Best Heavy Metal Record Labels

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.

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

Suicide Silence is under this label!

So many amazing bands

2 Metal Blade

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

3 Roadrunner

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

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

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

Korn, slipknot, stone sour, slash and many more

4 Century Media

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.

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.

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.

Keeps things fresh. Finds the best underground bands.

Many great BLACK METAL bands on this Label.

6 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.

7 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.

I am a giant Obsessed fan. Scott Wino is an amazing artist and songwriter. They are an amazing contributor to the "Relapse Label".

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.

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

8 Earache

The fact that Earache is this low down proves that this site is filled with children...

One of the best labels for extreme metal bands.

Should be number 1

Vektor... that is all

9 Candlelight
10 Napalm Records

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!

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.

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

The Contenders

11 Warner Bros.
12 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.

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

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

I love their bands like Erra, Asking, Animals as leaders,etc. They have bands for every general of metal. And they are awesome.

13 Dark Descent
14 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/

15 Spinefarm

Kalmah, Ensiferum, Bullet for My Valentine, do I need to say more ?

16 Razor & Tie
17 Artery

Iwrestledabearonce... that's enough

18 Rise Records

Of mice and men, that's all

19 Rottweiler Records

Great roster. Positive message. Check them out!

20 Massacre Records

Awesome Bands

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

21 Elektra Records
22 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.

23 Fearless Records
24 Unique Leader Records

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

25 Profound Lore

Abyssal, Lord Mantis, Bell Witch, Agalloch, Pallbearer, Prurient (noise artist), Pissgrave, Portal, Artificial Brain, Full of Hell, etc.

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

Pallbearer, Bell witch, Agalloch, Cobalt, Subrosa... should I continue?

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