Killswitch Engage are the headline act taking over the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV in celebration of Metal Blade Records 40th Anniversary with support coming from Fit For An Autopsy and Visigoth. The show is set to take place on Wednesday, October 5th, 2022, and marks the third and final concert commemorating Metal Blade Records momentous anniversary.
Tickets will be on sale Friday, July 22 at 10am local time here and Live Nation’s Presale will be available to fans Wednesday, July 20 at 10am PT thru Thursday, July 21 at 10pm PT.
“We are super happy to be celebrating our 40th year with our friends in Killswitch Engage, Fit For An Autopsy and Visigoth! I hope you can all come celebrate with us!!!”, comments Brian Slagel.
“I can’t imagine where music or my journey as a musician would be with out Metal Blade Records”, adds Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach. “I can speak for the band when I say we are stoked and absolutely honored to be apart of the 40th anniversary celebration! Killer line up and a legendary milestone for Metal music around the world! Massive respect and love to Brian Slagel for all he has done for music and for Killswitch“!
On September 17th, 2022, a separate Metal Blade Records 40th Anniversary show will take place at The Space in Las Vegas featuring the legendary Sacred Reich, an integral part of the thrash movement still churning out classics on Metal Blade. Tickets are available here.
There are still some tickets available for fans to tour the Metal Blade Records Museum, which is not yet open to the public, located in Las Vegas, NV. The museum will be open for one day, Wednesday July 20, from 12pm to 5pm. Guests will be able to take a self-guided tour of the heavy metal museum though, Metal Blade Records’ founder himself, Brian Slagel, will treat guests arriving at 12nooon to a guided tour. Tickets available here.
Fans not in the Las Vegas area can still get a glimpse inside of the museum by checking out the videos at the links below. Part 3 of the Museum Tour series is set to go live later this summer.
Metal Blade Museum Tour Video Part 1 – watch here.
Metal Blade Museum Tour Video Part 2 – watch here.
Decade specific t-shirts designed in honor of this major anniversary, playlists, and other special anniversary releases are available here.
Founded upon owner Brian Slagel’s enduring drive to find great bands and get their music out to as many people as possible, since 1982 Metal Blade has brought wave after wave of powerful, innovative, and often genre-defining music to the ever-hungry metal masses. It is this ethos that has seen Metal Blade build up a stunning and diverse catalogue, weather the various storms facing any independent label, and in an age of declining record sales boast the most successful years of its existence as it celebrates its fourth decade.
Metal Blade Records launched Metallica, Slayer, Armored Saint, Fates Warning, GWAR, Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth, Whitechapel, The Black Dahlia Murder, Cattle Decapitation, and dozens more genre giants, shaping four decades and counting of hard rock, metal, and extreme music culture. Brian Slagel worked as a record store clerk when he founded Metal Blade in 1982, reserving a spot for a young Lars Ulrich on his Metal Massacre compilation series. Metal Blade grew from humble beginnings in Los Angeles to become an international powerhouse, selling millions of albums while remaining fiercely independent. In 2017, Slayer’s Kerry King inducted the label into the Hall of Heavy Metal History. Slagel’s For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records arrived the same year.