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May Update

May 22, 2022

Hello everyone, here with some info about what's going on at the shop. I have restrained myself with ordering all month just to see how things are turning out, what is being released, and what can actually be shipped once I pay for it.

Bitter Loss Records has Arrived

There were a few new titles from smaller orders drizzling in, but, with a bang, the Bitter Loss Records shipment from Australia landed! Holy shit! My first bigger shipment of the month. I am glad to have this label onboard as their roster is stacked with awesome bands. So, we got a good helping of Aussie death metal breaking loose and I recommend checking them out: Bitter Loss Records Website. They are in good company just in front of the Dark Descent (which will be one of the upcoming orders) bin.

Awakening Records (Beijing)

The Awakening Records order should hit the store soon. It is on its way and within a week or so the CDs should be on the shelf. I had a shelf made especially for this order to give it the display it deserves. There are re-releases of international old school thrash and death metal joints and I am excited to get these titles into my shop. I am distributing these releases in Canada and I am offering shipping within the country. Hit me up for any requests.

Colombian Metal

Joining on this shelf is a great selection of consignment CDs from Colombia/Toronto label In Fastu Negas which set me up with a fine selection of rare recordings from bands hailing from Colombia. There are some fun Thrash samplers featuring a ton of great artists!

Speaking of Colombian metal: check out my section featuring rare Ultra Metal from Colombia. If you need a copy of Parabellum's Sacrilegio (one of the earliest metal recordings coming out of Colombia) on vinyl or CD look no further. Hit me up to reserve one. This is an absolute rarity that is hard to be found elsewhere.

Also, I will be exclusively (unless you want to purchase from the label's Big Cartel site) carrying In Fastu Negas' upcoming (re) releases from Morbid Macabre – Damn Goat and Asbel – Towards the Open Arms of Negation, two records that you need to check out.

Incoming in June

General News

So much for now. As always, I appreciate the support.

Hope to see you in the shop soon. \w/

May Update New

May 22, 2022

Hello everyone, here with some info about what's going on at the shop. I have restrained myself with ordering all month just to see how things are turning out, what is being released, and what can actually be shipped once I pay for it.

Bitter Loss Records has Arrived

There were a few new titles from smaller orders drizzling in, but, with a bang, the Bitter Loss Records shipment from Australia landed! Holy shit! My first bigger shipment of the month. I am glad to have this label onboard as their roster is stacked with awesome bands. So, we got a good helping of Aussie death metal breaking loose and I recommend checking them out: Bitter Loss Records Website. They are in good company just in front of the Dark Descent (which will be one of the upcoming orders) bin.

Awakening Records (Beijing)

The Awakening Records order should hit the store soon. It is on its way and within a week or so the CDs should be on the shelf. I had a shelf made especially for this order to give it the display it deserves. There are re-releases of international old school thrash and death metal joints and I am excited to get these titles into my shop. I am distributing these releases in Canada and I am offering shipping within the country. Hit me up for any requests.

Colombian Metal

Joining on this shelf is a great selection of consignment CDs from Colombia/Toronto label In Fastu Negas which set me up with a fine selection of rare recordings from bands hailing from Colombia. There are some fun Thrash samplers featuring a ton of great artists!

Speaking of Colombian metal: check out my section featuring rare Ultra Metal from Colombia. If you need a copy of Parabellum's Sacrilegio (one of the earliest metal recordings coming out of Colombia) on vinyl or CD look no further. Hit me up to reserve one. This is an absolute rarity that is hard to be found elsewhere.

Also, I will be exclusively (unless you want to purchase from the label's Big Cartel site) carrying In Fastu Negas' upcoming (re) releases from Morbid Macabre – Damn Goat and Asbel – Towards the Open Arms of Negation, two records that you need to check out.

Incoming in June

General News

So much for now. As always, I appreciate the support.

Hope to see you in the shop soon. \w/

April Update

April 27, 2022

Hello everyone, the month of April started out not so well as I was down with the virus and the shop was closed for 8 days. Always a bummer if that happens. Not opening the shop means there will be less funds to get new stuff into the store. Nevertheless, there are some exciting news concerning new stock:

The month of May will see orders coming from:

Awakening Records (Beijing)

This is a label from China that focuses on re-releasing old school Thrash, Grindcore and Death Metal material from lots of international bands. With a couple of exceptions there will be a load of CDs hitting the shop hopefully by the end of May. Yes, CDs! I cannot pass this opportunity to get Awakening Records releases into my shop.

