Metal Blade Records teams up with Gimme Radio

– February 6th, 2019 –

Have you checked out Gimme Radio yet? It’s a 24/7 metal radio service that has DJs like Randy Blythe, Dave Mustaine, Blasko and many more.

Well, we’ve teamed up with Gimme Radio to give you a special limited offer. Get 3 months of access to all archived shows for just $0.99!

Hear over 50 episodes of Hammer of the North – the show hosted by Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth. Hear a 2 part special on the History of Metal Blade Records by our very own Brian Slagel. And Listen to specialty shows and interviews with your favorite Metal Blade bands – Behemoth, Satan, Rivers of Nihil, Armored Saint and more.

The service is free, but join the Brigade and you can listen those shows (and more) on demand / offline – whenever and wherever you want.

Use the link below to join and get 3 months for just $0.99!

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And don’t forget to tune in today (Wednesday, February 6th) when Greg from Allegaeon does a guest DJ show at 4pm PT / 7pm ET.

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Six Feet Under’s Chris Barnes To Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine: “You’re The King Of The Assholes”

Last night Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine publicly took issue with Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel over his version of how he unsuccessfully tried to sign Megadeth in the 1980s in his new book “For The Sake Of Heaviness: The History Of Metal Blade Records”. While Mustaine and Slagel appear to have since buried the hatchet, the manner in which Dave Mustaine called out Brian Slagel drew a fiery response from Six Feet Under’s vocalist Chris Barnes. Six Feet Under is signed to Metal Blade Records.

Barnes tweeted the following:

You sir are a FUCKING ASSHOLE.

— Chris Barnes (@sixfeetofficial) October 24, 2017

Takes one to know one. https://t.co/i8qrXTlHFt

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) October 24, 2017

Yeah I guess so.. But you’re the King of the assholes, enjoy your throne. https://t.co/S1c3w6A4oL

— Chris Barnes (@sixfeetofficial) October 24, 2017

Chris what would you do if someone wrote something false about your band? Not that anyone would. Would you speak up or would you do nothing? https://t.co/Tgo2VH1OGK

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) October 24, 2017

I think he’s trying to protect Brian, but completely failed. Ignobility ruined his message. Now he looks like trash and that’s sad. ?? https://t.co/WIopGefdeR

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) October 24, 2017

Some unknown Seattle musician from metal blade that made a fool out of himself. Big talk from a cell phone. https://t.co/qJj91rqz4a

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) October 24, 2017

Too funny. I would defend my label too, but not like that. Now he just looks ignorant after Brian apologized. I hear crow taste like chicken https://t.co/IIMx1g6Uks

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) October 24, 2017

I’m vegetarian

— Chris Barnes (@sixfeetofficial) October 24, 2017

No one cares Chris. You are a complete waste of time for all my followers and your one. Have a life. https://t.co/HzReQdp4Kv

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) October 24, 2017

Awwwwww someone went bye bye boo hoo ?????? pic.twitter.com/FRajtShpK5

— Chris Barnes (@sixfeetofficial) October 24, 2017

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Six Feet Under’s Chris Barnes To Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine: “You’re The King Of The Assholes”

Last night Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine publicly took issue with Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel over his version of how he unsuccessfully tried to sign Megadeth in the 1980s in his new book “For The Sake Of Heaviness: The History Of Metal Blade Records”. While Mustaine and Slagel appear to have since buried the hatchet, the manner in which Dave Mustaine called out Brian Slagel drew a fiery response from Six Feet Under’s vocalist Chris Barnes. Six Feet Under is signed to Metal Blade Records.

Barnes tweeted the following:

You sir are a FUCKING ASSHOLE.

— Chris Barnes (@sixfeetofficial) October 24, 2017

Takes one to know one. https://t.co/i8qrXTlHFt

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) October 24, 2017

Yeah I guess so.. But you’re the King of the assholes, enjoy your throne. https://t.co/S1c3w6A4oL

— Chris Barnes (@sixfeetofficial) October 24, 2017

Chris what would you do if someone wrote something false about your band? Not that anyone would. Would you speak up or would you do nothing? https://t.co/Tgo2VH1OGK

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) October 24, 2017

I think he’s trying to protect Brian, but completely failed. Ignobility ruined his message. Now he looks like trash and that’s sad. ?? https://t.co/WIopGefdeR

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) October 24, 2017

Some unknown Seattle musician from metal blade that made a fool out of himself. Big talk from a cell phone. https://t.co/qJj91rqz4a

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) October 24, 2017

Too funny. I would defend my label too, but not like that. Now he just looks ignorant after Brian apologized. I hear crow taste like chicken https://t.co/IIMx1g6Uks

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) October 24, 2017

I’m vegetarian

— Chris Barnes (@sixfeetofficial) October 24, 2017

No one cares Chris. You are a complete waste of time for all my followers and your one. Have a life. https://t.co/HzReQdp4Kv

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) October 24, 2017

Awwwwww someone went bye bye boo hoo ?????? pic.twitter.com/FRajtShpK5

— Chris Barnes (@sixfeetofficial) October 24, 2017

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Slams Metal Blade Records Founder Brian Slagel Over His Book

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has fired a shot at Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel over Twitter. Slagel was promoting his book, “For The Sake Of Heaviness: The History Of Metal Blade Record”‘, via Twitter, to which Mustaine fired off a heated response.

