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Friday, December 8, 2023

Metal Blade Records celebrates 40 years

Founder Metal Blade Records Brian Slagel states:

“So as we enter our 40th year it is pretty crazy to think about that. The first thing I thought of was reissuing the first “Metal Massacre” album. I thought it would be difficult to get the rights etc.. it ended up being one of the easiest things as all the bands were super cool and now hopefully you got a copy! We’re still planning some cool shows and parties for this year so stay tuned for those! It’s been pretty overwhelming with all the stuff that’s happened so far and its certainly amazing —just all the things that have happened in the last 40 years and I thank all the people we have worked with over the years! And of course all of you out there for helping make this happen!!”

Marking its 40tth anniversary this year, Metal Blade Records is proud to present its debut release, “Metal Massacre Volume One”, for the first time since 1984 on limited-edition vinyl. Originally released on June 14, 1982, “Metal Massacre” showcased the best of Los Angeles’ unsigned acts of the time such as Metallica, Ratt and Malice , and has since become a cornerstone of Metal Blade Records. This special release dropped worldwide on April 22, 2022 at finer retail stores everywhere.

Check out the teaser for the upcoming Metal Blade Records documentary. See interviews with the original Metal Massacre artists here: