Avantasia2013 (or the first post-apocalyptic year of our lives) brought the comeback of Tobias Sammet’s AVANTASIA – who actually had disappeared from the scene after their acclaimed Wacken Open Air headliner show in 2011 – returned gloriously with their new opus »The Mystery Of Time«! TV appearances and an extensive tour together with guest stars à la Ronnie Atkins, Eric Martin, Bob Catley and Michael Kiske caused high chart entries all over Europe and a phenomenal rank 2 in the German album charts. More charting success comes from US rockers ORCHID, whose NB full-length debut »The Mouths Of Madness« was frenetically celebrated by both the media and the general public and was consequently ennobled by a sensational #18 in the German album charts while Finnish Death Metalheads CHILDREN OF BODOM upon their return to Nuclear Blast with their latest, »Halo Of Blood« charts on a smashing #18 on the German Media Control Charts and celebrates further entries worldwide. Where expectations couldn’t be any higher, CARCASS manage to live up to their own legacy of genre defining records with »Surgical Steel« hitting the global charts within the first week of its release. Congratulation to the following entries: World Charts #43, Finland: #6, Germany: #10, Austria: #24, Japan: #36, USA: #41, Sweden: #42 (Sweden Rock/Metal #4), UK: #47 (UK Indie #13, UK Rock #4), Australia: #59, Netherlands: #73, France: #80, Ireland: #84 (Ireland Indie: #15), Belgium: #117 (Flanders #130, Walloonia #87).

Machine HeadIcelandic Classic Rock trio THE VINTAGE CARAVAN are not only the latest new addition to the NB family to be announced in October, but with an average age of not even 20, they also hold the title of the youngest of all bands. Not quite as young, but fully established are Oakland based Metalheads MACHINE HEAD. The band found its new home at Nuclear Blast Entertainment, Nuclear Blast Records’ joint venture headed by the band's longtime friend and former Roadrunner A&R guru Monte Conner. Further additions of this US based and operating joint venture are: DEVIL YOU KNOW, the gathering of former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE vocalist Howard Jones, ALL SHALL PERISH stringkiller Francesco Artusato and John Sankey, who plays drums Australian combo DEVOLVED and has also worked with FEAR FACTORY and DIVINE HERESY. And yet another supergroup by the name of KILLER BE KILLED. The band is comprised of SOULFLY mastermind and SEPULTURA co-founder Max Cavalera, THE DILLENGER ESCAPE PLAN vocalist Greg Puciato, MASTODON bassist Troy Sanders and drummer David Elitch of THE MARS VOLTA. More additions come in form of multicultural sensation BLUES PILLS, and Thrash Metallers GENERATION KILL, that gathers vocalist Rob Dukes of EXODUS and former PRO-PAIN / M.O.D. member Rob Moschetti on bass guitar and backing vocals alongside Jason Trenzcer and Jason Velez on lead guitars and James DeMaria on drums. And also AVATARIUM, the brand new band featuring legendary Swedish doom metal pioneer Leif Edling, is welcomed as a new member of the big NB family.

And finally two massive milestones are announced within our new media / social media spheres: On November 07, 2013 we just reached 500.000 subscribers on our Nuclear Blast Europe channel on YouTube and also smashed the 300.000 likes mark on the Nuclear Blast Europe Facebook page.