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New *shelsmusic Compilation! :)

November 14, 2011

This Friday Shelsmusic unveils its 2nd Collector’s Edition label compilation ‘Shelsmusic Compilation 2‘.



Featuring music from its 2009 & 2010 releases, ‘Shelsmusic Compilation 2‘ includes music from Ef, Admiral Angry, Latitudes, The Ascent of Everest and more. The release will be limited to only 100 physical hand-pressed copies as well as a digital download version.

Pre-orders will go on-sale this Friday (Nov 18) at midnight (US Pacific) at  All orders will receive an instant download of the album via email and on December 5 the digital version of the album will be available to the public for FREE until December 12 🙂
Here’s the full tracklisting:

1. EF – ‘Sons Of Ghosts’
2. Admiral Angry – ‘Android’
3. Sons Of Noel And Adrian – ‘Elsa’s House’
4. Pretend – ‘Those Luminous Noises Are God’
5. Latitudes – ‘Antechamber‘
6. Brother/Ghost – ‘Waal’
7. Parliament Of Owls – ‘Hateful Wrists’
8. The Ascent Of Everest – ‘Safely Caged In Bone’
Stay tuned for some cool deals we’ll be offering for the holidays 🙂

Mucho love and guacamole.




February 1, 2011

1. Ancients Join Shelsmusic – New project feat. members of Rinoa, *shels, Crydebris & Mahumodo
2. Latitudes UK Tour – Back from their debut UK Headline Tour and working on album #2.
3. Shelsmusic Unveils Compilation #2
4. *Shels Studio Update!
5. Shelsmusic Digital Store

First and foremost we want to wish you all a belated happy new year! Sorry for the lack of updates of late – we promise to make it up to you by embedding mucho hidden free gifts within this mailer – so get your predator vision ON. We’ve been ridiculously swamped catching-up with orders received over the holidays – as some of you already know, we totally sold out of all our merch in the first few days of our FREE Shipping sale and had to repress everything, which was a bit of a mission with most places being closed for the holidays. Add to it bad weather affecting shipping and it all turned into a massive delay getting stuff out. But we’ve finally caught up and if you haven’t yet received all your merch, you will do any day now! Thanks for your patience and Congrats to those of you who managed to get the Free shipping deal;) Aside from that we’ve been busy talking with a bunch of new bands and working on our plans for 2011. Top of the list and first to announce is Ancients – a new project comprised of members of recently defunct Epic rockers RINOA – the line-up also includes members of the incredible Crydebris and Mehdi Safa of *shels on Vocals. More info on that below. In addition to new signings we’re also unveiling the 2nd of our limited collector’s edition SHELSMUSIC Compilations. So, scroll down.. and let us know if you have any questions! 🙂

Shelsmusic is extremely proud and excited to welcome Ancients to the family.
Ancients is a new project formed in January 2011 and is comprised of members of Rinoa, *shels, Crydebris and Mahumodo. “Constellations” is the first track unveiled by the group which can be heard **here**The group were recently interviewed by the mighty Rock Sound and you can check that out here:

Ancient are currently working on their debut EP which is set for a release through Shelsmusic later this year. Stay tuned for more info including a limited edition release and video. You can also get more news and info from the following pages – so if you have’nt joined these do it! Ancients on Facebook
Shelsmusic on Facebook
Ancients on Myspace
Ancients on Twitter

Mucho thanks to everyone who came out to Latitudes’ UK tour last month with HAMMERS and made each show such an incredible and monumental experience. It was Latitudes’ first UK Headline tour, which culminated with an incredible FREE show at the Old Blue Last in London. You can check out some of the tour pics on the Latitudes FB page here: Those of you who were at the shows would have heard some new tracks that will be on a new Latitudes record that is currently being written. Expect it to be filthier, faster and more abrasive than ever. Latitudes are still on the hunt for a permanent vocalist too to join the crew, so if you think you have what it takes then hit them up at . don’t be shy! ;)here’s a picture taken by the awesome James Milne in Manchester while Latitudes were on tour. The rest of the shoot can be seen on Latitudes Facebook page here. 





