I’m going to try and do more of these “label signing” posts here on PiercingMetal and not so much to keep up with the other more news related websites that are out there but to get a chance to speak my own mind about the particular scenario and offer up what I think about the situation a little deeper.
The Press Release:
OPETH sign to Nuclear Blast Entertainment; “Sorceress” to be released in late 2016
Nuclear Blast Entertainment is very pleased to announce the signing of Swedish progressive legends, OPETH. Always an unstoppable force for uniqueness amid a sea of generic swill, OPETH has been setting the rulebook ablaze, and ploughing a uniquely progressive and exploratory furrow for over 25 years now. Neither conforming nor exhibiting any desire to be restricted to a single genre, OPETH, quite simply, has a time honored tradition of blowing our minds with both class and forward thinking. All these years later, nothing and everything has changed once again with their forthcoming album Sorceress.
“We’re happy to confirm that we have indeed signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment and will be putting out our 12th studio album Sorceress via our own imprint, Moderbolaget Records,” states Mikael Åkerfeldt. “The decision was made in Markus Staiger’s (Nuclear Blast kingpin) ridiculously potent Porsche going at 150 mph somewhere in the south of Germany. We’re happy to be part of the NB team and look forward to a fruitful relationship.” Continue reading Big News! Opeth Signs To Nuclear Blast Entertainment→
I arrived home from the sold out Alter Bridge show to find this cool bit of news in my PiercingMetal inbox. Now while I don’t like to generally copy the press releases we get here at the Metal Command HQ, this particular one offers all the information that readers need without too much added commentary from yours truly. Read on.
Last night at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, SLAYER surprised the capacity crowd with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set that included the global premiere of “Implode,” the band’s first new studio recording in five years. Recorded earlier this month at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Terry Date with co-producer Greg Fidelman, “Implode” is now available as a free download as a “thank you” to the band’s fans for their continued support. As SLAYER guitarist Kerry King put it, “You’ve done for us, now we want to do for you.” Registered members of SLAYER’s fan club were the first to receive an e-mail to hear the song before it was made public. “Implode” can now be downloaded by all fans at www.SLAYER.net. Continue reading Slayer Signs Worldwide Exclusive Deal With Nuclear Blast Records→
The Press Release:
Disinterred British extreme metal legends CARCASS have signed to Nuclear Blast Records for the world excluding Japan! Surgical Steel, the band’s first studio release since their 1996 LP Swansong, was produced by Colin Richardson (NAPALM DEATH, BOLT THROWER, GOREFEST, CANNIBAL CORPSE, SINISTER, RODRIGO Y GABRIELA) and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS, TESTAMENT). Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker in the band’s current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding (ABORTED, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED) and guitarist Ben Ash (PIG IRON, DESOLATION, LIQUEFIED SKELETON). Expect some guest vocals from original sticksman Ken Owen as well, when Surgical Steel is released this Fall world-wide.
CARCASS has released the following statement regarding their new found partners in medical deviancy: “We are pleased to announce that we have found the perfect home for “Surgical Steel”, the first CARCASS album for, what, eighteen years?! We’ve inked a deal with Nuclear Blast for our new baby.
We have to thank Markus Staiger for his enthusiasm and belief in what he heard, but mostly his ability to take advantage of Jeff with a bad hangover when he visited the office in Stuttgart to let him be the first to hear the rough mixes. Nuclear Blast has managed to secure this release despite interest from all the main players in what remains of the metal ‘music industry’. Continue reading Disinterred UK Metal Legends CARCASS Sign to Nuclear Blast Records!→
Wow. This is clearly a year for milestones in Metal as not only did Metal Blade Records recently celebrate their 30th anniversary, but now it is Nuclear Blast Records turn as we raise a goblet of ale in honor of their hitting their 25th anniversary. Before I continue, I am going to admit that I didn’t know the actual month of their anniversary as it was a little harder to discern from the Metal Blade one, so I waited a few months before posting this and figured we were closer or had just passed it. Either way we are sincere in the wish because this label has been one of my personal favorites since long before I had even launched the PiercingMetal site. With no slight being directed at any of the other fine providers of Metal, there was just something about the Nuclear Blast Records roster that spoke to my exact interests at the time when it came to Metal. There was super heavy stuff without question and a whole lot of Power Metal which I was leaning toward quite a bit in the late nineties and early into the new decade. It was my audio candy of choice and when I launched the website after being affiliated with our Metal Circus friends in Spain, they were one of the first labels to give us a chance with review materials. I mentioned this in my Year 7 Posting in case you were curious. It was encouraging to say the least.
Some back history for you now. The label was founded in 1987 by Markus Staiger over in Germany and if you can believe what you read in their Wikipedia entry, had started out primarily as a provider of Hardcore Punk releases. Since I’ve only ever been a casual fan to that kind of stuff I was very glad that they moved more into the Death and Black and Power Metal stuff that they did as the years went on. When I think about it, one of the first releases that I heard that was a Nuclear Blast release was Children Of Bodom’s “Follow The Reaper”. From then on I discovered the likes of Therion, Dimmu Borgir, Hypocrisy and many, many more. Having enjoyed so much of their output it was only natural that when I first dove into the music journalism realm that I would go with what I knew a little more about than some others. It’s been a great ride so far in my humble opinion. These days some true titans of Metal are a part of the Nuclear Blast Records artist roster and I am speaking of Testament, Kreator, Destruction, Symphony X, Amorphis, Kataklysm, Meshuggah, Epica, Immortal, Eluveitie and well, far too many more for me to keep typing in this posting.
To check out all of the review articles that we have done of the Nuclear Blast Records talent pool just click HERE and a list will come to your computer or tablet screen. I’ve made sure to always have the means to purchase an album with our reviews and other articles, so if you like what you read you can order a copy right from the narrative page.
Since launching the website I’ve also photographed a healthy amount of Nuclear Blast Records artists when they have blasted through our region. Sometimes they were headliners, but on many occasions they were among the wonderful openers that you get to enjoy if you arrive early enough to a show. At last count there were over 125 galleries in our database that were dedicated to their roster but you should know that this number changes every time we hit a gig. The tag link should allow you to see those as well. I hope that you enjoy them as much as the review articles.