Free Metal Detector: One Last Hurrah From Handshake, Inc.
Readers of the Toilet ov Hell and fans of forward thinking heavy metal probably caught the news that David Hall of Handshake, Inc was closing the doors and ceasing label operations following his latest two releases from Blacklisters and Twin Lords.
Celebrity deaths don’t upset me, but I was stunned and a little saddened by this news. Over the last few years Handshake has released some of my favorite albums: Gridlink’s Longhena, Couch Slut’s My Life As A Woman, Blurring’s self titled album, and Pyrrhon’s Growth Without End, among others. In my limited interactions with David I found him to be engaging and awfully nice for a record label head, and he maintained a hilarious presence on social media. David was not afraid to take chances on outside-the-box acts, giving Pyrrhon a home after Relapse Records, even up to the end with Devastating Planetary Shift by the aforementioned Twin Lords (it’s a weird one!).
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