kicked late summer ass with The Panic Broadcast
; a genre-defining, modern melodic death metal masterpiece! In the USA, SOILWORK
scanned 5,257 copies of the album in its first week, making it the bands highest selling record in its first week ever, landing them at position #88 on the US Billboard Top 200 Chart!
More on the brutal side were Ohio-based CHIMAIRA
that served fans their mammoth DVD package Coming Alive – and if that was too tough for you, then AMORPHIS
and their DVD Forging The Land Of Thousand Lakes soothed you with melancholic rock and celebrated their band anniversary in style!
In August, Northern Hyperblasters KATAKLYSM
could celebrate too with Heaven`s Venom
scoring their highest chart positions in their career so far! The album sold around 2,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 7 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart and #196 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, making it the bands highest charting album and their biggest first week sales to date.
In August of 2010, the hyperblasters KATAKLYSM
were also invited to join the Ozzfest second stage, and of course, they accepted! Even EXODUS
were exclusively invited to play the Los Angeles Ozzfest show!
Shortly thereafter, the Swedes in SONIC SYNDICATE
entered a new era with We Rule The Night
and their new singer Nathan J.Biggs.
As soon as the leaves started to fall in early September, things got rather Thrashy at Nuclear Blast: SWASHBUCKLE
returned with Crime Always Pays
and old-schoolers DEATH ANGEL
proved once more to all youngsters with Relentless Retribution
how to do it Bay Area style!
again! To share the celebratory mood with their fans, the Finns released Magic & Mayhem – Tales From The Early Years
which saw the band re-record old classics with new singer Tomi.
In September of 2010, the USA office witnessed two black metal pioneers raise the bar once again! First from the album, Axioma Ethica Odini by Norway’s renowned progressive/psychedelic black metal band ENSLAVED
, selling over 1,400 copies in the U.S, debuting at position #16 on the Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart, #40 in the Current Hard Music Albums chart, and #72 on the Independent Current Albums chart.
Daringly, DIMMU BORGIR
took a bold step towards the future of Black Metal with ABRAHADABRA
: a unique and symphonic effort that made it to the German top twenty album charts again! In the USA, the album sold over 9,428 copies debuting at #42 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #5 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #6 on the Independent Current Albums chart. ABRAHADABRA
also debuted at #4 on the Top Rock albums and at #30 on iTunes’ Top Albums charts (U.S.) on the day of its release. In Canada, the album debuted at #4 on the Nielsen Soundscan Top Hard Albums chart. Shortly after that the Norwegians embarked on an unusual tour package with KORN which filled the venues to the brim.
Symphonic is also a good word when it comes to THERION
who continued to travel to vast stylistic fields with Sitra Ahra
. And if you love your music boundary-free, you definitely got happy with new Nuclear Blast signing FILTER
: timeless rock with touches of alternative and electronica which imported a whiff of Hollywood to Donzdorf.
In October things remained diverse: lovers of black and extreme metal could rejoice with the new MELECHESH
album The Epigenesis
, traditional NYHC fans with MADBALL
, thrashers with FORBIDDEN
’s mighty comeback Omega Wave
– and RHAPSODY OF FIRE
returned with the epic one song EP The Cold Embrace Of Fear
. ALL ENDS
delivered a healthy dose of female rock / metal, and the DEATHSTARS
got decadence back on the dance floor with the Platinum Edition of Night Electric Night
However, October 2010 will remain as one of the saddest times in the label’s history: GOTTHARD
singer Steve Lee was killed on October 5th in a motorcycle accident and will leave a huge gap in the rock genre that nobody can ever fill. A unique wave of sympathy, condolences and of pure disbelief had the press in its grip for weeks and proves how many people Steve Lee touched in his life.
In November of 2010, the USA office had the privilege to release the CRADLE OF FILTH
album, Darkly, Darkly Venus Aversa. The infamous extreme metal group entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #99, selling nearly 6,000 copies in its first week. The album also debuted at #10 on the Independent chart and #7 on Hard Music.
The highlight of the last few weeks of 2010 certainly was metal queen DORO
: she celebrated her anniversary with 25 Years In Rock on CD and DVD! And of course it didn`t take long till Miss Pesch returned to the stage – she was supporting MOTÖRHEAD on their yearly German dates. Swedes HARDCORE SUPERSTAR
returned with Split Your Lip
which turned out to be a true street metal fest!
from Switzerland embodied the dark side of the force in comparison: releasing their Antigod
EP and treated fans to new song material on their European tour with ROTTING CHRIST. BEHEMOTH
too are the wrong band if you want to get in the Christmas mood! Just check out the Evangelia Heretika – The New Gospel
DVD set…The last release of 2010 was delivered by CANDLEMASS
and their rarities collection Doomology
. And of course the NB family got some new members now too: teutonic thrashers DESTRUCTION
returned to their old label haven and U.S. prog doomers WHILE HEAVEN WEPT
signed to Nuclear Blast too. On top of that, thrash legends FLOTSAM & JETSAM
, dark metal hopefuls BEFORE THE DAWN
and NYHC icons BIOHAZARD
joined the family too!