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Sunday, January 5th, 2014

The Proselyte are hitting the road for a quick winter tour.
New songs, same studs:

January 9th Boston MA @ O’Brien’s Pub*
January 10th Long Branch NJ @ The Brighton Bar*
January 11th Pittsburgh PA @ Howler’s*
January 12th Columbus OH @ Carabar*
January 13th Chicago IL @ The Empty Bottle*
January 14th Lexington KY @ TBA
January 15th ?
January 16th Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
January 17th Brooklyn NY @ Acheron
January 18th Providence RI @ TBA

*with Jar’d Loose

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Tor Johnson Records are now handling all online sales and physical distribution of TDB Records releases. I’ve been friends with Paul for years and years through the DIY scene and as my time has shifted towards more and more touring, it makes sense to have someone with a solid home base and a stronger dedication towards mail order take over that portion of the business. I will continue slowly releasing records until I’m dead.

All orders from our webstore will still be shipped, albeit faster and from Tor Johnson. All orders from their webstore will be shipping, albeit faster and from Tor Johnson. Word? Word.

Tor Johnson Records Webstore

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

The Proselyte, Ramming Speed hitting the road

The Proselyte are welcoming spring with a 10 day run of the east coast and midwest.  It’s the bands first tour as a trio and they will be playing tunes off of their upcoming EP “Our Vessel’s In Need” as well as TDB Records release “Sunshine”.  Here is the routing:

Friday April 5th-Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Saturday April 6th-RVA @ Wonderland
Sunday April 7th-Chapel Hill, NC @ Chapel Hill Underground
Monday April 8th-Lexington, KY @ Sidecar
Tuesday April 9th-Cincinnati @ Chameleon
Wednesday April 10th-Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge
Thursday April 11th-Columbus, OH @ Carabar
Friday April 12th-Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
Saturday April 13th-Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Sunday April 14th -Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly
Check out for updates

Ramming Speed are hitting the road hard and heavy for a serious of dates that start in April and go well into the summer with bands such as Goatwhore, 3 Inches of Blood, Valient Thorr and Revocation

4/15 Pittsburgh, PA – Belvederes
4/16 Lima, OH – Avalon Bar
4/17 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s #
4/18 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups #
4/19 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar #
4/20 Montclair, NJ – The Meat Locker
4/21 Hartford, CT – The Whitney House
4/26 Boston, MA – Democracy Center
4/27 Providence, RI – Funky Jungle
4/28 Bucksport, ME – The Kave ^
4/29 Brookyln, NY – Saint Vitus ^
4/30 Burlington, VT – Club Metronome ^
5/01 Middletown, NY – Sound Asylum ^
5/02 Rochester, NY – Bug Jar ^
5/03 Toronto, ON – Opera House ^
5/04 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class *
5/05 Buffalo, NY – TBA
5/06 Syracuse, NY – Badlands II
6/12 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall %
6/13 Richmond, VA – Kingdom %
6/14 Baltimore, MD – Wind-up %
6/15 West Chester, PA – The Note %
6/16 Boston, MA – Great Scott %
6/17 New York, NY – The Studio at Webster Hall %
6/18 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus %
6/19 Rochester, NY – Bugjar %
6/20 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups %
6/21 Detroit, MI – The Shelter %
6/22 Chicago, IL – Reggies %
6/24 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry %
6/25 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room %
6/26 Tulsa, OK – Downtown Lounge %
6/27 Dallas, TX – Three Links %
6/28 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s %
6/29 Austin, TX – Red 7 %
6/30 New Orleans – Siberia %
7/1 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall %
7/2 Gainesville, FL – High Dive %
7/3 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum %
7/4 Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub %
7/5 Atlanta, GA – The Earl %
7/6 Raleigh, NC – King’s Barcade %
# with Goatwhore & 3 Inches of Blood
^ with Goatwhore & 3 Inches of Blood & Revocation
* with 3 Inches Of Blood
% with Valient Thorr & Gypsyhawk


Tuesday, September 18th, 2012


Utilizing short blasts of venomous power sludge, Finisher have been terrorizing New England bars and basements for six years and counting. Thus far this Boston area three piece (Bill Kurtz, Ryan Bowie and a rotating cast of drummers) have one release, “Socially Dead”, under their belts. This year the bands output more then doubles with TDB Records’ proud release of “No Medicine or Faith” and “Pick up and Leave”, two brand new LP’s. The records were completed in multiple sessions over 2011 with engineering by Ryan Stack at Format Audio and mastering by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East.

With a sound that harkens back to the suffocating sludge of Eye Hate God and the punishing brevity of His Hero is Gone, Finisher plow through 19 songs over the course of the two 12”’s. Fitting right in with TDB’s current roster of ultra heavy acts (Phantom Glue, Engineer, the Proselyte etc…) the band’s upcoming vinyl output are bleak sound-scapes of crushed hope. The world is a dismal place and these are it’s new anthems.

