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Before Metal Blade Records, Brian Slagel worked at Oz Records & Tapes from Jan 1981 – Jan 1983, total 2 years and 1 month. He worked with buyer Dec 1981 – Jan 1983 and Heavy Metal buyer Jan 1981 – Jun 1982.

The fanzine The New Heavy Metal Revue (TNHMR) was from Jul 1981 – Jul 1982:


Metal Blade Records is a record label founded by in February 1982. The U.S. corporate office for Metal Blade is located in Agoura Hills, California. It also has offices in Germany, Japan, Canada, and the UK. The label is distributed in the U.S. by RED Distribution, in Canada by Sony Music Entertainment and worldwide by Warner Music Group. It was distributed by Warner Bros. Records in the United States from 1988 to 1993.

Was at the time was a record store employee in suburban Los Angeles, as a way to increase the recognition of local metal bands. The label’s first release was a compilation album called The New Heavy Metal Revue presents Metal Massacre (14 Jun 1982), and included Metallica, Ratt, and Black ‘n Blue.

On January 18, 2017 Metal Blade Records was inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History for their large contribution to the Heavy Metal library. Brian was inducted by special guest Kerry King of Slayer. On August 29, 2017, BMG Rights Management published The Sake of Heaviness: the History of Metal Blade Records, a book on the label’s history, co-written by Mark Eglington and the label’s founder Brian Slagel. They have their T-shirt and other merchandise.

Skipping Frost and Fire (1981), King of the Dead (1984) and Paradise Lost (1991), because they are originally released by other records. But Metal Blade has re-released the CU recordings later on.


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