2010 marks the 30th anniversary of Roadrunner Records, and as we close out the year in celebration, we're looking back on the last three decades with a little help from our friends.
Founded in 1980 in Holland to export albums from the US to Europe, it wasn't until 1986 that Roadrunner opened a New York office and began to release burgeoning bands stateside (see: King Diamond, Carnivore and Whiplash as some of the first signings). Following on from Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy's Max Cavalera, Machine Head's Phil Demmel and Slipknot/ Murderdolls' Joey Jordison, we're turning it over to Killswitch Engage bassist Mike D'Antonio to help us recount the past by answering some quick questions survey-style.
See what he had to say below, and stay tuned for the next Roadrunner artist checking in tomorrow.
In 30 years you will be...
Doing Graphic Design from an old age home.
Best music moments of the last 30 years.
Seeing Beastie Boys in 1991 on my birthday on the Check Your Head Tour. The entire crowd was jumping.... it was off the charts.
Highlight of your career thus far?
Playing Wacken to 80,000 people. I was so worried we were not "metal" enough for that fest. It ended up being one of the funniest shows I have ever played!
Crappiest moment in music in the last 30 years.
George Bush getting elected for a second term... I have never felt so lost in my whole life.
Album from your generation that will be legendary in 30 years.
Kyuss Welcome To Sky Valley - premium desert rock at its finest. You can't do better than this record.
Life Of Agony River Runs Red will always be my favourite record on RR. Amazing from beginning to end - minus all the in-between song ‘theatrics’. What makes it a classic? The brutality of that record, the crushing guitar tone.... and of course the RIFFS - some of the best out there.... bang your head!
Killswitch Engage are currently working on their sixth studio album due out in 2011, but 2010 was still a big year for the guys. Touring in support of their 2009 self-titled album, the band also released a brand new video for "Save Me" and featured a track written exclusively for God of War 3 on the video game's Roadrunner-based soundtrack Blood and Metal. Check out "My Obsession" right here.