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WMG Become Full Owners Of Roadrunner Records

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It has been announced that Roadrunner Records, one of the industry's longest running metal and hard rock labels, has now been fully purchased by Warner Music Group. Warner had previously bought 73.5% of the company in 2007. An internal memo from label founder and CEO Cees Wessels announcing the changes, as appearing on Billboard's website, can be read below:

"Since joining the Warner Music family, we have enjoyed some of our greatest creative and commercial successes as a label. Most importantly, we have retained our unique identity while also expanding our horizons, thanks in part to the tremendous expertise and experience we can tap into as part of the Warner Music family and the relationships we have built with our Warner Music colleagues around the world.

"I am very proud that Roadrunner is now a fully-fledged stable mate of such iconic labels as Atlantic , Warner Bros. Records, Elektra, Asylum and Rhino, and I believe that we are in this position thanks to our team’s hard work and consistently original approach over the years. The vast majority of our staff around the world will experience little or no change to their roles.

"However after carefully reviewing our operations, we have decided to transfer the support functions across to our Warner Music colleagues in some territories. This is not an easy process to undertake, but we believe that, by making these changes, we can take Roadrunner to the next level by focusing our resources on marketing our existing line-up of acclaimed artists as well as discovering the stars of tomorrow."

Source: Billboard

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1. Trendkill91 writes:

What does everyone think of this?

I think it is a good thing for Roadrunner, But it might make them a bit more commercial.

# Nov 11, 2010 @ 8:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. brandedcfh420 writes:

As long as quality metal is fed to the metal community, all is good!!!

# Nov 11, 2010 @ 8:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Hollow writes:

Hopefully the Metal bands already signed to Roadrunner don't get dropped by WMG.

I agree with brandedcfh420.

# Nov 11, 2010 @ 8:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. -Metal_Rapture- writes:

This could be very very bad. Its already hard enough for metal bands to get signed. I just hope Warner doesnt change the filter roadrunner had and only accept the more commercial sounding bands.

# Nov 11, 2010 @ 9:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. deathfreak writes:

Roadrunner has decent rock bands but where is the metal at?=/ they were better in the 90s

# Nov 11, 2010 @ 10:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. -Metal_Rapture- writes:

That's what I mean, roadrunner had enough of a filter as is.....what is it going to be now??

# Nov 11, 2010 @ 10:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. TheIronMan writes:

I'm hesitant... The last paragraph sounds like corporate BS for them having to move resources to WMG.

A more commercial is possible, but I'm hoping not.

# Nov 11, 2010 @ 10:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. killcomplete writes:

Sounds like some bands are about to get dropped

# Nov 11, 2010 @ 11:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. The_Avant_Garde writes:

yeah, smaller bands are going to be dropped...its a no-brainer in today's music industry/economy

# Nov 12, 2010 @ 12:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Cynic writes:

Ha, Roadrunner lost their soul long ago. That said, I'm not going to bet they couldn't get worse.

# Nov 12, 2010 @ 12:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. The_Avant_Garde writes:

they DO have Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater and Opeth. Prog's three biggest active bands

# Nov 12, 2010 @ 1:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Josh_of_Doom writes:

The extremely negative sentiment towards major labels and the whole RIAA setup almost creates the perfect opportunity for a smaller label to step in as the little guy fighting for the artists, and create opportunities for bands. Not that this really affects me, Other than Opeth, i dont like any of the bands signed to them.

# Nov 12, 2010 @ 2:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. n0thinghead writes:

-___- !!!!

'nuff said.

# Nov 12, 2010 @ 8:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. plibt8 writes:

if they don't get dropped, prepare for some of your favorite roadrunner bands to sell out :\

# Nov 12, 2010 @ 8:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Blindgreed1 writes:

Now they'll re-release everything they've released in the last 5 years with "Bonus Tracks!!!"... AGAIN. Balee dat!

# Nov 12, 2010 @ 10:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. btbamfav20 writes:

"The_Avant_Garde writes:

they DO have Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater and Opeth. Prog's three biggest active bands"

Except Porcupine Tree isnt prog, and blows balls. i dont even believe they should be considered metal, but w/e. the term "metal" now consists of hard rock bands and emo bands trying to have a bandwagon to jump on, cuz those 2 genres are dead, so this label change will make that much easier for ignorant musicians to fall into.

NP: Lord of All Terrors - Sympathy

# Nov 12, 2010 @ 12:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Blindgreed1 writes:

"Porcupine Tree isnt prog, and blows balls" + "ignorant musicians" = IRONY.

# Nov 12, 2010 @ 1:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. The_Avant_Garde writes:

I cant tell if your on my side or not Blindgreed BUT, if I were allowed to I would argue against anyone who has anything negative to say about Porcupine Tree all day long. Theyre certainley more progressive than Opeth nowadays.

The whole point of prog is simple, you are meant to PROGRESS as a band. PT have been evolving their sound since 1996. Opeth have been writing in the exact same formula since 1997.

