Former TIAMAT Bassist JOHNNY HAGEL Launches Record Label

Former TIAMAT/SUNDOWN and current LITHIUM member Johnny Hagel has joined forces with former THERION member Sami Karppinen to form a new record company called Heresy Records.

"The company's goal is to release albums with bands and artists where the emphasis lies on the album and not on single songs," according to a press release. "They also believe that the best weapon against illegal downloading is quality, both in music and recording but also the price.

During the first year Heresy Records will release six to eight albums, the first two of which will come in the autumn.

The label's first two signings are MURGHATROID, a metal band featuring former members of THERION, EBONY TEARS and EYETRAP; and DEM, a black metal band with extreme lyrics who also have more traditional metal influences in their music.

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