A brief history of the last three decades of heavy
Markus Staiger founds Nuclear Blast in his hometown of Donzdorf. The first record released on the label is the compilation Senseless Death.
Albums by death metal bands Atrocity, Master and Incubus sell more than 30,000 copies each.
Meshuggah’s debut album, Contradictions Collapse, is released. The band remain on Nuclear Blast to this day.
Gorefest’s Erase becomes the first Nuclear Blast album to enter the German charts, reaching Number 82.
In Flames’ breakthrough second album, The Jester Race, is released.
Hammerfall become the label’s first power metal success story when their debut album, Glory To The Brave, reaches the German Top 40.
Meshuggah become the first Nuclear Blast band to break into the US Top 200, when Nothing reaches Number 165.
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.
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.
Nuclear Blast recruit several former executives from the recently downsized Roadrunner Records, including A&R guru Monte Conner and UK MD Mark Palmer.
The label dips its toes into the world of retro rock with Devil Man, the second EP from Swedish psych-rockers Blues Pills.
Nuclear Blast release Suicide Silence’s You Can’t Stop Me – the first album since the death of frontman Mitch Lucker.
Slayer’s Repentless debuts at Number 4 in the Billboard Chart – Nuclear Blast’s highest charting album in the US.
Offshoot Sharptone Records is launched as a home for rock and alternative music. Its roster includes Miss May I, Don Broco and Emmure.
Nuclear Blast celebrates its 30th birthday.