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Victory RecordsOfficial Website: http://www.victoryrecords.com/
Artists with releases on this label:
Reach The Sky, Grade, Earth Crisis, Snapcase, Boy Sets Fire, Grey Area, Thursday, Waterdown, Minus, Thumb, Catch 22, Guilt, Refused, River City Rebels, In Cold Blood, Snowdogs, Taking Back Sunday, Atreyu, Strife, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Darkest Hour, Ten Foot Pole, The Reunion Show, Blood For Blood, Somehow Hollow, Count The Stars, Dead To Fall, Silverstein, Freya, Spitalfield, Hoods, Streetlight Manifesto, Glasseater, All Out War, Between The Buried And Me, Burning Heads, Bayside, Scars Of Tomorrow, Madcap, The Hurt Process, Martyr AD, Hawthorne Heights, Straylight Run, Bury Your Dead, Action Action, The Black Maria, Comeback Kid, Sinai Beach, Giles, The Forecast, The Junior Varsity, A Perfect Murder, The Audition, The Tossers, Aiden, With Honor, June, Smoking Popes, The Autumn Offering, Nights Like These, The Sleeping, Path of Resistance, Moros Eros, Beneath the Sky, Emmure, Endwell, A Day to Remember, 1997, The Warriors, Four Letter Lie, Driver Side Impact, Ringworm, Secret Lives of the Freemasons, Arise and Ruin, Deadguy, Chase Long Beach, Shelter, Dr. Acula
Having over 200 releases behind them, Chicago label Victory Records has been one of the driving forces in independent punk and hardcore music over the past decade. One look at their roster tells you the story of their past, present, and future.
Past bands on the label include Bad Brains, Boy Sets Fire, Earth Crisis, Grade, Hatebreed, Refused, Shelter, Skarhead, and Warzone - a who's who of modern hardcore, if you will. While many have criticized Victory's current roster for not having any bite, the label still possesses one of the most defining voices in the genre, Snapcase. They also have a surprisingly strong group of ska-related bands, including Catch 22, Streetlight Manifesto, and Voodoo Glow Skulls
2001 was a defining year for Victory, with the release of Thursday's Full Collapse. A record that has since come to define modern emotional hardcore, the disc was first released to little fanfare. Over the course of 2001 and 2002, however, the record picked up steam, and as the band made the leap to major label Island Records, controversy surrounded the issue with the band questioning Victory about their business practices, something that has always been a point of contention about the label.
Victory has taken a decidedly poppier stance in recent years. Student Rick, Count The Stars, Spitalfield, The Reunion Show, Bayside, and the enormous success of Taking Back Sunday have opened up the label to thousands of kids previously blind to the label's history. This trend shows no signs of stopping with the label's most recent signings.
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