Various Artists, METAL BLADE RECORDS 2012 Summer Sampler

Wondering Sound Staff

By Wondering Sound Staff

on 08.29.12 in Reviews

METAL BLADE RECORDS 2012 Summer Sampler

Various Artists

Metal Blade founder Brian Slagel launched his independent label in 1982 with the compilation <em>Metal Massacre</em>, which featured the first label appearance by Metallica, as well as songs by Black N Blue and Malice, who would both also go on to receive major-label deals. While many metal labels crashed and burned in the early ’90s when alternative and grunge became popular, Metal Blade became the go-to label for the underground. Slagel, and Metal Blade, have been ahead of the curve in metal for years now: get a taste of the label’s history with this sampler.