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Three & a Half Decades of Metal Dominance: Celebrating the Career of Brian Slagel, founder & CEO of Metal Blade Records

 

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In 1982, I was wearing diapers and Brian Slagel was just starting his empire from the inside of his Mom’s garage that is now Metal Blade Records, the home of Metallica, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, and GWAR. His long list of successful bands comes from his dedication and love for metal, he started off as a music journalist and created the first heavy-metal fanzine in the USA. The Heavy Metal Revue, years later when Brian would create Metal Massacre compilation album which would forever change his life and the history of metal. Metal Massacre showcased both LA and OC heavy hitting bands like Ratt, Bitch, Metallica and Slayer, Brian was the first to bring attention to metal in America and he says in his book that “Orange County had a lot to do with it!” Fast forward to today, what better place to host the 35th Anniversary party than the home of the Metal Ambassador Jose Mangin at the Affliction Headquarters in Seal Beach, CA. It was the perfect setting for rockers, musicians, fans and media in attendance who were all there to pay homage to the man of the hour, Brian Slagel.

On August 25th there was music, games and an open bar.  Modelo and “Satan’s Jizz,” Jose Mangin’s personal concoction was being served freely and for those who felt brave enough to step into the “Triva Pit,” Jose Mangin put three teams of two against each other to answer Metal Blade trivia questions. Here are some fun questions that were asked:

Q: Which member of Cannibal Corpse is a World of War Craft enthusiast?

A: George Corpse Grinder Fisher.

Q:  Who filled in for Gary Holt when he had to sit out of the European tour in 2011?

A: Pat O’ Brien of Cannibal Corpse.

Q: Who played lead guitar in Metallica’s “Hit the Lights” demo?

A:  Lloyd Grant… and he is here tonight!

The song “Hit the Lights” started playing and Lloyd got on stage with Jose. The crowd was cheering and for a moment the crowd stopped their banter to realize what a special moment it was to have Lloyd present in the celebration. When Jose asked Lloyd, “If he wanted anything,” Lloyd answered, “Another beer.”

The time had finally come for some live heavy metal but before band Armored Saint could take the stage Jose took a moment to give Slagel the credit he deserves.  Jose said, “On behalf of the world, thank you dude for not selling out and selling your label and making a bunch of money and saying fuck you.” He added, “What I loved about Brian is he goes to shows all the fucking time and he wears the band’s uniform everywhere he goes. He travels, he remains humble, powerful and always supporting the metal.” That was the cue for Armored Saint to go straight into their set playing a cover song by Judas Priest “Never Satisfied.” (See set list below) A small stage did not stop Armored Saint from electrifying their fans with their energy and professionalism, they made the place feel like a house party and they rocked the roof off!  They played ‘For the Sake of Heaviness’ which was a highlight of the night since it is also the title of Slagel’s new book.
It was a historic night and I am honored that the RNR crew and myself were there to be a part of metal history.

Set List :
1. Never Satisfied (Judas Priest cover)
2. N.I.B. (Black Sabbath cover)
3. For the Sake of Heaviness
4.Reign Of Fire
5. Day of the Eagle (Robin Trower cover)
6. Win Hands Down
7. Riff Raff (AC/DC cover)

If you can’t get enough of Metal Blade, listen to Liquid Metal on SiriusXM all week  until Friday, September 1st @Midnight ET / 9pm PT), For The Sake Of Heaviness- Metal Blade Records 35th Anniversary Week, Brian Slagel will be introducing his favorite jams from his label.
On October 2nd at Book Soup on Sunset Blvd,  join Brian and a few of his metal elites: Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, John Bush, Joey Vera, Lizzy Borden, Betsy Bitch in a discussion panel and signing For The Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records. I’ll be there with my copy of his book for everyone to sign!

By Raquel Figlo

Picture Credit Enrique Nunez and Jessica Johnson
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CATTLE DECAPITATION confirms Hate Across Australia Tour 2013 with Thy Art Is Murder

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CATTLE DECAPITATION will finally be heading to Australia for their first time in their infamous career. The Hate Across Australia Tour, presented by: Triple J’s The Racket, Destroy All Line, Killyourstereo.com, Blunt Magazine and New World Artists, consists of nine shows throughout the continent, beginning on June 6th in Brisbane. CATTLE DECAPITATION will be direct support for Australia’s own Thy Art Is Murder. The entire list of confirmed dates, as well as links to purchase tickets, can be found below. Continue reading

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