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Ripple Music

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Ripple Music is a California-based independent record label founded in 2010 by Todd Severin[1] and John Rancik. The company encompasses a record label, a music publishing business, a marketing, promotion and sales team, and distribution for independent heavy metal bands (Heavy Ripples Distro). It has become well-known in the subculture of underground doom metal and adjacent genres.[2][3][4]


Ripple Music, the record label, evolved out of the music site The Ripple Effect, which Severin and Rancik launched in October 2007. With a tagline of "The Best Music You're Not Listening To," the Ripple Effect concentrated on in-depth music reviews of new, lost classic, and unheralded artists. Early in their existence, Severin (an eye surgeon[5] and former radio DJ) and Rancik (former lead singer of San Diego punk/metal cross-over band Blind Justice) concentrated on reviews from their own extensive record collections. Within a short period of time, the Ripple Effect had gained significant recognition within the industry and the format expanded to include new reviews, interviews, streaming songs, video uploads, downloads, and previews/sneak peeks. The Ripple Effect was ranked as one of the top music sites in the world by GuitarWorld Magazine and several other music sites. Most recently, The Ripple Effect was awarded the Recommended Reading Medal by Jemmsite, the home of Ibanez Guitars.

As the Ripple Effect's popularity grew, a radio show was added which was originally produced by Chris James Ripple Radio, on blogtalkradio.com. Shortly, Ripple Radio was recognized as one of the featured radio shows at blogtalkradio.com, and guests such as Marky Ramone, Fee Waybill, and Cy Curnin stopped by to chat with Severin (Racer) and Rancik (Pope JTE).

Severin and Rancik were approached by protometal band JPT Scare Band, with the proposition of releasing several previously unheard JPT tracks. This facilitated the start of Ripple Music, the record label.[6] Shortly thereafter, several bands signed with Ripple Music, including two 1970's protometal icons, Poobah and Iron Claw, plus newer, rising acts, Tripdavon, Fen, Modern Day Moonshine, and Kevin Beadles.

In 2010, the company debuted its initial releases "Acid Blues is the White Man's Burden" by JPT Scare Band, a re-issue of "Let Me In," the 1972 early metal classic by Poobah, and "Trails Out of Gloom," an album of dark, mysterious modern prog rock from Vancouver's Fen. Additionally, "You Can't Argue With Water," an album of rootsy Americana rock from award-winning songwriter, Kevin Beadles came out on The Ripple Label. All titles were sold through international distribution and the Ripple Music website. Ripple Music released albums in vinyl, colored double vinyl, CD, and digital formats. Due to the high quality of Ripple Music's initial releases, the label garnered immediate national media attention.[7]

Since 2017, the label has hosted several RippleFest events in the United States and Europe as well as RippleFest Virtual in December 2020.[8][9]

In 2019, the label expanded its presence on the East Coast when co-founder John Rancik moved to Baltimore, Maryland.[10]

In 2020, the label began a 12-inch vinyl series called "Blood and Strings: The Ripple Acoustic." The first release in this series was The Obsessed founder Scott Weinrich's solo album Forever Gone.[11][12]

As of early 2021, the label lists over 300 releases on Discogs [13] and 189 titles appear on All Music.[14]

In January 2021, Ripple Music was joined by Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson as its new Executive Vice President of A&R and Special Projects.[15]

Popular Titles[edit]

  • Wo Fat - Midnight Cometh
  • Colour Haze - We Are
  • Wolftooth - Valhalla
  • ZED - Volume
  • The Watchers - Black Abyss
  • Against the Grain - Cheated Death
  • Salem’s Bend - Supercluster
  • Forming the Void - Reverie
  • Chron Goblin - Backwater
  • Mothership - Self-titled
  • War Cloud - Self-titled
  • Witchers Creed - Awakened from the tomb...
  • Devil to Pay - Fate is Your Muse
  • Earthen Grave - Self-titled
  • Leaf Hound - Live in Japan
  • JPT Scare Band - Acid Blues is the White Man's Burden
  • JPT Scare Band - Acid Acetate Excursion and Rape of the Titan's Sirens Double LP
  • Poobah - Let Me In
  • Poobah - US rock
  • Fen - Trails out of Gloom
  • Fen - Of Losing Interest
  • Trucker Diablo - Devil Rhythm
  • Trucker Diablo - Songs of Iron
  • Vokonis - The Sunken Djinn
  • Stone Axe - Stone Axe I
  • Stone Axe - Stone Axe II
  • Stone Axe - Captured Live at Roadburn
  • Mos Generator - Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition
  • Mos Generator - Nomads
  • Ape Machine - Mangled by the Machine
  • Grifter - Grifter
  • C.F.A. - Managed by the Devil, Brought to you by the Grace of God
  • Iron Claw - A Different Game
  • Mighty High - Legalize Tres Bags
  • Modern Day Moonshine - Refuge
  • Horseburner - The Thief

