Over fifteen years ago, a story of success began in the Austrian town of
Eisenerz. What started out as a one-person operation in a cramped
living-room, became one of the biggest record labels of the independent
scene. Fans of the heavier genres have long come to know Napalm Records
for its numerous metal releases, many of which have reached cult
In the beginning, Napalm Records focused mainly
on the black metal releases of bands like ABIGOR and SUMMONING.
Although both managed to create a style all of their own, SUMMONING in
particular was most successful in taking their unique atmospheric style
way past the European borders to reach an unbelievable level of
notoriety on an international level.
But Napalm Records didn’t
stop there. Never shying away from unexplored paths of innovative
musical styles and genres, the label supported artists that would later
become known as the legendary pioneers and originators of the Pagan/Folk
Metal genres, including the revered VINTERSORG and FALKENBACH.
Over the course of the years, Napalm Records searched for new talent
and expanded its roster considerably by adding doom, power, symphonic
and gothic metal to their ever-growing list. Within the gothic metal
genre, THE SINS OF THY BELOVED, SIRENIA, and TRISTANIA were able to
create quite a stir and successfully establish themselves among the
best. In recent years, LEAVES’ EYES, ELIS, MIDNATTSOL, and EDENBRIDGE
have also managed to join this illustrious group. With these releases,
Napalm Records was able to widen its audience and soon felt encouraged
to expand the variety of bands it would support.
Records’ folk metal focal point never strayed and the label continued
helping bands like KORPIKLAANI, TÝR, and ALESTORM achieve international
The medieval rockers SALTATIO MORTIS, the “rock ‘n’
sad” initiators LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE, and scene icons ATROCITY, GRAVE
DIGGER, and LEAVES’ EYES helped Napalm Records become a household name
among mainstream audiences by entering the charts repeatedly.