Sumerian Records

Sumerian Records
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Founded2006; 16 years ago (2006)
FounderAsh Avildsen
Distributor(s)Universal Music Group
Virgin Music[1]
Country of originUnited States
LocationLos Angeles, California
Washington, D.C.
London, United Kingdom

Sumerian Records is an American independent record label based in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and London.[2] The label was founded in 2006[3] by Ash Avildsen.[4][5] They have signed artists such as Black Veil Brides, Poppy, Palaye Royale, and The Smashing Pumpkins. It is considered a true lifestyle modern music brand known for both breaking new artists and revitalizing iconic legacy acts[6][7] with two RIAA certified gold records for Asking Alexandria's singles “The Final Episode[8] and “Not The American Average”[9] neither which ever received any mainstream radio play.[10] Their releases have over 5.5 billion streams across platforms and have garnered four Grammy Award nominations.[2] Sumerian has had several seminal artists in the rock, emo, and alternative genres perform on late night television, such as Asking Alexandria,[11][12] I See Stars,[13] and Crosses(†††)[14] on Jimmy Kimmel, Bones UK on Seth Meyers,[15] and most recently The Smashing Pumpkins on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.[16] Sumerian delivered the highest charting alternative radio song for The Smashing Pumpkins in 12+ years for their lead single “Cyr” off their latest album.[17][18] In early 2022, Sumerian acquired Behemoth Entertainment, a comic book and video game publisher, in order to increase their merchandise options and further expand the brand.[1]

Current roster[]

Artists formerly with label[]


Achievements and awards[]

In 2010, The Grammy Museum at LA Live had a “Golden Gods: History of Heavy Metal” Exhibit where the original, band sticker covered Sony Vaio laptop that founder Ash Avildsen started the label on was displayed as a historical item.[21]

In 2014, Sumerian reunited Grammy-winning[22] actor/rapper Ice-T's Body Count[23] and released their highest selling album in 20+ years Manslaughter.[24]

In 2017, Sumerian received its first Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance” for Periphery.[25][26] That year saw Sumerian also have their first box office theatrical film release in American Satan,[27][28] which debuted in select AMC theatres across the country[29] and went top 20 in its opening weekend on box office mojo.[30] The movie was picked up by Miramax for distribution[31][32] and Showtime for first window domestic SVOD[33] in the US and SKY in the UK.[34][35]

In 2018, Sumerian won the “best independent label” award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods in the UK and accepted the award on stage at the O2 in London.[36][37]

That same year they released the first true solo album for Jonathan Davis, lead singer of Grammy-winning and timeless influential juggernaut band KoRn.[38][39] The lead single for Jonathan’s album “What It Is[40] went Top 5 at Rock Radio which was a first for Jonathan outside of KoRn.[41][42]

In 2019, they received another “Best Metal PerformanceGrammy nomination for Between The Buried And Me.[43][44] In 2019, Guitar World listed two Sumerian artists in the top 4 guitarists of the decade, Tosin Abasi of Animals as Leaders and female solo artist Nita Strauss,[45] who in addition to her solo career and being Alice Cooper’s guitarist,[46] also plays the national anthem for the home games for the LA Rams at Sofi Stadium[47] and for WWE,[48] most recently at WrestleMania 37.[49]

In 2020, they received their first “Best Rock PerformanceGrammy nomination for Bones UK.[50][51]

In 2021, Sumerian received the first-ever Grammy nomination in the history of the Recording Academy for a female solo artist in the “Best Metal Performance” for Poppy,[52][53] who also performed at the premiere ceremony.[54]


