Roadrunner Records Finished?
2012-04-27 by hyperi0n STAFF | 89 Comments
In an unexpected move today, Warner Brothers Music has closed both the UK and Canadian offices of Roadrunner Records and fired all the employees. There are also measures in place to cut staff in the US offices as well as drop some of the less cost effective bands.

Roadrunner Records CEO Cees Wessels has also stepped down.

http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/1225/25113/Warner-Brother-Records-Closes-Roadrunner-Records-UK-and-Canadian-Offices
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Imperial
April 27th 2012
1731 Comments


Fuck the record industry.

thediamondcanopy
April 27th 2012
510 Comments


YES!

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012
16410 Comments


WHAT WILL OPETH DO OMG

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012
6148 Comments


Did they fire Monte Conner too?

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EyeForAnEye
April 27th 2012
1692 Comments


Wow

taylormemer
April 27th 2012
4917 Comments


Woah

iFghtffyrdmns
April 27th 2012
7047 Comments


don't care

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2012
21968 Comments


WHAT WILL SLIPKNOT DO OMG

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2012
7047 Comments


Some of the other countries offices have been hit too, guess people are going to cry over this, or not

scissorlocked
April 27th 2012
3510 Comments


it was about time

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012
3421 Comments


luckily Porcupine Tree release their albums on different labels in different regions

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012
6148 Comments


Today's Roadrunner Records have nothing to do with the label that brought forth some of the most amazing metal bands back in the day.

Now, the price of becoming flat/bland as a music label is being paid...

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2012
21968 Comments


Thank god I already have every slipknot release ever released ever

Motiv3
April 27th 2012
8938 Comments


what the fuck? Didn't expect this.

TrstN01
April 27th 2012
800 Comments


Damn.

KjSwantko
April 27th 2012
9308 Comments


Roadrunner sucks the cack anyway

MrCalum
April 27th 2012
371 Comments


Glassjaw will be happy to hear this

thumbcrusher
April 27th 2012
3595 Comments


apparently it's being morphed into warner and will keep the bands... but not a lot of their employees by the look of it

Ignimbrite
April 27th 2012
5354 Comments


I'm just curious as to why this is happening.

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VanitySeason
April 27th 2012
396 Comments


a lot of bands just became not so kvlt

>implying roadrunner is kvlt

Whispered4tw
April 27th 2012
617 Comments


roadrunner decides how their bands should sound like, so fuck them.

Devastator
April 27th 2012
2499 Comments


Dont care till this happens to Victory Records.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012
6148 Comments


I'm just curious as to why this is happening.

There weren't enough money to cover the annual bonuses of Warner Music executives and they simply decided to lay off some people.

Just saying though, the real cause can be even more stupid...

Emim
April 27th 2012
26625 Comments


balls in your court nickleback.


balls in your mouth nickelback

sniper
April 27th 2012
19058 Comments


wow...how does that meeting go? We love your music guys, but you just aren't cost effective enough.
do you seriously think this doesn't happen all the time to bands?

Dogget
April 27th 2012
781 Comments


"wow...how does that meeting go? We love your music guys, but you just aren't cost effective enough."

I can't imagine there are any large record labels who give a shit about liking bands, so long as they can market it they don't care

InFiction
April 27th 2012
3668 Comments


"Dont care till this happens to Victory Records."

That would be doing it a favor.

Except for Counterparts, Victory sucks.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2012
50455 Comments


That's what they get for selling out to Warner Brothers

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patod92
April 27th 2012
32 Comments


that's a shame, they put out some great releases over the years.

Mickeymau5
April 27th 2012
1614 Comments


"Except for Counterparts, Victory sucks."

and Streetlight Manifesto, Comeback kid and close your eyes

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2012
50455 Comments


Streetlight are leaving the second their new album drops anyway

bloc
April 27th 2012
34872 Comments


Damn this is pretty brutal

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012
18522 Comments


say what you want about them sucking now (because they do) but back in the day these guys were one of the most important labels for extreme metal until they decided to (or were forced to) change what they did

respect given where respect is due

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omgraptors
April 27th 2012
814 Comments


Am I the only one who is sad to see the metal industry in decline. I don't know about you but I don't want in the future to listen to independent tracks from some godforsaken myspace page.