The roster is absolutely awesome and the packaging and overall production of the CDs is top notch. So, for the sake of this I am breaking my own rule. Here is a little taste of what bands' releases are coming in:

I am stoked about this order and so should you!

Bitter Loss Records

There will be an order with my new friends from Bitter Loss Records based in Australia. This is a label that releases material from current Ozzie and international bands that are very relevant to the Australian and global Death Metal scene: so, there will be 12” from bands such as: Cryptivore, The Plague, Pustilence, Idle Ruin and a few more. Again, I am super excited that the label got in touch and showed interest to have their material in my shop.

Maggot Stomp

Maggot Stomp currently puts out killer material and I am stoked to announce that I will be representing the label in my shop. Here is a sample of what's coming at ya:

In Fastu Negas

In Fastu Negas is a Toronto based label that focuses on releasing and re-releasing material from Colombian and South American bands. My current selection of 12” releases from the Medellin/Antioquia/Bogota scene is nothing short of awesome! There are so many great records (LPs and CDs) in the shop now representing the unique Colombian Ultra Metal genre it isn't even funny. This is material you will not find anywhere else (unless you order it from In Fastu Negas' Big Cartel site directly).

I highly recommend giving these artists a listen: In Fastu Negas infastunegas.bigcartel.com

Record Store Day – Thank You

Thanks for all your support on Record Store Day! I am always happy to see familiar and new faces. I appreciate the enthusiasm I see when you all come to my shop and browse through the racks. It means a ton to me as it tells me that I am doing something right.

Cheers \w/

The shop after shoveling snow 1
Check out my merch section featuring goodies from Vault of Dried Bones
The shop after shoveling snow 2

March Update

March 20, 2022

Hello everyone, here is a brief shop update!

New orders and arrivals

I have received a whole bunch of records for the Punk and Hardcore section – lots of rarities of local bands included in this batch. Also in stock are tapes from local bands such as Ischemic and Gutvoid. Check them out!

Incoming tomorrow is an order from Profound Lore with re-stock titles from Mortiferum and Old Man Gloom and the re-release of Spectral Wound's Infernal Decadence.

Upcoming orders for end of March and beginning of April from the following labels:

If there are any titles from the above labels that you are interested in please let me know and I can add them to the order sheet. Cheers!

New Merch Section

Check out my new merchandise section in the shop with T-Shirts, Books, Fanzines, Patches and Flags! Courtesy of Vault of Dried Bones, In Fastu Negas and UXB Press Toronto.

New Accounts

I have secured wholesale accounts with Napalm Records (Germany), Awakening Records (China) and NESI Media (China). Orders will happen mid/end of April. Again, if you want to add titles to my order sheets let me know.

That's it for this month. Stay well and stay Metal \w/

February Update

February 23, 2022

Hey folks, I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy! Here is an update about what is going on in the shop at the moment:

Hell's Headbangers titles are now available at the shop!

I now have an account with Hell's Headbangers and the first order has arrived. In stock are:

Come on down and check these out!

Hypnotic Dirge Records Re-stock!

All NONE titles have been sold out, but do not worry. I already got more on the shelves. Also available are excellent albums from Ov Shadows, Forlesen, Frigoris and Marche Funebre! Highly recommend giving these a listen! Hypnotic Dirge Records is hailing from Esquimalt, Vancouver Island. Support your local metal outfit!

20 Buck Spin New Releases and Re-Stock!

The 2021 releases by Worm (Foreverglade) and Dream Unending (Tide Turns Eternal) are finally in stock together with a re-stock of Cerebral Rot's Odious Descent into Decay and Excretion of Mortality. These are all absolute bangers. Treat yourselves!

Alliance and MVD Orders

So here some bad news: I have decided to cancel these orders as there is no indication that both distributors can fulfill these orders anytime soon. It does not make sense to have my orders sit there for months and meanwhile stuff is going to be sold while waiting for backorders that are part of this are available again. I will put in some new orders at the end of next month and hope that the situation has improved. This means that I might miss out on some releases, unfortunately. All new releases from Nuclear Blast, for example, are not available to retailers at the moment. I hope this is going to change.

Partnership with Vault of Dried Bones!

I have talked to Peter from Vault of Dried Bones and we struck up a deal. This means there will be a whole lot of new titles and merchandise in the shop this weekend. Next time you come to the shop you will be greeted by a selection of new Records, T-Shirts, Badges, Flags and other cool stuff.

