Independent label: Castle Communications Plc was a British independent record label and home video distributor founded in 1983 by Terry Shand, Cliff Dane, and Jon Beecher. (Its video imprint was called Castle Vision.) Starting out as a mid-price catalog reissue specialist, with labels including The Collector Series and Dojo, Castle grew into the largest European owner of repertoire outside the major record companies. In the 1980s they were notable for releasing many heavy metal compilations albums under the series name Metal Killers. Interest in these licensed releases led them to form their own heavy metal imprint Raw Power, to sign and promote new rock acts, rather than to just license older product from other more established labels. The first signing to the Raw Power label was the NWOBHM act Hell's Belles, releasing their debut album and single in 1985. After several years, the Raw Power imprint was retired with the waning of heavy metal's popularity in the UK.The company was acquired by the American music distributor Alliance Entertainment in 1994, by 1999 the label ceased to be used, being replaced by Castle Music as it was absorbed into Sanctuary Records Group Ltd. The label dissolved when Sanctuary became a subsidiary of Universal Music Group in 2007. Distributed By Castle Communications Records.