Location – Quebec, Canada
Opened In: 2001
Genre – Black Metal
Format – Cassette/CD/Vinyl/T-Shirts
# Of Releases – 125+
Whether it’s the most technical death metal or the coldest primitive black metal Quebec has been the epicenter for extreme metal in Canada. Based on that ordering from a black metal label based in Quebec was a no brainer. It also helps that I am a fellow Canadian so shipping cost and time are greatly reduced.
One complaint I often have of underground distros is poorly designed websites. I can’t count how many times I’ve been on a distro’s site, been interested in release or two and then can’t find any damn way to place an order, let alone how to contact the label.
That said, Tour De Garde does not suffer from this at all! Their website is very easy to use and order from. Clean layout. Just enough info about everything for sale. User account system that tracks previous orders. Etc. Very pro!
On December 28, 2016 I placed an order for some Pagan Hellfire, Kenaz and Akitsa CDs and a copy of Among The Ruins zine. Everything was shipped the next day and arrived January 3, 2017! It probably would have been faster as the postal system had some days off for New Years. Also included in the package was a free CD!
The only slight downside I can think of (and I am really struggling to think of any downside) is they have too much to choose from. Like ordering at a restaurant that has a 20 page menu you soon become overwhelmed. They have over 650 cassettes alone to choose from!
It would be great to be able to filter on sub-genre or country to help narrow down choices especially when you aren’t familiar with most of the bands. Having a huge selection isn’t really a complaint though. I felt like a kid in a candy store.
So, in conclusion, Tour De Garde are a fantastic label who have a huge selection (easily over 1000 products) and take their work very seriously! They deserve your support!