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NEW SIGNING @ Bluntface Records 


Christopher Migdalski, founding guitarist of the innovative underground death metal outfit Diabolic Intent, has signed to Bluntface Records to head-up a 2018 release that will feature Ed Mowery (TIWANAKU, Pontifex, Markradonn, Taipan , Ex-@Nocturnus ) on Bass and the legendary Mike Smith on Drums (Ex-Suffocation; Pontifex, Voracious Scourge) with lead guitar duties handled by Haniel Adhar (Pontifex, Markradonn). A tentative release date is set for the second half of 2018, and will be Executive Produced by Haniel Adhar. The project is currently holding vocalist auditions, and Chris is looking to add another key piece to merge the NY and FL death metal sound of the new project. 

A veteran of the Central Florida death metal scene since the mid-late 1990s, Chris Migdalski’s band Diabolic Intent has been a big part of the underground brutal death metal scene. With critically acclaimed releases such as Reborn and Bionomenclature, Diabolic Intent combined brutality and innovation to create one of the most recognizable sounds in the Central Florida underground over the past 20 years. The new project looks to combine Chris’s unique riffing with the bad-ass rhythm section of Ed and Mike, topped off with Haniel’s melodic shredding. Expect something new and fresh, but also retaining the Florida and NY death metal roots of each member. 

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Joplin, Missouri's favorite Crossover/Crust/Punk/Metalheads, Gravehuffer, have finalized a deal with Bluntface Records for release of their latest album, Your Fault on vinyl. 

The vinyl edition of Your Fault marks the first official vinyl release for BFR. The band is currently in the studio recording two brand new tracks for inclusion on this version of the release to commemorate their partnership with BFR, and the subsequent release of Your Fault on the vinyl platform. Carlo Regadas (ex-Carcass/current guitarist of Monstrance) will lend his talents on one of the bonus tracks for a guest solo spot. 

Often hailed as "N.W.O.B.M. meets the early Earache catalog", Gravehuffer brings a unique blend of influences into their music and channels it all through a gritty honesty with a healthy disregard for genre boundaries and limitations. 

With James Hiser on vocals, Ritchie Randall on guitar, and a rhythm section comprised of Mike Jilge on bass, and Larry Deardorff on drums, along with a collective style that blurs the lines between Punk, Metal, Grindcore, and down-tuned Sludge laden Doom; Gravehuffer should feel right at home on Bluntface Records for this release. 

Presales of the Vinyl edition of Your Fault are currently tentatively scheduled for August with additional release information to follow. 

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Bluntface Records signs Tiwanaku, ex/current Nocturnus, Fear Factory, members  Podcast




Albuquerque, NM Technical Death Metal band Tiwanaku has inked a deal with Bluntface Records for the release of their long-awaited debut album- Earth Base One 

Tiwanaku (named after the famed ancient city in the Andes) is lead by Ed Mowery on guitar and vocals, the bassist/vocalist for the iconic Florida Technical Keyboard-driven Death Metal act Nocturnus in the 90’s, and picks up right where The Ethereal Tomb left off. Combining atmospheric passages with brutality, melody, aggression and deep lyrics with diverse vocals, Tiwanaku brings a fresh new sound while retaining its old-school roots. Exceptional guitar work by Ed and Michael Estes will permeate Tiwanaku’s music, which is sure to please any fan of the technical and melodic side of death metal. The bass on Earth Base One will be performed byChris Scales. Rounding out the rhythm section is world renowned drummer Mike Heller, who currently plays with Fear Factory and is also known for his work with NY Technical Death Metal outfit Malignancy. 

Tiwanaku’s debut single “Today In Battle” is available for download from the Bluntface Records Tiwanaku Webpage, and features legendary Death Metal bassist Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse). 

Guest musicians on Earth Base One will include solos by Haniel Adhar (Markradonn) and former Nocturnus axe-man Sean McNenney, with Michael Black (Taipan) and Zack Begley on guest vocals. 

Presales of Earth Base One are tentatively scheduled for late August/September 2017.

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Revolution of the Musician  

Revolution of the Musician 

When someone "gives" you money, do you think they don't expect something? 

If they do not say they want something in return, then one of the following is true: 

1) It is a gift from a relative 

2) They are just stupid and have money to burn 

3) They are lying to you and really do want something; but they just have not told you yet, because what they want is far more valuable than the money they gave you. 

So, in reality, if someone "invests" in you, they own a part of you. Think about that. Watch Shark Tank for a crude example. 

Musicians, ask yourself a question: why would you want someone to "invest" in you, IE, give you a bunch of money that really isn't yours that you will have to pay back while the person who lent it to you owns a substantial part if not all of your art? 

Why would you want to do that? 

Why would you want to "owe" someone something when in reality, they already own you? 

The old model was that a record label would hand an advance check against sales to an artist, and from that check they were responsible for paying expenses such as production, post production, exchange for a % or all of the publishing rights. The artist would then pay back the advance out of their own royalties from the record sales, which is why we see these pitiful royalty checks that musicians post all over the internet, from years ago up until recently. 