Record Store Day - April 23rd

April 23rd is Record Store Day and I am thinking about some events in the shop on that weekend. Stay tuned!

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January Update

January 21, 2022

Everlasting Spew is Here

The Everlasting Spew order has arrived and in stock are some great releases from this Italian label: awesome Tech Death Metal by Hideous Divinity, Revulsed, Maze of Sothoth, Veld and Infuriate, thundering Doom Death by Convocation, whacky Grindcore by Bordflesh and some spaced out psychedelic Death Metal by Skeleton of God. Come down and check them out.

Incoming Orders

Both the Alliance Entertainment and MVD orders have not arrived yet as a bunch of stuff is still on backorder. Hoping to see some of that stuff soon. There should be a small part of it coming in the next couple of weeks. There will be releases by Domkraft, Smoulder, Palm Desert, Sepulchral Rites and Nocturnal.

The Sentient Ruin order has not arrived yet but should be on its way soon! There are going to be releases by Ceremonial Bloodbath, Vile Ritual, Invultation, Fuoco Fatuo, Emenation, Cryptae and a few other interesting recordings.

New Underground Labels

Great News! I have been chatting with Nic at Hypnotic Dirge Records located in Esquimalt, BC. He kindly hooked me up with some awesome releases, folks. Incoming are albums by German Black Metal act Frigoris, Oregon's NONE, Forlesen (feat. members of Botanist, Lotus Thief and Kayo Dot), Ov Shadows and Marche Funèbre. These should hit the store within the next couple of weeks. Come on down and check them out!

As expected, January has been a quiet month so far. My focus right now is to make connections with more Underground labels and get more stock into the store as the larger distributors seem overwhelmed by backorders, delays and the Omicron situation in general. My latest Plastichead order will take about three weeks to be put together as their warehouse runs on minimum staff.

Let's hope that this is the last wave we have to deal with and that the situation becomes less dire.

Stay safe, healthy and, most of all, Metal! \w/ Cheers!

The shop after shoveling snow 1
Had to dig out the shop from 40cm of snow after this week's blizzard!
The shop after shoveling snow 2

New Year 2022!

January 5, 2022

Thank you everyone!

Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a good start into the New Year. Thanks for following my Facebook page and supporting my shop. It has only been two months since my store opened and I am very happy how it went so far. There are already quite a few return customers, the phone is ringing frequently and social media presence is growing which tells me that I must be doing something right.

I am working hard to keep things fresh and getting new titles onto the shelves every week. Sometimes the orders are very small and sometimes there is a whole bunch of stuff coming in at once. Given the current situation I cannot complain much about getting the inventory built up. Many of the labels that I am dealing with are very kind and are working hard as well to get me the titles I want. I now have an account with Alliance Entertainment which opens up a fountain of labels and artists all at once. My next step will be to encourage special orders to make the orders more bountiful. I am going to start posting some lists for you to look at and if there is anything you fancy simply let me know and I will put it on the order sheet. Most orders will take a while to arrive as both pressing, production and shipping moves rather slow.

I am also working on expanding on the products I offer in the shop. I have an account with Cult Never Dies and am planning to bring in some interesting books and magazines about the music we like: Metal!

A new logo is currently in production. There will be promotional material as well as a new batch of T-Shirts. The first batch inventory is starting to get a little low so if you don't have a first generation shirt yet come down and get one.

For 2022 I am planning to organize some events at the shop: record and book signings, brief and intense shows in front of the shop on Saturdays (need to check into what licenses are required from the City of Toronto) once the weather allows, perhaps some talks by special guests. There are lots of ideas swirling around my head. So stay tuned!

Wanted: Used Metal Records

I'm always looking for used metal records in very good condition! Send us a list of your collection via email to sensenmann@futharkrecords.com, and we'll sell them at the store. Consignment only.

New Labels Incoming

I am happy to announce that I have now a partnership with Everlasting Spew, an underground label from Italy. An order of their entire catalog on vinyl has been placed and hopefully is going to arrive this month. Also incoming is a follow-up order with Dark Descent Records as well as two large orders from MVD Distribution and Alliance Entertainment. Hopefully these will all be on the shelves within the next 4 weeks.

COVID-19 Capacity Update

To comply with public health measures in effect on Wednesday, January 5th – and to stay on the safe side only one shopping party – no more than two individuals at a time will be allowed in the shop. The door is going to be locked and I will let people in as they arrive.

