Worldwide Events All Year Long
The 40th anniversary reissue track list includes all songs originally featured on the first and second pressing of the iconic compilation. This limited-edition Ruby Red vinyl variant will be available to 5000 copies worldwide at METAL BLADE RECORDS, and 2,000 copies pressed on clear vinyl exclusively available at metallica.com.
The first 250 US pre-orders at METAL BLADE RECORDS will receive an exclusive patch. Go HERE!
Founded by Brian Slagel, this special re-issue marks the first of many METAL BLADE RECORDS activities happening across the world to celebrate the label’s 40th year as a pioneer and champion of heavy music.
Multiple events throughout the US are scheduled including the METAL BLADE RECORDS sponsored tour featuring CANNIBAL CORPSE, WHITECHAPEL and REVOCATION. The tour is currently hitting all four corners of the US through March 26th. All cities and dates HERE.
The METAL BLADE MUSEUM will open its doors in Las Vegas later this year where fans can see memorabilia and artifacts dating back to the label’s inception.
On June 10-11, METAL BLADE RECORDS will act as Presenting Sponsor at Decibel Magazine’s Metal & Beer Fest in Philadelphia, headlined by one of METAL BLADE’s most controversial acts, CANNIBAL CORPSE.
Until more events are announced, head to METAL BLADE RECORDS and stream a special 80’s-inspired playlist, personally selected by Brian Slagel, featuring some of the era’s hottest bands including ARMORED SAINT, D.R.I., FLOTSAM & JETSAM and tons more. One-of-a-kind, exclusive designs helmed by the masterful and malevolent minds of metal’s most sought-after artists will be available for a limited time – Ed Repka (Megadeth, Venom, Nuclear Assault), Elinor Kantor (Testament, Soulfly, Sodom), Travis Smith (Opeth, Overkill, Slayer), Sam Didier (HammerFall, Amon Amarth) HERE!
At the brink of the 80’s, LA was cementing itself as the rock ‘n’ roll nucleus of the United States. A longtime fan of the local rock scene, Slagel spent many nights inside LA’s locales seeking out the most authentic, heaviest, unique bands to hit the West Coast. Alongside friend John Kornarens, the two split the Metal Massacre project in half – Slagel responsible for artwork and mastering facilities, while Kornarens secured a studio to make the record. “We were using the Yellow Pages a lot, total amateurs navigating the record like a high school project,” adds Kornarens. And that compilation was the foundation of Slagel’s METAL BLADE RECORDS, one of the premiere heavy metal record labels of all-time.
“On the day of mastering, Brian and I had all of the songs ready except for Lars’ new band called METALLICA,” Kornarens explains. “The session was to start at 3 o’clock and we were standing on a Hollywood sidewalk waiting for Lars to show up with material from his new band, and moments later he finally arrived and pulled a cassette out of his back pocket.”
Future installments of the Metal Massacre franchise would help boost SLAYER, OVERKILL, POSSESSED and countless other artists to legendary status. METAL BLADE RECORDS, home to current acts AMON AMARTH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ALLEGAEON, CANNIBAL CORPSE and WHITECHAPEL, is still considered one of the most powerful forces of modern heavy metal.
1 – STEELER – “COLD DAY IN HELL”
2 – BITCH – “LIVE FOR THE WHIP”
3 – MALICE – “CAPTIVE OF LIGHT”
4 – RATT – “TELL THE WORLD”
5 – AVATAR – “OCTAVE”
1 – BLACK ‘N BLUE – “CHAINS AROUND HEAVEN”
2 – CIRITH UNGOL – “DEATH OF THE SUN”
3 – DEMON FLIGHT – “DEAD OF THE NIGHT”
4 – PANDEMONIUM – “FIGHTING BACKWARDS”
5 – MALICE – “KICK YOU DOWN”
6 – METALLICA – “HIT THE LIGHTS”