Deathwish, Inc. is an independent record label conceived by Jacob Bannon of Converge and Tre McCarthy in 2000. Their first release was Deeper the Wound, a split album between Converge and Japanese band Hellchild on April 23, 2001. Deathwish established itself quickly, working with a diverse group of bands and eventually becoming one of the most respected and innovative labels in contemporary hardcore punk and aggressive music in general.
|Founder||Jacob Bannon, Tre McCarthy|
|Distributor(s)||The Orchard, Deathwish Direct|
|Genre||Hardcore punk, punk rock, extreme metal|
|Country of origin||United States|
After having previously worked with RED Distribution, in March 2016 Deathwish signed a global deal with Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), an independent distribution label under Warner Music Group that has also partnered with other punk labels including Epitaph Records, Rise Records and Run for Cover Records.
In 1999, Linas Garsys and Tru Pray founded the hardcore punk independent record label Malfunction Records. Deathwish merged with Malfunction in August 2007, and originally announced that the two labels would still exist as separate entities with Malfunction acting as an imprint label and Deathwish's staff operating both businesses. However, one of Malfunction's last releases was Bitter Ends' 2008 self-titled EP. Deathwish still distributes some of Malfunction's back catalog.
The label in the past has operated an imprint label Icarus Records, for more experimental and ambient sounding bands, though it has been dormant for many years and only released albums from two artists.
In 2009, Deathwish expanded into independent music distribution offering exclusive and featured distribution of other record labels. Currently, Deathwish distributes many labels including: Closed Casket Activities, ConCult (Converge self-released titles), Discos Huelga, Grave Mistake Records, Nonbeliever, React! Records, Painkiller Records, Perfect Victim Records, Six Feet Under Records, State of Mind Recordings, and Vitriol Records.
For two nights in July 2014, Deathwish hosted back-to-back concerts in Massachusetts featuring current and formerly signed bands of the label. Both nights featured headliners Converge and Trap Them, the first show had Modern Life is War, Doomriders, Cult Leader, Self Defense Family and Harm Wülf as openers; while the second night had Young and in the Way, Code Orange, Oathbreaker, New Lows and Chrome Over Brass (Alex Garcia-Rivera of Give Up the Ghost, Bloodhorse) as openers. The label also stated that this is the first of a series of events. In May/June, the Deathwish Fest toured Europe for a 7-day gig featuring Converge, Trap Them, Harm's Way and Young and in the Way.
Former MMA sponsorship
Deathwish began sponsoring several mixed martial arts UFC fighters in 2008. Among the label's sponsored fighters includes: Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy, Joe "J-Lau" Lauzon, Dan "The Upgrade" Lauzon, Toby "Tigerheart" Grear and several local Boston grapplers. Bannon is also a licensed MMA judge, and designed some of the fighters' clothing. Deathwish's sponsorship of MMA declined in the early 2010s and all references to this subject have been removed from its official website.
As of January 2015, Deathwish Inc's discography includes over 170 releases from over 90 different bands (including non-Deathwish artists featured on split releases). Its main discography most prominently features 10 releases from Converge, eight from Self Defense Family (End of a Year) and seven from Blacklisted.
In March 2014, Deathwish uploaded its entire catalog onto the music streaming/purchasing service, Bandcamp.
- Birds in Row
- Bitter End
- Chrome Over Brass (Alex Garcia-Rivera)
- Cold Cave
- Cold World
- Cult Leader (featuring three members of Gaza)
- Death Index
- Frail Body
- Gouge Away
- Greet Death
- Harm Wülf (George Hirsch of Blacklisted)
- Hesitation Wounds
- The Hope Conspiracy
- Loma Prieta
- Modern Life Is War
- New Lows
- Planes Mistaken for Stars
- Process Black
- Shipwreck A.D.
- Super Unison (featuring Meghan O'Neil from Punch)
- Wear Your Wounds
- 100 Demons
- Acid Tiger
- A Life Once Lost
- American Nightmare/Give Up the Ghost
- The Blinding Light
- Breather Resist
- Burning Love
- The Carrier
- Code Orange (formerly Code Orange Kids)
- Death of Lovers
- The Dedication
- Embrace Today
- Extreme Noise Terror
- First Blood
- The Great Deceiver
- Harm's Way
- Horror Show
- I Hate You
- Jacob Bannon
- Killing the Dream
- Knives Out
- Lewd Acts
- Life Long Tragedy
- Lies (featuring members of The Hope Conspiracy and Skin Like Iron)
- Living Eyes
- The Power and The Glory
- The Promise
- Pulling Teeth
- Razor Crusade
- Reach the Sky
- Rise and Fall
- Rot In Hell
- So Be It
- Self Defense Family
- Some Girls
- The Suicide File
- Touché Amoré
- Trap Them
- United Nations
- White Jazz (featuring three members of Rise and Fall)
- Young and in the Way
Related labels artists
Malfunction artists (1999–2008)
Icarus artists (2003–2005)
- Halfacre Gunroom
Secret Voice artists (2012–present)
Harm Reduction artists (2014–present)
- Resistance Wire
- Steel Nation
- Unit 731
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