Hellvelvet Webstore – record webstore concept that appeals to a certain aesthetic: re-uniting dark music genres, mainly the apparent opposed spectrums that of dark ambient and extreme metal, from a very personal perspective. It represents mainly a part of personal collection: to help a bit through my unemployment times due Covid19 with the artistic activities and new records. As well as marks a restart in shop collaborations with labels & underground artists (small trades are welcome).

Story

More or less intended (personal taste based), the webshop focuses mainly on the genres and artists that were a constant part of my musical journey which began in early nineties. It all comes together from equally important historical directions: from the black metal incipient times (also reflected in the logo) and dark ambient music (from times which was not a defined genre) – and the sub-genre of death metal (growing up with Death – Human!).

This journey (since ’91 more precisely) through all kinds of darker bands and music weirdness, along with a fetish for physical releases, collectibles, culminated into a record label since 2005 and record store.
Essentia Mundi is an independent underground record label that was founded in 2005 in Sibiu, Transylvania. Based on a strong desire to try the experimental waters of the unknown darker sounds, to boost the then-not-defined scene of dark ambient & experimental, with the main goal of releasing the personal projects and, along the way, other interesting projects that would fit the label aesthetics. In parallel, even since 2001, the Ancient Beliefs Prod. was born as a small underground DIY webzine focused mainly on the extreme metal side. All this was done at a small scale and only as hobby project, which then and now turned a bit more serious, culminating nowadays (2021) with the release of two full length records.

Store

Having all this story in mind, please note that a good part of the shop should be seen as a memorabilia store, like a real record store chamber with one time items, second-hand items, rares. As stated, most of those items are from personal collection but they bear a very fair gradation information and even with negotiable prices at times. And the other part of the store is our friend’s and collaborators, distributor’s items we encountered along the journey.
I do my best and considering the many years in the scene I can do some decent work as collector, as record store owner demands: carefully handling, storing, cleaning, grading records. I pack very well too and I want to assure that you are satisfied. The funds I have from this are totally “recycled” into new music.

Name

Hellvelvet name unites under the same concept the two labels. Logo design was inspired by the first black metal shop from…Norway. The main intend beside the aesthetics of it, is to pay a small tribute to the label which paved the way, by releasing the firsts bands of the second black metal wave.

Essentia Mundi Records

In case you are a label please contact us if you are interested in a trade or some other music related proposals, distribution, promotion, etc.
In case you are a band and want a small distribution of your self released CD on our webstore you can contact us directly. Also if you feel your music fits for us to be released please contact us. We can’t promise anything, but if we like your demo we will figure out something. As for music genres, we tend nowadays towards darker, weirder and extreme metal infused albums.

Contact email: info_at_essentiamundi.com

Copyrights
Images are for exemplification only, their copyright belongs to the respective artists/record owners.
Legal: C. Stefan I.I. CUI: 42531156