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Hypnotic Dirge Records is now based in Victoria, BC

Posted by Nick Skog on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
Hypnotic Dirge is now officially located in Victoria, BC, Canada.

It won't be immediate, but orders will begin to ship out over the course of the next 1-2 weeks. This process might take a bit longer than initially expected as many of the boxes are still in Canada Post's warehouses and there is quite a backlog of orders.

Quite behind on emails and messages as well so please wait up to 1-2 weeks for a response. I will try my best to get caught up as soon as possible!

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First donation to 350.org from funds raised from the HDR compilation album!

Posted by Nick Skog on Monday, July 1, 2019, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
On April 8, we released the digital compilation album "The Depth of the Abyss Knows No Bounds" with 100% of the donations going straight to 350.org to help mitigate the environment impact of running a record label and give resources to an organization facing up against the powerful interests that ignore the existential threat of climate change.

Today is the day of our first donation! As of June 30, the compilation album has been downloaded over 600 times with over 100 people choosing to donate...

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DIGITAL RELEASE: Hypnotic Dirge Records Compilation 2019 | The Depth of the Abyss Knows No Bounds

Posted by Nick Skog on Monday, April 8, 2019, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
Hypnotic Dirge presents its latest compilation album, entitled "The Depth of the Abyss Knows No Bounds".  

This is our first compilation album since the Subarctic Nocturnes Trilogy and includes tracks from both recent and upcoming releases. 



Tracklist:
1 - Marche Funèbre - Death Wish Woman
2 - Mavradoxa - Maple
3 - Ah Ciliz - People of the Stars
4 - Eave - Each Fang Falls
5 - Omgeving - VI - Eenzaamheid in Extase
6 - Kval - Laho
7 - Il Vuoto - V (The Fifth Nail)
8 - Frigoris - Minervas Flehen
9 - Feral...

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MERCH: Hypnotic Dirge Records commemorative merch available to pre-order!

Posted by Nick Skog on Friday, December 14, 2018, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
We are taking pre-orders for some new label merch, released to commemorate ten years of our cold miserable existence!

We have zip-up hoodies available with a massively detailed 5 color back print (well, mostly various shades for ultimate detail!) of an original piece designed by the mighty Moonroot Art specifically for our anniversary merch. The front artwork is a new HDR design on the right-side chest. The hoodie itself is made from high-quality material, 50/50 cotton/polyester, with  a YKK m...

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Hypnotic Dirge Records turns 10 years old today!

Posted by Nick Skog on Sunday, October 21, 2018, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
In a small, chaotic and unorganized shared apartment ten years ago, I decided to embark on a journey to launch a record label to release music from my project Ancient Tundra and perhaps some other related projects. Never did I imagine that HDR would still be active ten years later nor that we would have the opportunity to release music from the caliber of artists we've worked with over the years!



To mark this occasion, we had plans to print some new Hypnotic Dirge merch, but unfortunately we'r...

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VIDEO RELEASE: Hypnotic Dirge Records - A Black / Doom Metal Label; est. 2008

Posted by Nick Skog on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
We have released a new trailer video of our history, intentions, and goals as we approach our second decade of activity.  Soon enough, we will also make other announcements related to our ten year anniversary! 


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Hypnotic Dirge Interview with 'Another Metal Review Blog and Podcast' [June 12, 2017]

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, June 15, 2017, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
Hypnotic Dirge Interview with 'Another Metal Review Blog and Podcast'
Published:
June 12, 2017
Interview by: Brett R.
Original Link

I recently answered some questions for Another Metal Blog And Podcast. For those who aren't aware, this is a very interesting website and podcast who covers some of the best in underground Extreme Metal. Alongside the interview, they also released an HDR exclusive podcast where they play songs from across various past and current releases.

If you are new to Hypnotic D...