Please wear your mask properly and sanitize your hands upon entering the shop. If you come to the shop and there is already someone browsing please be patient. Call me if you want to have set anything aside for later pickup.

Cheers, be safe out there! \w/

Holiday Season Update

December 18, 2021

New Holiday Hours + Capacity Update

Hi Everyone, due to the latest rise in infection numbers and upcoming restrictions in non-essential retail store capacity I am changing the Holiday Store Hours as follows:

Needless to say, if you still haven't figured out how to wear a mask properly (nose and mouth covered at all times), I will not let you enter the store and/or ask you to leave. There will be no exceptions.

Cheers and thanks for supporting my shop! Be Safe! \w/

End-of-November News

November 30, 2021

Latest Records On the Shelves

Hi everyone, here is a list of cool new stuff coming to the store in the next two weeks:

New Releases:

New Stock:

Holiday Hours

And here are our holiday hours this month:

That's it for today. Stay safe and stay metal \w/!

Mid-November Update

November 18, 2021

Latest Records On the Shelves

Over the last two weeks some more new stuff hit the shelves. Here is a selection of records that might pique your interest:

That's it for today. Stay Metal \m/

Mid-November shelf update 1
Mid-November shelf update.
Mid-November shelf update 2

Early-November Update

November 5, 2021

New Labels are coming to the shop!

I am stoked to announce that I can now order from Svart Records (Finland), Edged Circle Productions (Norway) and Eisenwald (Germany). These labels have fantastic bands on their rosters and I am stoked to have some of their releases on my shelves. All orders should be in within two weeks!

Thank-you!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the store opening on Devil's night. I had a great opening weekend chatting with all of you dropping by and spinning a bunch of awesome albums! Really appreciate all the support!

Orders arrived and still coming in

Raster order has arrived and is on the shelf! Browse some great electronic and ambient music from an impressive collection of artists on that label from Chemnitz, Germany! Plastichead Distribution order has been received and the dedicated label section is now packed with awesome albums. Invictus has arrived as well and I now have the entire Malokarpatan discography in the inventory.

Coming up

20 Buck Spin and Relapse Records follow-up orders with stuff that sold out and new additions to the inventory. The books coming from 7 Metal Inches are still not here. Hopefully, I am going to see these in the store in a week or so.

Cheers and stay Metal \w/.

We're Open! + Early Bird Freebies

October 30, 2021

Grand Opening News

Futhark Records is open! Come on by and be the first one to dig the crates! There will be some freebies for the early birds kindly donated by Hypæthral Records of Toronto.

Toronto Concerts – Wolves in the Throne Room

Who is going to see Wolves In The Throne Room x Full of Hell x UADA show coming up in January? I am all loaded with their new releases and back catalogue! Looking for one of their albums? We got it!

Renovation Update

Renovations are complete! We have all our vinyl displayed and ready for crate digging.

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store shelves
Our nice new shelves, fully stocked with records and more!
store shelves

Mid-October Update

October 15, 2021

Grand Opening News

Futhark Records is opening on Devil’s Night, October 30th. We will be open from 11AM until 8PM. Come on by and be the first one to dig the crates! There will be some freebies for the early birds kindly donated by Hypæthral Records of Toronto.

BYOB! Bring your own Bag!

We like vinyl but not plastic so much. We are making a point by not offering plastic bags for shoppers. Please bring a knapsack or your own record carrying device! We do offer some nifty and sturdy Canadian made cotton tote bags that have our logo on it and can hold a good haul of records. We sell them for $16.00.

T-Shirts!

The good folks over at Blackhare hand printed our logo onto Canadian sourced and made Jerico T-shirts. Sizes small to extra large are available.

Special Orders

Futhark Records teamed up with many labels and distributors so if you don’t see what you are looking for let us know and we will do our best to get it for you. We buy directly from labels and sometimes even from bands. Send us a message at sales@futharkrecords.com.

Renovation Update

When we took over the storefront there were a lot of holes in the wall! Well, our handyman Kris took care of wall repair and painting and made the shop look great and move-in procedures have started. Check out the before and after pics. We are also expecting custom made record shelving units next week. Our small space will have room for 2000+ titles!

after renovations
Before renovations
after renovations
After renovations

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Website Launch

September 23, 2021

We've launched the website! Renovations are about to start, and we’ve got loads of fantastic records itching to get onto our new shelves. We'll share some nice pictures of the shop soon, but in the meantime, follow us on Facebook for more updates.

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