Do you know how glorious a day that is for me? I am one of the most vocal people about my hatred for Monte Connor and how he turned his entire back on the music scene that Roadrunner Records was such a huge part off. I am aware that he brought metal to the masses and popularized the genre, blah blah blah. I don’t look at that. To me he turned his back on the death metal scene and the metal scene in general in the mid-90′s. If it wasn’t profitable it wasn’t going to be a part of the record company.
It really is an end of an era though. The man essentially created and popularized the metalcore genre signing some of the biggest bands of said genre. Slipknot, Trivium, Machine Head, Soulfly, Killswitch Engage, oh and let us not forget the crown jewel…NICKELBACK! I am sure they have made more money for that label than any other combined. Bands like Deicide and Obituary that helped create the sound of death metal were left out in the dust for a more profitable demographic. I get it, it’s just business and how it’s supposed to work. But they were essentially ignored and written off.
Monte Connor leaving is an end of an era, no doubt. He isn’t the only person that lost his job. Over 20+ people did as well in the United States alone while some overseas offices completely closed in the Warner Brothers takeover. I hope Roadrunner does survive in some way and continues to put out good music because no matter how much I don’t like them turning their back on the scene, I like every band that I listed above. …..Except Nickelback.