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COMPILATION RELEASE: Subarctic Nocturnes - Below the Wilted Grove [Volume III - MMXVI]

Posted by Nick Skog on Friday, November 25, 2016, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
"Many moons have passed since our last compilation was released, but now we would like to present to you our third and final release of the Subarctic Nocturnes compilation series, “Below the Wilted Grove”. For those who revel in the simple yet brilliant sounds of acoustic medleys, accompanied by haunting vocals, trance-inducing rhythms, and droning violins, this is a collection of songs not to be missed! Fit for the rustic scenes of this dying season, “Below the Wilted Grove” is sure ...

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HDR is going to Black Mourning Light Festival in Edmonton - October 21-23, 2016

Posted by Nick Skog on Friday, October 14, 2016, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
Western Canadians who will be going to Black Mourning Light Metal Festival in Edmonton next weekend, I should let you know that Hypnotic Dirge Records will have a merch table at this year's festival!



We'll be bringing along an assortment of our releases and favourite items from the distro, as well as some shirts! Everything - CD's, and shirts - will be $10 a piece, or 5 CD's for $40.

Since we obviously won't be bringing everything we have available, you can also take a look through our webshop...

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Hypnotic Dirge Discogs Store

Posted by Nick Skog on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
HDR has set up a Discogs page!
If this is your preferred site to check out and buy CD's, check out our Discogs Store!
We will be adding our full inventory over the coming days/weeks.

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General Hypnotic Dirge Update: Future Plans and Releases

Posted by Nick Skog on Monday, September 21, 2015, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
Hello everyone, it's been a while (besides the webshop posts)

We've been quietly working in the background and now have three new releases planned between December 2015 - February 2016, all of which will be doom releases co-released between Hypnotic Dirge and Solitude Productions! We will announce these releases in October! This is the way of the future now and it's simply become unaffordable for us to continue on making releases alone with abysmally low sales and ever-increasing expenses.

I ca...

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Hypnotic Dirge Records Interview [July 2, 2015]

Posted by Nick Skog on Saturday, July 4, 2015, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 

Hypnotic Dirge Records Embraces Non-Profit Model…For Better or Worse
Published: July 2, 2015
Interview by: David E. Gehlke.
Original Link

The words “non-profit” almost always raise eyebrows, for somehow, the money always has to go back into at least someone’s pockets. It’s a rare happening in the music industry; labels are largely profit-driven, and rightfully so – they need to make money to fund their bands and, operation. But what about a record company that is non-profit? How does ...

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Free digital compilation album "Subarctic Nocturnes: Within the Ice" [Volume II] released now!

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, April 2, 2015, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
A few weeks ago, we released a Doom Metal collection under the Subarctic Nocturnes banner. As we stated at that time, it was meant to be the first of a three-part trilogy series of compilation albums that we would be releasing. Now, we present to you "Subarctic Nocturnes: Within the Ice[Volume II]", a collection of Black Metal and associated genres!



Free stream / download

Within this volume, a few different variations of Black Metal is included. The start of the album includes more fast-paced, ...

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Free digital compilation album "Subarctic Nocturnes: Doomed to Be" released now!

Posted by Nick Skog on Friday, February 13, 2015, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
Presenting the latest Hypnotic Dirge Records free digital download compilation album!, "Subarctic Nocturnes: Doomed to Be [Volume 1]"

This year, we are releasing something more comprehensive than ever before, with a compilation trilogy series which will have a different genre focus on each volume and which we will release over the course of the next few months. We are extremely pleased to unveil the first album in this series now, with a focus on all things doom!

Within this volume, you will fi...

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Hypnotic Dirge General Update

Posted by Nick Skog on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
After a calm past few months, work is now being undertaken regarding plans for 2015 album releases! Asides from providing for a little more down time than usual, the last few months have also been used to reorganize the website as well as to refine our intentions and objectives for the months to come.

Finally, a thorough and detailed Manifesto has been completed giving an overview of our operations as well as information on a variety of subjects. 

For the sake of some consistency, webshop updat...

