Best Heavy Metal Record Labels


The Top Ten

1 Nuclear Blast Nuclear Blast

Suicide Silence is under this label!

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

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

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

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

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. - shoulderboythemetalhead

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.

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

Many great BLACK METAL bands on this Label.

6 Relapse Records Relapse Records

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...

7 Peaceville Peaceville

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.

8 Earache Earache

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!

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

New band sug-saft toda

9 Candlelight
10 Napalm Records

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!

There are some underrated bands.

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


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

12 Warner Bros. Warner Bros.
13 Hells Headbangers

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/

14 Dark Descent
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 Fearless Records
21 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.

22 Elektra Records
23 Prosthetic
24 Massacre Records

Awesome Bands

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

25 Vision of God Records

Interesting label with good bands and positive message.

26 Southern Lord
27 Osmose
28 Hammer Muzik

Turkey's only metal label. If Hammer wouldn't struck, metal wouldn't exist in Turkey. Bands: Cenotaph, Radical Noise, Antisilence, Decimation (now they are under Comatose), Dr. Skull, Pagan(aka. Gökböri).

29 Unique Leader Records

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

30 Profound Lore

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

31 Tankcrimes

A label with morals and also ghoul

32 Facedown

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

33 Victory
34 Capitol Records Capitol Records
35 20 Buck Spin

well duh

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

36 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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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 Xplosion Records
40 Flesh Vessel

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

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

Metallica's very own record label - christangrant

46 earMUSIC
47 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.

48 Unspeakable Axe
49 Via Nocturna
50 Magic Circle Music

It's a small label, but there are many awesome bands like Manowar, Rhapsody of fire, Luca Turilli,... - Iron

This is a small label, but there are some awesome bands like Rhapsody, Manowar, Luca Turilli,... - Iron

This is a small group, but there are some awesome bands like Rhapsody, Manowar,...

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