Mustaine appears to disclaim Slagel’s version in the book of a past offer Brian Slagel made while trying to sign Megadeth in 1984. Mustaine tweeted:

The section in the book that Mustaine seems to be referring to reads as follows:

“The only band that I didn’t get that I wished I had was Megadeth. It was between us and a brand new label called Combat, which was part of the Important distrbution firm that we’d started working out with.

Late in 1984 they’d decided that the whole metal thing was starting to happen and they wanted to get on it by creating their own label.

The first band that came onto their radar (and ours at the same time) was Megadeth. In the end, it came down to just a thousand dollars. We had offered them seven thousand dollars, but Combat offered eight, so they went with Combat.

With hindsight, especially given what Megadeth became, I’ve often thought, “Well, maybe I could have gotten a little more money together.” But really, at that time, seven thousand dollars was absolutely the most we had ever offered anybody.

Most of the stuff we were doing involved spending $1,600 to maybe $3,500, at the high end, to make a full record.

Seven grand was a lot of money. I remember Dave Mustaine writing me a really long, heartfelt letter saying how he really wanted to be on Metal Blade, but it just wasn’t meant to be.”

Brian Slagel has since responded to Mustaine, tweeting:

I’m so sorry if I got this wrong or offended you. I do remember talking to your camp at the time. If my memory is wrong again not intended https://t.co/QhkXjcczHE

— Brian Slagel (@brianslagel) October 24, 2017

Mustaine has since tweeted back to Brian Slagel’s apology, offering:

I totally forgive you, but you didn’t talk to us. Please take that out of your book at your next printing and good luck with your project ?? https://t.co/9N25ACQLmd

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) October 24, 2017

When it was suggested that Mustaine, who had well documented substance abuse problems around the time, might be hazy on things, Mustaine replied:

Nope. @ellefsondavid confirmed it. Brian apologized, I forgave him, and we worked this out like grown-ups. Is that ok with you? ?? https://t.co/QZeQk7oeZs

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) October 24, 2017

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Slams Metal Blade Records Founder Brian Slagel Over His Book

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has fired a shot at Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel over Twitter. Slagel was promoting his book, “For The Sake Of Heaviness: The History Of Metal Blade Record”‘, via Twitter, to which Mustaine fired off a heated response.

Mustaine appears to disclaim Slagel’s version in the book of a past offer Brian Slagel made while trying to sign Megadeth in 1984. Mustaine tweeted:

The section in the book that Mustaine seems to be referring to reads as follows:

“The only band that I didn’t get that I wished I had was Megadeth. It was between us and a brand new label called Combat, which was part of the Important distrbution firm that we’d started working out with.

Late in 1984 they’d decided that the whole metal thing was starting to happen and they wanted to get on it by creating their own label.

The first band that came onto their radar (and ours at the same time) was Megadeth. In the end, it came down to just a thousand dollars. We had offered them seven thousand dollars, but Combat offered eight, so they went with Combat.

With hindsight, especially given what Megadeth became, I’ve often thought, “Well, maybe I could have gotten a little more money together.” But really, at that time, seven thousand dollars was absolutely the most we had ever offered anybody.

Most of the stuff we were doing involved spending $1,600 to maybe $3,500, at the high end, to make a full record.

Seven grand was a lot of money. I remember Dave Mustaine writing me a really long, heartfelt letter saying how he really wanted to be on Metal Blade, but it just wasn’t meant to be.”

Brian Slagel has since responded to Mustaine, tweeting:

I’m so sorry if I got this wrong or offended you. I do remember talking to your camp at the time. If my memory is wrong again not intended https://t.co/QhkXjcczHE

— Brian Slagel (@brianslagel) October 24, 2017

Mustaine has since tweeted back to Brian Slagel’s apology, offering:

I totally forgive you, but you didn’t talk to us. Please take that out of your book at your next printing and good luck with your project ?? https://t.co/9N25ACQLmd

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) October 24, 2017

When it was suggested that Mustaine, who had well documented substance abuse problems around the time, might be hazy on things, Mustaine replied:

Nope. @ellefsondavid confirmed it. Brian apologized, I forgave him, and we worked this out like grown-ups. Is that ok with you? ?? https://t.co/QZeQk7oeZs

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) October 24, 2017

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‘For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records’ now available for pre-order

– July 20th, 2017 –

On August 29th, Metal Blade Records and BMG will release For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records – written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton, and featuring a foreword by Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich. Celebrating the storied label’s 35th anniversary, For the Sake of Heaviness is an inside look at how Slagel built Metal Blade from a one-man operation in his mom’s non-air-conditioned garage to the preeminent international home of heavy music that it is today.

