The formation of Solid State Records can be traced back to the early '90s underground music scene. Tooth & Nail Records became a force in Christian music circles and niche underground subculture alike, with bands whose broad appeal could not be pigeonholed to a particular crowd. Tooth & Nail’s roster created music powerful enough to reach into multiple genres, including the heavy metal, hardcore and then-emerging metalcore scenes.
Classic Tooth & Nail metal and hardcore releases from bands like Living Sacrifice, Strongarm, Focal Point and Zao led to the creation of Solid State Records, an imprint designed for the heavy music world.
Early Solid State releases from Underoath, Norma Jean, Demon Hunter, and August Burns Red remain touchstones for the genre while newer albums from bands like Fit For A King, Silent Planet, Wolves At The Gate, and Phinehas are primed to be long-lasting influencers of the heavy metal scene.
Solid State Bands frequent the pages of music magazines like Alternative Press, New Noise, and Revolver, and have consistently taken part in Warped Tour. The label’s roster has celebrated successes like Underoath's release Define The Great Line, which debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top 200 Album chart. August Burns Red’s monster 2013 release Rescue & Restore additionally debuted at #9 on Billboard’s Top 200. More recent victories include Demon Hunter’s biggest debut to date with Outlive hitting #8 on Billboard’s Current Albums chart. Silent Planet have also solidified themselves as major players in the future of metalcore after receiving the coveted APMA award for “Best Underground Band”.
The sound and style of Solid State's artists empowers and informs an entire subculture of listeners hungry to hear loud, passionate and envelope-pushing music played by people who live and breathe it.