# Nov 12, 2010 @ 4:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Irishmetal... writes:

I think that is the first time I've ever seen someone say anything negative about porcupine tree. What the hell.

Anyways, Roadrunner was decent, had a fair few good artists back in the day, but nowadays... Most of the music I find is pretty obscure. So doesn't affect what I listen to much at all :/

# Nov 12, 2010 @ 5:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Necropolis writes:

My best guess is this:

WMG lets Roadrunner continue on their management as normal, taking advantage of moving their support functions to the leaner WMG. Synergy baby. This would actually help Roadrunner on a stand alone profit basis because some of the overhead would shift away. Roadrunner would look like they are a more profitable arm for WMG. I am sure that some of the less profitable, or smaller bands would be dropped, or moved to a smaller label arm with less support, but that move would be very few.

The real change will be in a few years when WMG needs to continue to show improvements and Roadrunner can't keep up with demands. Then, my guess is the re-release parties and "Roadrunner United" start popping up more.

No change now, but probably 3 years you'll see more commercialization, or more poppy bands.

Completely agree that smaller labels should see this as an opportunity to position the "us against the world" motif to sell up and coming bands on joining the label. As this happens though, you have the same cycle as larger labels.

Arms race to get more bands, but then you need better returns. Eventually it should happen to every label.

# Nov 12, 2010 @ 5:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Blindgreed1 writes:

TAG: I love the Porcupine Tree. Anyone stating that they "blow" clearly has their head up their arse. I do however disagree about your Opeth statement though. I know people that HATE thier early albums and love the latest and vice versa. I love all prog in general.

# Nov 12, 2010 @ 5:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. The_Avant_Garde writes:

Blindgreed you are my new favourite MU commenter! Im a mixed bag when it comes to Opeth. I love Morningrise, Still Life and Ghost Reveries with a passion, those are 3 of all time favourite albums. But I literally despise every other record they have made LOL. Im assuming youre looking forward to the Mikael Akerlfeldt/Steven Wilson album then??

What other prog bands are you listening to lately?

# Nov 12, 2010 @ 6:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. A writes:

Worst thing that could ever happen to Roadrunner

# Nov 12, 2010 @ 6:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Grateful_Undead writes:

Pretty much, Roadrunner is in danger of losing its title as "metal's label." Maybe now that they're commercialized through Warner, other labels can stand a chance. You gotta admit, Roadrunner has a bit of a monopoly going on.

# Nov 12, 2010 @ 6:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Blaine Haniff writes:

All i have to say to this is, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

# Nov 12, 2010 @ 7:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. M3talH3ad writes:

dam does this mean nickelback wont be underground anymore?

# Nov 13, 2010 @ 9:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. sonictherapy writes:

At least Cees states that the staff won't change. Many of their staff, like Monte, have been with the label since its early inception.

# Nov 13, 2010 @ 10:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. warlockzero writes:

If your slipknot, nickleback, stonesour and max your safe. Everyone else might not be so safe.

# Nov 13, 2010 @ 10:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. b.bristowe writes:

A race to the f***ing bottom.

# Nov 13, 2010 @ 12:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Rance_Metal_Head writes:

M3talH3ad writes:
dam does this mean nickelback wont be underground anymore?


Lol :)

# Nov 13, 2010 @ 12:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Rance_Metal_Head writes:

I really don't see anything good coming out of this. WMG bought the company so theyll do whatever they want, they might toss the more underground bands off and sign more generic "same sounding" main stream bands..... and im pretty sure i know that the average mainstream idiot who knows nothing of good music, or a solo. Will continue to support them.

# Nov 13, 2010 @ 12:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. wilco writes:

wil be the end of road runner
they will be to comercial now

# Nov 13, 2010 @ 1:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. RTB writes:

I think this spells doom. ..
Agreed with warlock

# Nov 13, 2010 @ 4:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. deathbringer writes:

LOL. What's with all the predictions of doom? Why should it be so different than when they were 73.5% owned for the past several years? They do seem to have been going in a more commercial direction for a while as well - either commerical or established bands - ever since the metalcore scene began drying up and wasn't producing enough big bands.

# Nov 13, 2010 @ 4:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. The_Avant_Garde writes:

Roadrunner have always followed trends, simple as that. When they were big into death metal, it was because death metal was the "IT" thing at that time. Then Roadrunner followed 'Core and now its into Alt-Rock.

Next month = neo-classical gangster rap!!!

# Nov 13, 2010 @ 6:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. brandedcfh420 writes:

Hey, isnt BLS on RR?!

