Pig Hands art print series

We have partnered with Pig Hands to do a print series with his work. He does stunning pen and ink work that has graced shirt and album covers in the US and Europe.  Find him on IG @pighands to see more of his work. 

Pig Hands is a Macedonian artist, who has been crushing it the last few years with his pen and ink and color art. Many of his pieces have been featured on album covers like Die Young, False Light, Dopelord, and more. His pieces for Reel Void, for the films The VVItch and Anti Christ, were stunning. We are thrilled to be working with Pig Hands and curating limited, screen printed art prints for collectors.
This piece is titled "Sabbath" and the imagery comes from a Macedonian folk tale but there is plenty to left open for interpretation from the viewer.
19"x19" screen print on thick, 100lb Pop Tone Whip Cream French Paper with an empty 1 inch margin for framing. Printed by the skilled hands at Death By Ink print shop. This print showcases Pig Hands' detailed pen and ink line work. Print will come with a hand signed and numbered certificate of authenticity. COA is roughly 4"x6" signed and numbered.
Prints will be wrapped in kraft paper and shipped in a thick Yazoo Mills tube. Art prints must ship separately from anything else in your order. The tube cost is built into the shipping cost which is why it is a bit more expensive.
Prints and COAs are in hand and ready to ship.

Fall update 2019

Since the last post we have several new releases to check out. All can be purchased at our store:

We recently released two things from wristmeetrazor, their demo was pressed as a flexi with hand stamped covers. Some versions are almost sold out.  Pressed on black and white flexis with rainbow foil and limited to 250 total copies. We also released their EPs I Talk to God but the Sky is Empty as a digipack CD collection.

We also released a wristmeetrazor side project called Glass Killing Floor which is heavy, vegan, Euro tinged hardcore on cassette (sold out) and digipack CD.

xCauterizex - demo cassette - a new XVX band from the Pacific Northwest

Extricate - Unforgiving Years 7"
Vegan, political hardcore from the West coast. Members of 18 Visions, 7 Generations.
100 red vinyl (sold out) and 200 black

Chris Taylor art print series

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Chris Taylor to create a series of fine art prints for his work. Chris is probably best known as the vocalist of Pg. 99 and Pygmy Lush, but his art is instantly recognizable by fans of heavy music, he has created iconic album artwork for Pig Destroyer, Darkest Hour, Pg. 99, Planes Mistaken for Stars, and many others. We have kicked around this idea of creating art prints for his work for about five years, but it has finally come together for us to start our print series.

These are the first two prints in the series.  Both are S/N out of 50 and screen printed on pop tone black licorice French paper.  The first two in the series are now sold out but the second two prints will be coming very shortly.

"IFNI" 19" x 19"

"I Know Ya" 18" x 24"

2017 Update

Wow! We are we bad at keeping this site updated.  As always, the best way to stay up to date is to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

We have had a good year this year.  We released a powerhouse split LP between Vatican, Iron Curtain, Sanction, and Funerals.  It's available now on oxblood color vinyl and black vinyl.

We also released a follow up 7" for Riot Stares (ex Discourse) called "Let the Phase Speak" on white, clear, and purple vinyl.  Now available from our store and from the band on tour.
You can also find this years cassette releases in our store including the final Down In It EP, mothmother - /'peze,mizem/ EP, Endless//Nameless EP, a demo from NC's Empty Ritual (ex Just Die and Old Flings), and a posthumous release of the final two Muscle and Bone songs (originally intended for a split 7" that never came out) on a lathe cut picture disc.

Riot Stares - S/T 7"

Riot Stares has members of Discourse and False Light.  Look for them on tour this Fall.  
Killer hardcore in the vein of Snapcase and early Refused.

Summer 2016 Update

Hey everyone.   We try to update this page every so often,  but the best ways to stay up to date with us is to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Since our last update, we released a 7" version of the No Restraint - The Branches of Suffering EP which is still available.  We also partnered with a couple other great labels to release the Great Reversals - Mere Mortals LP.  Great Reversals play killer 90s style hardcore in the vein of Trial and Harvest. It's available on purple, yellow, and black vinyl.

You can download and listen to the Great Rev album here:  https://gr8rev.bandcamp.com/

and the vinyl here:  bittermelodyrecords.limitedrun.com

We also have some limited copies of Most Precious Bloods's Merciless on 180 gram black vinyl and green with black smoke vinyl.  MPB just played a stunning set at this years' This is Hardcore Fest.

We just announced that we will be releasing Riot Stares' debut EP on 7" vinyl this Fall.  Riot Stares feature members of Discourse and False Light and play hardcore reminiscent of Snapcase and early Refused.  This will be a split release with our good friends at Headfirst Records.    More info to come on this.  https://riotstares.bandcamp.com/

We add to our distro regularly, so take a look through our store to find records and tapes from many labels including Deathwish, Dead Tank, Headfirst, Self Aware, State of Mind, Cointoss, Trip Machine, and a bunch more.

Winter Update 2015

We had a busy Fall this year.  After the release of the Dead Mothers 7", we followed that with two cassette releases.  First we released the new Bishop record "Everything In Vein" on cassette with a bonus track and then we released a stellar demo from Paid In Full (from Wilmington, NC).  We still have a few of those available.

The big Fall release was the Down In It split with No Restraint.  We released cassettes from both bands previously and then they teamed up to deliver the split of 2015.  Both bands contribute 3 crushing songs each.  There is no filler.  This is a split that deserves your attention.  Both bands are going to rule 2016.  I can't wait to see what they do next.

We also released a posthumous lathe cut 7" of the last 2 songs from the Dead Mothers' Life Is Poison session.  It sold out very quickly.  It was sad to say goodbye to this band, as they had much potential. I'm looking forward to what the members go on to do next.

