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Some buddies of mine from Thunder Bay have just signed to Year Of The Sun records, with distribution through Sonic Unyon in Canada, and Relapse in the US. Check them out, they're pretty different, but I think a few of you will really dig what they do.

Hey everyone, this has been in the making for a while now but we just got the go-ahead to release the info. We are releasing our new full length album through the Southern Ontario label 'Year of the Sun Records'. We decided to go with YotS for a few reasons: because they have great distribution through Sonic Unyon (in Canada) and fucking RELAPSE RECORDS (in the states), because they like how Curtis wore a parka and no shirt on stage in Guelph on our last tour, and they want to help us bring this beast to the next level, no questions asked. We are excited to have our music spread all over this continent like the fungus it is! Here is the official statement:

Thunder Bay Ontario's Norris has officially signed with Year of the Sun Records for the release of their upcoming new album later this year. Norris is currently streaming tracks from their "Bone Crusher" EP online at NORRIS (Signs it!) on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads.

"After years of going it alone in the Canadian music scene, Norris is looking forward to working with a label that is excited about our music as we are. It feels good to have the backing of a label that has been in the game for eight years and has staff that consists of individuals who have been in bands that play heavy music and who understand what it's like to make sacrifices to pursue something you love and believe in," commented Norris drummer Josh Hogan.

"We are very proud of our new album, and with the help of Year of the Sun we plan on reaching new fans of extreme music that will appreciate our honest take on metal."

"I think that when you look at a band like Norris you get a sense that the members are really trying to challenge themselves and that makes their music a really exciting and intriguing experience," states Year of the Sun president C. Benner. "We've always taken pride in putting out bands that are slightly off the beaten path and with Norris they really bring a unique vision to the table. If you thought their previous work was heavy, wait until this new record drops. It's going to be something else."

Norris have been ripping their way through Canada leaving behind a trail of devoted fans who have been a key factor in spreading the band's extreme blend of metal, rock, and hardcore across the country. The band's EP, "Bone Crusher", was praised by Exclaim Magazine as "simply obliterating. The album manages to come barreling out of the speakers with unbridled passion."

Expect our full length out everywhere this fall and a Video from the studio coming soon.
NORRIS (Signs it!) on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads

 

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This is where I stopped listening to that video. :lol:



I've never heard of those first two labels, are they any good?

Either way, good for 'em. :yesway:
 

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This is where I stopped listening to that video. :lol:



I've never heard of those first two labels, are they any good?

Either way, good for 'em. :yesway:
I made it to :12. :lol:

Relapse is a pretty big label in extreme metal. They're actually the label that did the Atheist re-releases, among other things.

And if you havent heard Atheist, you need to. They're like Cynic in that they're a florida DM band that does the whole crazy-prog-jazz-influence, but way more awesome than Cynic ever was.
 

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^ :agreed: And Sonic Unyon is one of, if not the biggest indie label in Canada, so both have really decent distribution. Year of the Sun is small-ish, but they work hard, and they definitely get you in the stores.

Norris is definitely a band that is going to have to work hard to find their audience, but they definitely have no problem with that :lol: They've done 2-3 cross-Canada tours completely independently, plus some smaller outings around Ontario.
 
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