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Nuclear Blast 20th Anniversary

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German metal tastemaker Markus Staiger founded Nuclear Blast in 1987, a fertile time for both hardcore and thrash metal. With bands like Metallica and Slayer selling millions of records without any airplay, the time was right for a real independent extreme metal label to take flight. Twenty years later, and with classic releases by groups as varied as Agnostic Front, Helloween, Dimmu Brogir, and Meshuggah, Nuclear Blast is celebrating their success with this 4-disc compilation of tracks from throughout their reign. Virtually every style of metal is represented, with particular highlights being the black majesty of Immortal and Nile's complex, Egyptology-tinted death.

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