Best Heavy Metal Record Labels

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The Top Ten

1 Nuclear Blast

They have some of the finest extreme metal bands, like Carnifex, Children of Bodom, Machine Head, Suicide Silence, & Death Angel. One of the biggest metal labels in the world. - MetalFoREVer1228

One word: Nightwish

They have many very big bands... anthrax,children of bodom,meshuggah,lamb of god,slayer are just to name a few...

2 Century Media

My personal favourite, Arch Enemy, is signed to Century Media - Porcupine

Homeland of Lacuna Coil and Arch Enemy.

3 Metal Blade

They've got some great bands signed, like As I Lay Dying, Whitechapel, Amon Amarth, & Cannibal Corpse - MetalFoREVer1228

4 Roadrunner

Some very well known bands are signed to Roadrunner, such as Killswitch Engage, Slipknot, Trivium, The Devil Wears Prada, & others. - MetalFoREVer1228

Korn, slipknot, stone sour, slash and many more

Is best

5 Candlelight
6 Season of Mist

A label that does its job - introducing and supporting new blood, regardless of genre. Not playing safe. Kind of what Roadrunner was about before it became irrelevant.

Many great BLACK METAL bands on this Label.

Top to bottom best roster of the bunch.

7 Sumerian

While they have some of the more popular bands like Asking Alexandria, they have some great metal bands too. Perfect examples: The Faceless, Upon A Burning Body, & After the Burial. - MetalFoREVer1228

They have bands like Periphery, Animals as Leaders, After the Burial, Veil of Maya, the list goes on. Amazing label.

Probably the best label for modern prog metal

The best metal label PERIOD. Born of Osiris and Perifery...enough said. There are other kick-ass bands on it too.

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8 Peaceville
9 Relapse Records

Relapse records has the most consistent roster, as well as the best looking vinyl releases. Their releases are always on time (if not early). They have the best prices for a majority of their products, as well as the cheapest shipping prices compared to all of the other labels listed.

By far my favorite record label. Tons of amazing bands past and present. Terrific rereleases. What's not to love!

How is this not in the top ten?! Must be a mistake...

They amazing bands like Nile and Obscura, what's not to like!

Season of Mist would be a close second, with Archspire and Beyond Creation, plus plenty of amazing black metal bands!

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10 Earache

One of the best labels for extreme metal bands. - MetalFoREVer1228

Should be number 1

Vektor... that is all

The Contenders

11 Napalm Records

This is where I find the less popular metal bands that actually have great songs! Like Xandria, Delain and Visions of Atlantis!

One word: Alestorm

12 Dark Descent
13 Hells Headbangers
14 Razor & Tie
15 Artery
16 Warner Bros.
17 Epitaph

Please tell me you're joking. Those bands you listed are NOT metal in the slightest. Bring Me The Horizon have more in common with boy bands than they do metal.

With amazingly talented bands such as Escape The Fate, Falling in Reverse, Bring me The Horizon. Why aren't they up there?

The only metal band signed to this label is Parkway Drive.

Only voting Epitaph because they have Parkway Drive

18 Spinefarm
19 Rise Records
20 Rottweiler Records

Great roster. Positive message. Check them out!

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