Nuclear Blast

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Nuclear Blast
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Parent company Believe Digital
Founded1987
FounderMarkus Staiger
StatusActive
Distributor(s)
Genre
Country of originGermany
Location Donzdorf, Göppingen
Official website www.nuclearblast.de

Nuclear Blast is a record label and mail order record distributor with subsidiaries in Germany, the United States and Brazil. The record label was founded in 1987 by Markus Staiger in Germany. Originally releasing hardcore punk records, the label moved on to releasing albums by melodic death metal, grindcore, industrial metal, power metal and black metal bands, as well as tribute albums. It also distributes and promotes two post-hardcore/metalcore labels, SharpTone Records, focused on American scene (Miss May I, Emmure, Attila), and Arising Empire, focused more on European bands such as Novelists, Imminence, Cold Snap and While She Sleeps.

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In October 2018, French independent label Believe Digital acquired a majority stake in Nuclear Blast. [2]

Believe Digital is a French company which distributes digital music in Europe for independent artists and labels. The company is also known for allegedly fraudulent copyright claims on artists' music.

Music

More recent signings include names such as Epica, The Adicts, Wednesday 13, Slayer, Helloween, [3] Opeth, [4] Decapitated, Danzig, Cradle of Filth, [5] Edguy, Nightwish, Symphony X, Suffocation, Machine Head, [6] Fear Factory, [7] Sabaton, [8] Fit for an Autopsy, Rob Zombie, [9] Comeback Kid, Ministry, The Damned Things, Alcest, and As I Lay Dying.

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History

Nuclear Blast was formed in 1987 after founder Markus Staiger traveled throughout the United States for four weeks and saw a gig of his favorite band BL'AST!. The label's first release was a vinyl compilation called Senseless Death (NB 001) featuring US hardcore bands like Attitude, Sacred Denial, Impulse Manslaughter and others.

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