Latitudes have two releases currently on sale at – Their debut EP “Bleak Epiphanies in Slow Motion” and their debut album “Agonist”. They also have a bunch of awesome new Tshirts for sale here: http:/ – Stocks are now extremely rare – so grab something while you still can 🙂 

2nd in our series of limited collector’s edition compilations will go on sale very shortly. The record will be as a CD or digital download with the CD featuring artwork done by hand using our famous silkscreen printers 😉 Only 100 physical copies will be pressed and pre-orders will be announced through this mailing list first. The compilation will feature tracks from Shelsmusic releases over the span of 2009-2010 and will have the following track listing:1. Ef “Sons Of Ghosts”
2. Admiral Angry “Android”
3. Sons Of Noel And Adrian “Elsa’s House”
4. Pretend “Those Luminous Noises Are God”
5. Latitudes “Antechamber”
6. Waal “Brother/Ghost”
7. Hateful Wrists “Parliament Of Owls”
8. Safely Caged In Bone “The Ascent Of Everest”4. *SHELS STUDIO UPDATE!
The highly anticipated and long overdue album by *shels is nearing completion. The group spent much of Christmas working on the finishing touches for their 3rd release, which has been titled “Plains Of The Purple Buffalo”. Tom and Mehdi recently spent time at the studios in Brighton University, in the UK with *shels Trumpeteer Arif Driessen to finish the remaining brass sections. Very excited by how it’s sounding and hope ya’ll will dig it and be into it. *shels are currently mixing the album at their home studio in California and aim to have it released by End of May 🙂 email us if you have any questions!

Following the hugely successful release of their beautiful 2nd album “From This Vantage” Nashville’s The Ascent Of Everest have been invited to play a slew of Festivals and shows across the US and Europe. The band is currently putting together dates for a European tour – more info will be released as soon as dates have been firmed up. If you live in Europe you can expect to see TAOE near you soon! If you haven’t picked-up a copy of “From This Vantage” do it at and don’t miss out on this. For fans of forward thinking, adventurous, brave and extremely emotional music. We are in love with this band and what they do and so proud to be involved. We hope you’ll jump aboard and join us in supporting brave musicians doing what they love and believe in like The Ascent Of Everest.

Thanks to all of you who have been downloading music directly from us at our digital store located at This is where we as a label and the bands get the most from your orders. While iTunes and other sites are great at distributing music across the web, we as a label and the bands only get a tiny share of those downloads. So we hope you’ll spread the word and encourage folks to download directly from our site where and when possible.

We’ll also be introducing some sweet deals soon at our store. For example we feel that if folks are willing to buy a Tshirt, hoody or print they should get to download an album of their choice for FREE from our website. Not only is it a nice treat – but it’ll help us get spread some of this awesome music that we believe in so much.

In closing we’d just like to say that we are BLESSED to be able to do what we do. Thanks to all of YOU. We might be a small label working in a super challenging industry – but if you think independent labels have it tough, just consider what it takes to be in an unsigned band or a band on a small label. We’re extremely honored to be involved with bands like Latitudes, Admiral Angry, Ef, The Ascent of Everest and all the rest of the bands on Shelsmusic. All of whom share similar stories of perseverance and juggling day jobs with trying to save up enough to go on tour or record and release their music. It takes a lot of guts to do what they do and we hope you’ll jump on the starship Shelsmusico and help us support these talented folks by spreading the word – buying a Tshirt or picking up a copy of the album – in return we’ll do all we can to make sure you’re happy and proud of your order by putting love into the artwork, and the work whether it’s recording, printing or whatever. We want every order, every release, every print to be a timeless collectable you can be proud of. So, if even the most you can do is post a comment on one of the band’s Facebook pages or an email – then do it – things like that can be so encouraging and fuel for a band to keep BRINGING IT in the face of whatever difficulty. Thank YOU all for being a part of this. We’d also like to say that there are thankfully A LOT of good people out there doing shit the right way –  helping bands, labels like us and helping good music be heard. Magazines like Rock Sound, Terrorizer many labels, promoters, venues, photographers and fans who get involved, give up their time, energy and help. We’re proud to know you and work with you on a daily basis.So, here’s to an incredible 2011 for us all. Now check out, complete your shelsmusic collection and bang your heads! :)mucho love, thanks and respect! 





sup predators!! first 5 people to email us back with the subject line. WUDDUP FOOLS in the subject line – gets a free copy of the new Shelsmusic COmpilation #2 from our store.
The first one to email us back gets to chose any Tshirt as well. Good luck folks!

Happy Holidays & Thanks!

December 18, 2009
2) BIG PLANS FOR 2010 – *Shels, Ef, The Ascent of Everest, Admiral Angry, Black Sheep Wall and more…

First off, THANKS to all of you who took part in our annual winter sale.