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Hypnotic Dirge Records will be at Metal Wizard Open Air 2014

Posted by Nick Skog on Sunday, July 6, 2014, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
Hypnotic Dirge Records will once again be present for the second annual Metal Wizard Open Air Festival on Saturday July 12, 2014. We will have a merch stand set up with a fine selection of CD's and shirts from our own releases and from the distro including a box of 50 dedicated to Black Metal, a box of 50 dedicated to Doom Metal, and 50 of our specific recommendations! 

This year, all CD's will be $5.00 and all shirts will be $10.00, a very special low price for Metal Wizard only! 

You can also...

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All digital downloads on Bandcamp now set to free download!‏

Posted by Nick Skog on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
All digital albums on Bandcamp are now available for free download / by-donation!! 
This means you don't need to pay $5.00 for the digital download of our releases anymore, but rather can pay whatever you want, or download the album(s) for free!!

Enjoy the music, and please spread the word about this. 
If we're going to have the downloads available for free, we want as many people as possible to gain access to this music!

Our philosophy is rooted in the principle of open-source and unlimited ac...


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FREE DOWNLOADS: Hypnotic Dirge Records 2013/14 Compilations available now!

Posted by Nick Skog on Friday, December 6, 2013, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
FREE DOWNLOADS: Hypnotic Dirge Records 2013/14 Compilations available now!

Presenting the latest edition(s) in the annual Hypnotic Dirge compilation albums which have always been (and always will be) available for free download. This year, due to the enormous size, we've decided to release two compilation albums simultaneously. 

The compilations are divided into vaguely Black Metal and Doom Metal variations. It's not an exact science due to the diversity of bands and tracks included, but the id...

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Hypnotic Dirge feauted in new book "Exile Off Main St." about the Saskatoon Music Scene

Posted by Nick Skog on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
Hypnotic Dirge featured in a new book "Exile Off Main St." about the Saskatoon Music Scene! 
The book was written by local music and film writer/commentator Craig Silliphant and released on September 28, 2013.

 

Here is an excerpt about the book from The Star Phoenix:

But after 25 years of involvement in Saskatoon's music scene, both as a writer and band member, Silliphant can safely be called an expert in that area. He is intimately familiar with what makes the local music scene special. Both si...
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Hypnotic Dirge Records Interview with Black Phoenix Rising Forum [September 20, 2013]

Posted by Nick Skog on Friday, September 20, 2013, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
Recently, I was asked to answer some questions for the Forum "Black Phoenix Rising" 
Original Link

You may have already seen Hypnotic Dirge Records featured in the labels forum on here, an excellent underground label which operates on a non profit basis and is dedicated to putting out high quality music from some incredibly talented bands. Here's an interview with Nick Skog, founder of Hypnotic Dirge which hopefully will give you some insight into how things operate from the perspective of an u...

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Hypnotic Dirge Records' Summer Black/Doom Releases - Pre-order now!

Posted by Nick Skog on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
Hypnotic Dirge Records has three album releases upcoming in June 2013 that will surely breathe life into the mid-season aural spectrum. Frigoris will bring forth catchy and atmospheric black metal with folk sensibilities, Nethermost will provide a short debut EP of early 90's early death-doom, and Galaktik Cancer Squad will push your mind to the cosmos with some trippy and aggressive mind-bending post-black metal! Because we believe in all three releases, we've created a special Summer 2013 b...

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All Hypnotic Dirge releases on bandcamp available for free download from January 1-7, 2013

Posted by Nick Skog on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
As a thank you for all of the support shown in 2012, Hypnotic Dirge Records has made all of the albums on the bandcamp page available for free download from January 1-7, 2013! Have a happy new year and thanks for continuing to lend your ears to the music released by our artists.

It would also be much appreciated if you could share the link to the Hypnotic Dirge bandcamp page (or individual album pages) to your friends or other like-minded people while these albums are available for free downlo...

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Hypnotic Dirge 2012/13 : Solipsist Anthems FREE DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE NOW!

