Holy Roar 2018 round-up 4 January 2019

Yes, ok, it’s January 4th 2019, but we needed a few days to gather our thoughts (and recover!) for this post.

2018 was quite clearly for both ourselves and anyone who follows Holy Roar closely pretty wild and amazing. Including digital releases, but not including singles from albums, we put out 20 (TWENTY!) releases - 14 new albums, 2 album reissues, 2 EPs and 2 stand alone singles. These were as follows -

Haast's Eagled - I (digital only reissue)

Giver - Where The Cycle Breaks

Up River - Evocation - 6th February (digital only single)

Modern Rituals - Hermit Kuppling (cassette single)

Conjurer - Mire

Rolo Tomassi - Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It

MØL - JORD

Boss Keloid - Melted On The Inch

Garganjua - Through The Void

Svalbard - It’s Hard To Have Hope

Modern Rituals - The Light That Leaks In

Secret Cutter - Quantum Eraser

Talons - We All Know

Wren - Thrall EP (digital only)

Slow Crush - Aurora

Pijn - Loss

OHHMS - Exist

Portrayal of Guilt - Let Pain Be Your Guide

Boss Keloid - Herb Your Enthusiam (reissue)

Burning Vow - S/T

We deserved that Christmas break!

In all honesty, we would be amazed if we manage to release as many incredible, critically-lauded albums in 2019 - it felt like many planets aligned in 2018 and we are keen to continue to build upon and support the success of some of these releases - but we are not slowing down. 2018 has emboldened us to be somewhat more musically fearless and confident, with the success of our label subscription really helping establish foundations with regards to that way of thinking.

2018 was also not without it’s challenges though - but lets not dwell on those. We can’t change the past, so let’s look forward….

We have releases upcoming this year from A.A.Williams, Ithaca, Minors, Holy Fawn, We Never Learned To Live, MØL, Curse These Metal Hands, Haast’s Eagled, Renounced and many more that are yet to come fully into focus. We also have a showcase at the prestigious Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands in April, and hope to have a strong presence at many other festivals this year.

There are, of course, many other things in the works and going on behind the scenes here. We also know that in order to continue to grow as a label critical acclaim alone is not enough. We need our bands to be on tours with bigger bands, and on more/bigger festivals to reach a broader audience and to begin headlining and selling out bigger venues in their own right. We also need more of a global focus. We are doing our part as a label, without compromising who we are or the music we release, to make this happen. We realise there are many other factors at play though (the bands’ themselves own commitment, booking agents, naff industry politics, managers where applicable etc). However - we believe we deserve the attention of more major bands when it comes to picking support acts, festival bookers and booking agents now - try and tell us that Rolo Tomassi, Conjurer, Svalbard, MØL and many others on our roster cant stand toe-to-toe with the biggest and best out there…..

Thanks for all your vocal support of the label in 2018 - whether you are simply a fan, a subscriber, you work at a magazine, on radio or at a website, or have taken one of our bands on tour or simply spoken to a friend about the label and our bands - it really doesn’t go unnoticed - without that support we wouldn’t still be here as we are a niche label releasing (relatively, essentially) weird, challenging music. We don’t have huge budgets or a pile of cash to drawn upon - so your support is vital. Thank you, and hope you enjoy the ride with us in 2019!