In 1982, Metal Blade Records unveiled its first release: Metal Massacre, a compilation album that included Metallica, Cirith Ungol and many other influential artists. Now, Metal Blade will release Metal Massacre XV on May 21 and—continuing the legacy of the first album—the collection will once again contain a sampling of contemporary heavy metal, this time curated by Decibel magazine’s editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian.
“It was an extreme honor to be called upon to help curate an installment of the truly transformative Metal Massacre series,” says Mudrian. “Rather than concentrate on one particular era or style, I dutifully attempted to bring the best sub-genres metal has produced over the past 40 years into a cohesive portrait of what today’s underground metal scene faithfully represents. May it, Metal Blade Records and Metal Massacre forever reign.”