nu­clear Fam­ily

A brief his­tory of the last three decades of heavy

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Nuclear blast records -

1987

Markus Staiger founds Nu­clear Blast in his home­town of Donz­dorf. The first record re­leased on the la­bel is the com­pi­la­tion Sense­less Death.

1990

Al­bums by death metal bands Atroc­ity, Mas­ter and In­cubus sell more than 30,000 copies each.

1991

Meshug­gah’s de­but al­bum, Con­tra­dic­tions Col­lapse, is re­leased. The band remain on Nu­clear Blast to this day.

1995

Gorefest’s Erase be­comes the first Nu­clear Blast al­bum to en­ter the Ger­man charts, reach­ing Num­ber 82.

1996

In Flames’ break­through sec­ond al­bum, The Jester Race, is re­leased.

1997

Ham­mer­fall become the la­bel’s first power metal suc­cess story when their de­but al­bum, Glory To The Brave, reaches the Ger­man Top 40.

2002

Meshug­gah become the first Nu­clear Blast band to break into the US Top 200, when Noth­ing reaches Num­ber 165.

2004

Nightwish’s Once be­comes the big­gest-sell­ing al­bum re­leased by Nu­clear Blast. Dimmu Bor­gir become the first black metal band to play on the US Oz­zfest tour, help­ing to prop­erly es­tab­lish the la­bel as a force on the US metal scene.

2008

Tes­ta­ment re­lease their ac­claimed comeback al­bum, The For­ma­tion Of Dam­na­tion, adding weight to a thrash re­vival that also in­cludes NB la­bel­mates Ex­o­dus, Overkill and Death An­gel.

2012

Nu­clear Blast re­cruit sev­eral for­mer ex­ec­u­tives from the re­cently down­sized Road­run­ner Records, in­clud­ing A&R guru Monte Con­ner and UK MD Mark Palmer.

2013

The la­bel dips its toes into the world of retro rock with Devil Man, the sec­ond EP from Swedish psych-rock­ers Blues Pills.

2014

Nu­clear Blast re­lease Sui­cide Si­lence’s You Can’t Stop Me – the first al­bum since the death of front­man Mitch Lucker.

2015

Slayer’s Re­pent­less de­buts at Num­ber 4 in the Bill­board Chart – Nu­clear Blast’s high­est chart­ing al­bum in the US.

2016

Off­shoot Sharp­tone Records is launched as a home for rock and al­ter­na­tive mu­sic. Its ros­ter in­cludes Miss May I, Don Broco and Em­mure.

2017

Nu­clear Blast cel­e­brates its 30th birth­day.

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