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.
But first, a quick history lesson: Founded in 1980 in Holland as a label licensing American metal bands in Europe, it wasn't until 1986 that Roadrunner
opened an office in New York City and began to put out records locally. The first US signing was King Diamond
, followed by Carnivore
, thus sparking the new initiative: finding and cultivating burgeoning bands.
The advent of Slipknot
and Killswitch Engage
at the turn of the millenium saw ventures into Platinum certification, and solidified Roadrunner
's status as an undeniable force in the rock and metal worlds that's still continuing today. With so much history and so many influential artists to note in our big anniversary and extensive catalog, we're turning it over to legendary vocalist Max Cavalera
and Cavalera Conspiracy
) to answer some quick questions on 30 years of music, survey-style!
See what he had to say below and check back every day from now until the end of the year to see who else we've got tackling our survey, and which Roadrunner classic was their favorite.
In 30 years you will be…
Best music moments of the last 30 years?
Touring with The Ramones in Brazil.
Highlight of your career thus far?
The making of Soulfly's seventh album, Omen.
Crappiest moment in music in the last 30 years?
The death of Dimebag.
Album from your generation that will be legendary in 30 years?
Nailbomb - Point Blank
Roadrunner classic album?
Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath. What makes it a classic? The amount of parts in the songs, and how they are put together.
's latest album, Omen
, is in stores now. Pick it up at this location, and be sure to watch out for more from Max
in 2011 when Cavalera Conspiracy release their sophomore album