Brian Slagel’s Metal Blade Records – nurturing home to great metal bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Armored Saint, Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth, and many more genre-defining bands – celebrates its 40th anniversary not only hosting three shows – two in Las Vegas and one in New York – but opening to the public the Metal Blade Museum, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Beyond its firebreathing frontwomen, fans of Bitch will fondly recall Bitch as Metal Blade Records’ flagship band. In its heyday, Bitch found itself an upstart band, with a now legendary S&M-themed stage show, a show so flamboyant, and packed with such raging songs, that Bitch found themselves headlining some of the biggest clubs up and down the Sunset Strip.
Forty years on, Metal Blade is both a safe harbor for elder bands and a beta test for the unknown. As for Slagel, his vision is clear, with eyes always fixed on the horizon. Forty years in, the label’s figurehead has little time to look back, and his focus steadfastly remains forward-facing.