The old model was based on a label "investing" in an artist, but at a price: they own you, your art, your brand, and they control what happens, when, and with whom. Essentially, you sell your soul to have a "record deal", but these sort of deals usually never favor the artist, especially ones that focus on a smaller niche market that doesn't result in high volume sales. 

Basically, those deals suck

The new model is one where the musician is skilled in the arts of business, accounting, revenue generating, Profit vs. Loss, marketing, production, artist development, and managing and booking. These skills were frequently shared by many, many people who had their hands in the proverbial cookie jar. These people all needed to get paid in the past, and usually large sums of money. Now? Pfft. They are obsolete, because technology and the internet have provided the musician with literally every tool they need to become successful, with a fraction of the cost and with NO ONE owning any part of one's creation. The musician IS now officially in control of their own destiny. They no longer need to be the push-over peons that the rest of the industry can take advantage of. Now, they have everything they need to give the finger to traditional record labels and management companies and do it for themselves. 

Concepts such as crowdfunding, on demand services, and social media as well as DIY home recording and post production have eliminated the need for the artist or musician to rely on big corporate conglomerates and sleazy executives who traditionally have taken advantage of passionate but naive musicians. The musician can now do all of it themselves, with minimal executive representation. It is truly a "revolution of the musician", and the time is NOW to break free from the cliché stereotype of the "starving artist" who dreams of landing a record deal to make all their hopes and dreams come true. 

Well, kiddo, time to realize one very important thing: YOU are the only person who can make your own dreams come true. You have to work for it. You no longer can be JUST a musician. You have to be a multifaceted, dynamic person with skills in various different areas of expertise. You cannot trust or rely on anyone else to give you a break. This is not American Idol. This is not fairy tale land. This is reality and you make your own breaks, and you must understand that your goals mean more to you than they do anyone else, so you must invest in yourself: time, money, training, education, etc...If you invest in yourself, who do you owe? You owe to yourself, and no one else. 

Being in control of your own destiny is a powerful mindset to be in. It frees you from the whims of others and allows a much clearer path for you to achieve your goals. And YOU are directly responsible for your success...and subsequently your failures. But in the end your art is your own, and the freedom you gain from being totally immersed in your art with no "corporate entanglements" is an utterly euphoric experience. 

Or, you can just be a "rockstar". And one day, broke, while someone is getting rich off your life's work. Does that seem fair to you? 

Think about it. 


The NEW Bluntface Records is focused on creating self-reliant musicians who are skilled in many different aspects of the music industry. We aim to educate musicians and make them more capable; more "independent", if you will. We will be holding trainings on things such as management, production, business, accounting, the mentality of being successful, etc...for our artists in the months to come. 

We provide resources and support for artists, and have established a network of musicians, artists, engineers, and other skilled people to support our artists in the development of their passion. We are launching a PR division to assist in not only promotion but in driving up sales by accessing passionate fans who love what you do. 

We encourage the musician to take ownership of their art, work, success, and failures, and promote a team-work atmosphere. We are all about work ethic and focus. We support true art and expression, and in order to do that, we support the artist and their vision. The artists in our community are committed to supporting one another, because we are all in the same boat going to the same place... 

Not everyone will find our unorthodox approach to be of benefit to them. Those people are not good candidates for this label. There are those musicians that are still chasing the proverbial brass ring and never end up grabbing it. 

That's because the game is rigged

Time for you to change the rules of the game to favor you, your art, and your vision. Time to take the bull by the horns and make it do your bidding. The time is NOW. 

Are you ready? 

-Haniel Adhar CEO Bluntface Records.




Bluntface Records is pleased to announce the hiring of Kaleb Daniels, guitarist and founder of the Florida Black Metal band Pontifex as the BFR representative to Black Metal worldwide. He brings a coveted knowledge of the sub-genre of extreme metal to the Bluntface Family and he has a passion for supporting unsigned, underground, and independent Black Metal artists. Kaleb understands the style and the culture as well as anyone who has been around the scene for decades, and he is well suited for the task of bringing Black Metal to BFR. 

Kaleb is a classically trained flutist and Piccolo player and is the main man behind the Florida Black Metal band Pontifex. Currently, Pontifex is wrapping up a deal with BFR to release their debut album …From The Pale Mist. More details on this to come in the next few days and weeks. 

Bluntface Records will be focusing on obscure Black Metal artists that focus on deep, personal expression and a unique approach to the style, while still keeping its extreme, raw roots. We will be able to provide production support, merchandise, and marketing and PR that targets the most dedicated fans of the genre. 

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BLUNTFACE RECORDS IS UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP: Haniel Adhar of Markradonn is the new CEO of Bluntface Records. 

Label founder and Owner Otto Kinzel IV, the main man behind the critically acclaimed metal-industrial project Skin Drone, has stepped down as the leader of Bluntface Records. 

