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Still magically brutal: 11 years of A389 Recordings
Still magically brutal: 11 years of A389 Recordings

On a recent Sunday morning in a cold, unmarked storage unit in Canton, Domenic Romeo reads shipping information on his sticker-filled laptop as a heavily distorted guitar bellows from the speakers. Surrounded by hundreds of vinyl records, band T-shirts and other eye-catching ephemera, the 38-year-old owner of A389 Recordings — Romeo's Baltimore-based independent record label specializing in the darkest and heaviest of hardcore and metal — is in his element. He stuffs another padded manila envelope with merchandise before double-checking a packing slip. “Who are your top five bands?” Romeo, wearing a tour T-shirt of his all-time favorite band, Kiss, asks a...

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