Brian Slagel / More remarkable stories from Metal Blade Records

The remarkable new book Swing Of The Blade: More Stories From Metal Blade Records by label founder Brian Slagel will be released on 9 May 2023. The new book features a foreword by Slayer’s Kerry King and is part memoir, part music-business primer, and all Metal.

The book is the follow-up to For the Sake of Heaviness, released in 2017, which delivered a compelling inside look at how a Metal-obsessed California teen built Metal Blade Records into the preeminent international home of Heavy Metal music.

The new book delves deep into scenes and bands that fans worldwide obsess about. Slagel serves up more of his favourite Metal memories about iconic musicians and events, and delves into even greater detail about his long and ongoing relationships with Metallica, Armored Saint, King Diamond and other heavyweights.

Metal Blade Records will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary, and this new book is Slagel’s view from the studio, side-stage and boardroom and offers an unprecedented look into the music, business, and passion that has made both Slagel and Metal Blade Records champions of discovering and nurturing the best Heavy Metal music on the planet.

Amazon’s pre-orders for Swing Of The Blade: More Stories From Metal Blade Records are available here:

In the coming weeks, Metal Blade Records will be launching their own exclusive pre-order bundle that will include a bookmark, patch, 40th-anniversary medal, and signed bookplate.

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