Additional Titles - 7" Singles[edit]

  • Grand Atlantic/Sky Parade - Sensitive Type b/w I Should Be Coming Up
  • Stone Axe/Mighty High - Metal Damage/Don't Panic, It's Organic
  • Heavy Ripples 2x7" - Stoner Axe, Grifter, Mighty High, Sun Gods in Exile
  • Vokonis 7" - The Sunken Djinn/Olde One (Live)

Ripple Music Artists[edit]

  • Against The Grain
  • Aver
  • Ape Machine
  • Appalooza [16]
  • Arrowhead
  • Bang
  • Black Lung
  • Blackwulf
  • Bone Church
  • Bonehawk
  • C.F.A.
  • Castle
  • Cities of Mars
  • Chron Goblin
  • Craneium
  • Crystal Spiders
  • Curse the Son [17]
  • Devil to Pay
  • DoctoR DooM
  • Fire Down Below
  • Foghound
  • Forming The Void
  • Freedom Hawk
  • Geezer
  • Grifter
  • High Priestess [18]
  • Holy Grove
  • Horseburner
  • JPT Scare Band
  • Jakethehawk [19]
  • Kingnomad
  • Leaf Hound
  • Lightning Born
  • Moonbow [20]
  • Mos Generator
  • Mothership
  • Obsidian Sea
  • Ozone Mama
  • Plainride
  • Poobah [21]
  • Psychlona
  • Tony Reed [22][23][24]
  • Roadsaw
  • Salems Bend
  • Starified [25]
  • Shotgun Sawyer
  • Simon Moon
  • Space Probe Taurus
  • Steak
  • Stubb
  • Stone Axe
  • Stonebirds
  • Sweat Lodge
  • Switchblade Jesus
  • The Ghost Next Door
  • The Necromancers
  • The Watchers
  • Thunder Horse [26]
  • Vokonis
  • Volume IV
  • War Cloud
  • Weed is Weed
  • White Dynomite
  • White Light Cemetery
  • Witchcryer
  • Witchers Creed
  • Scott "Wino" Weinrich (founding member of The Obsessed)[27]
  • Wo Fat
  • Wolftooth
  • Yawning Sons [28]
  • ZED

See also[edit]

