Niklas Kvarforth, leader of Sweden's SHINING, has launched his own record label, Katastrophy Records. The actual pressing and distribution will be handled through Avantgarde, while the frontman himself will be responsible for promotion and all decisions regarding signings. Kvarforth stated, "Over the years, I've been involved in many bands, and a lot of them ended up on useless labels that have done little or nothing for the bands. As a musician myself, I understand what a band looks for from its label, and with Avantgard's experience and infrastructure, I believe that we will be able to do a much better job for the artists."

Six releases have been planned for 2009 — the first three being BETHLEHEM's "A Sacrificial Offering To The Kingdom Of Heaven In A Cracked Dogs Ear", which is a completely new version of the band’s "Suizid" album, with Kvarforth on vocals; IN LINGUA MORTUA's "Salon des Refusés", and LIVSNEKAD's "Den Sociala Vanforheten". Future releases include albums from MONUMENTUM, LOVE PLANET, and a compilation of unreleased tracks from bands in which Kvarforth has been involved.

A track from BETHLEHEM, along with more information about Katastrophy Records, can be found on the label's MySpace page.


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