Starting with the new Finisher LPs, TDB has spent recent weeks added a number of releases to our Bandcamp page for free streaming. Additionally, the catalog will soon be appearing on Spotify and Itunes. Approaching our ten year anniversary as a label, this move is clearly a long time coming. As anyone in the music business will tell you, there are very few record stores, fewer record buyers and less opportunities for getting physical releases in front of the people that want them, then ever before. That said we are pumped to start using Spotify and Bandcamp to get riffs in front of those that want to hear them in a free and legal manner, and from there it’s easy enough to track down a CD or LP if so desired.

Check or search Spotify for “label:”tdb records”” over the next month to stream the free tunes as they are added. for the purchase of physical items and for more info everything related to the label.

Jonah / TDB Records

Finisher on iTunes:
Finisher - No Medicine or Faith

Tides – Resurface

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

After thought to be out of print for a couple of years now I recently uncovered two boxes of Tides‘ debut full length Resurface. The album, which to this day still stands as one of our best sellers, was met with wildly positive reviews upon it’s release and It’s exciting to have it back in stock.

“Describing an album like Resurface in words is hard. Albums like this need to be heard and felt, not littered with adjectives and prose. However, I will say the forty plus minute trip is an exceptional piece of elegant art that easily measures up to the genres big names and deserves your undivided active listening skills.” –

“a tempered determination not uncommon to the more pensive tendencies of Isis or Pelican and manage to unfurl moments that bring recent Boris material, along with some Mogwai and even Anodyne…great fucking songwriting” – Metal Maniacs

Resurface can be picked up, along side all of our other available releases, right here on the webstore.

The Proselyte join TDB / 12″ out Oct

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Playing around the Boston area for five years, The Proselyte have recently managed an enormous sonic overhaul for an upcoming TDB Records release. The band’s sound has truly come into their own, offering riffy swagger, bomb-string heaviness and massive multi-layered vocal harmonies on the new LP. It’s almost like Alice in Chains discovering the first two Baroness EP’s, or maybe the Melvins covering the Beach Boys. They somehow manage to hit fresh, uncharted territory using familiar hallmarks of stoner metal, Seattle grunge and modern melodicism. The recording is warm, lush and as thunderous as the guitars will allow, but the crushing moments are woven through harmonious sun soaked vocal passages and used as a release, not a crutch. This could easily be the first sludge metal soundtrack for hitting the beach.

Entitled “Sunshine”, Proselyte’s full length will be out Vinyl and Digital formats in October.

“Sunshine” was recorded at New Alliance in Cambridge, MA by drummer/vocalist, Alec Rodriguez and the band features guitarist/vocalist Nicholas Wolf from Phantom Glue. The line up is rounded out by Bradford J. Macomber on Bass and Mitchell C. Belch on Guitar/vocals.

For fans of: Torche, The Melvins, Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains, Baroness


Friday, July 1st, 2011

Choke Up are in the middle of their US Summer tour, the following dates are left, but you’ll have to check their Facebook page for much of the venue information -

Jul 01 Black Sheep Cafe Springfield, IL
Jul 02 TBA St Louis, MO
Jul 03 TBA Columbia, MO
Jul 04 TBA Chicago, IL
Jul 05 HeLP!!! Grand Rapids, MI
Jul 06 HELP!!! Cleveland, OH
Jul 07 TBA Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 08 Secret Artspace Bethlehem, PA
Jul 09 TBA West Chester, PA
Jul 09 TBA Philadelphia, PA
Jul 10 The Dust Bowl Somerville, MA

Phantom Glue
are taking off on their US Summer Tour JULY 8TH:

“Phantom Glue give you everything they’re made of: drippy sludge, hardcore, stoner rock, blues…It sounds spazzy and frenetic…But what Phantom Glue have created here is a fast punch to the gut that shows you every goddamn thing they’re capable of” – DECIBEL MAGAZINE

“as charismatic as it is brick-heavy, aided by gruff vocals that actuallyshow signs of personality and a bass-washed elephantine production…when they hit the target they hit it dead goddamn center.” – METALREVIEW.COM


Fri, July 8 – Baltimore, MD @ Barclay House w/ INTHESHIT, endless bummer, rukut and the schismatics
Sat, July 9 – Raleigh, NC @ DIVEbar w/ INTHESHIT, Man Will Destroy Himself
Sun, July 10 – Durham, NC @ Casbah w/ Hog, Bitter Resolve
Mon, July 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Archive Gallery w/ Sons of Tonatiuh
Tue, July 12 – Tallahassee, FL @ Farside Collective w/ Dickkicker and All I Lost, Lowe
Wed, July 13 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia w/ Colossus
Thur, July 14 – Shreveport, LA w/ The Currents
Fri, July 15 – Austin, TX – HELP
Sat, July 16 – Dallas, TX @ Phoenix Project
Sun, July 17 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
Mon, July 18 – St Louis, MO @ Fubar
Tue, July 19 – HELP
Wed, July 20 – Columbus, OH @ Bourbon Street w/ Bridesmaid
Thur, July 21 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class w/ Batillus & Mutilation Rites
Fri, July 22 – Philadelphia @ O’Reilly’s Pub w/ Gholas, Rogue House
Sat, July 23 – Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus Bar w/ Batillus, Mutilation Rites

Get in touch with to see if there are any slots on available in the cities without bands listed or to assist with the HELP dates.

