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

Just for fun, here's a list of famous bands signed to Nuclear Blast, one for each letter of the alphabet:
Blind Guardian,
Children of Bodom,
Dimmu Borgir,
In Flames,
(unfortunately, no bands on J),
Lamb of God,
Paradise Lost,
Rhapsody of Fire,
(none under X, Y or Z)

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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

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

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

Korn, slipknot, stone sour, slash and many more

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

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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

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.

Keeps things fresh. Finds the best underground bands.

6 Relapse Records 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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7 Earache Earache

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

Should be number 1

Vektor... that is all

8 Peaceville Peaceville
9 Candlelight
10 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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The Newcomers

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? 20 Buck Spin

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

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

One word: Alestorm

12 Warner Bros. Warner Bros.
13 Dark Descent
14 Hells Headbangers
15 Razor & Tie
16 Artery
17 Spinefarm
18 Rise Records
19 Rottweiler Records

Great roster. Positive message. Check them out!

20 Elektra Records
21 Osmose
22 Facedown

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

23 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.

24 Massacre Records

Awesome Bands

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

25 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

26 Victory
27 Hammer Muzik
28 Fearless Records
29 Capitol Records Capitol Records
30 Eclipse Records

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.

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

31 Unique Leader Records

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

32 Profound Lore

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

33 Tankcrimes
34 Vision of God Records

Interesting label with good bands and positive message.

35 Prosthetic
36 Flesh Vessel

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

37 Test Your Metal Records
38 Southern Lord
39 E1 Music
40 Maverick
41 Xplosion Records
42 Unspeakable Axe
43 Blackened Recordings

Metallica's very own record label - christangrant

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