|Distributor(s)||Caroline (United States), Southern (Europe)|
|Genre||Extreme metal, experimental, heavy metal, hardcore punk|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||Los Angeles, California|
Southern Lord is an American heavy metal record label that was founded in 1998 by Greg Anderson. It specialized in experimental metal: particularly doom metal, stoner rock, and drone metal. The label later expanded its line-up to include artists from black metal, hardcore punk and crust punk bands.
Before co-founding their own record label Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley were friends and bandmates in Thorr's Hammer and Burning Witch. The pair formed a new band named Sunn O))) in 1998 and moved to Los Angeles. They started Southern Lord as a way to have control over the releases of their own recordings.
Southern Lord's first release was the CD version (previous released as a cassette) of Thorr’s Hammer‘s Dommedagsnatt-- a doom/death metal album with Norwegian lyrics. The second release was: Burning Witch‘s Crippled Lucifer-- a compilation CD of the band's first two EPs.
Subsequently Southern Lord branched out to release a compilation album from Scott "Wino" Weinrich's doom band The Obsessed. Incarnate was the first release to bear the Southern Lord label that did not include Anderson and O’Malley. Anderson's next band Goatsnake added another name to the roster. Wino continued his involvement with the label through various bands such as: Saint Vitus, Place of Skulls, as well as a solo artist in 2009.
The label's roster continued to grow with notable doom releases such as Warhorse’s As Heaven Turns to Ash, Place of Skulls Nailed and With Vision, as well as albums from Anderson's band Goatsnake. It also expanded its musical pallet releasing music by: Darkest Hour, Orcustus, and Dave Grohl‘s side project Probot.
The band Earth joined the Southern Lord family in 2005—continuing Southern Lord's involvement in drone and doom music.
Southern Lord released just shy of 20 black metal releases between 2005 and 2006—focused primarily on black metal with dark ambient undertones. Releases included albums by: Xasthur, Leviathan, Lurker of Chalice, as well as the ‘supergroup‘ Twilight.
This is a list of the artists who have recorded for Southern Lord Records.