Hammerheart Records started in 1995, as a dedicated, small underground label. Of the original two owners, only Guido Heijnens remains since 2012. During this 28-year history, Hammerheart Records has gone through a lot of highs and of course some lows as well but is still very much attached to the underground.
Owner Guido Heijnens has been involved since 1995 in Hammerheart Records, but was also manager for Pestilence, did A&R for third parties (resulting in record-deals for Heathen, Thulcandra, Volbeat a.o.), running the Relapse Records European office from 2007 until 2019, organized tours for bands as Emperor, Behemoth and Mayhem and a lot more. All in all, we have seen and done it all, and we know almost everyone.
Currently Hammerheart Records has a worldwide deal through the distribution and logistics network of our partners at Napalm Records in Austria. This covers the whole world with major markets as Germany going through SPV and the USA through The Orchard, with all main markets covered by specialists. Hammerheart Records is still 100% independent but can use all of the network and benefits of Napalm Records.
Currently 2023 looks extremely promising with many great releases being scheduled (a.o. Isole, Runemagick, Phlebotomized) and 2024 promises new recordings by Trouble, Master, Sear Bliss, Vincent Crowley a.o.
During the past 28 years Hammerheart Records has released albums by and worked with Artists such as (the list is not complete, just an indication):
Absu, At The Gates, Autopsy, Brutal Truth, Children of Bodom, Cradle of Filth, Cryptopsy, Dead Head, Dimmu Borgir, Dismember, Dissection, Emperor, Ereb Altor, Falkenbach, Finntroll, Flotsam & Jetsam, The Gathering, God Dethroned, Gorefest, In The Woods…, Incantation, Isole, Kampfar, Katatonia, Konkhra, Laaz Rockit, Limbonic Art, Lord Belial, Macabre, Malevolent Creation, Master, Mayhem, Monstrosity, Moonspell, Moonsorrow, Necrophobic, Nifelheim, Nightwish, Nile, Nocturnus, Pestilence, Phlebotomized, Primordial, Razor, Repugnant, Runemagick, Sadus, Sear Bliss, Septic Flesh, Sigh, Sinister, Solitude Aeturnus, Solstafir, Testament, Thyrfing, Tiamat, Trouble, Ulcerate, Unleashed, Vader, Wehrmacht