To pre-order For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records, please visit: smarturl.it/mbr35th – where an exclusive box-set is available, with the following contents:
For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records book
For the Sake of Heaviness cassette
–Metal Blade Records 35th anniversary bookmark
–bookplate autographed by Brian Slagel
* box dimensions: 9.375″ x 6.375″ x 1.25″

See below for the For the Sake of Heaviness cassette track-listing:
SIDE A
1. Fates Warning “Guardian”
2. Lizzy Borden “Lord of the Flies”
3. Omen “Holy Martyr”
4. Cirith Ungol “Black Machine”
5. GWAR “Gor-Gor”
6. Cannibal Corpse “Stripped, Raped, and Strangled”
7. Six Feet Under “War Is Coming”
SIDE B
1. Mercyful Fate “Egypt”
2. King Diamond “Voodoo”
3. The Black Dahlia Murder “Funeral Thirst”
4. Unearth “Black Hearts Now Reign”
5. Amon Amarth “Twilight of the Thunder God”
6. Visigoth “From the Arcane Mists of Prophecy”

For the Sake of Heaviness pulls back the curtain to reveal the definitive look at how Metal Blade began, what they’ve accomplished, and where they’re going. Slagel reveals the early advice he gave that helped guide Motley Crue‘s career; how he helped Metallica replace their bassist – twice; his detailed work on Thin Lizzy and Alice Cooper re-issues; his behind-the-scenes role in the careers of Slayer, GWAR, Mother Love Bone, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Goo Goo Dolls, and Lamb of God; and his unlikely ventures with kindred metal heads – from hockey star Ken Baumgartner, to celebrity chef Chris Santos, to The Howard Stern Show‘s Richard Christy, to comedians Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson and Jim Breuer.

Metal Blade Records online:
http://www.metalblade.com
https://www.facebook.com/metalbladerecords
https://twitter.com/MetalBlade
https://www.youtube.com/MetalBladeRecords
https://instagram.com/metalbladerecords

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‘For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records’ now available for pre-order

– July 20th, 2017 –

On August 29th, Metal Blade Records and BMG will release For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records – written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton, and featuring a foreword by Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich. Celebrating the storied label’s 35th anniversary, For the Sake of Heaviness is an inside look at how Slagel built Metal Blade from a one-man operation in his mom’s non-air-conditioned garage to the preeminent international home of heavy music that it is today.

To pre-order For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records, please visit: smarturl.it/mbr35th – where an exclusive box-set is available, with the following contents:
For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records book
For the Sake of Heaviness cassette
–Metal Blade Records 35th anniversary bookmark
–bookplate autographed by Brian Slagel
* box dimensions: 9.375″ x 6.375″ x 1.25″

See below for the For the Sake of Heaviness cassette track-listing:
SIDE A
1. Fates Warning “Guardian”
2. Lizzy Borden “Lord of the Flies”
3. Omen “Holy Martyr”
4. Cirith Ungol “Black Machine”
5. GWAR “Gor-Gor”
6. Cannibal Corpse “Stripped, Raped, and Strangled”
7. Six Feet Under “War Is Coming”
SIDE B
1. Mercyful Fate “Egypt”
2. King Diamond “Voodoo”
3. The Black Dahlia Murder “Funeral Thirst”
4. Unearth “Black Hearts Now Reign”
5. Amon Amarth “Twilight of the Thunder God”
6. Visigoth “From the Arcane Mists of Prophecy”

For the Sake of Heaviness pulls back the curtain to reveal the definitive look at how Metal Blade began, what they’ve accomplished, and where they’re going. Slagel reveals the early advice he gave that helped guide Motley Crue‘s career; how he helped Metallica replace their bassist – twice; his detailed work on Thin Lizzy and Alice Cooper re-issues; his behind-the-scenes role in the careers of Slayer, GWAR, Mother Love Bone, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Goo Goo Dolls, and Lamb of God; and his unlikely ventures with kindred metal heads – from hockey star Ken Baumgartner, to celebrity chef Chris Santos, to The Howard Stern Show‘s Richard Christy, to comedians Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson and Jim Breuer.

