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List of RIAA-affiliated metal labels

List of RIAA-affiliated metal labels
July 28, 2009, 07:52:55 AM
There's a great searching tool available that lets you track individual artists, labels and albums.

http://riaaradar.com/search.asp

A few results of labels to avoid when buying new CDs:

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Roadrunner (tons of death metal, basically anything recorded in Morrisound and produced by Scott "Studio Vampire" Burns; no wonder they whore out their back catalog so feverishly these days)

Def American (Slayer)

Island (Anthrax)

Sanctuary ('Sabbath, Motorhead, Megadeth)

Elektra (Metallica)

Megaforce (Overkill, Testament)

Noise (lots of great speed metal like Coroner, Kreator, Helloween, Rage along with modern crap like Dragonforce and Kamelot)

Caroline (Misfits, Suicidal Tendencies)

Noise being RIAA is a surprise and major bummer; they have tons of awesome and foundational metal albums in their catalog.

It's funny how the American speed metal and death metal movements were funded almost entirely by the RIAA.

Re: List of RIAA-affiliated metal labels
July 28, 2009, 08:24:57 AM
Slayer on a hip-hop label. lol.

At least Hell Awaits and Haunting the Chapel are RIAA-free: both were released under Metal Blade.

Re: List of RIAA-affiliated metal labels
July 28, 2009, 08:37:52 AM
Yep, it is no coincidence that the album where Slayer switched to a Sony affiliate ("Reign in Blood") is the point that they started going downhill.

Re: List of RIAA-affiliated metal labels
July 28, 2009, 11:43:24 PM
That's a really handy site, thanks for posting about it!

And the award for most pretentious goes to:

Re: List of RIAA-affiliated metal labels
July 29, 2009, 12:59:46 AM
Yep, it is no coincidence that the album where Slayer switched to a Sony affiliate ("Reign in Blood") is the point that they started going downhill.

And yet their strongest release (South of Heaven) was with American.