Eluveitie First true highlight of 2014 comes from Swiss folk metal leaders ELUVEITIE, as the band has been awarded with a Swiss Music Award as “Best Live Act National”, making them the first ever metal band to receive this honor. With their latest studio encounter »Origins««, Swiss New Wave Folk Metal superstars ELUVEITIE enter the Swiss charts at NUMBER ONE!

Blues PillsCountless chart entries also display what a successful year this was: SONATA ARCTICA charted on #1 in their native Finland and also achieved several international positions. The new EDGUY record »Space Police – Defenders Of The Crown« takes the German Top Ten by storm, entering on #2 of the official German charts. Swedish Heavy Metal fivepiece SABATON hit the global charts with their current record »Heroes«, including #1 in Sweden and #2 in Finland. Two months after its release, TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN’s solo album »Music Inspired By The Life And Times Of Scrooge«, which debuted #1 in Finland and stayed in TOP 5 for several weeks after the release, went GOLD in Finland. Multinational Blues Rockers BLUES PILLS enter the German Media Control Charts at position #4 with their debut, making them the first ever newcomer band signed to Nuclear Blast to crack the German Top Ten! Released in August, the highly anticipated and critically acclaimed 14th ACCEPT album »Blind Rage« hits number ONE in their native Germany and in Finland. Hitting another top spot, legendary Swedish five piece HAMMERFALL debut on NUMBER ONE of the Swedish charts with »(r)Evolution«.

PanzerAnd of course there have been numerous additions to the global Nuclear Blast family: Southern California-based four man hatecrew, NAILS, are set to unleash their rabidly anticipated full-length upon the masses during the first quarter of 2015. Pennsylvanian based band CROBOT have signed a deal for the territory of Europe. Six-headed Death machine, AVERSIONS CROWN, had its latest slab of astral punishment, »Tyrant« out in late 2014. Just like newly formed Metal gathering DEVILMENT, fronted by Dani Filth (CRADLE OF FILTH, TEMPLE OF THE BLACK MOON), who released their debut »The Great And Secret Show« in autumn. THE true Teutonic Heavy Metal trio The German PANZER, comprised of vocalist & bass-player Schmier (DESTRUCTION), guitarist Herman Frank (ex-ACCEPT, VICTORY) and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (ex-ACCEPT) got their first onslaught entitled »Send Them All To Hell« rolling down onto the unholy European soil right before Halloween!

Fear FactoryThe pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal, FEAR FACTORY, have signed a deal for North America & Europe with Nuclear Blast Entertainment and plan to release their as-of-yet-untitled new in winter 2015. Belgium's finest - anthemic grooving rock/metal outfit DIABLO BLVD will have their Nuclear Blast debut out in January 2015. Last but certainly not least, another new member comes in form of BRUJERIA. This ain’t no game – this is pure fucking madness. L.A.’s Mexican kings of bad-assery have returned to a new home and with plans to record a new album for 2015. On December 5th BLIND GUARDIAN released ‘Twilight Of The Gods’, the first single from their upcoming tenth studio record, »Beyond The Red Mirror«, marking the final Nuclear Blast release of 2014. British punk legends THE EXPLOITED are back with a vengeance after singer Wattie Buchan had a heart attack in early 2014. And what better way to end the year as a being ennobled for a release: CHILDREN OF BODOM's latest studio album »Halo Of Blood« has been certified gold in Finland. »Halo Of Blood« has sold more than 10.000 copies in Finland. Congratulations guys and see you all in 2015!