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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2000 11:40 pm    Post subject: Nuclear Blast closes in US Reply with quote

From news ace Tim Henderson:

Nuclear Blast Closes In North America!

Sad but true, one of the top Metal labels in the world have made it official
- they are CLOSING their offices in both New York City and Philadelphia on
November 15. The status of the bands and staff of the label are still up in
the air for North America.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2000 12:39 am    Post subject: Nuclear Blast closes in US Reply with quote

That not only bloody sucks, but what the hell happens to the order I sent them, already paid for and haven't received?
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Valhallen



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2000 1:15 am    Post subject: Nuclear Blast closes in US Reply with quote

Damn, this is major step backwards for Metal in the US, it seems. I guess that means we will less likely see more tours of bands like Hammerfall, In Flames, and the recently signed Savatage? When will Metal gain any ground in the US, if ever? This is very sad.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2000 7:33 am    Post subject: Nuclear Blast closes in US Reply with quote

And what about the obvious question: WHY?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2000 7:42 am    Post subject: Nuclear Blast closes in US Reply with quote

The press release and Tim's short write-up came in late at night. We'll be digging for the details and will keep everyone up to date.

I'm betting that they are just pulling back and regrouping in their European offices (fingers crossed)
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2000 9:04 am    Post subject: Nuclear Blast closes in US Reply with quote

The word now is that NB is merging with Century Media. Not sure if that's US and/or worldwide. We'll keep you posted.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2000 2:02 pm    Post subject: Nuclear Blast closes in US Reply with quote

A merger with Century media would be great. Taht would pool more metal bands onto one
label and we might get some killer tours out of it.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2000 3:21 pm    Post subject: Nuclear Blast closes in US Reply with quote

here's the scoop:

For immediate release:
November 15, 2000


Century Media Records and Nuclear Blast America
proudly present a strategic alliance as the world’s best
Heavy Metal labels combine under one roof.


Esteemed Heavy Metal stalwarts Century Media Records and Nuclear Blast Records have combined forces to make an indelible impact Stateside in 2001. The owners of the two German companies have been hammering out the details for some time to what one industry insider is already calling a “metal monopoly”.

Oliver Withoeft, CEO of Century Media Records reacts, “It’s not our intention to become a monopoly, but we are excited about the opportunity to be working together with one of the world’s premiere metal labels.”

Century Media US, who will be celebrating their tenth year anniversary in 2001, have made great strides in the past five years by developing the careers of notable artists such as Stuck Mojo, Iced Earth, Skinlab, Nevermore and Emperor, as well as establishing an increasingly strong presence for their mail-order and distribution which handles over 3,000 titles for other labels. Nuclear Blast America’s Philadelphia-based office was begun in 1997 and the label has since established names like In Flames, Hammerfall, Hypocrisy, Meshuggah and Dimmu Borgir, and look to further that acclaim by acquiring such top-selling traditional artists as Savatage and S.O.D. (both of who will have new records next year).

Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger comments, “Through this alliance between Century Media and Nuclear Blast a lot of things will change for the better, because both companies will be able to benefit out of the other company’s knowledge and both companies can combine their power to become even more successful.”

Nuclear Blast is in the process of relocating their operations to the west coast uniting both companies under one roof. Vice-President/General Manager Marco Barbieri will head Century Media and Nuclear Blast, yet each will maintain separate A & R/Product Managers and promotion contacts to retain their own strong individualistic character, while co-operating behind the scenes in the administration, production, accounting and warehousing aspects thus giving each the best of both worlds.

Each label will continue to be distributed exclusively in the US by Caroline Distribution. Rick Williams, General Manager of Caroline, had this to say when hearing the news, “Caroline is excited about the opportunities presented from the unification of two of their most successful metal labels. Our relationship with Century Media has been built on a framework of mutual admiration and this venture will only serve to enhance that relationship and will propel both labels into the forefront of the metal market in the US.”

-Century Media Records


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2000 3:14 am    Post subject: Nuclear Blast closes in US Reply with quote

One step back and one HUGE leap forward.

This merger could mark the beginnings of the largest and most important Stateside metal entity since Roadrunner. By cutting overhead costs, NB/CM might have greater financial resources for touring and promotion. I can't wait to see where this is going.

Unfortunately, it also means that a lot of my good friends are out of jobs.
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