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Equal Vision Records
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Founded 1990 (1990)
Founder Ray Cappo
Distributor(s) The Orchard (United States)
UNFD (Australia/New Zealand)
Country of origin United States
Location Albany, New York

Equal Vision Records is an independent record label based in Albany, New York. It was founded in the early 1990s by Ray Cappo, singer for the punk bands Youth of Today, Shelter, and Better Than a Thousand.

The label originally existed solely to distribute Shelter and other Krishna releases. In 1992, label manager Steve Reddy bought Equal Vision from Cappo. The focus was expanded and a wider variety of bands were brought on board. According to Punk News, the mid-to-late '90s saw a redoubling of the Equal Vision's hardcore efforts with such signings as One King Down and Ten Yard Fight. By the end of the '90s Equal Vision Records (EVR) had a stable of hardcore and punk bands, having added Bane, Trial, Converge and Saves the Day to its roster in the latter part of the decade.

Sublabels and distribution

In July 2009 EVR created a sub-label named Mantralogy. This sub-label will feature bands that "deliver edgy, Krishna-conscious music."

In 2012 EVR artist Max Bemis (of Say Anything) created an imprint label named Rory Records, distributed by EVR. On June 19, it was announced that Equal Vision Records and Casey Crescenzo of the Dear Hunter would be forming a partnership. Casey has been given his own imprint label: Cave & Canary Goods.

EVR switched back its distribution of physical and digital releases in the US to RED Distribution since January 23, 2012, after many years with Alternative Distribution Alliance. In May 2013, EVR inked a partnership with UNFD to manufacture, promote and distribute EVR releases in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to the partnership, EVR has shared several artists with UNFD for distribution in both coverages, such as Say Anything, We Came as Romans and House vs. Hurricane.

Velocity Records was originally established in 2009 as a subsidiary of Rise Records. It was relaunched in 2016 as a partner of Equal Vision Records.

Notable artists


  • Anberlin
  • Armor for Sleep
  • As Cities Burn
  • Concrete Castles
  • Dead American
  • The Dear Hunter (Cave & Canary Goods)
  • Donovan Melero
  • Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows
  • Fairweather
  • Gideon
  • Hail the Sun
  • Hopesfall
  • Hot Water Music
  • The Juliana Theory
  • Mae
  • Museum Mouth (EVR/Rory Records)
  • Night Verses (Graphic Nature)
  • No Devotion
  • Shallow Pools
  • Silent Drive
  • Texas in July
  • The Vaughns
  • William Ryan Key
  • Yellowcard

Velocity Records

  • And So I Watch You from Afar
  • Eve 6
  • If I Die First
  • Nemophila
  • Craig Owens
  • Scary Kids Scaring Kids
  • Secrets
  • Terror
  • Thursday


  • 108 (active on Deathwish, Inc.)
  • Alexisonfire
  • Alive in Wild Paint (disbanded 2009)
  • Antoine and Dead Kelly (disbanded 2014)
  • A Lot Like Birds (disbanded 2018)
  • As Friends Rust
  • Bane (disbanded 2016)
  • Be Well
  • Bear vs. Shark (disbanded 2005)
  • Being As An Ocean (active with SharpTone Records)
  • Better Off
  • BoySetsFire
  • Breaking Pangaea
  • Brian Marquis
  • Burn
  • Chiodos (disbanded 2016)
  • Cinematic Sunrise (disbanded 2009)
  • Circa Survive (on hiatus)
  • Closure in Moscow
  • Coheed and Cambria (active with Roadrunner Records)
  • The Color Fred (active with Heading East Records)
  • Converge (active with Epitaph Records)
  • Copper
  • Codeseven
  • Come and Rest
  • Crown of Thornz
  • Damiera
  • Davenport Cabinet (disbanded 2016)
  • The Dear & Departed
  • Dear and the Headlights (disbanded 2011)
  • Drowningman
  • Dustin Kensrue
  • Earth Crisis (active with Candlelight)
  • Eisley
  • The Fall of Troy (active, unsigned)
  • Fear Before (on hiatus)
  • Fivespeed (active with Sunset Alliance)
  • For All I Am (active, unsigned)
  • Gatherers (active with No Sleep Records)
  • Gatsby's American Dream
  • Give Up the Ghost
  • Glass Cloud (inactive)
  • Good Clean Fun (active with Reflections Records)
  • Goodbye Tomorrow
  • H2O (active with Bridge 9 Records)
  • Hands Tied
  • The Hope Conspiracy (active with Deathwish Records)
  • Hot Cross
  • House vs. Hurricane
  • Household
  • I the Mighty (on hiatus)
  • Isles & Glaciers (disbanded 2010)
  • Jonah Matranga
  • Kurt Travis (active with Esque Records)
  • Liars Academy (active with Goodwill Records)
  • Matt Pryor
  • Modern Life is War (active with Deathwish Records)
  • New End Original
  • One King Down
  • Orbs
  • OWEL
  • Patton Thomas (solo and as a member of Antoine and Dead Kelly)
  • Pierce the Veil (active with Fearless Records)
  • Polyphia (active with Rise Records)
  • Portugal. The Man (active with Atlantic Records)
  • The Prize Fighter Inferno
  • Refused
  • The Rocking Horse Winner
  • Say Anything (active with Dine Alone Records)
  • Saves the Day
  • Seemless
  • Serpico
  • Shelter (active with Good Life Recordings)
  • Sick of It All (active on Century Media)
  • Set It Off (active, unsigned)
  • Sky Eats Airplane (inactive)
  • Sleep On It (disbanded 2020)
  • The Snake the Cross the Crown
  • Snapcase
  • The Sound of Animals Fighting (inactive)
  • Stolas (disbanded)
  • Ten Yard Fight
  • This Day Forward
  • This Time Next Year (disbanded 2012)
  • Time in Malta
  • Trial (active with Panic Records)
  • Two Tongues
  • Until the End
  • Vaux
  • Vinnie Caruana
  • Waterparks (active with Fueled By Ramen)
  • We Came as Romans (active with SharpTone Records)
  • William Beckett
  • Weerd Science (active with Super Rap Records)
  • Wild Orchid Children
  • YouInSeries

Mantralogy bands

  • Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits
  • Jahnavi Harrison

See also

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