Playlist Feature
30 Years of Metal Blade
"I originally wanted to call it Skull & Crossbones Records," explains Metal Blade founder/CEO Brian Slagel. "One of the guys at the office came up with this design for a t-shirt [that] ended up becoming the actual logo, so I kind of reverted back to what I wanted to do in the first place," he chuckles. And while that's how the cross-swords we've come to know were formed, how the underground label got its fateful start in 1982 is an even better story. Inspired by the DIY ethos slung by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene, Slagel—a former record store clerk—saw great metal acts emerging in his hometown Los Angeles and decided to shed light on it via the inaugural Metal Massacre compilation. Featuring an unknown band called Metallica and burgeoning Sunset Strip act Ratt, American metal got noticed and this fan found his calling. Recalls Slagel, "I was just trying to turn people on to good new music."

Slagel spent his dog days broke and working out of his mom's garage, giving bands like Slayer and Armored Saint their start, discovering innovators like Trouble and Cirith Ungol and growing his roster. "The whole mantra for us in the early days was 'heavy metal will never die' and none of us back then would've thought it'd be this big 30 years later."

As the scene went back underground in the '90s, Metal Blade flourished, housing extreme metal godfathers Cannibal Corpse and shock metal masters GWAR, among many others. Sonic tides continued to evolve as inventive metalcore bands like As I Lay Dying, The Black Dahlia Murder and Whitechapel joined the legacy. And that's only some of the far corners of the metalsphere the extensive Metal Blade roster reaches. Read the full Q&A here: http://magnifier.blogspot.com/2012/06/metal-blade.html

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Songs Album
Artist
1
Through Struggle Shadows Are Security
3:58
As I Lay Dying
2
Demented Aggression Torture
3:14
Cannibal Corpse
3
Moonlight Equilibrium Ritual
3:28
The Black Dahlia Murder
4
Push Pull Destroy Pursuit of Honor
3:35
Battlecross
5
Never Ending Hill Give Me Your Soul...Please
4:36
King Diamond
6
Die by the Sword Show No Mercy
3:34
Slayer
7
The End Is Begun The End Is Begun
3:42
Three
8
March Of The Saint March Of The Saint
4:13
Armored Saint
9
Holy Smokes Bangers
3:42
Barn Burner
10
On the Wings of Gloria The Thousandfold Epicentre
7:04
The Devil's Blood
11
Embedded Genesis
3:35
Job For A Cowboy
12
Two-Day Booze Dark Ages
5:07
Bison b.c.
13
Serpents Are Rising The World; The Flesh: The Devil
4:56
In Solitude
14
Collapse in Eternal Worth Blood for the Master
3:40
Goatwhore
15
Return Of The Vampire In the Shadows
5:08
Mercyful Fate
16
Lunar Wilderness The Parallex: Hypersleep Dialogues
8:22
Between The Buried and Me
17
Behind The Chapel Walls A Consequence Of Design
5:44
Epicurean
18
At First Light Those Once Loyal
4:38
Bolt Thrower