Metal Blade Records


Independent heavy metal label started in Los Angeles, CA on February 1, 1982 by Brian Slagel. A German office was opened in 1995.

Known for launching the careers of a number of popular metal bands including Metallica, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, and many others.
Label Code: LC 06705 / LC 6705
US Label variants:

1982 to 1983
"Tan labels and axe with blood stains"
eg Slayer – Show No Mercy

Exception 1: "Black labels" available only on Metal Massacre compilation.
eg Metal Massacre

Exception 2: "Custom tan labels"
eg Bitch (2) – Damnation Alley

1984 to 1984
"Silver labels and axe with blood stains" were used only in 1984, pressings with this labels and 1982-1983 dates are actually 1984.
eg Witchkiller – Day Of The Saxons
Re-used in the Metal Blade Records Originals 2016 Slayer reissues.
eg Slayer - Show No Mercy

Exception: "Non 1984" some releases were sold in 1987, probably an old stock distributed in new sleeves.
eg Slayer – Haunting The Chapel

1985 to mid-1986
"White labels with chain, different axe and blood drops"
eg Celtic Frost – Morbid Tales

1985 to 1987
"White labels with chain, different axe and blood drops" + Combat as second label.
eg Hallows Eve – Tales Of Terror

Exception: "White labels without chain, different axe and blood drops" + Combat as second label.
eg Trouble (5) – The Skull

mid-1986 to early-1987
"White labels with chain, with old axe and blood drops and underlined logo"
eg Slayer – Live Undead

1987 to 1988
"Black - red labels" + Enigma (4) as second label.
eg Lizzy Borden – Terror Rising

1988 to early-90s
"Razor labels"
eg Viking – Do Or Die

Parent Label:Metal Blade Records Inc.
Sublabels:Classic Series!, Classics Series, Collector's Edition Picture Disc Series, Collectors Edition Colored Blood Splatter Vinyl, Death Records (3), High Impact Recordings, Ironclad Recordings, Metal Blade Classics, Metal Blade Classics Limited Edition Vinyl Series, Metal Blade Records 40 Anniversary 1982 - 2022, ...
Contact Info:

Metal Blade Records Inc.
5632 Van Nuys Blvd #1301
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Mail: [email protected]

Metal Blade Records GmbH
Friedrichstraße 38
73033 Göppingen
Tel: +49-7161-304887-0
Fax: +49-7161-3543140
Mail: [email protected]

Metal Blade Records Inc.
5737 Kanan Rd #143
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(Contact info now obsolete)

Metal Blade Records GmbH
Marstallstrasse 14
73033 Göppingen
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