So now for over 27 years Metal Blade Records has been setting the trend in heavy metal music without compromising its underground beginnings. Brian Slagel and Metal Blade Records have without a doubt had a major role in developing the American metal scene since day one and remains one of the most essential sources of metal music today. Since it’s beginnings in 1982, Metal Blade Records has unleashed some of the most influential and significant metal acts like Slayer, Metallica, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR, Six Feet Under, and King Diamond while developing acts like As I Lay Dying, Unearth, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, Job For a Cowboy, The Red Chord, Hate Eternal, Shai Hulud, Soilent Green, Whitechapel, Goatwhore, The Ocean, Brain Drill, Epicurean and 3 just to name a few. There are few who can argue that Metal Blade is one of the leading independent metal labels around! Constantly growing and expanding, Metal Blade now has offices in Japan, Canada, and an office in the UK shared with Ferret Records. Not to mention the already significant Metal Blade Records Germany who’s been a strong and major force in the European scene for over 11 years. By keeping a constant eye on the underground, adding some of the best bands out there to its roster, and being one of the main sponsors to one of the summers leading metal tours, Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, it is obvious that Metal Blade Records is here to stay!