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"The noise began 23 years ago. A music starved kid named Brian Slagel, killing time in suburban LosAngeles, 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."

--excerpted from http://www.metalblade.com/about2004.html

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Between the Buried and Me / Animals As Leaders / The Contortionist
Between The Buried And Me have announced a summer headlining tour in support of their upcoming Metal Blade Records album. The record is titled Coma Ecliptic and is due out July 7, 2015. The tour will feature support from Animals as Leaders and The…
2015-03-17 14:00:01

Cancer Bats: 'Searching for Zero'
Cancer Bats are streaming their fifth-studio album, Searching For Zero, in full. The record is due out March 10, 2015 and promises to be the band's most "melodic and macabre," created around the deaths of the band’s loved ones. The band will soon be heading out…
2015-03-04 15:30:01

Wovenwar: "Death to Rights"
Wovenwar (ex-As I Lay Dying) have posted their video for "Death to Rights." It's from their self-titled Metal Blade Records…
2015-01-30 10:00:01

Cancer Bats / Exalt / While She Sleeps (North America/Europe)
Toronto's Cancer Bats have just announced a slew of tour dates supported by Exalt and While She Sleeps covering North America and Europe through early May. Their new album, Searching for Zero, will be released March 10, 2015 via Metal…
2015-01-16 13:00:01

Periphery / Wovenwar / Nothing More / Thank You Scientist
Periphery, Wovenwar (ex-As I Lay Dying), Nothing More and Thank You Scientist have announced a US tour together early next…
2014-11-19 12:00:01

Trailer released for GWAR documentary 'Let There Be GWAR'
A release date has yet to be announced, but a documentary entitled "Let There Be GWAR" is in the works. It will detail the life and times of your galactic overlords, GWAR. Following the death of Dave Brockie last March, the long-running band from the planet Scumdogia (by way of Richmond, VA), recently held a…
2014-09-02 12:00:01

Dragonforce: "Ring of Fire" (Johnny Cash)
English metal outfit Dragonforce have posted a warp-speed metallic rendition of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire." The cover will appear on the band's upcoming album, titled Maximum Overload. It is due out August 19, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. Guitarist Sam Totman…
2014-08-06 14:30:04

Wovenwar: "Profane"
Wovenwar, the new band formed by former members of As I Lay Dying, have posted another new song from their debut for Metal Blade Records. The record is titled Wovenwar and is due out August 5, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. Check out…
2014-07-29 10:00:01

Cancer Bats recording new LP
Cancer Bats have announced that they are recording a new album. The band is currently recording with Ross Robinson acting as producer. The band released Dead Set on Living in…
2014-06-23 17:00:01

Wovenwar: "All Rise" (members of As I Lay Dying)
Wovenwar, featuring members of As I Lay Dying, have posted a new song called "All Rise."…
2014-05-01 09:00:01

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