Nuclear Blast

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Nuclear Blast
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Parent company Believe Digital
FounderMarkus Staiger
Country of originGermany
Location Donzdorf, Germany
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Nuclear Blast is a record label and mail order record distributor with subsidiaries in Germany, the United States and Brazil. The label was founded in 1987 by Markus Staiger in Germany. Originally releasing hardcore punk records, the label moved on to releasing albums by thrash metal, 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 the American scene, and Arising Empire, focused more on European bands.


In October 2018, French independent label Believe Digital acquired a majority stake in Nuclear Blast. [1]


During the 2000s and 2010s, Nuclear Blast signed many veteran thrash metal bands including Slayer, [2] Exodus, [3] Testament, [4] Anthrax, [5] Kreator, [6] Overkill, [7] Sepultura, [8] Destruction, [9] Tankard, [10] Death Angel, [11] and Heathen. [12] Other acts that have released music through this label include Machine Head, [13] Accept, Amaranthe, Epica, The Adicts, Wednesday 13, Blind Guardian, Helloween, In Flames, Therion, Opeth, [14] Death, Decapitated, Dimmu Borgir, Danzig, Cradle of Filth, [15] Edguy, Eluveitie, Nightwish, Symphony X, Secret Sphere, Suffocation, Fear Factory, D.R.I., [16] Sabaton, [17] Fit for an Autopsy, Rob Zombie, [18] Comeback Kid, Ministry, The Damned Things, Alcest, As I Lay Dying, Obscura, Septicflesh, Deathstars and Beast in Black.


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.

Swedish band Meshuggah became the first band in the history of Nuclear Blast Records to crack the Billboard 200, landing at number 165 with their 2002 album, Nothing . Meshuggah also became the first Nuclear Blast band to be reviewed in Rolling Stone magazine. [19]

In 2004, Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish released Once on Nuclear Blast, which rocketed to the top of the charts in multiple countries, including Finland, Germany, Norway, Greece, Sweden, Austria, and more. It became the first release in the company's history to reach number 1 on the German charts. Slayer released the album Repentless in 2015 which went to number 4 on the Billboard 200 making it the highest charting Nuclear Blast release in the United States. [20] [21]

The exclusive distribution in Greece is being carried out by Infinity Entertainment IKE. [22]

In 2021, Nuclear Blast founder Markus Staiger launched a new record company called Atomic Fire GmbH. [23]

Blood Blast Distribution

Blood Blast Distribution is a subsidiary of Nuclear Blast that focuses solely on the distribution of extreme music. The company was founded in 2020 by Bryce Lucien, Jerome Riera, Denis Ladegaillerie and Myriam Silberstein. [24]

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