Black Market Activities

Black Market Activities (BMA) is an American independent record label that was founded in 2003 by Guy Kozowyk, the frontman of the Boston, Massachusetts-based extreme metal band the Red Chord.

Black Market Activities
Founded2003 (2003)
FounderGuy Kozowyk
Distributor(s)Metal Blade, RED Distribution
GenreExtreme metal, hardcore punk, avant-garde metal
Country of originUnited States
LocationRevere, Massachusetts


Black Market Activities was started with the stated goal of releasing records by bands that are pushing the boundaries of extreme music while keeping a friendly artist-centered attitude that steers clear of a lot of the "major label" business-like dealings that tend to hurt and exploit bands. The founder of the label being an extreme musician himself, he can more easily relate to the issues that are important to the bands on the label, and attempts to balance the business and art aspects of the music world. BMA is a tight-knit group of bands and friends who share similar ideas and musical tastes.[1]

In the years since its creation, BMA has grown quickly and gained much recognition. Black Market Activities teamed up with long-running metal record label Metal Blade Records on a production and distribution deal which allows all BMA releases to reach the same major stores as Metal Blade releases. This has propelled BMA and all its bands forward quite a bit. It has also, however, lead to some confusion as to which bands are on BMA and which bands are on Metal Blade, as both record labels' logos now appear on the backs of all BMA recordings.


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  1. ^ "Official site". Archived from the original on 2006-05-11. Retrieved 2006-05-22.
  2. ^ "TODAY IS THE DAY: Sign To Black Market Activities, Announce Tour". Archived from the original on 28 July 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010.

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