  1. ^ a b Wiseman, Andreas (March 23, 2022). "Sumerian Records & Films Acquires Comic Book Publisher And Gaming Company Behemoth". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Jill Pedone joins Sumerian Records as Chief Strategy Officer". 18 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Label Profile: Sumerian Records". Alternative Press #263 (June 2010), p. 38.
  4. ^ "VEIL OF MAYA Signs With SUMERIAN RECORDS Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine",, January 11, 2008, retrieved 27 March 2010
  5. ^ "FELLSILENT Inks U.S. Deal With SUMERIAN RECORDS Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine",, October 1, 2008, retrieved 27 March 2010
  6. ^ "A Decade Under the Influence: The 12 Most Important Releases in Sumerian Records History". 10 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Ash Avildsen (Sumerian Records) interview | Lambgoat".
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  9. ^ "Asking Alexandria & in This Moment Singles Go Gold in the U.S." 6 April 2017.
  10. ^ "L.A. Metal Label Sumerian Records Has Spent 10 Years "Not F—-in' Selling Out"". 18 May 2016.
  11. ^ "David Arquette/Mike Birbiglia/Asking Alexandria". IMDb. 11 April 2011.
  12. ^ "Asking Alexandria Setlist at Jimmy Kimmel Live, Los Angeles".
  13. ^ "I See Stars to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live". Alternative Press. 12 May 2011.
  14. ^ "Watch Crosses (†††) perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'". Alternative Press. 12 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Bones UK Complete Pandemic Postponed U.S. Late Night TV Debut". Loudwire.
  16. ^ "Watch the Smashing Pumpkins Perform on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon".
  17. ^ "R/SmashingPumpkins - Cyr has now been on the charts as long as Zero". 28 January 2021.
  18. ^ "R/SmashingPumpkins - Cyr is actually doing quite well on the radio right now". 25 December 2020.
  19. ^ "From First To Last sign with Sumerian Records - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. 13 January 2015.
  20. ^ "Lilith Czar is the King of Rock". 19 February 2021.
  21. ^ "In Conversation: Ash Avildsen".
  22. ^ "Ice-T". 22 April 2021.
  23. ^ "Sumerian Records Signs Body Count". 10 December 2012.
  24. ^ "BODY COUNT: 'Manslaughter' First-Week Sales Revealed". 18 June 2014.
  25. ^ "Periphery". 23 November 2020.
  26. ^ "Metal Upstarts Baroness, Gojira & Periphery Reflect on 2017 Grammys, Why They 'Had a Blast Losing'". Billboard.
  27. ^ "In American Satan, Game of Thrones' John Bradley eats plates of coke". 24 October 2017.
  28. ^ "American Satan". IMDb. 13 October 2017.
  29. ^ "American Satan". 12 October 2017.
  30. ^ "American Satan".
  31. ^ "Thanks to Miramax, the whole world gets to see American Satan. | Dropping out of college, Pulp fiction, Rock and roll".
  32. ^
  33. ^ "'American Satan' is coming to Showtime". Alternative Press. 27 June 2018.
  34. ^ "American Satan is Now Available on Sky!".
  35. ^ "AMERICAN SATAN now available on Sky Cinema; TV series spin-off 'Paradise City' set to launch – the Noise Cartel".
  36. ^ "Winners of the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2018 Announced". 11 June 2018.
  37. ^ "Metal Hammer Golden Gods hammered out | Complete Music Update".
  38. ^ "Jonathan Davis interview: Solo album, nu-metal and new Korn material". NME. 15 May 2018.
  39. ^ "Jonathan Davis Confirms 'Black Labyrinth' Solo Album Title". Loudwire.
  40. ^ "Hear Jonathan Davis' "Spiritual" New Solo Song "What It Is"". 26 January 2018.
  41. ^ "Jonathan Davis". Billboard.
  42. ^ "Korn". Billboard.
  43. ^ "Between the Buried and Me". 23 November 2020.
  44. ^ "Meet First-Time GRAMMY Nominee Paul Waggoner". 15 January 2019.
  45. ^ "The 20 best guitarists of the decade". 30 December 2019.
  46. ^ "Nita Strauss discusses how she came to play with Alice Cooper, how to stay healthy on the road, and more - Guitar Girl Magazine". 27 November 2017.
  47. ^ "NITA STRAUSS to 'Set the Tone' at LOS ANGELES RAMS' Home Games This Season". 23 August 2020.
  48. ^ "Nita Strauss shreds the US national anthem at WWE's NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver". 8 April 2021.
  49. ^ "Nita Strauss on Kicking off WrestleMania 37 Week".
  50. ^ "Bones UK". 15 December 2020.
  51. ^ "BONES UK Take 'People Power' to the Grammys - Interview". Loudwire.
  52. ^ "Poppy: First Solo Female Metal Grammy Nominee is Out to Smash More Boundaries". February 2021.
  53. ^ "Poppy". 22 April 2021.
  54. ^ "Poppy to Play New Song During Grammys Premiere Ceremony". Loudwire.

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