The last release of 2015 is Joseph Downs' Wild As The Road, which we released as a CD.  North Carolina singer-songwriter Joseph Downs reflects a long-standing southern tradition of songwriting that delivers heartache and emotion. In 2008, Downs self-released an EP “She Is My Home”, after touring to support the EP he periodically played shows. In 2014 Downs’ band THE SABBATHIAN released an EP on Svart Records and in 2015 his band ALTAR BLOOD self-released an EP. Downs’ latest solo effort “Wild as the Road” on Bitter Melody Records is a collection of 8 songs written between 2010 and 2015 reflecting life, love and the human condition. Downs’ live shows have been described as a bit of a “tissue factory” and those attending can expect to receive a healthy dose of heartfelt emotion.
Full stream is available here: http://newnoisemagazine.com/exclusive-album-stream-joseph-downs-wild-as-the-road/

Look forward to more news in the beginning of 2016, we are working out our release schedule now.

Dead Mothers - Life is Poison EP

We are pretty pumped to be releasing Dead Mothers' first EP.  It is killer.  Lacquers are in the process of being cut now.

Founded in 2014, Asheville, North Carolina’s Dead Mothers have written a crushing debut EP due this summer on Bitter Melody Records.  Mixing their punk ethos, social awareness, and technical musicianship they have recorded 5 songs with Kris Hilbert at Legitimate Business in Greensboro, NC.  The result is a tight, monumentally heavy EP.  “Life is Poison” crosses genres of mathcore, grind, and sludge.  This album will fit right in your collection between your Gaza, Knut, Pig Destroyer, and Converge albums. 

Bitter Melody is proud to be releasing this on 7” vinyl this summer featuring artwork from Ethan McCarthy of Primitive Man.

You can stream the first song ("White Squaw") off the EP at New Noise Magazine now:  http://newnoisemagazine.com/song-premiere-dead-mothers-white-squaw/

Dead Mothers is:

Olive Ardizoni
Mike Royal
Jordan Vermillion
Ryan Moon

Spring Update 2015

We have several new releases out now and new ones planned.  Here's a rundown of new and upcoming projects.

We recently released two cassettes for two phenomenal hardcore bands.

Down In It from Wilmington and No Restraint from Jacksonville, FL.  We are planning a new project with the two of them now, but you can pick up their cassette EPs now.  You can stream and download both of these EPs from their bandcamps.  downinit.bandcamp.com and norestraint.bandcamp.com

NCHC veterans Gut Feeling return with their first new recording since 2012's S/T EP.

Gut Feeling features former members of Catharsis, Undying, Torch Runner, Nightbear, and others.
Like the previous EP, the 2015 S/T EP was engineered by Kris Hilbert at Legitimate Business (Greensboro, NC).

Six new tracks of fast hardcore punk, a little reminiscent of early 2000’s hardcore like Champion, Modern Life is War, Comeback Kid. This EP, like the previous one, will be released as a joint collaboration between Headfirst! & Bitter Melody Records. The packaging is absolutely stunning and features illustrations by Thomas Sara and screenprinted by Death By Ink printing. We have some really special stuff in the works for this 7". (If you saw the packaging for round one, you should know this will not disappoint!).

100 glow in the dark, 150 black, 250 coke bottle clear

New represses and a new 7" from Milky White

We now have two beautiful represses of Old Flings - Spite and Indecision - Unorthodox on some crazy new colors.

Old Flings on mustard green out of 100
Old Flings on cosmos out of 100 - sold out

Indecision on PMA (red, green, yellow) 100 -almost sold out
Indecision on green out of 150

The Milky White 7" is out now!

Milky White were Charleston, SC's best kept secret, until now. They have finished their first EP which we are proud to release on vinyl. This EP is available on green, pink, and black 7" vinyl.

There's also a bundle in the drop down menu for a 3 pack with all three colors (save $1.50). Each 7" comes with a download code for a high quality download of the EP.

The band describes themselves as "90s teen movie house party jams" but however you want to describe it, the undeniable fact is that it rules. We were sold once we heard the bass lines and Jules' vocals.

Juan Diniz at The 1st Five writes "Hailing from Charleston, SC, Milky White are a female-led quartet whose sound echo some of the more subdued pop-driven styles of 90′s shoegaze and even some post-Smashing Pumpkins quietness. Think of maybe Silversun Pickups with female vocals at the forefront and a fearless approach to let the guitars get as noisy as possible. But all the while maintain a dreamy and languid restraint. It’s definitely an example of indie pop as its finest.
Oh, and by the way, the band describes their sound as “90′s teen movie house party jams”. Well, I have to agree wholeheartedly with that and then some. Definitely evokes the finer and more heart-wrenching, warm fuzzies sounds and feels of 90′s alternative music. But it’s today, right here, right now."

100 pink, 100 green, 300 black

We also have a new tape from Richmond's Cross Eyed. 

The group comes from an impressive band pedigree featuring current and former members of Hold Tight!, Tight Hold, Friendly Fire, Springtime, Family Cat, Tiger Tail, Just Friends.

We are very excited to be helping release this EP. Comes with a link to find the download.

Cross Eyed write short, snotty pop punk songs with three different members doing vocals, bringing a different sound to each song. They bring a mix of their other bands and a touch of Ramones-core to craft a record that will fit nicely in the catalog of RVA punk.

Their debut 7 song debut is being released on 50 red and 50 white cassettes.

1. Lose Me
2. Stuck
3. Heads Up
4. Ruffner
5. Blonde
6. Shovel
7. Every Minute