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Encyclopedia > Brian Slagel
Brian Slagel, 2003
Brian Slagel, 2003

Brian Slagel is the owner and founder of Metal Blade Records. Slagel is known for giving Metallica their first break in 1982, with an appearance on Metal Massacre, a compilation album on Metal Blade, and has since released seminal albums by Slayer, Mercyful Fate, Cannibal Corpse, Fates Warning, and Amon Amarth, among others. Image File history File links Slagel2003. ... Image File history File links Slagel2003. ... // Metal Blade Records is an independent record label which was founded in 1981 by Brian Slagel. ... Metallica is an American heavy metal band, formed by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich on October 28, 1981. ... Slayer is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1982 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. ... Mercyful Fate is an influential Danish heavy metal group that helped inspire the black metal, thrash metal and prog metal genres. ... Cannibal Corpse is an American death metal band founded in 1988. ... Fates Warning was formed in 1983 by John Arch, Jim Matheos, Victor Arduini, Joe DiBiase, And Steve Zimmerman in Connecticut, USA. The band directly contributed to the establishment of the Progressive Metal genre, With their early works considered by many as very important works defining the genre itself. ... Amon Amarth is a viking-themed melodic death metal band from Sweden founded in 1990 in Tumba, named after a location in J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth. ...

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Biography

Slagel grew up in Sherman Oaks, California, and with an early love of heavy music, began working at a rock record store, Oz Records, as a teenager.[1] With the New Wave of British Heavy Metal sweeping the underground metal scene, bands such as Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and Diamond Head were virtually unknown in the US, outside of the tape trading underground. Slagel began importing NWOBHM records, and noticing a public interest in European metal, organized one of the first metal fanzines, The New Heavy Metal Revue.[1] As the fanzine started to pick up steam, Slagel began working as a columnist for Kerrang!, Sounds Magazine, and other music publications.[1] Sherman Oaks is a district of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Heavy metals, in chemistry, are chemical elements of a particular range of atomic weights. ... The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) or (N.W.O.B.H.M.) emerged in the late 1970s, in the United Kingdom, as a reaction in part to the decline of traditional heavy metal bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. ... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from east London. ... Def Leppard are a hard rock band from Sheffield, England, who formed in 1977 at the time of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. ... Diamond Head Diamond Head are a British heavy metal band formed in 1976 in Stourbridge, England. ... A fanzine (see also: zine) is a nonprofessional publication produced by fans of a particular subject for the pleasure of others who share their interest. ... Kerrang! is a weekly music magazine (mainly rock) published by EMAP in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about compression waves. ...


In 1982 Slagel orgainzed the release of a compilation album, featuring all local Los Angeles metal bands, called The New Heavy Metal Revue Presents Metal Massacre. The album featured the first recordings of Ratt, Steeler, Malice, Avatar, Cirith Ungol, Bitch and Metallica. The album quickly sold all 5,000 copies that were printed, and led to a distribution deal with Enigma Records in 1983. Slagel founded Metal Blade Records in 1983, and released albums by Warlord, Bitch, Armored Saint and Slayer's Show No Mercy, which sold 40,000 copies worldwide.[1] A compilation album is a musical album featuring songs or tunes with some common characteristics. ... Ratt is an American glam metal band that enjoyed significant commercial success during the 1980s. ... Bold textSteeler was an early 80s heavy metal band with members Mark Edwards (drums), Rik Fox (bass), backing vocals), Ron Keel (voice, guitars) and Yngwie Malmsteen (lead guitars). ... The term Malice has several meanings: Malice (legal term), a legal term describing the intent to harm Malice (movie), a 1993 movie starring Nicole Kidman, Alec Baldwin and Bill Pullman Malice (noun), a way to describe the feeling of hatred or disrespect. ... The ten avatars of Lord Vishnu, copyright BBT In Hindu philosophy, an avatar, avatara or avataram (Sanskrit: , IAST: ), most commonly refers to the incarnation (bodily manifestation) of a higher being (deva), or the Supreme Being (God) onto planet Earth. ... For the US heavy metal band, see Cirith Ungol (band). ... Look up bitch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Metallica is an American heavy metal band, formed by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich on October 28, 1981. ... Enigma Records was a popular rock and alternative record label in the 1980s. ... // Metal Blade Records is an independent record label which was founded in 1981 by Brian Slagel. ... Warlord UK were an old school metal band from Birmingham,England. ... Look up bitch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Armored Saint is a Los Angeles based heavy metal band. ... Slayer is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1982 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. ... Show No Mercy is the debut album by the thrash metal band Slayer, which was released in December 1983 through Metal Blade Records. ...


Metal Blade quickly expanded, signing bands such as Flotsam and Jetsam, GWAR, Sacred Reich, and Corrosion of Conformity, and although the label's roster expanded, Slagel ran the company alone until 1988.[1] Traditionally, flotsam and jetsam are words that describe goods of potential value that have been thrown into the ocean. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Sacred Reich was a Phoenix based thrash metal band that formed in 1986. ... Corrosion of Conformity is an American heavy metal band. ...


With heavy metal's popularity exploding in the late 1980's, many Metal Blade artists began moving to major labels, and the label's distributor Enigma went bankrupt. Metal Blade entered a partnership with Warner Bros records, who would distribute and market some of the independent label's releases, but Warner was soon bought by Time, Inc, and incorporated into WEA.[1] At the same time, Body Count's "Cop Killer", also released on WEA, was causing controversy, and after publich backlash, the band was dropped from WEA. Following Body Count's troubles, WEA introduced new policies regarding controversial lryics, and attempted to censor GWAR's America Must Be Destroyed. Not wanting to conpromise the artistic integrity of any Metal Blade acts, WEA and Slagel parted ways in 1992, with Metal Blade giving WEA the Goo Goo Dolls, and receiving a distribution deal with RED Distribution.[1] The following is a partial list of record labels, both past and present. ... The WB Shield, used from 2001 to late 2003. ... The Wea were a Native American tribe of the Ohio Country, sometimes considered a subdivision of the Miami tribe. ... At a concert in Prague, 2006 Body Count is a North American heavy metal and crossover thrash band headed by rapper Ice-T, who always refers to it as being a metal band. ... The Wea were a Native American tribe of the Ohio Country, sometimes considered a subdivision of the Miami tribe. ... The Wea were a Native American tribe of the Ohio Country, sometimes considered a subdivision of the Miami tribe. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... America Must Be Destroyed is GWARs third album, released in 1992 as their second album on Metal Blade Records. ... The Goo Goo Dolls are an alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York by guitarist/vocalist Johnny Rzeznik and bassist/vocalist Robby Takac. ... RED Distribution is a Sony BMG-owned independent record distributor that handles releases for some 40 record labels. ...


Today, Metal Blade remains one of the top independent heavy metal record labels, with a current roster of over 30 bands.


See also

// Metal Blade Records is an independent record label which was founded in 1981 by Brian Slagel. ...

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Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g German, Eric. "Behind the Screams Part 2: Interview with Brian Slagel", at Metal Update.com; last accessed December 5, 2006.

 
 

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