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  'FOR THE SAKE OF HEAVINESS: THE HISTORY OF METAL BLADE RECORDS' COMING SOON
25th July 2017



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Metal Blade Records and BMG will release 'For The Sake Of Heaviness: The History Of Metal Blade Records' on August 29th. The book is written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton, and features a foreword by Metallica's Lars Ulrich.

Celebrating the storied label's 35th anniversary, 'For The Sake Of Heaviness...' is an inside look at how Slagel built Metal Blade from a one-man operation in his mom's non-air-conditioned garage to the preeminent international home of Heavy Metal music that it is today.

The book recounts the early beginning of 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 LA scene.

Released in 1982, the 'Metal Massacre' LP included the debut recordings of local groups such as Steeler, Malice, Ratt and Metallica.

brian slagelBrian is inducted into The Hall Of Heavy Metal History in January

'For The Sake Of Heaviness...' can be ordered as an exclusive box-set with the following contents:

'For The Sake Of Heaviness: The History Of Metal Blade Records' book
'For The Sake Of Heaviness' cassette
Metal Blade Records 35th anniversary bookmark
Bookplate autographed by Brian Slagel

Box dimensions: 9.375" x 6.375" x 1.25"

You can pre-order the bos set at Ebay, item number 162598464398.

The cassette tracklisting is:
SIDE A
1. Fates Warning: Guardian
2. Lizzy Borden: Lord Of The Flies
3. Omen: Holy Martyr
4. Cirith Ungol: Black Machine
5. GWAR: Gor-Gor
6. Cannibal Corpse: Stripped, Raped, And Strangled
7. Six Feet Under: War Is Coming
SIDE B
1. Mercyful Fate: Egypt
2. King Diamond: Voodoo
3. The Black Dahlia Murder: Funeral Thirst
4. Unearth: Black Hearts Now Reign
5. Amon Amarth: Twilight Of The Thunder God
6. Visigoth: From The Arcane Mists Of Prophecy

'For The Sake Of Heaviness...' pulls back the curtain to reveal the definitive look at how Metal Blade began, what they've accomplished and where they're going.

Slagel reveals the early advice he gave that helped guide Motley Crue's career; how he helped Metallica replace their bassist - twice; his detailed work on Thin Lizzy and Alice Cooper re-issues; his behind-the-scenes role in the careers of Slayer, GWAR, Mother Love Bone, Alice In Chains, Faith No More, Goo Goo Dolls and Lamb Of God; and his unlikely ventures with kindred Metalheads - from hockey star Ken Baumgartner, to celebrity chef Chris Santos, to The Howard Stern Show's Richard Christy, to comedians Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson and Jim Breuer.

Slagel told us:

"I have been asked many times about doing a book about the history of Metal Blade and it just seemed like a cool thing to do to document the 35th anniversary. You never really stop to think about a lot of this stuff, so doing the book is a great way of looking back at how many awesome things have happened to me and Metal Blade.

"We have had a long relationship with BMG and with their new move in book publishing, it all seemed like perfect timing. Being able to work with their team really made the final decision to actually do the book. I am really happy with the way it came out and I hope everyone out there enjoys it as well!"





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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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