“ Online home of Platichead Records „
Plastic Head are one of the largest metal and rock music distributors in the UK, with an absolutely vast catalogue of cds, vinyls and merchandise on offer. As well as a providing a simple search engine and a 'new releases' section, the site allows for browsing through bands listed alphabetically, although it would have been more convenient to break this list down by a number of genres given the size of the catalogue. Their item range is huge, meaning that whatever metal or rock release you are after there is a good chance you will find it here.
Plastic Head's own label, Candlelight Records, is responsible for putting out a large quantity of high profile extreme metal releases, amongst them albums by Emperor, Opeth, 1349, Anaal Nathrakh, Nachmystium, Ihsahn, Crowbar and Blut Aus Nord, and Plastic Head also rerelease lots of classic titles on vinyl under their 'Back on Black' label, including discographies by Cannibal Corpse, Death, Emperor, Bathory and Burzum. Plastic Head are the primary distributors of official merchandise by dozens and dozens of bands, and many of these titles are exclusively licensed to them, making it an ideal place to search for band tshirts, longsleeves and hoodies.
On the downside however Plastic Head are not the cheapest of distributors. CDs genereally cost around £12 plus postage, whereas vinyls are not too bad at £15 plus postage, although its worth checking Amazon, smaller UK distributors and bands' own myspace pages first as you might be able to find what you are looking for much cheaper there. Tshirts are reasonable at around £13 plus postage, although longsleeves will cost you around £20 all-in. They have a wide range of hoodies too, but these will set you back over £30. Their range is immense though, with multiple designs on offer for each of the bands available. There is also a bargain bin section, with some cheaper priced items on offer, including tshirts at £10 plus postage. There is also a section for cds under £3, but most of this stock is made up of real dregs. There are a few decent cds in there though, so its still worth hunting through for bargains. The postage costs of £2 do drive up the prices considerably seeing as they are already quite high, but after the first item every other item only costs 50p postage, making bulk orders the most sensible option.
Plastic Head's site is all rather professional looking, but the site is geared towards seaching by artist or by record label, rather than by format, which can get annoying if you you are wanting to browse through vinyls only, say. Searching for a band using the search engine will bring up a range of cds, vinyls, wristbands, belt buckles, caps, tshirts, hoodies, stickers and posters, which represents great choice but is annoying if youre looking for one type of item in particular.
I have always found Plastic Head's service to be friendly, efficient and reliable, and there is a phone numbe on the site should you want to order by phone or query something. They also have a free catalog available that lists their stock in full. Apart from the sometimes prohibitive costs and the mildly irritating search engine then, PlasticHead.com is an excellent websote with a huge and varied catalogue, making it well worth a look.