Best Heavy Metal Record Labels


The Top Ten

1 Nuclear Blast 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

Yup deserves number 1 just look at how many metal bands they have on them - christangrant

One word: Nightwish

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

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2 Metal Blade Metal Blade

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

3 Roadrunner Roadrunner

Love Slipknot

Code Orange, Slipknot, Trivium, Power Trip, Killswitch engage...list goes on

Slipknot makes Roadrunner records the best record label for metal bands. it's the best of the best

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

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4 Century Media Century Media

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

Homeland of Lacuna Coil and Arch Enemy.

5 Season of Mist

It is the best label, did a great job with the Septicflesh and still fzaem with bands like Carach Angren, Mayhem, Beyond Creation and Rotting Christ

Keeps things fresh. Finds the best underground bands.

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.

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6 Earache Earache

THIS LABEL involved the best metal bands for me
HE MADE History speaking of death and black metal!

Carcass - Heartwork
At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul
Vektor - Terminal Redux
Entombed - Left Hand Path
Nocturnus - The Key

New band sug-saft toda

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

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7 Peaceville Peaceville
8 Relapse Records Relapse Records

Deserves top 3.
So many good bands are assigned to relapse (e.g. Nile, Mastodon, Pig Destroyer, Dying Detus, Neurosis and the list goes on and on)

in my opinion the top three is Metal Blade, Relapse and Nuclear Blast.

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...

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9 Candlelight
10 Napalm Records

Home of the small boys! But still a kicker for folk, power and speed metal!

So many unappreciated metal bands, people like amberian dawn, and alestorm are probably their biggest bands.

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

The Contenders

11 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

Asking Alexandria is the best band

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12 Warner Bros. Warner Bros.
13 Dark Descent
14 Hells Headbangers

So much metal

15 Razor & Tie
16 Artery

Iwrestledabearonce... that's enough

17 Rise Records

Of mice and men, that's all

18 Spinefarm
19 Rottweiler Records

Great roster. Positive message. Check them out!

20 Solid State

Underrated despite having signed bands such as August Burns Red, Underoath, Norma Jean, Demon Hunter, Extol, and He Is Legend. In the meantime they are also home to rising talent such as Silent Planet, Phinehas, and Fit For A King.

21 Elektra Records
22 Osmose
23 Prosthetic
24 Massacre Records

Awesome Bands

Sinister.. Debauchery...Mystic Prophecy...Fates Warning.. Anvil... legion of the Damned

25 Facedown

Good bands with positive messages and fair prices on merch and music, what more could you ask for?

26 Victory
27 Hammer Muzik
28 Unique Leader Records

They have some great technical bands that hit hard and go heavy!

29 Profound Lore

Killer black metal, gave a lot of big bands their start too

30 Fearless Records
31 Capitol Records Capitol Records
32 Tankcrimes

A label with morals and also ghoul

33 Southern Lord
34 20 Buck Spin

well duh

20 Buck has a perfect lineup! No bad bands at all.

35 Epitaph

Only by having Architects under their name is already worth a vote.

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.

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36 E1 Music
37 Xplosion Records
38 Eclipse Records

As Paradise Falls, Genus Ordinis Dei, Despite - all great bands I found from this label

They don't put out a lot of stuff, but I've been a fan of theirs ever since they released the first Mushroomhead album back in 2001. Other notable bands they've worked with are Bobaflex, A Breach of Silence, and Scum of the Earth.

39 Flesh Vessel

New indie label with high quality releases right off the bat.

40 Vision of God Records

Interesting label with good bands and positive message.

41 Northern Silence Productions
42 Maverick
43 Test Your Metal Records
44 Blackened Recordings

Metallica's very own record label - christangrant

45 earMUSIC
46 Moonfog Productions

A very important group for securing a source for Norwegian Black Metal groups like satyricon, darkthrone, thorns, enslaved, emperor and even wongraven. Very important.

47 Unspeakable Axe
48 Via Nocturna
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