Nightwish2012, not only the year of the predicted doomsday but also NUCLEAR BLAST’s 25th anniversary year, was rung in by the good news of more gold awards for NIGHTWISH’s opus »Imaginaerum« – Germany, Switzerland and Slovakia invested the monumental record with its well-deserved noble metal plating.

TankardWith their 30-years-anniversary record »A Girl Called Cerveza« German thrash metallers TANKARD enter the German album charts on well-deserved #32, while living legends TESTAMENT reaches a phenomenal #4.With their 8th studio album »Manala«, Finnish folk metal pioneers KORPIKLAANI entered the German album charts on a sensational # 47, while Swiss “New Wave Of Folk Metal“ founding fathers (and mothers) ELUVEITIE landed on rank 67 of the German album charts with »The Early Years«.

Mitch LurkerOn the night of Halloween, Mitch Lucker, front man of US extreme metallers SUIDICE SILENCE who had recently been signed to Nuclear Blast Entertainment, had a motorcycle accident and died of his injuries shortly afterwards. Nuclear Blast offers deepest commiserations to Mitch’s family, friends, band colleagues and fans all over the world.

And the news about two co-operations of historical significance for Nuclear Blast caused a quite stir: Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger had joined forces with former Roadrunner Records A&R chief Monte Conner in the formation of a new U.S. partnership – Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The new record label would share most major operations with the existing U.S. branch of Nuclear Blast. Conner had recently departed Roadrunner after a 25-year run that saw him sign most of the successful hard rock and metal bands on the label. Plans were also underway to expand Nuclear Blast’s strength in the UK market - the label paired with former Roadrunner UK Managing Director, Mark Palmer. Palmer, who had been with Roadrunner almost from the start and had built the UK branch of Roadrunner into one of the most respected and successful local record company teams the metal world has ever seen, would open Nuclear Blast’s first UK office.