HellNuclear Blast wouldn’t be Nuclear Blast if the year 2011 didn't start with a big bang – a couple of them actually! Austrian devil-worshippers BELPHEGOR returned with the death/black metal monster »Blood Magick Necromance« which managed to hit the German and Austrian album charts. And of course there were also new family members: legendary revived UK NWOBHM underground icons HELL can from now on call Nuclear Blast their home! Back with Nuclear Blast were also Teutonic thrash legends DESTRUCTION with a sledgehammer called »Day Of Reckoning«. More thrash metal goodness came from U.S. act FLOTSAM & JETSAM, new members of the NB family – »The Cold« easily made the jump to the German album charts!

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter Such a jump was also made by DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER who delivered a brilliant hit album with »Moral & Wahnsinn« which thrilled press and fans alike. And back to Finland: new signing BEFORE THE DAWN killed all genre competition with the dark metal masterpiece »Deathstar Rising«! The Swedes of GRAVEYARD made the hearts of every classic rock fan leap for joy when they released their Nuclear Blast debut »Hisingen Blues« and rightfully entered the charts of their home country on rank one.

HammerfallHAMMERFALL and their latest album manifested itself in rank #2 of the Swedish charts. MAYAN, the Amorphisall-star sextet around EPICA-grunter and guitarist Mark Jansen, could release its symphonic technical death metal debut »Quarterpast«, after they had been able to achieve a record deal with Nuclear Blast because of their convincing demo recordings. AMORPHIS delivered album number ten within their more than 20 years lasting career. With »The Beginning of Times«, the masters of melancholic melodies were able to enter the pole position of the Finnish charts.

Fleshgod Apocalypse At the same time, another newcomer was welcomed to the Nuclear Blast family. FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE from Italy were able to fascinate the international press with their thrilling mixture of death metal and classical elements even before the release of »Agony«. Finally NIGHTWISH release their first single »Storytime« out of their new studio album »Imaginaerum«. This one reached great chart entries all over Europe. Surprisingly the album received their first gold status in Greece, within the same month. A great ending of a metallic year with tons of highlights.