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Thursday, August 16, 2012

NUCLEAR BLAST Records Join Forces With Former ROADRUNNER RECORDS Executives & Form NEW Partnership! #MusicRevolution

                                Left to right: Monte Conner, Markus Staiger and Mark Palmer

Today, there is very exciting news in the Heavy Music world! Markus Steiger (Owner of NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS) has joined forces with former ROADRUNNER RECORDS executives Monte Connet (former A & R at RR) and Mark Palmer (former Managing Director at RR) to create NUCLEAR BLAST ENTERTAINMENT.

The NEW record label will announce its first signings in the coming months and share most major operations with the existing U.S. branch of NUCLEAR BLAST.

"I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Metal veterans Monte Conner and Mark Palmer to the Nuclear Blast team. I am continually striving to strengthen Nuclear Blast on all fronts as a worldwide force, and with the addition of Monte and Mark, I feel we just took major steps in two key territories."- Markus Steiger

Who is Monte Conner?

Monte Conner was ROADRUNNER RECORDS' Senior Vice President of A&R. He single handily shaped the sound of 90's Heavy Music. Here are some of the artists that Monte either discovered and/or signed:

- Annihilator
- Biohazard
- Brujeria
- Jerry Cantrell
- Cavalera Conspiracy
- Chimaira
- Coal Chamber
- Cynic
- Death
- Deicide
- DevilDriver
- Fear Factory
- Gojira
- Gorguts
- Life of Agony
- Machine Head
- Malevolent Creation
- Murderdolls
- Nailbomb
- Obituary
- Pestilence
- Porcupine Tree
- Rush
- Sepultura
- Slipknot
- Solitude Aeturnus
- Soulfly
- Stone Sour
- Storm Corrosion
- Suffocation
- Times of Grace
- Trivium
- Type O Negative

"What Markus Staiger and his incredibly dedicated staff have built over the last 25 years is quite an achievement, and it has all happened almost concurrently with my time at Roadrunner Records. I am very pleased to align myself with a team of loyal, hard-working people and am looking forward to playing my part in the continued evolution and dominance of this worldwide metal powerhouse. I hope to both complement as well as expand on all the great things already happening at Nuclear Blast, especially when it comes to the U.S. market and Nuclear Blast Entertainment. I feel Markus and I can be an unstoppable force in metal and beyond, and with my long-term colleague Mark Palmer also now aboard in the U.K., this already feels like home to me." - Monte Conner

Who is Mark Palmer?

Mark Palmer is a former Roadrunner U.K. managing director. Palmer will open NUCLEAR BLAST's first U.K. office. Palmer had been with Roadrunner almost from the start and had built the U.K. branch of Roadrunner into one of the most respected and successful local record company teams the Metal world has ever seen.

"I am really excited at the prospect of working with the amazing staff at Nuclear Blast and putting together a new team to strongly develop their business and profile in the U.K." - Mark Palmer

Related links:
 Nuclear Blast USA

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