Posted by Nick Skog on Saturday, December 15, 2012, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
The fourth annual free digital Hypnotic Dirge compilation album is now available to stream and download! This year's edition has almost 2 and a half hours of music over 20 tracks from both Hypnotic Dirge artists, guests from Solitude Prod., and some bonus tracks! Also on this compilation is about 30 minutes of video, full album artwork, notes from all of the artists, and photography.  

DOWNLOAD/STREAM HERE


 
Hypnotic Dirge 2012/13  |  Solipsist Anthems

AUDIO
Main
1 - Odradek Room - Faded Reality
2 -...

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Hypnotic Dirge Interview with Pest Webzine - Merchants of Death [May 2, 2012]

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, November 8, 2012, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
*Originally posted May 2, 2012

I recently answered a few questions for Pest Webzine's 'Merchants of Death' feature, which is a regular feature that they have for underground record labels. 
Original Link
 
  


Please present your label, when and where was it started, who is involved in its activities and what genres are promoted by it.
Hypnotic Dirge Records is a project which I began in late 2008. We aim to release innovative and experimental music within the black metal, doom metal, and post-rock ...

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Hypnotic Dirge Interview with Doommantia [April 15, 2012]

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, November 8, 2012, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
*Originally posted April 15, 2012
Original Link
 
I recently participated in an interview special with Altsphere Productions, Arx Productions, Endless Winter Records, Eyes Like snow, psycheDOOMelic Records, and Solitude Productions - a sort of interview special on doom metal labels on Doommantia.com
Unfortunately, the doom genre is something that I have not released nearly enough material in, but that's hopefully something that will change in the future because it is easily one of my favourite ge...

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Hypnotic Dirge comp. #3 available to download now!

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, November 8, 2012, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
*Originally posted December 8, 2011
 
Hypnotic Dirge Records Compilation #3 : Desolation. Dissonance. Delirium available to download now!
Official HDR T-Shirts and Three Year Anniversary Packs now officially released!


 
 The third annual HDR compilation album is now available to download for free HERE
If you are interested in an official HDR T-Shirt, or the Three Year anniversary pack, you can order HERE

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Hypnotic Dirge Records FREE Compilation #3: Desolation. Dissonance. Delirium. to be released Dec. 8th, 2011!!

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, November 8, 2012, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
*Originally posted December 3, 2012

 

  On Thursday December 8th, 2011 the third annual Hypnotic Dirge Records compilation album will be made available as a free download. This year's edition is entitled 'Desolation. Dissonance. Delirum.' and will once again feature a variety of audio, video, visual, and text material from all of the currently active HDR projects, as well as a few outside guests. The compilation album will be released alongside the other three-year anniversary stuff, which is o...

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Hypnotic Dirge Records Official T-Shirt and 3 Year Anniversary Pack available to pre-order!

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, November 8, 2012, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
*Originally posted November 12, 2011
 
 
Although it took a little longer than expected, the first ever Hypnotic Dirge Records T-Shirt is available to pre-order now! The shirt is being released in an edition of 100 copies in all sizes ranging from Small, to X-Large, as well as "Girlie" shirts. The shirt is available to order alone, or as part of a three-year HDR anniversary pack which includes a T-Shirt, a Poster, a 3 year signed and numbered anniversary card, a Hypnotic Dirge Photography Photog...

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Hypnotic Dirge Interview with Pest Webzine [July 31, 2011]

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, November 8, 2012, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
*Originally published July 31, 2011
Original Link
 
1. Hi there, Skog! Busy Summer, isn't it? Last month you have signed two new acts and this month you have planned 3 new CDs for release...
Busy indeed. It's been good though as I had a fairly slow first half of 2011, due to being busy in other aspects of my life. However, progress and slow promotion has been occuring on both the Funeral Fornication, and Ekove Efrits releases since about February. Ov Hollowness however sort of came out of nowhere...

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Funeral Fornication, Ekove Efrits, and Ov Hollowness albums are now OFFICIALLY released!

