Best Metal Record Label

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Posted by Arian Totalis, 13.07.2007 - 23:05
So I was thinking, what is the best Metal Record label out there? All of the above mentioned labels have reputations for being influential to the metal scene. For example Earache has sponsored numerous Grindcore and Death Metal Bands such as Carcass and Napalm Death, therefore they are kind of seen as a pioneering grind/death label. Relapse is the Label that Nasum comes from.

I guess what it really comes down to is the label that has your favorite bands on it. I used to be a huge Centery Media fan, because they had Shadows Fall, God Forbid, Arch Enemy, and alot of other good bands. But I realised that there is alot better out there as far as labels go. So, how bout you guys? (sorry if I missed any other important labels)

Oh and by the way, I hate Roadrunner, but they have some great bands signed to them, Like Megadeth, Dream Theater, 3 Inches of Blood, Opeth etc. So that's why they are up there.


Which of these is your prefered metal Record Label?

Nuclear Blast
Metal Blade
Century Media
Road Runner

Total votes: 127
12.07.2013 - 21:19
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Worth giving a shout out to Paradigms Recordings. Lots of individual, unique albums have been released under them. Gnaw Their Tongues, Murmuure, Angelic Process, Hjarnidaudi, Book of Sand, and lots of lo-fi, neofolk, ambient, drone etc stuff.
12.07.2013 - 23:11
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Can't choose just one as I like almost everything, plus I but from so many DIY labels it's hard to keep track.

That being said, Profound Lore puts out killer stuff. Leviathan, Bosse De Nage, Coffinworm etc.
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12.07.2013 - 23:28
Insideout is interesting label when it comes to prog metal. Beside that, I never give attention to labels and I know that its a wrong move but I adore southern lord, profound lore and paradigms recordings for putting out high quality, independent and original records.
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25.07.2013 - 15:35
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I don't like one in particular.
09.01.2014 - 07:31
Doom Knight
There's a couple of label's whose output I've been really impressed with over the last couple of years:

Aural Music/code666: Agruss, Carpe Noctem, Ne Obliviscaris, Void Of Silence, Aborym, Eternal Deformity, The Prophecy, Ravenwoods, Saille, Hail Spirit Noir

Profound lore: Altar of Plagues, Ash Borer, Castevet, Cobalt, Disma, Evoken, Grave Miasma, Indesinence, Morne, Occultation, Pallbearer, Portal, VHÖL

Dark Descent: Anguish, Emptiness, Miasmal, Anhedonist, Craven Idol, Lantern, Morgion

Pest Productions: Amiensus, Súl ad Astral, Sadhaka, Thy Light, Vallendusk, Apocynthion

Solitude Productions: Abske Fides, Ea, Evadne, Evoke Thy Lords, Narrow House, Ophis, Station Dysthymia, The Howling Void

And a special mention to Blood Music, who don't release many new albums but work hard on releasing top quality vinyl rereleases & have great customer service that constantly rewards regular customers. A few examples being: Strapping Young Lad, Lykathea Aflame, Ihsahn, Kauan, Aquilus, Toorn, Odium, Ensiferum, Nightbringer, Ne Obliviscaris.
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09.01.2014 - 11:13
Also worth mentioning:

Mordgrimm - dedicated mainly to black & doom metal

Avantgarde Music - mainly black stuff

Seventh Rule Recordings (bandcamp) - sludge, doom, post...

20 Buck Spin (bandcamp) - doom, black, death, sludge/stoner
09.01.2014 - 16:23
On the list:

If I were to judge by amount of albums in my collection from a label, I think I have more Nuclear Blast albums than any other. Century Media probably come close though, and Spinefarm for the whole Finnish melodic metal thing, which is right up my street. But I doubt any of those three treat their bands too well.

Not on the list:

Ulterium Records (melodic, predominantly Christian, plus they did a charity single last Christmas raising money for the homeless, so they get points for that too)
Endtime Productions (extreme, predominantly Christian)
Whirlwind Records (extreme, predominantly Christian)
Blood Music (vinyls of quality releases; never bought anything from them but they seem really good)
InsideOut (progprogprogprogprog)
Kscope (amazing if you're into this softer 'post-progressive' (their description, not mine) stuff like Anathema, Steven Wilson, etc)
Prophecy Productions (a bit like Kscope but darker, with artists like Antimatter, Alcest, Empyrium and Klimt 1918)
Candlelight Records (while I'm not a fan of most of the black metal currently on the roster, they've released a bunch of Opeth and Insomnium in the past)

I can't really decide my absolute favourite, but if you were to ask me at any given moment what my favourite record label was, I'd probably say Ulterium.

...or Kscope.
Or InsideOut.

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22.01.2014 - 19:10
For the type of metal I love the most (that's prog), definitely InsideOut.
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26.01.2014 - 13:27
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I don't really care about labels. I prefer the music...
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10.05.2015 - 23:51
Can someone tell me a good label that is specialised in Doom Metal, plz?
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12.05.2015 - 08:50
None, labels suck.
12.05.2015 - 11:09
Written by deadone on 12.05.2015 at 09:17

Written by Ganondox on 12.05.2015 at 08:50

None, labels suck.

Really? Labels have always been useful in the music industry and still play an important role even if it's just for economies of scale. In reality they play other more important roles - marketing, distribution etc etc.

In the old days pre-internet if you liked a certain band, then looking at the label's catalogue was a great way of finding out similar sounding bands. So say I like thrash then just looking at Combat's or Noise Record's roster would net me a swag of yummy thrash treats. Was similar with Nuclear Blast (death metal) and Earache and Relapse (grind/death/industrial) or Subpop (grunge) or Moonfog and Candlelight for many things black metal.

Mind you that kind of specialisation has kind of disappeared.

Well nowadays the consumer can completely ignore the label, so while I recognize certain labels I don't have any opinion on the individual labels as a whole other than when they do something annoying.