Imperial
April 27th 2012
1731 Comments


We have the internet now though. Bands can self-promote and release things by themselves fairly easily. Tesseract was huge before they even released a God damn album.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012
18522 Comments


i can assure you the closure of roadrunner records doesnt in any way mean that metal is in decline

if anything its a positive sign

Imperial
April 27th 2012
1731 Comments


Am I the only one who is sad to see the metal industry in decline. I don't know about you but I don't want in the future to listen to independent tracks from some godforsaken myspace page.


The entire industry is in decline because you can successfully be independent without having to rely on a middle man to promote you and pull strings.

minimesmyidol
April 27th 2012
192 Comments


damn. im pretty sure nickelback and slipknot alone bring/brought in more than enough money to the fund the company

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2012
50455 Comments


Slipknot hasn't had an album since 2008

IFeelTeeth
April 27th 2012
27 Comments


Not suprising. All major labels are serioulsy fucking metal bands. If its not a dedicated metal label they want you to be Disturbed (there metal right?)

Wizard
April 27th 2012
19443 Comments


Today's Roadrunner Records have nothing to do with the label that brought forth some of the most amazing metal bands back in the day.

Now, the price of becoming flat/bland as a music label is being paid...


Couldn't have put it better myself. Growing up and working for a family run private business, I was always taught that if you have everything handed to you on a silver platter, how the fuck will you ever learn to feed yourself? It's like when Roadrunner was marginally doing well back in the 90s when they signed every dm band that moved, that's when they peaked and totally changed the face of metal (thus were successful). Now look at them? Nickelback? Look at what they've turned Opeth into. They fucking deserve this for stooping to the lowest denominator.

respect given where respect is due

This is true but if you piss all over your legacy for money, you deserve what you get!

Slipknot hasn't had an album since 2008

This doesn't change the fact that they can still sell millions of tickets.

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evilford
April 27th 2012
22667 Comments


if this is an indication of a slow-but-sure decommercialization of metal, count me in

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Mickeymau5
April 27th 2012
1614 Comments


The entire industry is in decline because you can successfully be independent without having to rely on a middle man to promote you and pull strings.


I thought it was music piracy that made the industry to decline.

Tyrael
April 27th 2012
20884 Comments


it was about time

yeah wow this is a really ignorant comment right here

just think about all those people that were fired, what if you're 50+

good luck finding a new job these days

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Imperial
April 27th 2012
1731 Comments


The entire industry is in decline because you can successfully be independent without having to rely on a middle man to promote you and pull strings.


I thought it was music piracy that made the industry to decline.


I think it's more that people can hear the album before they buy it. The days of buying an album because you liked one song on the radio only to find out that the rest of the album is pure shit is pretty much over. You're totally right though piracy has played a huge hand.

cvlts
April 27th 2012
8960 Comments


feel bad for the guys that lost their jobs outright.

shitty situation

minimesmyidol
April 27th 2012
192 Comments


but back in the day you could buy an album because of one song with a good chance of the whole album being good. I think its more due to musicians focusing on getting big with the songs that go to the radio and not the rest of the album. piracy has just helped expose it.

KILL
April 27th 2012
71856 Comments


rip

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bloc
April 27th 2012
34872 Comments


The days of buying an album because you liked one song on the radio only to find out that the rest of the album is pure shit is pretty much over.

Ahhhh, those were the days...Almost brings a tear to my eye how much money was wasted.

sixdegrees
April 27th 2012
17149 Comments


A fitting end to a once-great label.

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evilford
April 27th 2012
22667 Comments


"feel bad for the guys that lost their jobs outright."

agreed. regardless of the impact this has on music itself, the fact that so many people basically got fired immediately really sucks.


RyanDonahoe
April 27th 2012
142 Comments


Fuck Roadrunner. They became the Victory of metal and did themselves in by alienating their original fans. Hopefully someone buys the rights to and reissues all their 80's/90's metal classics.


RyanDonahoe
April 27th 2012
142 Comments


Also the metal industry is in decline because the scene fucking sucks. All the new bands are just worshiping Suffocation and the like and its just become very stagnant.

Apollo
April 27th 2012
10314 Comments


fuck roadrunner, they deserve this

DotEight
April 27th 2012
5548 Comments


Oh no, now where will Killswitch Engage go.

olddirtydoggy
April 27th 2012
40 Comments


Music is in decline. Games are outselling music and so many just pirate crappy mp3's. We, the internet, have killed the thing we love so much.

