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Description - For The Sake of Heaviness by Slagel Brian Eglinton Mark

The story of Metal Blade Records is the story of Brian Slagel-a metal-obsessed Southern California kid who launched a fanzine and landed a record store job before cobbling together what he assumed would be a one-off compilation of fledgling bands from the L.A. scene. Released in 1982, the Metal Massacre LP included the debut recordings of local groups such as Steeler, Malice, Ratt, and Metallica. In the wake of the album's unexpected success Slagel virtually stumbled into creating a proper record label, issuing the first releases by Bitch, Armored Saint, and Slayer the following year. For The Sake Of Heaviness is an inside look at how Brian built Metal Blade from a one-man operation in his mom's non-air-conditioned garage to the preeminent international home of heavy music that it is today. He shares his insights into signing and working with Amon Amarth, Anvil, As I Lay Dying, Behemoth, The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse, Cirith Ungol, Corrosion of Conformity, D.R.I., Fates Warning, Flotsam and Jetsam, Gwar, King Diamond, King's X, Lizzy Borden, Manowar, Mercyful Fate, Overkill, Raven, Sacred Reich, Six Feet Under, Trouble, Unearth, Voivod, Whitechapel, and others.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781947026001
ISBN-10: 1947026003
Format: Paperback / softback
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: BMG Books
Publisher: BMG Books
Publish Date: 29-Aug-2017
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Slagel Brian Eglinton Mark

Brian Slagel is the founder and CEO of Metal Blade Records. He gave Metallica their first opportunity to record when they appeared on his 1982 Metal Massacre compilation alongside Ratt and a handful of other then-underground metal acts. The label went on to release seminal albums by Slayer, Mercyful Fate, Cannibal Corpse, Fates Warning, Amon Amarth, The Black Dahlia Murder, GWAR, Corrosion of Conformity, and others. Mark Eglinton is a multi-language and best-selling author, whose titles include James Hetfield: The Wolf at Metallica's Door, the first and only biography of the Metallica frontman. He collaborated with Pantera bassist Rex Brown on his memoir Official Truth and with Behemoth's Adam Nergal Darski on his autobiographical Confessions of a Heretic. Lars Ulrich is a musician, songwriter, actor, and record producer best known as the drummer and co-founder of Metallica.

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