METAL MASSACRE XV Compilation coming From Metal Blade Records!

Oh man, I can’t tell you how good it is to see a new METAL MASSACRE Compilation album coming from Metal Blade Records. The label announced number XV for May 21st, 2021. The early Metal Massacre’s launched the careers of some of the biggest names in metal including Metallica, Slayer, Armored Saint, and many more. Read on to see which bands are included in the upcoming album.

From The Press Release

Album artwork by: Christopher Lovell (Aborted, Ghost, Byzantine, Amon Amarth //

In 1982, Metal Blade Records put out its first release: Metal Massacre, a compilation album that included Metallica, Ratt, and many other influential artists. Now, Metal Blade will be releasing Metal Massacre XV on May 21st – and continuing the legacy of the first album – the collection will once again contain a sampling of contemporary heavy metal, curated by Decibel Magazine‘s Albert Mudrian.

Ryan Williams (Metal Blade Records A&R), who coordinated this installment of Metal Massacre, comments: “The legend of the ‘Metal Massacre‘ series is the first thing many people think of when they hear ‘Metal Blade Records’. Famously, it’s how Brian Slagel introduced the world to Metallica – not to mention many up-and-coming bands throughout the 80s, 90s and 2000s. When Metal Blade’s President Tracy Vera suggested I organize the next volume, I was honored to pick up the baton and run with it. While brainstorming about the direction to take, Nikki Law (our Head of Publicity) suggested partnering with Albert at Decibel Magazine, who is legendary in his own right for having a perpetual ear-to-the-ground of the deepest corners of the underground metal scene. Luckily it didn’t take any arm twisting for Albert to be a part of the team on this the 15th edition, so we went to work looking for awesome bands to work with, and I think we have put together a distinct collection of bands and songs. We tried to stay true to the old school mentality of making a compilation tape for your friends, featuring bands you really just want other people to check out. This edition includes a diverse collection of metal acts, heavy hitters, modern, and old school tunes – so hopefully there is something for everyone here! Turn it up and enjoy!”

Albert Mudrian (Decibel Magazine Editor in Chief) adds: “It was an extreme honor to be called upon to help curate an installment of the truly transformative ‘Metal Massacre‘ series. 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 and ‘Metal Massacre‘ forever reign.”

Pre-order Metal Massacre XV now at: – where the record is available in the following formats:
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– night blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– deep purple / black melt vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– cool gray marbled vinyl (US exclusive)

See below for the complete track-listing, and preview clips of each song now at:

Metal Massacre XV track-listing
1. Midnight “Masked and Deadly” (Metal Massacre XV exclusive!)
2. Poison Ruïn “Demon Wind”
3. Fuming Mouth “Master of Extremity”
4. Many Suffer “The Trees Die Standing” (Metal Massacre XV exclusive!)
5. Temple of Void “Leave the Light Behind”
6. Ripped to Shreds “撿骨 (Bone Ritual)” (Metal Massacre XV exclusive!)
7. Rude “Omega”
8. Midnight Dice “Starblind”
9. Smoulder “Warrior Witch of Hel”
10. Mother of Graves “In Somber Dreams”

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About Michael Juvinall (6161 Articles)
I am a devoted husband and father. I have been a voracious horror fan since the early age of 5 and metal fan since I was 14. I watch all horror films but my great loves are classic horror films: Universal Monsters, Werewolves, Hammer Horror and an all-around affinity for things that go bump in the night! I'm also a huge fan of extreme metal music.

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