Metal Blade’s founder and CEO, Brian Slagel, on the label, its history, hockey, and much more!

Metal Blade Records has been a household name for metal, and heavier music in general, lovers for longer than some of you have been alive. Founder, owner, and CEO Brian Slagel had a vision back in 1982 with the first of the Metal Massacre compilation series, to highlight, then, unknown heavy artists. This led to the beginnings of Metal Blade Records and a long standing relationship with fans all across the globe. This week marks the XV edition of the Metal Massacre series as the label nears 40 years in existence, and remains a dominant force in metal and beyond. Head inside for an in depth discussion via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

Our maestro of the mic, Buke, chats with Brian on the label and its history, Brian’s first book and making of a second, Blacklight Media, the label’s exceptional PR team and plenty of back office label stuff. They also get into a somewhat recent partnership with Violent Gentlemen which led into a major discussion on hockey as well as Brian’s Stanley Cup pick. This is an excellent discussion, so jump in and enjoy. 

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Metal Massacre XV will be available May 21 on Metal Blade Records. For more information on the label, visit their official website, Facebook page, Instagram page, Twitter page, and YouTube page.

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