In the February of 2023 I’m gonna release the final, basically post-mortem Skol Records title - ORPHAN ALLIES "Running From The Law". I wanted to use this opportunity and thank all of you for your support, and for giving me strength to continue through the years, through ups and downs. Skol Records released 70 CD albums and 28 CD singles - not bad. You can only imagine, how incredibly honored and happy I was to deal with, and then announce releases of such an outstanding bands as S.A. SLAYER, TYGERS OF PAN TANG, SATAN’S HOST, MEDIEVAL STEEL, MILITIA, BLOODLUST, MALTEZE, SABBAT, SOLAR EAGLE or TITAN FORCE... To work on reissues and new albums of NWOBHM cult acts such as DESOLATION ANGELS, MYTHRA, QUARTZ, AFTER DARK, CHASER or ROBESPIERRE… To do the official tribute albums, dedicated to legendary acts such as EXCITER, DIAMOND HEAD, RIOT or ANVIL… Except that, Skol Records gave kickstart to some amazing new bands, such as SAVAGE MASTER or SABIRE. So yes, I like to believe this legacy will live on.
I’m writing in first person, as while there were some amazing people around me helping with graphic designs or distribution, it was all my decisions (obviously not always right ones), my vision, and my blood and sweat. And believe it or not, the real driving force behind of all this was the passion, the desire to share great music with the people, and to immortalize some great recordings. It’s not an easy decision, but due to several reasons, it is time to take a bow.
Skol Records Bandcamp page will be kept alive so you can still stream and download some of our releases, but there will be no more new releases. So thank you all once again: bands, artists, distributors, friends and supporters, it was a great adventure, for which I am grateful. Whenever you can, please support other great labels that specialize in reissues, like No Remorse Records, Lost Realm Records, or Cult Metal Classics, and make sure that HEAVY METAL WILL NEVER DIE.
Bart Gabriel, December 2022