Once again, those were some of the biggest deals we’ve ever offered, so congrats if you took advantage of it. Your goodies have been packed and shipped and should arrive in time for the holidays!

Before we sign off for the year, we wanted to share a few important things with y’all!


as we prepare to celebrate our third Christmas together, and 3 years of chillin’ out, maxin’, beard-strokin’ and bangin’ our heads to some of the finest vibrations from around the planet, we can’t help look back at what a crazy year it’s been…

’09 started for us on the hunt for new music – wasn’t long before it was a hunt for some change in the sofa! yup – like alotta folks, we spent the better part of the year holding onto our beards for dear life! (and eating record breaking amounts of In N Out burger) while weathering the financial shit storm – but from the ashes of an already battered music industry, we have witnessed DIY flourish and bloom – and from where we’re sitting, the view is incredible.

despite the financial fiascos, we’ve sailed forward and along the way have taken part in some of the coolest projects ever, including new releases from Admiral Angry, Sons of Noel and Adrian, Parliament of Owls and Latitudes. Our music licensing division has continued to grow too, as we place more music in Film, TV and Games than ever before and thanks to incredible friendships, awesome familias and all of YOU for your support, we’re now on the verge of some our most exciting plans ever, and set to bring you new releases from *Shels, Admiral Angry, Black Sheep Wall (that’s right!), Ef, Brother Ghost, Pretend, The Ascent of Everest and more in 2010…

NONE of this would exist without the support from A LOT of good folks who have believed in us and supported us from day 1 – you know who you are (and so do we) and we won’t ever forget it, THANK YOU for being so awesome. In particular we’d like to thank – for their love, energy and continued support: Gary Davidson, Hamid Jabbar, Everyone at Rock Sound Magazine, BijanTuttle, Tom Fox, Jackson Thompson and Marcus Hamblett.

So, without further delay… here’s what’s been up, down, and all around on board the Starship Shelsmusico 😉


– *Shels — New album in production

We’re about 3/4 of the way through! Drums, guitars are all recorded now and all that’s left is some bass, vox, trumpets, strings, some special sauce and a few other bits and pieces… for more info, including studio pics and some videos look us up on Facebook.

We’re aiming to have the finished master by end of December and in stores by around May.

– The Ascent of Everest — New album in production and set for 2010 release

Nashville epic rockers The Ascent of Everest have started work on their as yet untitled new album. Speaking with them last week, we’re happy to report that they are more excited than ever about the music and can’t wait to share the new record with you. We should have updates from them soon and once we do, we’ll be sure to share it with you! In the mean time, keep checking their myspace page for news!

– Admiral Angry — New EP recorded and set for Early 2010 release

A Fire To Burn Down The World” has been recorded — we’ve heard it, and it’s the most brutal thing ever — it’s in final stages of post production and we should have it ready for release early next year!

– Ef — New Album recorded and set for April 2010 release

Ef’s new album landed in our mail box on Tuesday – the album, recently produced by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna) is still unmastered, but hasn’t left the ghetto blaster at Shelsmusic HQ – the record has been titled “Mourning Golden Morning” and is just a breathtaking piece of work – all the artwork has been completed and we just can’t wait to share this with you all! Ef will head to the UK in April as part of their European tour to support the album launch. Stay tuned for more info.

– Black Sheep Wall — New Album!

It’s been a crazy few years for LA’s nihilistic doom crew Black Sheep Wall. We’ll refrain from delving into all the nitty gritty – the news is this, BSW will be pushing forward with work on a new and as yet untitled album with Admiral Angry Drummer, Chris Stites behind the drums. The long awaited follow-up to their 2008 debut “I Am God Songs” is planned for 2010 release through Shelsmusic.

watch. this. space.

– Brother Ghost — In Rock Sound and debut on track for April 2010 release

Brother Ghost have been picked as “ones to watch” for 2010 in the current issue of Rock Sound magazine. Plans to release their debut EP in Spring are on course. Keep checking their myspace for more info!


we’re extremely lucky to be doing what we do – working in music, with some of our favorite bands/people ever. We realize that we’re a fortunate few and that the majority of folks around the world struggle daily for basic things we sometimes take for granted. we’re looking forward to growing, at our own pace, in 2010, to meet more awesome new faces, make more new friends and take this crazy and awesome family to greater plains.

Thank you for sharing this ride with us, and for supporting us along the way.


