Metal Blade Records


"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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Wovenwar: "Archers"
Wovenwar have posted a video for "Archers." It's from their self-titled debut out on Metal Blade…
2015-08-11 17:00:01

Between the Buried and Me: 'Coma Ecliptic'
Between The Buried And Me have launched a stream of their imminent new album. The record is titled Coma Ecliptic and is due out July 10, 2015 on Metal Blade Records. Listen…
2015-07-08 17:30:01

Between the Buried and Me: "Famine Wolf"
Between The Buried And Me are streaming another new song from Coma Ecliptic, their upcoming album due out July 7, 2015 on Metal Blade Records. Check it out…
2015-06-12 10:00:01

Culture Killer: "Justice Through Retaliation"
Culture Killer, who just signed to Metal Blade Records, have premiered a new song. They said this about the track: The song tells the story of a woman fighting a seemingly endless battle with spousal abuse. She reflects on the words and feelings that she once embraced; soon realizing that the man she loved was now her greatest fear. At the turning point of the song, she finds that her only chance of survival is…
2015-05-28 10:30:01

Between the Buried and Me: "The Coma Machine"
Between The Buried And Me have posted their video for "The Coma Machine." It's from Coma Ecliptic which is due out July 7,…
2015-05-18 14:30:01

GWAR / Butcher Babies / Battlecross
GWAR has announced the 30 Years of Total World Domination Tour, which will see the band hitting the road with Butcher Babies and Battlecross.…
2015-04-28 17:30:01

GWAR-B-Q announces initial lineup
GWAR's GWAR-B-Q, the band's annual festival, has announced its initial lineup. Bands playing this year include GWAR, Descendents, Down, The Dickies, Goatwhore, MC Chris, Dead Earth Politics and…
2015-04-22 14:00:01

Twitching Tongues sign to Metal Blade Records
Los Angeles-based hardcore outfit Twitching Tongues have announced that they have signed with Metal Blade Records. The band previously released two full length releases: Sleep Therapy (2012) and In Love There is No Law (2013). A live album called World War Live followed in 2014. A recent…
2015-04-06 14:00:01

Between the Buried and Me: "Memory Palace"
Between The Buried And Me have posted a new song called "Memory Palace." It's from their upcoming record titled Coma Ecliptic and is due out July 7, 2015. Find it…
2015-04-06 13:00:01

Between the Buried and Me / Animals As Leaders / The Contortionist
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2015-03-17 14:00:01

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