Metal Blade Records online:
http://www.metalblade.com
https://www.facebook.com/metalbladerecords
https://twitter.com/MetalBlade
https://www.youtube.com/MetalBladeRecords
https://instagram.com/metalbladerecords

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“For The Sake Of Heaviness” To Chronicle History Of Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records and BMG are proud to announce the upcoming release of “For the Sake of Heaviness: the History of Metal Blade Records” on August 29th. Written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton, the book features a foreword by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and celebrates the storied label’s 35th anniversary.

Slagel comments: “I have been asked many times about doing a book about the history of Metal Blade and it just seemed like a cool thing to do to document the 35th anniversary. You never really stop to think about a lot of this stuff, so doing the book is a great way of looking back at how many awesome things have happened to me and Metal Blade.

“We have had a long relationship with BMG and with their new move in book publishing, it all seemed like perfect timing. Being able to work with their team really made the final decision to actually do the book. I am really happy with the way it came out and I hope everyone out there enjoys it as well!”

“For the Sake of Heaviness” is an inside look at how Slagel built Metal Blade from a one-man operation in his mom’s non-air-conditioned garage to the preeminent international home of heavy music that it is today. Stay tuned for more details, and pre-order options, coming soon.

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Metal Blade Inducted Into Hall Of Heavy Metal History

Last week (Wednesday, January 18th), The Hall of Heavy Metal History inducted Metal Blade Records for the label’s 35th anniversary.

The all-star ceremony was hosted by television and radio legend Eddie Trunk and included performances by the Dio Disciples (with Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Bjorn Englen, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, and Joe Retta), Ross “The Boss” (with iconic guitarist Ross ‘The Boss’ Friedman, Rhino, vocalist Marc Lopes, and Mike LePond), among others – plus, a special appearance by Slayer’s Kerry King, who presented Metal Blade Records CEO/founder Brian Slagel with the award.

Brian Slagel comments: “We are totally honored to be inducted into such a great organization. I am awestruck at the names that stand beside us, and so thankful for everyone who has helped us along the way. Huge thanks to all at the ‘Hall of Heavy Metal History’ for this great honor.”

See below for the complete list of 2017 “Hall of Heavy Metal History” inductees:

–Ronnie James Dio, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio
–Metal Blade Records
–Scorpions
–Rainbow Bar and Grill
–Lemmy Kilmister, MotorHead
–Ross “The Boss” Friedman, formerly of Manowar
–Rudy Sarzo, formerly of Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake
–Frankie Banali, of Quiet Riot (along with a special 33rd anniversary induction of Quiet Riot, as the first band to achieve the #1 heavy metal album status)
–Vinny Appice, formerly of Black Sabbath and Dio
–Don Airey of Deep Purple
–Andy Zildjian, President/CEO of Sabian Cymbals
–Randy Rhoads, Ozzy Osbourne

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“The Hall of Heavy Metal History” inducts Metal Blade Records for 35th anniversary

– January 25th, 2017 –

Slayer’s Kerry King presents award to CEO/founder Brian Slagel

Last week (Wednesday, January 18th), “The Hall of Heavy Metal History” inducted Metal Blade Records for the label’s 35th anniversary. The all-star ceremony was hosted by television and radio legend Eddie Trunk and included performances by the Dio Disciples (with Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Bjorn Englen, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, and Joe Retta), Ross “The Boss” (with iconic guitarist Ross ‘The Boss’ Friedman, Rhino, vocalist Marc Lopes, and Mike LePond), among others – plus, a special appearance by Slayer‘s Kerry King, who presented Metal Blade Records CEO/founder Brian Slagel with the award.

Brian Slagel comments: “We are totally honored to be inducted into such a great organization. I am awestruck at the names that stand beside us, and so thankful for everyone who has helped us along the way. Huge thanks to all at the ‘Hall of Heavy Metal History’ for this great honor.”

See below for the complete list of 2017 “Hall of Heavy Metal History” inductees:
Ronnie James Dio, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio
–Metal Blade Records
Scorpions
–Rainbow Bar and Grill
–Lemmy Kilmister, MotorHead
–Ross “The Boss” Friedman, formerly of Manowar
–Rudy Sarzo, formerly of Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake
–Frankie Banali, of Quiet Riot (along with a special 33rd anniversary induction of Quiet Riot, as the first band to achieve the #1 heavy metal album status)
–Vinny Appice, formerly of Black Sabbath and Dio
–Don Airey of Deep Purple
–Andy Zildjian, President/CEO of Sabian Cymbals
–Randy Rhoads, Ozzy Osbourne

Metal Blade Records online:
http://www.metalblade.com
https://www.facebook.com/metalbladerecords
https://twitter.com/MetalBlade
https://www.youtube.com/MetalBladeRecords
https://instagram.com/metalbladerecords

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