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, November 8, 2012, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
*Originally posted July 29, 2011

After much preparation, and anticipation, I am pleased to announce that today marks the official release of three brand new Hypnotic Dirge Records releases, which includes some of our most ambitious work to date as far as presentation and packaging is concerned. Musically of course, these three albums rank as some of our best releases yet, providing many different emotions, and encompassing many different sub-genres and styles of black metal. Today also marks t...

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3 new releases now available for pre-order! [Funeral Fornication, Ekove Efirts, Ov Hollowness]

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, November 8, 2012, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
*Originally posted June 8, 2011
 
On July 29th we will be officially releasing three of the best to date releases on Hypnotic Dirge Records. Continuing onwards on our own evolutionary path, the professionalism of these albums have increased from our previous releases once again. All 3 of the albums will have at least 12 page booklets and the Funeral Fornication album will also come with an album sleeve (O-card).

The albums were sent to plant about 2 weeks ago now and we are now accepting pre-ord...

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Hypnotic Dirge interview with ZWareMetalen [June 18, 2011]

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, November 8, 2012, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
*Originally published June 18, 2011

HDR has conducted an interview with the zine 'Zwaremetalen' which is the biggest Dutch speaking metal zine in the world!
Thanks to Bart, and the rest of the ZWaremetalen staff for the opportunity!

Obviously the version on their website is in Dutch so is unreadable to the majority of English speakers.  Therefore, I have decided to also publish the interview in English. You can read it below:


Hello Nick. Thank you for this interview. You are...

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Hypnotic Dirge interview with Nocturnal Cult Webzine [May 28, 2011]

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, November 8, 2012, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
*Originally published May 28, 2011
Original Link
 
1.  Hells Skog, as the owner of one the most consistent and focused record labels I was wondering what motivated you to start a label?  What do you look for in an artist when you are considering which bands to sign?  How big of a factor does money play into it?  How many demos do you regularly receive?
Hey Brad! Originally, the idea to start Hypnotic Dirge Records was simply born out of a desire to be able to release my own music and be in contro...

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HDR $5.00 Sale - May 2 - 16, 2011

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, November 8, 2012, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
*Originally posted May 2, 2011

 Hypnotic Dirge Records Presents: Hypnotizing Spring Sale
$5.00 CD's
Monday May 2nd to Monday May 16th, 2011
MORE INFO BELOW:
 
Hypnotic Dirge Records will be having a $5.00 CD sale from May 2nd - May 16th 2011!
All official Hypnotic Dirge releases, and all CD's available in the distribution are included in this sale!
Regular CD's are $5.00 each.
Deluxe CD's are $8.00 each. (double-albums, DVD's, etc.)
Shipping charges are extra!

Hypnotic Dirge Records Official Release...

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Hypnotic Dirge interview with The Inarguable Blog [Feb. 14/2011]

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, November 8, 2012, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
*Originally published February 14, 2011

Below is an interview I conducted with Bjørn Tunsberg, a staff writer at 'The Inarguable Webzine' as well as a friend of mine. Thank you to Jon and Bjørn for setting this up. 

How are you? It is an honor to have you speak with us!
Hi Bjørn, It's nice to talk to you again as well.

What made you want to start this label?
I started Hypnotic Dirge out of the relatively simple idea that I wanted to be in control of my own destiny when it came to r...

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Hypnotic Dirge Interview with Hierophant-Nox Webzine [October 1/2010]

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, November 8, 2012, In : Hypnotic Dirge Records 
*Originally published June 2010
 
This interview was originally completed in June 2010 and published on Hierophant-Nox in October 2010.
Original Link


Hypnotic Dirge – Hierophant Nox

Hail Skog, how are you doing?
Not too bad. As I write this, I am enjoying a couple days off from work, but really all that means is that it's time to catch up on some label things. haha At least, this way I get to work at my own schedule and do what interests me.


Over the past months we have seen a number of interestin...

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