Phantom Glue’s self titled debut is out now on TDB RECORDS (CD & LP).

Update: Phantom Glue and Choke up OUT NOW, Ramming Speed US/Euro tours

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Phantom Glue – s/t CD, 12″ OUT NOW

What sort of beast has 128 teeth, 40 fingers and 3 tube heads? Damn right, the slab of heavy-as-shit stoner metal known as Phantom Glue’s self titled LP is finally available on both digipack CD and TWO colors of thick vinyl (Red with a white splatter and green with a white splatter)! Guitar player Matt Oates is currently finishing up art for the insert and as soon as that’s ready, all pre-orders begin shipping. All orders that come through the TDB store will include a free color poster, so party with us and have no regrets. If you don’t know already, this was recorded by the masterful Kurt Ballou and he did an incredible job capturing the tooth rattling intensity laid down by this co-ed troupe of Bostonians.

Ramming Speed
– Fests, US Fall tour, Euro winter w/ MUNICIPAL WASTE / SAVIORS, Limited T-shirt Package

For those that might not have heard, we (Ramming Speed) were robbed in Italy in July and lost quite a bit of money (among other things). There is a “benefit” package available that will include a limited t-shirt, our new tape, and other garbage we can whip together. For more information regarding our limited edition merchandise in exchange for helping us out of crushing debt, click here:

That aside, we just got home a little over a week ago from Europe and for the most part it was a total success. The shows were fantastic and included everything from sweaty basements to open air festivals.

Moving on, we have two fests coming up in the states. This Sunday August 22nd is the Chronic Youth 1st Anniversary Party with Saviours, Priestess and many many more. For info on that check out We are also excited to announce that we’ll be touring the US this fall in order to make it out to the first ever Tank Crimes Brain Squeeze with Municipal Waste, Ghoul, Toxic Holocaust, Vitamin X, ANS, Votsek, Cannabis Corpse and others! That tour is going to be around three weeks and a tentative routing will be posted soon. After that we’re back to Europe in December with Municipal Waste and Saviours for two to three weeks of long hair celebration and punished livers. The first round of dates have been announced for that tour here:

Choke Up – s/t CD EP OUT NOW

The road couldn’t harden these cuties and now that they’ve finished up their first full US tour with friends The Effort. We are proud to announce the official release of Choke Up‘s self titled CD EP. Seven tracks of mature, epic and emotive hardcore, the disc drips with sincerity. Recommend for fans of Against Me, Small Brown Bike and sweaty nights with good friends in crowded basements. This will go on sale next week on the TDB web store and is available at the bands upcoming shows.


Furnace, Phantom Glue, Choke up join TDB RECORDS

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

TDB Records welcome Furnace, Phantom Glue, Choke Up to the family

For the last few years the TDB roster has been branching out far from our Boston locale, welcoming California’s Litany For the Whale, Germany’s Perth Express, and the Texans in Die Young. As wonderful as it’s been spreading our wings to work with bands further and further from our home, I am very proud to announce that we are finally returning to the city that got us started. Sometimes what you’re looking for is right under your nose and in the last month or so we’ve confirmed releases for three incredibly talented local bands.

First up are the boys and girl of Phantom Glue. Pilfering the heavy from seminal acts like Electric Wizard and High on fire, and the wailing guitars of Pentagram, these four shacked up with Kurt Ballou (Converge, Doomriders, Torche etc.) at Godcity last year to record a colossal debut full length. With mastering by Nick Z (New Alliance East) and hand painted artwork by artist and guitar player Matt Oates, this self titled record is scheduled for an April release. Those in the New England area can catch the band opening for Coalesce and Harvey Milk in March.

Our second release on its way to the plant will be the debut EP by Boston’s Choke Up. A surprisingly mature, epic, and emotive hardcore recording, this EP will strike a chord with fans of Against Me, Small Brown Bike and At The Drive In. These four high school friends from just north of Boston hit the studio in late in ’09 at Andrews Lane Recording (Maintain, The Effort). The organic recording lends the instruments a lush and thick sound, though the songs are played with a true sense of urgency lost in much of the melodic hardcore scene. Look for a March release date on CD and April for digital.

Heading into the studio in mid-February as the third in the triumvirate of Boston brutality, are the down-tuned chaotic hardcore trio Furnace. Anyone bummed that Ed Gein dropped off the map a few years ago or who wishes Converge could still play basement shows will have a permanent boner for these Boston via New Hampshire transplants. Crunched into two minute songs are technically adept, catchy and chaotic riffs surrounded by blistering drums and thick distorted bass. Furnace will sit you down and make you headbang, smoke weed and consider killing everyone around you, all with a smile on their bearded faces.

All three releases will be available on CD and at all major digital distributors with special t-shirt/poster packages available on the TDB webstore for those who order early on. Check for
updates as they unfold.


TDB caves in to Facebook

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

I suppose I put it off for long enough, so without further ado:


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