Nuclear Blast is a major record label and mail order record distributor with subsidiaries in Germany, the United States and Brazil. The record label was founded in 1987 by Markus Staiger in Germany. Originally releasing hardcore punk records, the label moved on to releasing albums by melodic death metal, grindcore, power metal and black metal bands, as well as tribute albums. Nuclear Blast is widely respected as the top label for the melodic metal scene, along with fellow non-RIAA label Century Media. The label's main office is in Donzdorf, GÃ¶ppingen.
music starved kid named Brian Slagel, killing time in suburban Los Angeles, gets
sick of watching the local metal scene being ignored by the major labels.
Working days at legendary metal emporium Oz Records and nights putting together
one of the first metal fanzines, The New Heavy Metal Revue, Slagel asks some
distributor friends if they'd be interested in circulating a compilation of
unsigned bands if he put it together. The distributors said yes and Metal Blade
Records was born. Of course it wasn't quite that simple. Putting in long 17 hour
days between Oz and Metal Blade, Slagel pieced together the bands that would
grace the label's first release - The New Heavy Metal Revue presents Metal
Massacre. Metallica, Ratt and Black 'N' Blue were just a few of the willing
locals. Except before Metal Massacre, Metallica didn't exist.
Metalupdate Interview with Brian Slagel
BEHIND THE SCREAMS - PART 2
2006 - The noise began 24 years ago...
So now for over 24 years Metal Blade Records has been setting the trend in heavy
metal music without compromising it's underground beginnings. Brian Slagel and
Metal Blade Records have without a doubt had a major role in developing the
American metal scene since day one and remains one of the most essential sources
of metal music today. Since it's beginnings in 1982, Metal Blade Records has
unleashed some of the most influential and significant metal acts like Slayer,
Metallica, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR, Six Feet Under, and King Diamond while
developing new acts like As I Lay Dying, The Red Chord, Unearth, The Black
Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore, Into The Moat, Cellador, and Phoenix Mourning just to
name a few. There are few who can argue that Metal Blade is one of the leading
independent metal labels around! Constantly growing and expanding, recently
opening up Metal Blade Records Japan and the already significant Metal Blade
Records Germany, and adding some of the best bands out there to it's roster, it
is obvious that Metal Blade Records is here to stay!
Eat Metal Records is totally based on the dedication for real and amusing heavy metal sounds!
main goal is to release albums, that will appeal firstly to us, and
then to everybody having the same tastes, meaning that you can never
expect a non METAL release from us.
We want to give our bands, the best possible support, and not just release their records....
That means we are really taking good care of bands, but on the other hand we are also serious and demanding....
are also into re-releasing great old albums, that didn't get the chance
to be heard properly, because of various circumstances. We are not in,
only for those that are rare, it has to have more than this....
are always into listening new bands, and discovering the next metal
gods! We definitely wait for your demos, and who knows, maybe you found
the right guys..............
LONG LIVE UNCOMPROMISED METAL!!!!
Since 1988 Century Media Records has consistently become one of the world's leading independent metal record labels, with seven current offices worldwide. Delivering quality releases from an array of artists that span the genres of traditional, goth, death, black, power metal and hardcore, Century Media's influence on the world's current metal scene(s) has steadily increased throughout this decade. Flagship artists such as Samael, Tiamat, The Gathering, Moonspell, Iced Earth and Stuck Mojo have been around since the label's early days, while newcomers to the label such as Skinlab, Lacuna Coil and Cryptopsy have vaulted from cult phenoms to viable contenders in the last couple of years. As the world's metal genres continue to grow and expand on themselves and past accomplishments, the visibility of the music itself becomes brighter every year, and every year Century Media continues to push the boundaries and propel their artists into the public eye. Annual hard rock/metal festivals such as Dynamo Open Air in Eindhoven, Milwaukee Metal Fest in the US, Wacken and With Full Force in Germany, and of course Monsters Of Rock continue to attract more fans each time, and each year more and more Century Media bands appear at these festivals. As well as marketing and selling music from all Century Media artists, the label's Los Angeles operation distributes albums and music from over 80 other independent labels from around the world (many of which would not have distribution in certain territories without CM), making the Century Media Mail Order department one of the busiest branches that the company currently has going. With the new millennium and the metal realm continuing to gain momentum throughout the world, Century Media is leading fans to musical fulfillment with the best of all genres of heavy music...