Spinefarm Records

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Parent companyUniversal Music Group[1]
FounderRiku Pääkkönen
Distributor(s)PIAS Group[3]
Country of originFinland
Official websitespinefarm.com

Spinefarm Records is a Finnish record label focusing mainly on heavy metal artists. It is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group.[1]


Spinefarm Records was originally founded in 1990 by Riku Pääkkönen as a mail-order distribution company for rock and heavy metal albums and singles, but later became a record label for Finnish acts such as Nightwish, Children of Bodom, and Sonata Arctica.[2]

In 1999, a sub-label titled Spikefarm Records was started by Sami Tenetz from Thy Serpent.[4] Since 2002, Spinefarm has been part of Universal Music Group, but operates as an independent business unit.[5]

In autumn 2007, Spinefarm launched in the UK, starting with re-issuing deluxe versions of the first five Nightwish albums, including the Over the Hills and Far Away EP.

At the start of 2016, it was announced that Spinefarm Records had acquired Candlelight Records.

On 18 August 2017, Spinefarm Records announced the global launch of sub-label Snakefarm Records.[6] Snakefarm has since signed Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown and more.[7] The label's focus genres are roots rock, blues rock, and country.

Today, Spinefarm Records has offices in New York, London, and Helsinki.


Spinefarm Music Group consists of three sub-labels: Spinefarm Records (mainstream heavy metal and hard rock), Candlelight Records (extreme metal, black metal, and death metal), and Snakefarm Records (country, blues, and southern rock).




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  1. ^ a b "Spinefarm Records". Universal Music Group. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  2. ^ a b Spinefarm Records discography at Discogs Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ "[PIAS] to distribute Universal-owned Spinefarm Records as part of companies' global alliance". 8 December 2022.
  4. ^ Dick, Chris (23 November 2015). "Sami Tenetz (Thy Serpent; KVLT) interviewed". Decibel Magazine. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  5. ^ "Universal Music Finland becomes majority shareholder in Spin-Farm Oy". Helsinki: Universal Music Group. 8 April 2002. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  6. ^ "| SNAKEFARM RECORDS ANNOUNCES GLOBAL LAUNCH WITH SIGNING OF TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN". www.spinefarmrecords.com. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Snakefarm Records". www.snakefarmrecords.com. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Airbourne Signs With Spinefarm Records". Blabbermouth.net. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Bullet For My Valentine sign deal with Spinefarm Records". teamrock.com. 1 April 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Dayseeker Sign to Spinefarm Records — New Album in 2017". soundfiction.net. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Ladies and gentlemen! We are as of now signed to Spinefarm/Universal". DSO's official facebook. 12 July 2017. Archived from the original on 26 February 2022. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  12. ^ "MetsÄtÖll Signs With Spinefarm Records". Blabbermouth.net. 22 September 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Shining Sign Worldwide Deal With Spinefarm Records". Us5.campaign-archive1.com. Retrieved 28 February 2016.

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