Founded in the early 2000s, Bluntface Records has developed a reputation for releasing Avant Garde, unique, and off-the-beaten-path, innovative music, which Otto calls “Left of Center” music. Innovation has always been the key to Bluntface, and Otto sought out projects that kept pushing the dial farther and farther away from the norm. This was culminated in 2013 when Otto signed the first Brass Death Metal band in the history of Florida, Markradonn. Markradonn went on to win several awards for their first two EPs, including “Top Discovery” of 2013 by The Metal Gallows (Final Dying Breath) and “Top EP of 2015” by Kingdom Promotions (The Serpentine Deception). It was Otto’s belief in a low budget, start up pilot project that allowed Markradonn to grow and advance, while raising money from fan support to push the band to achieving its goals. 

It was this partnership between Markradonn and Otto that lead to the transferring of ownership of the label to someone who had the vision, passion, and methodology to continue Otto’s dream to “bring the music industry to its knees” with innovation and integrity. That person to lead the charge now as the new CEO of Bluntface Records is Haniel Adhar, the visionary leader behind Markradonn. This was a natural progression as Haniel always had a dream of running a label that supported underground and independent artists with a personal vision for their musical expression. “I cannot think of anyone else who would be better suited for this job than Haniel. His work ethic and passion are unparalleled”, said Otto. 

Haniel is dedicated to preserving the essence and the spirit of Bluntface, as established by Otto at its inception. The new Bluntface Records will utilize innovative funding methods to raise much needed capital and revenue for artists. Haniel is an outspoken, voracious supporter of Musician’s Rights and respect for bands, and it was his article several years ago protesting “bigger” bands in the metal scene who treated local bands and less known artists like crap that lead to the highly successful Operation Underground compilation and promotional campaign. He brings that commitment to the table as the new label executive, assuring that bands get the support they need to bring their vision into reality. 

Bluntface Records was started by Otto to push the envelope of music, and one can only expect the label to get even more extreme under Haniel. New music will include “Extreme Electronic”, “Extreme World Music”, “Innovative Industrial and Noise”, as well as left-of-center death and black metal that have an Avant Garde twist to them. 

Otto is not going to ride off into the sunset just yet; he will be actively involved in the newly formed Bluntface PR, an innovative Public Relations and promotional division of Bluntface Records that focuses heavily on forming a stronger bond with the fans while seeking out new ravenous fans for the label’s artists. Bluntface PR will work very closely with Haniel and the Bluntface artists to get the music to the right people and the right fans. Current BFR staff member and one-half of Skin Drone Erik Martin will still be on board in an increased role for both BFR and BFPR. 

things the fans can expect from The New Bluntface Records include Bluntface Magazine, a zine dedicated to bringing Bluntface artists closer to the fans with in-depth interviews, production updates, and so much more; The Bluntface Radio Show, an internet based radio program that showcases Bluntface artists and pioneering artists who influenced BFR artists and bands; Innovative merch, live showcases, interactive on-line events, full service production, Live DVDs, Vinyl Releases, guest session musicians, and so much more. 

2017 is a new beginning for Bluntface Records, Otto, Haniel, and all of the Bluntface artists. Expect new releases this year from Krebs, Isolated Antagonist, Markradonn, Skin Drone, and Haniel’s new Black Metal venture Pontifex, a new-generation-of-metal-meets-oldschool-black-metal band that features concept driven lyrics that delve deep into existential darkness and haunting atmospheric symphonic passages. Welcome to the new Bluntface Records. 

Independent. Underground. Avant-Garde. 

Follow Bluntface Records on Facebook and Twitter to stay tuned in. 

Upcoming Bluntface Releases for 2017: 

Krebs Debut EP 

Isolated Antagonist Oblivion (Featuring Ex-Fear Factory Bassist Christian Olde Wolbers) 

Markradonn Debut Full Length Album 

Skin Drone Evocation full length CD release 

Pontifex …From The Pale Mist Debut Full Length Album 

And more to come!


We are very excited to announce the Evocation, the debut album from Skin Drone, has been named one of the best metal albums of 2016 by multiple outlets.

Metal Injection included Evocation on their Honorable Mentions lists, and Transcending Obscurity also included it as one of the best albums of this past year. We are humbled by the amount of support Evocation received this year and want to say a very heartfelt THANK YOU!

Also, Skin Drone has been included on the newly released FREE compilation album from Salute Records', My Blackest of Souls Awakes Vol. 6. Please check it out and support underground metal \m/.


The debut album from industrial-metal act Automaton is OUT NOW! Automaton is the solo project from Nate Gradowski (Isolated Antagonist).

After the end of Nate's first solo project Demise and Domination, he set out to create a new project Automaton, a new concept of albums that deal with faulty robots living together with humans. The debut album "Automaton" is the first chapter in this story followed by the second chapter "Human Purge"(late 2016).



Summer is coming to an end but we're happy to welcome the Fall and its cooler temperatures. We are ramping up to release the new album from Isolated Antagonist, this Halloween! To hold fans over the band has released a teaser clip from Glen's upcoming solo project AutomatioN. Check it out HERE.

You can also reads a new review of Affirmation of Entropy from Spirit of Metal (France), by going HERE.
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