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Metal Mind Productions Celebrates 25 Years On The Music Market

As PiercingMetal.com steams towards its own eighth year of online time, its great to learn that a resource we work with regularly is having a milestone anniversary of its own. Yes my friends, the folks at Metal Mind Productions have reached their 25th Year of working in the music industry and here is their press release on the matter.

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The Press Release:
Metal Mind Productions is active on the Polish market since 1988. Our company can be found among the leaders of the independent music industry in Poland, we are also the oldest concert agency in our country. Metal Mind Productions was founded by the late Tomasz Dziubinski who turned a one-man endeavor into the successful enterprise that we are today. Metal Mind Productions’ team are all music enthusiasts who love their work. Our passion combined with experience and huge commitment is what makes us an extraordinary group of people who work hard to contribute to Metal Mind’s achievements.

During the 25 years of our activity, Metal Mind Productions organized over 1000 shows, sold over 10 million records, 1000 licenses and worked with the biggest record labels in the world. We paved the way for metal music in Poland organizing the legendary “Monsters of Rock” show and all “Metalmania” festivals. We are the publishers of the Polish edition of Metal Hammer, the oldest music magazine in Poland. For us, the last 25 years were full of wonderful memories and unforgettable experiences…
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Happy 25th Anniversary to Nuclear Blast Records

Wow. This is clearly a year for milestones in Metal as not only did Metal Blade Records recently celebrate their 30th anniversary, but now it is Nuclear Blast Records turn as we raise a goblet of ale in honor of their hitting their 25th anniversary. Before I continue, I am going to admit that I didn’t know the actual month of their anniversary as it was a little harder to discern from the Metal Blade one, so I waited a few months before posting this and figured we were closer or had just passed it. Either way we are sincere in the wish because this label has been one of my personal favorites since long before I had even launched the PiercingMetal site. With no slight being directed at any of the other fine providers of Metal, there was just something about the Nuclear Blast Records roster that spoke to my exact interests at the time when it came to Metal. There was super heavy stuff without question and a whole lot of Power Metal which I was leaning toward quite a bit in the late nineties and early into the new decade. It was my audio candy of choice and when I launched the website after being affiliated with our Metal Circus friends in Spain, they were one of the first labels to give us a chance with review materials. I mentioned this in my Year 7 Posting in case you were curious. It was encouraging to say the least.

Some back history for you now. The label was founded in 1987 by Markus Staiger over in Germany and if you can believe what you read in their Wikipedia entry, had started out primarily as a provider of Hardcore Punk releases. Since I’ve only ever been a casual fan to that kind of stuff I was very glad that they moved more into the Death and Black and Power Metal stuff that they did as the years went on. When I think about it, one of the first releases that I heard that was a Nuclear Blast release was Children Of Bodom’s “Follow The Reaper”. From then on I discovered the likes of Therion, Dimmu Borgir, Hypocrisy and many, many more. Having enjoyed so much of their output it was only natural that when I first dove into the music journalism realm that I would go with what I knew a little more about than some others. It’s been a great ride so far in my humble opinion. These days some true titans of Metal are a part of the Nuclear Blast Records artist roster and I am speaking of Testament, Kreator, Destruction, Symphony X, Amorphis, Kataklysm, Meshuggah, Epica, Immortal, Eluveitie and well, far too many more for me to keep typing in this posting.

To check out all of the review articles that we have done of the Nuclear Blast Records talent pool just click HERE and a list will come to your computer or tablet screen. I’ve made sure to always have the means to purchase an album with our reviews and other articles, so if you like what you read you can order a copy right from the narrative page.

Since launching the website I’ve also photographed a healthy amount of Nuclear Blast Records artists when they have blasted through our region. Sometimes they were headliners, but on many occasions they were among the wonderful openers that you get to enjoy if you arrive early enough to a show. At last count there were over 125 galleries in our database that were dedicated to their roster but you should know that this number changes every time we hit a gig. The tag link should allow you to see those as well. I hope that you enjoy them as much as the review articles.

Kudos on your 25th and here is to the future….

Official Website: http://www.nuclearblast.com

Happy 30th Anniversary To Metal Blade Records (1982-2012)

Wowza, wowza. Talk about a milestone and something that is definitely worthy of some congratulations and a heaping dose of kudos. Metal Blade Records is celebrating their 30th year of operation and one of the coolest aspect of this is more than just the tenure, its the fact that it has been a primarily Metal focused label since its inception way back when record store employee Brian Slagel decided to start up the label to support the local regions Heavy Metal bands. The first ever album that was released under the Metal Blade Records brand was a compilation release entitled “The New Heavy Metal Revue presents Metal Massacre”; this album featured Metallica, Ratt, Black and Blue and many others at a time when all of these groups were relative unknowns. I actually thought I had this on LP somewhere but was wrong. I have a different but still ancient compilation. Oh well. Perhaps they will re-release this on CD to celebrate the iconic 30th year. Historically speaking, I think this original album came out in June of 1982, so we are very likely close to the actual launch date of the record company at this point in time. With that being the case there is no better time to jump into the fray with our congratulatory toast.
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Happy Heavy 25th Anniversary To Earache Records (1987-2012)

This is a great year of anniversaries for some truly awesome Rock and Metal bands as we find the big 25th for artists like Whitesnake, Anthrax, Testament and really far too many others to mention celebrating that milestone on a bit of some seminal recorded work. Stuff like Whitesnake’s self titled, and “Fighting The World” by Manowar and “Among The Living” by Anthrax. You get the point right? Well, in this narrative I wanted to raise a glass and a high pair of horns for the Earache Records label who are also celebrating their own 25th Year in the business.


If you love all things Extreme Metal then Earache Records is the place to be for your listening pleasure because they were the label to find bands like Napalm Death, Deicide, Decapitated and the mighty Carcass for many of their releases. Now I should admit that I wasn’t really following any of these bands before I decided to focus my creative time on being a music journalist but once I started I began studying from their books even though I am a huge latecomer to their offerings. I aim at supporting what I can when I can and there are honestly a lot of bands that I like on the label. It’s a true lesson in that which is heavy and not easily handled by those who refuse to step outside of their own Metal box. I know that I still have quite the investigative journey ahead based on their artist roster both past and present. You can learn what that roster is and a whole lot more about the company by clicking the Official Wiki entry below. I tend to just offer up my own thoughts in these Milestones as opposed to reprinting other peoples words. I am looking forward to hearing and witnessing in concert the next groups that the label will be dishing out and you should to. Happy 25th Earache Records, and here is to the next 25 🙂 Fans that enjoy the labels output already are encouraged to leave us some comments in the space below. It will be great to hear what you think about this one. To see our reviews of some releases that came to us under the Earache Records brand click HERE. The screen will showcase the whole batch. See you next time.

Official Wikipedia Entry for Earache Records: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earache_Records