Epitaph Records

Epitaph is a known independent punk label from California, which was founded in 1981 by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz and published skate punk and melodic hardcore Publications primarily on the. In recent years, however, artists of other genres such as hip-hop, hardcore and indie rock have been contracted propagated.

The name of the label took Gurewitz from Epitaph song the band King Crimson.

To Epitaph also includes the sub - labels ANTI- Records, and Hellcat Records. In addition, Epitaph was responsible for the sales of Blue label Fat Possum Records and owns 51 percent of the Swedish label Burning Heart Records.


The first release on Epitaph was the first EP by Bad Religion, which stayed with Epitaph to 1993. The first other band at Epitaph next Bad Religion The Vandals were that brought out their first EP Peace Thru Vandalism there. In the coming years Epitaph took many later very successful bands like NOFX, Pennywise, The Offspring Down By Law or under contract. 1994 Brett Gurewitz left Bad Religion, among others, in order to fully take care of epitaph. In 1994, the album Smash by The Offspring, the worldwide multi-million selling and an enormous success for Epitaph appeared meant so that the label hardly came along with the production and also a bigger bankroll got what the further development of the label for today biggest punk label in the world very simplified. Epitaph has now developed into a large company with many employees. 2001 Gurewitz got back to Bad Religion and the band returned from major label back to Epitaph.

Meanwhile, a European office in Amsterdam called Epitaph Epitaph Europe, also called Eurotaph, founded, published by the American plates in Europe, and disks European bands, such as the German terrorist group Beatsteaks or the Dutch De Heideroosjes and I Against I.

Since 2004, Epitaph also released hip hop records, mainly of artists that stand out from the usual hip-hop clichés like atmosphere which are known for sensitive texts, or the radical left The Coup. This development is considered controversial by classic skate punk fans.

In autumn 2008, Epitaph announced to have taken New Found Glory and Thursday under contract. In May 2010 it was announced that the next album by Social Distortion will be released on Epitaph.


Some of the most famous bands that have published plates at Epitaph and its sub- labels:

Partner labels

With these labels Epitaph has signed various cooperation on global sales etc..

  • ANTI- Records
  • Burning Heart Records
  • Hellcat Records
  • Fat Possum Records