According to Devon Maloney of Billboard.biz, The End Records has secured a deal for over 50 titles from seminal, now-defunct Music For Nations label.
The catalog, which includes releases from artists like CRADLE OF FILTH, OPETH and GODFLESH, was made available digitally Thanksgiving week, to capitalize on Black Friday shopping. The physical versions will be issued over the course of several months starting January 31.
Launched in 1983 by Martin Hooker, Music For Nations established itself as a European leader in the rock and metal world, with early signings like METALLICA (who had three gold albums while on MFN), SLAYER and MEGADETH paving the way. As Music For Nations grew, the company expanded its operation to include not just licensed acts from the USA, but its own signings.
The End Records founder Andreas Katsambas tells Billboard.biz that the pairing of his label and the MFN catalog was a natural fit.
“I’m a European myself, so I grew up with a lot of those titles,” Katsambas said. “I bought them when they were brand-new, so for me, it was intriguing that there was an opportunity now to help those same artists hopefully introduce them to a new audience in a different time.”
See the full list of re-releases at Billboard.biz.