I went into a record store this week and the shelves are full of greatest hits and music from old bands. We say bands don't need labels but sadly potentially good new music get buried in the sea of shit online. Like it or not we needed the labels to sift the shit out for us.

Look at the festivals, its like grandad weekend. Wake up and smell the shit, Roadrunner are the latest casualty.

RyanDonahoe
April 27th 2012
142 Comments


This is why they dissolved: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Roadrunner_Records_artists

Acanthus
April 27th 2012
9543 Comments


Fun times all around.

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DotEight
April 27th 2012
5548 Comments


Whoever posted this article, fucking fail.

http://themetalden.com/index.php?p=28024

If you see what I see, RR will in FACT stay a label, just shrinking a little.

fsupride
April 27th 2012
143 Comments


Glassjaw will be happy to hear this [2]

Duderino
April 27th 2012
827 Comments


fucking bands over and signing nickelback, ok

Parallels
April 27th 2012
6641 Comments


This shit has been going on for years. Dream Theater has been transfered through like 5 or 6 major labels throughout their career? Yet the entire time it was always owned by Warner Music Group. They just fire people that worked with the bands, whether they were friends with the band or not.

Dolving999
April 27th 2012
1638 Comments


Glassjaw will be happy to hear this [3]

paxman
April 27th 2012
4084 Comments


Cees Wessels

Sees weasels

UnnamedOcean
April 27th 2012
3966 Comments


Oh well, hopefully less bands will get signed solely for profit now.

Ire
April 27th 2012
41787 Comments


rush is on roadrunner

bloc
April 27th 2012
34872 Comments


They will survive

UnnamedOcean
April 27th 2012
3966 Comments


Rush definitely doesn't need a label. They are big enough to self-release everything.

Sciroccu
April 27th 2012
767 Comments


damn, too bad.

SpyMan
April 27th 2012
69 Comments


who gives a shit

Mekkalayakay
April 27th 2012
167 Comments


I'm not worried for the bands, or for "metal".

I'm worried for the employees who were dropped like flies at a moment's notice...

Wizard
April 27th 2012
19443 Comments


yeah wow this is a really ignorant comment right here

just think about all those people that were fired, what if you're 50+


It sucks that they were caught up in this mess but oh well, what do you do?

Ovrot
April 27th 2012
10495 Comments


Thought it said Razorback Records at first, I was almost worried.

steveosk8s
April 27th 2012
135 Comments


what happens to the new Rush album? it's being released by roadrunner/anthem.

MoosechriS
April 27th 2012
5017 Comments


And another one bites the dust

Zuver87
April 27th 2012
47 Comments


bye roadrunner...they're lucky i even said goodbye. fuck that hubris shit

DatsNotDaMetulz
April 27th 2012
1778 Comments


TBH my friends' band Bleeding Oath are getting pretty big in the underground scene in the UK (also featured in the latest Terrorizer mag and were their unsigned band of 2011) and they've only just self-released their first EP which contains just 2 songs. Yet their approach to music and sense of humour (including getting famous musicians such as Mikael Akerfeldt, Jason Aalon Butler, Andrew WK, Liam Cormier, the whole of DragonForce, and more to tell them to "fuck off") has seen them get a lot of attention, and shows that labels are losing their influence.

STANKLEBERRY
April 27th 2012
14 Comments


Gojira's new album is supposed to come out on road runner. This is the album i have been looking forward to most for the past couple years. WHAT WILL COME OF GOJIRA?

fulgrim
April 27th 2012
1542 Comments


wow surprised to hear about this.

Ruminations
April 27th 2012
128 Comments


waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

IMZA1793
April 27th 2012
843 Comments


Opeth and Porcupine Tree are in this label arent't they?

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012
28582 Comments


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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012
28582 Comments


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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012
28582 Comments


^current

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2012
31218 Comments


Omg, 8 Foot sativa

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IMZA1793
April 28th 2012
843 Comments


wow. this is actually pretty serious

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2012
28582 Comments


was flipping out but then i saw:

[quote]Slipknot (excluding Scandinavia)[quote]

so im all good

Spec
April 28th 2012
27179 Comments


Bomb The Music Industry!

Regulator
April 28th 2012
605 Comments


wow roadrunner has some real turd bands on there now.

i still maintain that Brujeria is one of the funnest side projects ever. their old bio on RR back in 1998 was amazing



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