Stay tuned! 🙂

and… Have an AWESOME holiday and new year! 🙂

TONS of love!



November 29, 2009

Our Annual FREE Shipping Sale begins this week. Visit our online store for Massive discounts!

FREE & Shipping

Order by Dec 15 to ensure delivery before Christmas.
Please allow 5-7 Business days for your orders to arrive.

Happy Holidays!


October 19, 2009

Latitudes’ have confirmed the following UK shows with Brooklyn heavy hitters A Storm of Light and others.

Oct 28 – London – Islington Bar Academy w/ A Storm of Light & Minsk
Oct 25 – Kingston – The Fighting Cocks w/ A Storm of Light & Minsk
Oct 31 – Ipswich – The Swan w/ These Monsters & The Freezing Fog
Nov 8 – Hitchin – Club85 w/ Trippy Wicked
Nov 29 – London – The Old Blue Last w/ Rinoa + more tba

The debut album “Agonist” is now available at all good record stores (if they still exist) and
here are some of the first reviews in:

“…a staggering debut4KKKK Kerrang! Magazine
“…dark, dreamy, beautiful and monumentally heavy…13/13
“…inspiring…” 4/5
“…some heavy shit right there…” 9/10
breathtaking…”8/10 Rock Sound Magazine
bold, energetic, moody, atmospheric… everything a debut should be8/10

click below to order “Agonist” now


*Shels Studio Report – The Amp Bunker.

October 13, 2009

Recording for *shels‘ 2nd studio Album is finally underway – having tracked the drums with Peter Miles ( in the UK earlier this summer, the construction of a DIY studio at Shelsmusic HQ in Los Angeles commenced earlier this week.

Since we couldn’t escape into the wilderness to make this record as originally planned, we needed a sound-proof fortress built for the Peavey 5150, so we could blast the amp in peace without killing neighbours…  it’s called the amp bunker… kinda like a sex bunker.. but filthier and more brutal.

after a ton of blisters, splinters and a few tests, we’re happy to report it’s all working pretty well…  and we should begin tracking the first of the guitars tomorrow:)

for you gearslutz out there – you might be interested to know we’re using classical guitars through a 5150 combo dirty channel for our heavy guitar sound. The first 5 of you to email us at after reading this will get to hear a sample 🙂

all hail the Amp Bunker of Doom!

STEP 1 - build a box

STEP 1 - build a box

STEP 2: Build another (slightly smaller) box

STEP 2: Build another (slightly smaller) box

STEP 3: Use the strength of the bear to put box 2 into box 1 - remember to leave both "doors" open so you can slide your amp in.

STEP 3: Use the strength of the bear to put box 2 into box 1 - remember to leave both "doors" open so you can slide your amp in.

STEP 4: Use some sex slaves to place the 5150 into box 2.

STEP 4: Use some sex slaves to place the 5150 into box 2.

STEP 5: Seal box 2 door.

STEP 5: Seal box 2 door.

STEP 6: Seal box 1 door

STEP 6: Seal box 1 door

STEP 7: Place cover over box 2 and seal.

STEP 7: Place cover over box 2 and seal.

STEP 6: Place cover over box 1 and seal.

STEP 8: Place cover over box 1 and seal.

STEP 8: Add appropriate camouflage and issue warning alert.

STEP 9: Add appropriate camouflage and issue warning alert.

Latitudes Album In Stores Today!

October 4, 2009

Latitudes’ Debut Album “Agonist” is in stores today! And the good people at HMV have put it in their recommended section, so go check it out! 🙂

Grab a copy today, Blast it and Bang your heads! 🙂 then check this out:

*shels 🙂

Pre-order Latitudes Today!

September 7, 2009

The LatiDudes have posted a track off their debut album “Agonist” on their myspace page

Shelsmusic is now taking pre-orders for the album at


September 3, 2009

hope you’ve been having a great summer…

here’s a quick update from Rancho Shelsmusico:

1. Latitudes Album – Pre-order “Agonist” Next Week!
2. Brother Ghost Signs to Shelsmusic
3. Noiserv Signs to Shelsmusic
4. Pretend Signs to Shelsmusic
5. *Shels Studio Update
6. Shelsmusic Mastering

1. Latitudes Album – Pre-order “Agonist” Next Week!

Pre-orders go on-sale for Latitudes’ debut album “Agonist” next Monday (Sept 7).

The album, which is being released in digipak format, is currently being pressed.

