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Metal, Rated “XXX”: Roadrunner Marks Three-Decade-Plus Mark with Four-Disc Box Set

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Roadrunner Box SetOne of the top labels in straight-up rock and heavy metal, Roadrunner Records, will celebrate their more than 30 years in the business with a new box set, XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records, in October.

From its inception in 1980, Roadrunner was often toward the forefront of metal, from traditional heavy and thrash metal in the 1980s and early 1990s to the fast-paced tracks and nu metal stylings of the late ’90s. Along the way, they’ve opened up their roster to all kinds of hard rock, serving as a solid home base for veterans and upstarts alike. Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Type O Negative, Dream Theater, Megadeth, Slipknot, Nickelback, Korn, Rush, Porcupine Tree, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Dresden Dolls and Heaven & Hell (the late ’00s project by Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice – essentially, the Dio-led version of Black Sabbath) have all called Roadrunner home at one time or another.

And of these and more will be featured on this themed, 54-track box set, divided into four discs: Foundations, featuring early heavy metal cuts from the label’s early days; Horns Up, a summary of Roadrunner’s output in the late 1990s and early 2000s; And Metal for All, featuring recent metal releases (including the 2004 label supergroup Roadrunner United) and Rock for the Ages, featuring everything that rocked in between. XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records will also feature liner notes from Decibel writer Chris Dick, including interviews and quotes with label founder Cees Wessels as well as King Diamond, Max Cavalera of Sepultura and Soulfly, Matt Heafy of Trivium and more.

XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records will be available October 1. Hit the jump for the usual full track list and (so far, just an Amazon U.K.) pre-order links!

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In Case You Missed It: “The Essential Korn” is Peachy

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Here’s a compilation that came out this past week that we neglected to mention: a new Essential title from Legacy, covering the work of nu-metal group Korn.

The Bakersfield, California rockers were one of the hottest acts on the rock scene in the 1990s, turning out dark, angsty songs that fused melodic guitar solos and hip-hop-influenced beats. Though the band is still together, they’ve endured some personnel changes over the years – guitarist Brian “Head” Welch famously left the band in 2006 after becoming a Christian and distancing himself from the band’s hostile (if not violent) image, and founding drummer David Silveria left the band a year later. And while the band hasn’t been with Epic since the mid-2000’s, their newest EP is due out this summer.

This two-disc set touches on all the major Epic singles and adds two rarer cuts: a soundtrack song, “Proud,” and “Jingle Balls,” from a 1999 EP.

The full specs are after the jump!

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Written by Mike Duquette

May 12, 2011 at 15:55

Posted in Compilations, Korn, News