ROADRUNNER RECORDS                                                                                                                         Launched in 1980 as “Roadracer Records” in the Netherlands. Its initial business was importing North American metal-band recordings into Europe. Voted as the “Best Metal Label” by Metal Hammer at their Golden Gods Awards … (rock more)

METAL BLADE RECORDS                                                                                                                                    A record label which was founded by Brian Slagel in 1982. The label is distributed in the U.S. by Sony BMG Music Entertainment/RED Distribution. It was distributed by Warner Bros. Records in the USA 1988–1992 … (rock more)

UPROAR FESTIVAL                                                                                                                                             An annual hard rock/heavy metal tour inaugurated in 2010 by John Reese and sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink. Uproar Festival hosted a number of other activities other than live bands … (rock more)

MAYHEM FESTIVAL                                                                                                                                          A touring metal festival that takes place starting around early July and ending in mid-August. The inaugural iteration took place in 2008, and became an annual event across the United States and Quebec, Canada, ever since … (rock more)

WACKEN OPEN AIR                                                                                                                                          A summer open air heavy metal music festival. It was a small event for local German bands (1990). By 1998 the event had become the major festival on the European metal calendar and has included over 70 bands from all over Europe, North America and Australia … (rock more)

ROCK AM RING and ROCK IM PARK                                                                                                              Two simultaneous rock music festivals held annually in Germany. Both festivals are the largest music festivals in Germany and one of the largest in the world with a combined attendance of just over 150,000 people in 2007 … (rock more and more)

OZZFEST                                                                                                                                                              An annual festival tour of the United States (and in some years, Europe) featuring performances by many heavy metal and hard rock musical groups. Founded by Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon Osbourne in 1996 … (rock more)

SONISPHERE FESTIVAL                                                                                                                                      A heavy metal touring music festival which takes place across Europe between June and August. The festival is owned by John Jackson and Kilimanjaro Live. It is jointly-promoted by K2 and Kilimanjaro Live … (rock more)

BLABBERMOUTH                                                                                                                                    Released in March 2001 and hosted by Roadrunner Records after a complete design transformation in October 2001, BLABBERMOUTH.NET cited as a source to heavy metal and hard rock news, as well as album, video and music DVD reviews … (rock more)

REVOLVER MAGAZINE                                                                                                                                      A bi-monthly rock and heavy metal magazine published by Future US. It features coverage of underground and up-and-coming bands from all over the world. Rather than mainstream acts, Revolver introduces many acts that are not played on the radio or on MTV … (rock more)

Kerrang! Magazine                                                                                                                                            A rock music magazine published by Bauer Consumer Media in the United Kingdom. Focuses on the genre New Wave of British Heavy Metal and the rise of other hard rock acts … (rock more)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MTV                                                                                                                                                                      An American network based in New York City that launched on August 1, 1981. The original purpose of the channel was to play music videos guided by on-air hosts known as VJs. Slogans such as “I want my MTV” and “MTV is here” became embedded in public thought … (rock more)

YouTube                                                                                                                                                              A video-sharing website, created by three former PayPal employees in February of 2005, on which users can upload, share and view videos. In November 2006, YouTube, LLC was bought by Google Inc. for $1.65 billion, and now operates as a subsidiary of Google … (launch)

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