Believe Digital Acquires Majority Stake In Nuclear Blast Records

According to Music Business Worldwide, Believe Digital has acquired a majority stake in Nuclear Blast Records, the label home of Slayer, Nightwish, Meshuggah, Dimmu Borgir, etc., for what is reportedly an eight-figure sum. Founder/CEO Markus Staiger will remain a shareholder in the company.

Managing Director of Believe Digital Germany, Thorsten Freese commented:

“Nuclear Blast has the most prestigious roster of hard rock and metal artists in the world. These artists are served by a team of passionate and dedicated staff. Because we share this passion and dedication, we are very excited to establish this alliance with Nuclear Blast and service the careers of their artists and develop new and exciting talents with their team.”

Staiger added:

“We have known for a long time that we needed to respond to the changes in the music industry. We are also aware that we need to move away from the idea of conventional collaborations in order to continue to be a world-class force, especially in the digital market. We have found the ideal partner with Believe Digital to lead Nuclear Blast and its artists into the future.”

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Primal Fear Return To Nuclear Blast

Primal Fear have announced their return to Nuclear Blast. With this news, the group have also announced that they will be releasing a new limited edition 7″, titled “Crucify Me,” on September 28. It will include the title track, along with a live version of “Nuclear Fire.”

Founding member of the band Mat Sinner said the following:

“We are coming home to the No. 1 metal label and we‘re really looking forward to working with Markus Staiger and his team. All the incredibly positive reactions to the most recent PRIMAL FEAR album ‘Apocalypse’ from fans and the press have been a great motivation for us to get started with songwriting for another amazing new album, in collaboration with Nuclear Blast.”

Markus Staiger, owner of Nuclear Blast, also commented:

“We had a perfect start back then; all the metal fans were hungry for some traditional heavy metal. Together we realised six excellent albums and had a really exciting time. Even during the time after ‘Seven Seals’, the contact and amity between us and the band never ended. In the end, it was the last few PRIMAL FEAR albums that really convinced me, so we started discussing a new contract and I‘m happy that we reached an agreement quite fast and without complications. I think that PRIMAL FEAR are one of the most powerful and innovative metal bands in Europe and I love their unique, massive and heavy sound. Also, it’s really impressive how PRIMAL FEAR have never lost any of their quality and have never stopped being an awesome live act over the last 20 years.”

Vocalist Ralf Scheepers added:

“It’s time to release the beast once more with the combined strength of a record company which is motivated to the max and us musicians of PRIMAL FEAR, who stand like a wall of unity and loyalty. Back to the roots with Nuclear Blast and a heavy tune — ‘Crucify Me’!”

Septicflesh Sign With Nuclear Blast Records

Septicflesh have signed a new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast. The band’s new album will be released through the label in 2019.

The group commented:

“We are honored to have signed with one of the worlds leading record labels, Nuclear Blast Records. Septicflesh has always been a hard working band looking, to the future while keeping traditional elements and utilizing a modern and dark feel to our music.

We needed someone who would understand this and we are happy to have found our new home with Nuclear Blast. In the meantime, our latest album ‘Codex Omega‘ continues to gain ground worldwide. We will keep touring in support of it and prepare for the conquests set before us!”

Decapitated, Kataklysm, Hypocrisy, Etc. To Be Featured On Nuclear Blast’s “Death…Is Just The Beginning MMXVIII“ Compilation

Nuclear Blast have announced the return of their “Death…Is Just The Beginning” compilations. A new volume, titled “Death…Is Just The Beginning MMXVIII,“ will be released on October 19 and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

Track Listing:

01. Benediction – “Tear Off These Fucking Wings” (demo) (previously unreleased)
02. Kataklysm – “The Awakener” (Re-Recorded)
03. Hypocrisy – “They Lie” (The Exploited cover)
04. The Spirit – “Illuminate The Night Sky”
05. Memoriam – “The War Rages On” (demo)
06. Insidious Disease – “Soul Excavation” (previously unreleased)
07. Possessed – “Abandoned” (demo) (previously unreleased)
08. Thy Art Is Murder – “The Son Of Misery”
09. Immolation – “Morbid Visions” (feat. Max Cavalera) (Sepultura cover)
10. Nailed To Obscurity – “King Delusion” (previously unreleased)
11. Bleeding Gods – “Beloved By Artemis”
12. Decapitated – “Sane” (feat. Jeff Loomis & Jakub Zytecki) (Meshuggah cover)
13. Aenimus – “Before The Eons” (previously unreleased)
14. Paradise Lost – “Frozen Illusion”
15. Carcass – “A Wraith In The Apparatus”
16. Brujeria – “Viva Presidente Trump!”

The compilation is being released around the same time as the “Death…Is Just The Beginning” European tour, which is set to feature Kataklysm, Hypocrisy, and The Spirit.

Rob Zombie Signs With Nuclear Blast Records

Rob Zombie has signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast Records and is planning to release his new album through the label in 2019. He said the following:

“I am very excited to work with the fine folks at Nuclear Blast. The combination of the label’s grassroots urge to get the hustle done mixed with the detonation of our most combustable melodic masterpiece yet should prove to be a winning hybrid of hellacious hullabaloo.”

Fit For An Autopsy Sign With Nuclear Blast Entertainment

Fit For An Autopsy have announced that they have signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The band are currently finishing up the writing process for their new album, which is set to be released next year.

The group said the following:

“We’re incredibly excited to announce that Fit For An Autopsy has signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast. Looking forward to the next chapter of the band with the gurus of the metal world at our side.

Thank you Carl, Rick, Scott, Bill, Brendan, Steve, and everyone else at eOne/Good Fight for the believing in the band and supporting us through our last few records. It was a pleasure working together.

We’re currently finishing up writing a new record, with recording set to commence shortly. Stay tuned for updates and some tour announcements. Horns up.”

Nailed To Obscurity Sign With Nuclear Blast

Nailed To Obscurity have signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast Records, and are currently writing a new album. The band commented:

“It’s hard to find words that express how thrilled and proud we are to announce this signing. It goes without saying that Nuclear Blast with its rich history in heavy metal is one of the biggest – no, THE biggest – label in the scene and joining their incredible roster of so many legendary and influential artists is simply a dream coming true! We are grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity and are looking forward to this collaboration which feels like the beginning of a new, exciting chapter in the history of Nailed To Obscurity!”