List of record labels


  1. "Interview: Todd Severin. Mojo's Army. https://mojosarmy.com/interview-todd-severin-ripple-music/
  2. "Record Labels." The Burning Beard. http://www.theburningbeard.com/p/labels.html
  3. "Musician of the Month, December 2020: Todd Severin of Ripple Music." Metalhead Money. https://www.metalheadmoney.com/post/musician-of-the-month-december-2020-todd-severin-of-ripple-music
  4. Bellino, Vince. "Label Spotlight: Ripple Music." Decibel Magazine. https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2017/05/15/label-spotlight-ripple-music/
  5. US News. "Dr. Todd D. Severin, MD. https://health.usnews.com/doctors/todd-severin-132762
  6. Sanders, Brad. "Where to Begin With Ripple Music’s Heavy, Freaky Fuzz Rock." 24 August 2020. https://daily.bandcamp.com/label-profile/ripple-music-label-profile.
  7. "Interview with Racer From Ripple Music." 1 December 2012. http://thesludgelord.blogspot.com/2012/12/interview-with-racer-from-ripple-music.html
  8. "STUBB, War Cloud, Trippy Wicked and More Booked for RippleFest UK Coming Next Month." Ghost Cult Magazine. 27 August 2019. https://www.ghostcultmag.com/stubb-war-cloud-trippy-wicked-and-more-booked-for-ripple-fest-uk-coming-next-month/#more-122588
  9. "Ripple Music present the very first RIPPLEFEST VIRTUAL, an exclusive online festival special performances from Howling Giant, Horseburner and Jakethehawk." Outlaws of the Sun. 1 December 2020. https://outlawsofthesun.blogspot.com/2020/12/ripple-music-present-very-first.html
  10. "Ripple Music Announces East Coat Headquarters." Ghost Cult Magazine. 24 June 2019. https://www.ghostcultmag.com/ripple-music-announces-east-coat-headquarters/
  11. "Hear Doom Icon Scott 'Wino' Weinreich Cover Joy Division's 'Isolation.' Revolver. 24 April 2020. https://www.revolvermag.com/music/scott-wino-weinrich-cover-joy-division-isolation?fbclid=IwAR1817qX3U0M-fNqcCqLoSK9b3kMVtzfg9_wUt-tIid9HdvUoWsyiWWeMbU
  12. Travers, Paul. "20 Underground Records Still To Look Forward to in 2020." Kerrang. 21 May 2020. https://www.kerrang.com/features/20-underground-records-still-to-look-forward-to-in-2020/
  13. https://www.discogs.com/label/209142-Ripple-Music
  14. https://www.allmusic.com/artist/ripple-music-mn0002560446
  15. https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/ozzy-osbourne-bassist-rob-blasko-nicholson-joins-ripple-music-as-executive-vp-and-ar-of-special-projects
  16. Koczan, JJ. "Ripple Music Signs Four Bands During a Pandemic Like it Ain’t a Thing." The Obelisk. 25 September 2020. https://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2020/09/25/ripple-music-signs-four/
  17. "Album Review: Curse the Son, Excruciation." The Obelisk. June 8th, 2020. http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2020/06/08/curse-the-son-excruciation-review/
  18. Evdokimov, Aleksey. "High Priestess Interview." It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine. https://www.psychedelicbabymag.com/2020/06/high-priestess-interview.html
  19. Koczan, JJ. "Ripple Music Signs Four Bands During a Pandemic Like it Ain’t a Thing." The Obelisk. 25 September 2020. https://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2020/09/25/ripple-music-signs-four/
  20. Van Horn, Ray Jr."CD Reviews: Moonbow's War Bear." Blabbermouth. https://www.blabbermouth.net/cdreviews/war-bear/
  21. Fricke, David. "Fricke’s Picks: Top 2010 Reissues from Under the Radar." Rolling Stone, December 27th 2010. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/frickes-picks-top-2010-reissues-from-under-the-radar-184550/
  22. Koczan, JJ. "Tony Reed Announces Solo Acoustic Funeral Suit Album out Nov. 6 on Ripple Music." The Obelisk. 31 August 2020. https://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2020/08/31/tony-reed-funeral-suit-release/
  23. "Latta, Chris. "Album Review: Tony Reed - Funeral Suit." Ghost Cult Magazine. 4 November 2020. https://www.ghostcultmag.com/album-review-tony-reed-funeral-suit-ripple-music/
  24. Koczan, JJ. "Review and Track Premiere: Tony Reed, Funeral Suit." The Obelisk. 28 September 2020. https://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2020/09/28/tony-reed-funeral-suit-review-premiere/
  25. Koczan, JJ. "Ripple Music Signs Four Bands During a Pandemic Like it Ain’t a Thing." The Obelisk. 25 September 2020. https://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2020/09/25/ripple-music-signs-four/
  26. Koczan, JJ. "Ripple Music Signs Four Bands During a Pandemic Like it Ain’t a Thing." The Obelisk. 25 September 2020. https://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2020/09/25/ripple-music-signs-four/
  27. Pehling, Dave. "CBS SF Talks To Scott “Wino” Weinrich About New Acoustic Solo Album." CBS SF Bay Area. July 1, 2020. https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/07/01/cbs-sf-scott-wino-weinrich-new-acoustic-solo-album-forever-gone/
  28. Koczan, JJ. "Yawning Sons Sign to Ripple Music, New Album due in 2021." The Obelisk. 1 December 2020. https://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2020/12/01/yawning-sons-ripple/

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