Metal Blade Founder Releasing New Book

Courtesy: BMG Books

Metal Blade Records Founder Brian Slagel is set to release his new book, Swing of the Blade: More Stories From Metal Blade Records this spring through BMG Books.

The follow-up to his 2017 memoir, For The Sake Of Heaviness, the new, 192-page book continues the story in its predecessor, telling the story of how Slagel’s love of metal music helped him found the label and his experiences with bands that have called and continue to call Metal Blade Records home, as well as others. Among the bands discussed in the new book are the likes of Armored Saint, Metallica, and King Diamond.

The book’s forward was authored by Slayer guitarist Kerry King. King inducted Metal Blade Records into the Hall of Heavy Metal History in 2017.

Along with being available in a paperback pressing, Swing of the Blade: Stories from Metal Blade Records will also release in a box set presentation that includes a cassette tape featuring songs from many of the bands discussed in the book. That list includes the likes of Fates Warning, Unearth, and Amon Amarth. Pre-orders for the box set are open here.

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Nonpoint Signs New Deal With Metal Blade Records

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Officials with Metal Blade Records announced today the addition of Florida-based hard rock band Nonpoint to its artist roster. The deal between Nonpoint and Metal Blade will see Metal Blade release Nonpoint’s upcoming eighth full-length album internationally. Front man Elias Soriano spoke with reporters on the announcement, expressing his happiness over the new deal. “This is a dream situation for us,” he said. “We’ve always needed a team behind us outside of the U.S. It’s a great feeling knowing you now have the best team possible.”

Drummer Robb Rivera echoed Soriano’s sentiments in his comments. “We are excited to get not only THE worldwide label of labels to release our album outside of the US, but to be part of a family now that has pretty much set the bar for metal releases for 30 plus years,” he said. “Needless to say , extremely excited to be able to get our music to the fans outside of the US through the team that helped launch Metallica.”

Nonpoint’s next album is currently slated to drop this Fall. Metal Blade Records rep Brian Slagel hinted at what fans can expect from the new album, stating, “The bit of new material I heard sounds great!” He was just as pleased with the announcement of the new deal between Nonpoint and Metal Blade Records. He said of the announcement, “All of us at Metal Blade are happy to welcome Nonpoint to the Metal Blade family. We are excited to work with them.”

Nonpoint will perform live at the Central Florida Fairgrounds at the WJRR Earthday Birthday festival. Also slated for the festival are: Alter Bridge, Everclear, All That Remains, Cypress Hill, Alien Ant Farm, Pepper, Fuel, Filter, Saving Abel, Saigon Kick, Lacuna Coil, Tantric, and many other bands. Nonpoint is also scheduled to perform at Rock The Yard in Kernersville, North Carolina on June 22nd alongside Another Lost Year. More information on the band’s current tour schedule, its upcoming eighth full-length studio release and more is available online now at,, and To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at