All pre-orders will be shipped out by no later than September 21, so If you want to be the first to get a copy, make sure you order early!

An exclusive new track will be posted on the band’s facebook and myspace pages next week so check or Latitudes on Facebook and prepare to bang your heads – there’s also a tour being planned for Nov with Manatees & Rinoa. more info to come!

“Agonist” will be available in stores and online on October 5th.

2. Brother Ghost Signs to Shelsmusic – Shelsmusic is proud to welcome Brother Ghost to the party. Based in Austin, Texas the 4-piece shoegazing outfit has been making some exciting vibrations with their debut recordings. Expect an exclusive hand-made collector’s version of their debut release “Black Ice” through Shelsmusic early next year.

3. Noiserv Signs to Shelsmusic – Portugese based solo project, Noiserv will release it’s debut album “One Thousand Miles From Thoughtlessness” through Shelsmusic later this year. Stay tuned for more info, including tour dates, to come.

4. Pretend Signs to Shelsmusic – Los Angeles based Jazz/Indie rockers, Pretend are set to release their debut album “Bones In The Soil, Rust In The Oil” through Shelsmusic this year. Stay tuned for release date, tour info and much more!

5. *Shels Studio Update

“Thanks for all your patience and positive emails – we’ve been busily working on the new record and aiming to get it done in this summer – we know that if we went any slower we’d prob start moving backwards in time, but there’s just so much going into this record and we don’t want to rush it – we hope you’ll still be around when we finally wrap this up! We’re currently recording guitars and have been experimenting with lots of different sounds and setups… we should hopefully have everything wrapped up in the next month or so – everything is feeling awesome so far :)… we just can’t wait to share it with you. Thanks for your continued patience and support – we hope it’ll be worth the wait!” *shels

6. New Mastering Studio

We recently launched our very own mastering studio, and have been taking on clients and projects, (not to mention most of the Shelsmusic releases). If you need mastering work done and want some seriously detail-oriented/passionate mofos putting finishing touches on your mixes, then contact us and we’ll most likely do a free spec for you. We’ll beat anyone else’s prices out there and make sure you walk away with an awesome sounding record – the only catch is, we’re busy mofos and might not be able to get to everyone, so send us your stuff and if we can bang our heads to it, then we’d love to help! 🙂 – email for more info.

more updates coming sooooon!


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August 5, 2009


The track listing has been announced for LATITUDES’ debut album “Agonist”, which is set for an October 5 release through Shelsmusic.

Here’s how it’s lookin:

01 – “Myth Cathexis”
02 –
03 –
“Fluxes Of The Womb”

04 –
“Steppe & Veld”

05 – “Braille”
06 – “Hunting Dance”
07 – “Agonist”

The band has posted a video featuring some studio clips here. You can also check out their new Facebook page or visit for more info.

The album will be available for pre-order on September 7 from

Here’s the official press release! 🙂

It’s been a hell of a ride for UK Metal crew LATITUDES this last 2 years – having powered their way through the UK underground with crushing and monumental live performances, which have included shows and tours with the likes of Baroness, This Will Destroy You, Storm of Light, Devil Sold His Soul, Bossk, *Shels, The Mirimar Disaster and anappearance at Damnation festival with Carcass, Napalm Death and others – it’s difficult to consider the quintet from Hertfordshire have come so far off the back of an EP!

And while the world has been dreaming of Hope and the promise of Change, LATITUDES have continued their brutal dredge into deeper and darker musical terrain. Now, on the verge of unearthing their long awaited debut full-length “Agonist”, LATITUDES hopes to present an important contribution to the great halls of British Metal.

The album – which features the addition of keyboardist Rich Harper and vocal contributions by good friend and ex-Eden Maine vocalist, Adam Symonds – is a monumental piece of work. Symonds’ delicate yet piercing soft vocals hauntingly intertwine with brutal slabs of heavy and emotive doom-drenched guitars. The complete picture is mesmerizing in its originality and breathtaking in its power and brings to mind masters such as Neurosis, Enslaved and Mastodon.

Produced by Chris Fielding (Napalm Death, Electric Wizard) at Foel Studios in Wales, “Agonist” will crush you like a steel wrecking ball in a velvet glove – The album is set for an October 5 release through Shelsmusic and features 7 tracks clocking-in at over 40 minutes. Customers should be on the lookout for a limited edition vinyl version of the release available exclusively at shows or at

more news & updates coming soon!

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