Warner Music Group Intends to Buy French Digital Music Company Believe SA, Owner of Nuclear Blast Records and Tunecore

One of the largest record labels in the world, Warner Music Group (WMG) has announced it intends to purchase Believe SA, a French digital music company. Among the many companies Believe owns includes a controlling stake in Nuclear Blast Records (acquired in 2018) and its offshoot Blood Blast Distribution, as well as Tunecore a Brooklyn, New York–based digital music distribution, publishing and licensing service founded in 2006. Tunecore distributes music through online retailers such as iTunes, Deezer, Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, Beatport. According to the press release you can read below, Warner “would provide Believe with strategic support and financial stability to help the development and growth of the Company, including by accelerating its expansion into new geographies.” Nuclear Blast founded in 1987 in Germany, is home to some of the greatest bands in Metal such as, Slayer, Anthrax, Testament, C.O.C., Nightwish, Sepultura, Sabaton, In Flames, Lamb of God (Europe), and countless others. In addition to their legendary main brand known for Rock, Pop, Country, and Dance music, WMG owns a ton of sub labels boasting some of the biggest names in Hard Rock, Metal and Punk like 10K Projects, 300 Entertainment (Highly Suspect, Waterparks), Asylum, Atlantic (Shinedown, Halestorm) Big Beat, Elektra Entertainment (formerly: Metallica, Slipknot & Paramore – current: twenty one pilots, Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson) Erato, First Night, Fueled By Ramen (Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Eat World, A Day To Remember), Nonesuch, Parlophone (Iron Maiden), Reprise (Lamb of God in the USA, Deftones, Disturbed, Crosses), Rhino (boxed sets, vinyl and CD reissues, and countless legacy releases), Roadrunner (Gojira, Turnstile, Motionless In White, Trivium, newly signed Deafheaven, Coheed and Cambria, Stone Sour), Sire, Spinnin’, Warner Records, Warner Classics, and Warner Music Nashville. WMG’s music publishing arm, Warner Chappell Music, as well as artist management and services divisions. If the sale goes through, it remains to be seen what shape the deal would have and what impact is might have for Nuclear Blast and Tunecore. Stay tuned for more news on this story.Continue reading

Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour Will Release “CMF2B… Or Not 2B” for Record Store Day

Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour fame, will release a new solo album of covers and live recordings, titled CMF2B… Or Not 2B, on April 20 via BMG as part of this year’s Record Store Day. Corey made the announcement on social media. Continue reading

Corey Taylor Shares an Update About His Mental Health Struggles – Says He Had “A Complete And Utter Breakdown”

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman, and solo artist Corey Taylor has shared a new video to social media addressing fans’ concerns over his well-being after he canceled most of his solo headline dates booked for early 2024. Following an announcement that he was canceling his solo dates in North America to take a break and focus on his mental and physical health and spend time with his family, Taylor revealed a few short weeks later that he plans to go ahead with a short run of four shows in Asia between late March and early April. Slipknot has tour dates booked at festivals such as Sick New World and Welcome to Rockville, as well as a 25th anniversary tour in celebration of Slipknot’s debut album release in 1999. Stone Sour is presently on a lengthy hiatus. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: South of Salem – Death of the Party

With a distinctly American sound and name, you might believe South of Salem hail from sunnier US climes rather than from right here in the good old UK. Only really notable for its beaches and a football team of intermittent quality, Bournemouth might not be a seething hive of metal activity but it is home to one of the best up and coming bands of the last few years. Continue reading

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Thinks His “Irreconcilable Differences With Certain People” is to Blame for Stone Sour’s Indefinite Hiatus

In a new interview, Corey Taylor of Slipknot spoke about the hiatus of Stone Sour project, which hasn’t performed live or released any new music in over than five years. In a new interview with Australia’s AndrewHaug.com, and transcribed by Blabbermouth.net Taylor saidthefollowing:Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Corey Taylor – CMF2

CMFT2 (Decibel Cooper / BMG) is the second solo album from one of the largest mouths in Metal, a musician who you might have thought had all bases covered for his creative output by virtue of being the frontman in two wildly successful bands.

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Corey Taylor Shares a New Single and Animated Lyric Video for “Talk Sick” – New Album Coming Soon


Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) has released a ferocious new song, “Talk Sick”, taken from his forthcoming solo studio album, CMF2. The album is set to arrive on 15th September via Decibel Cooper/BMG. Watch the lyric video and stream the song on all DSPs now!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Lockjaw – Relentless


Setting what surely must be some sort of record, Texan metalcore merchants Lockjaw finally release their full-length studio debut twenty-five years after coming into existence. Formed in 1998, the band garnered a decent live reputation but disappeared shortly into the 2000s. Reactivated with a little tweaking in the personnel department, the independently released ‘Deadlights’ single appeared in 2018 followed by four more songs released over 2021 and 2022. Always moving towards a full-length album, Lockjaw 2.0 now deliver on that promise with Relentless (AISAUS/The Orchard), a record sure to please many a groove metal enthusiast.

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Corey Taylor to Release a New Solo Single and Video Next Week – “Beyond,” Shares Behind The Scenes Video

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor recently announced his signing to BMG music with his own imprint Decibel Cooper and his forthcoming second full-length studio solo album – CMFT2. He has shared behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot for the track “Beyond” which you can see below. The track “Beyond” is due out next week on May 16th and it is not entirely new, but a reworking of a previous song performed by Taylor with his Corey Tayor & The Junk Beer Kidnap Band in 2009 on tour, but never officially released. Watch the behind the scenes footage from the video shoot now and check out the new live version of the song before it releases to streaming.

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