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‘Swing of the Blade,’ new book by Metal Blade Records founder, due May 9

Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel will release his new book “Swing of the Blade: More Stories from Metal Blade Records” on May 9, 2023.

“Swing of the Blade” is a follow-up to Slagel’s 2017 book, “For the Sake of Heaviness.”

Featuring a foreword by Slayer’s Kerry King, the new book is part-memoir, part-music-business primer and all metal—delving deep into scenes and bands that fans worldwide obsess about.

Slagel shares more of his favorite memories about iconic musicians and events, and delves into even greater detail about his long and ongoing relationships with Metallica, Armored Saint, King Diamond and other heavyweights.

His view for the past 40 years—from the studio, in the crowd and boardroom—offers an unprecedented look into the music, business and passion that has made Slagel and Metal Blade champions of discovering and nurturing the best heavy music on the planet.

Pre-order “it “Swing of the Blade” here.

An exclusive bundle will include a bookplate signed by Slagel, bookmark, patch and a 40th anniversary medal.

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