So I raised my hand like a school boy thinking he was gonna kick my ass for something Lynn or I did in the past, but he freaked because he was a huge SNOT fan. From there on we've been really good friends.
"There's so many great bands out there that are amazing but if you're not the trend of the week you don't have a chance of getting a record deal," continues Doling. "I was getting frustrated seeing all these great bands without a record deal and I asked Kyle to start up a label with me and here we are. We're going full force and we're signing good bands with serious talent, devoid of trends."
The first two records released from the label will be psychedelic rockers THE HAIRBRAIN SCHEME and Doling's own INVITRO, a new project he put together with ex-members of Los Angeles based THE WIZARDS. Both artists will release their debut album through the label in early 2007.
The label is also in negotiations with a number of other artists including L.A. thrash metal outfit INSTINCT OF AGGRESSION and ASESINO, the new death metal project featuring Dino Cazares (ex-FEAR FACTORY) and Tony Campos (STATIC-X). ASESINO's debut album, "Cristo Satanico", is also slated to feature guest appearances by Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA) and Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED).
GridIron Records recently launched a MySpace site at and has uploaded tracks from INVITRO and THE HAIRBRAIN SCHEME at this location.