Earache Records

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For the medical condition known as "earache", see otalgia.


Earache Records is a heavy metal-oriented record label based in Nottingham, UK and New York, USA. It helped to pioneer extreme metal by releasing many of the earliest grindcore and death metal records in the period 1988-1994.

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Earache was founded in the late eighties by Digby "Dig" Pearson. In 1985, before adopting the name "Earache Records", Pearson released Anglican Scrape Attic, a compilation of early hardcore punk and crossover acts (Hirax, Lipcream, Concrete Sox, etc.). The first official Earache release, on vinyl in 1987 and with the catalogue reference MOSH 1, was The Acc├╝sed's Return of Martha Splatterhead. The label's first major release, however, was Napalm Death's Scum. Then, in 1989, Earache released Naked City's Torture Garden, an LP of "hardcore miniatures". Other early records include albums by some of extreme metal's finest bands, regarded as genre-defining classics.

Earache had up until recently a number of sublabels, including Wicked World Records, Elitist Records, and the short-lived Necrosis Records ran by Jeff Walker - which released the first album by...
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