# Nov 13, 2010 @ 7:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. The_Avant_Garde writes:

used to

# Nov 13, 2010 @ 7:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. hellrat writes:

don't dig too much on prog....but it's pretty much the last metal hold out here

which will be phased out when these dudes fail to move units to the CC (corporate capitalist) label 's basic standard....

fvck em

# Nov 13, 2010 @ 9:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. RTB writes:

Theres always metalblade rat..
The quality of metal i believe will sink even more than it has at RR. ..Thats just a prediction of doom

# Nov 13, 2010 @ 11:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. a;fnasdlkfja writes:

Roadrunner was already pretty mainstream

# Nov 14, 2010 @ 1:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. greyback writes:

This is going to be like Oracle buying out Sun, and pissing on everybody's face. RR and WMG suck!

# Nov 14, 2010 @ 11:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. gspass writes:

Yeah I agree RR and WMG suck.

# Nov 14, 2010 @ 4:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. hellrat writes:

oh RT my brother.....metalblade is the fvcking worst!

so ya, they got metal....but they treat their bands like dogsh!t

too many sad stories to go into here....but will say that i took great pleasure in telling them just where to fvcking stick it when they came snuffling around offering my former band one of their shoddy contracts:

eh, no....i mean, FVCK NO---no fvcking deal....thanks, but don't fvcking bother contacting me again

they would do better to quit signing second rate bands for pennies and redirect those funds to pay their decent bands a decent fvcking wage....

fvcking sleaze label

# Nov 14, 2010 @ 4:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. nunya writes:

They better not drop devildriver and cradle of filth
and THEY BETTER NOT TURN ALL OF SLIPKNOT INTO SULFUR BS

# Nov 14, 2010 @ 5:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. ZMA writes:

I agree with -Metal_Rapture-

# Nov 14, 2010 @ 9:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. The_Avant_Garde writes:

@44......Cradle Of Filth is on Nuclear Blast records, they were dropped by Roadrunner a year or two ago :)

# Nov 15, 2010 @ 12:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. wilco writes:

end of a era

# Nov 15, 2010 @ 10:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. Blindgreed1 writes:

TAG: Spinning Crack The Skye right now. Not sure if Cynic really fits the prog mold but been listening to a lot of their stuff as well lately. And yes of course i'm excited about the new album.

# Nov 15, 2010 @ 10:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. BrianMN writes:

RR lost it when they dumped all their death metal bands in the 90's.
We still have Candlelight and Nuke Blast though. :)
I've heard nothing but bad about Metal Blade and Century Media though......

# Nov 15, 2010 @ 2:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. The_Avant_Garde writes:

Century Media themselves have stated many times that they dont care about any metal genre, they just sign whats trendy and "in." Take a look at thier roster from years ago, and look at it today. They have more 'Core bands now than MetalBlade.....which is shocking.

BG: Oh yeah Cynic counts! You should check out this site, its great for discovering new prog bands of ANY style. www.progarchives.com but the site is pretty much useless for anything else lol

# Nov 15, 2010 @ 7:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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51. zMETALlica writes:

TAG: the thing with CM is that they actually still try and develop artists! i give them respect for that. while RR and majors just sign a band of a certain sound or "force" a band into a certain sound and then the next thing you know they're touring with kiss or metallica or some huge huge act. RR has been dead in my eyes for a long time... but then again i know many many european metal bands who were/are signed to labels that are owned by universal, but in the US they're signed to NB or CM.

# Nov 15, 2010 @ 7:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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52. wakaka writes:

f*** roadrunner

# Nov 16, 2010 @ 12:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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53. \m/codester\m/ writes:

roadrunners good.but metalblade is better.i wasnt a big fan of roadrunner to begin with...

# Nov 17, 2010 @ 5:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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54. Anonymous- who hates the all blacks b.v. writes:

besides- what is that anyway? That just means Roadunner is gonna open the trap for n***** rap once the all blacks b.v. get 'affirmative action' from ted.

Well good for em...

my fear is more for Century Media who is involved in the money chain process...


Its bad enough f'ing ted turner wont let people post king's x vids on youtube...


Monte Connor and Roadrunner have always been a fake tit trend label.


They better drop cradle of filth (satanic scum sh**)
And DevilDriver (let them go on to another label if they are true- DM- they're still Roadrunner puppets converting from coal chamber- to this sh**)

They won't drop sh**-knot but they should have.


Bottom line- roadrunner / r/c records lost all respectability when it lost

Atrophy
Exhorder
Annihilator
Pestilence
Exhorder
and so many other decent acts... but then again- I see the trend- since the 80s 2-3 years is all you get- sell out or conform.


I hope Ted Turner is paying you a lot for that blowjob you are giving him- Monte! f***ing fa**ot!

# Nov 24, 2010 @ 12:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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55. nunya writes:

Well #54, i suppose you read my earlier comment and found the need (being the idiotic douchebag that you are) to write the exact opposite of me, and to that i say that coal chamber was garbage compared to DevilDriver, Dani Filth (singer and lyricist of Cradle of Filth the "satanic sh**") is Hindu, and I've never heard of any of the bands you've listed :)
P.S: and also im jewish so you have fun in your trailer park you skinhead piece of garbage

# Nov 25, 2010 @ 10:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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56. Thunderworks writes:

Good now they should sign us!

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