Best Heavy Metal Record Labels
The Top Ten
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.
One word: Nightwish
Yup deserves number 1 just look at how many metal bands they have on them
Suicide Silence is under this label!
They've got some great bands signed, like As I Lay Dying, Whitechapel, Amon Amarth, & Cannibal Corpse
Some very well known bands are signed to Roadrunner, such as Killswitch Engage, Slipknot, Trivium, The Devil Wears Prada, & others.
Code Orange, Slipknot, Trivium, Power Trip, Killswitch engage...list goes on
Korn, slipknot, stone sour, slash and many more
Iced earth and at the gates also as previously mentioned lacuna coil
My personal favourite, Arch Enemy, is signed to Century Media
Homeland of Lacuna Coil and Arch Enemy.
Love the black metal bands on this label. While I do love Unique Leader, Metal Blade, Relapse, etc bands, this label has the most of my favorite bands on it.
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.
This label has the most extreme bands in 2019. It use to be Nuclear Blast and Century Media but not since 2015. Peaceville has stepped it up while the two giants from decades ago have gone way downhill with their non-extreme crap signings.
I am a giant Obsessed fan. Scott Wino is an amazing artist and songwriter. They are an amazing contributor to the "Relapse Label".
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...
The fact that Earache is this low down proves that this site is filled with children...
THIS LABEL involved the best metal bands for me
HE MADE History speaking of death and black metal!
One of the best labels for extreme metal bands.
Should be number 1
Amazing albums, amazing bands, amazing record label to buy vinyls
Some person forgot to mention Kamelot under unappreciated metal bands. Kamelot is EPIC! But Amberian dawn and Delain are epic. Those are my personal top favorites, but the other ones mentioned are really good as well!
Home of the small boys! But still a kicker for folk, power and speed metal!
This is where I find the less popular metal bands that actually have great songs! Like Xandria, Delain and Visions of Atlantis!
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.
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
I know for a fact HHR makes more money than a couple of labels over here
So much metal
Should be #1. I love the merch m/
Kalmah, Ensiferum, Bullet for My Valentine, do I need to say more ?
Iwrestledabearonce... that's enough
Of mice and men, that's all
Great roster. Positive message. Check them out!
Sinister.. Debauchery...Mystic Prophecy...Fates Warning.. Anvil... legion of the Damned
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.
Abyssal, Lord Mantis, Bell Witch, Agalloch, Pallbearer, Prurient (noise artist), Pissgrave, Portal, Artificial Brain, Full of Hell, etc.
Pallbearer, Bell witch, Agalloch, Cobalt, Subrosa... should I continue?
Killer black metal, gave a lot of big bands their start too
They have some great technical bands that hit hard and go heavy!