SPV GmbH (also known as Schallplatten Produktion und Vertrieb GmbH) is an independent German record label founded on January 1, 1984. It has slowly grown to be one of the largest independent distributors and record labels worldwide.
It also has several sublabels that it produces and distributes. These include metal labels Steamhammer, Synthetic Symphony, Oblivion, SPV Recordings/SPV America and Audiopharm.
SPV's most successful artists include Sepultura, Kreator, Pain of Salvation, Sodom, Angra, Alice Cooper, Eric Burdon, Blackmore's Night, Whitesnake, Motörhead, Helloween, Kamelot, Iced Earth, Moonspell, Saxon, Monster Magnet, Type O Negative and Skinny Puppy.