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Roadrunner Records Shutters Canadian, UK And German Offices (Updated)

Rumors abound that Roadrunner Records‘ European, Canadian and UK offices are closing/cutting staff due to a cost saving move from their parent label, Warner Music Group. While official word has yet to be released, Roadrunner Records UK publicist Kirsten Sprinks has confirmed the news via her Twitter, offering:

“It’s true – we are all out of a job.”

“So, it’s safe to say it’s a truly horrible day.”

“No, I have not written a press release about our office closing, for those folks asking.”

Rose Slanic, the general manager of Roadrunner Records Canada tweeted:

“Not sure what is going on, but it doesn’t feel good to work at RR today!”

“Today was my last day at Roadrunner Records. Thanks everyone for a great seven years!”

Meanwhile, Trivium vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy has also spoken on the matter via his Twitter, offering:

“I wish I knew who or what to blame specifically, and chew off it’s heads – but Roadrunner records just fired some of their best employees. I don’t know if it’s corporate greed or it’s due to the fact that no one puts value in physical art and that piracy created a domino effect.

But our friends who are being tossed away so quickly by the label are now out of jobs. These people helped bands get where they are today. Wanna defend piracy? Do what you do for me and 10,000 others for free. Whatever your trade is – give me that for free or You’re a jerk.”

He continued:

“Regardless of your stance. We all work for a living. I do what I do to pay RENT. If I wanted millions, I’d be in pop music. My heart goes out to my friends who have been delivered this awful news today. You helped us get where we are. You’re in our thoughts.”

“Truth is. I love Roadrunner. I’m upset with what happened to the people I care about. Roadrunner helped build metal that I love.”

He later confirmed that the cuts/closures have hit the UK and Canadian branches of Roadrunner as well as the German offices too. Furthermore, DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara tweeted:

“RIP @Roadrunner_UK THANKS FOR ALL THE HARD WORK AND MEMORIES ! Best Dez”

Update – April 26th 3:58pm:

It would appear as though cuts have begun to hit the U.S. offices of Roadrunner Records now as well. While official sources have yet to comment, Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel has shared some insight through his Twitter, offering:

“What happened today to Roadrunner is one of the biggest reasons I never sold to a major #stayindie #freedom”

“When we started 30 years ago we worked with Roadrunner. They distributed our stuff in Europe and we did their stuff in the USA. Sad day”

“Wow just heard more sad news about US people leaving Roadrunner now #bummed”

“from what I know the label is being absorbed into Warner. I would think they will keep a lot of the bands. More info will come”

DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara has also taken to his Twitter confirming that the band are currently free agents and have not been on Roadrunner for around six months.

He offered:

“DevilDriver is not with RR and has Not been for Almost 6 Months This does Not effect Us except the way are Hearts Hang heavy 4Our Friends”

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    • I feel for those that got canned. I saw an article about Information Technology, talking about all the jobs it has created. It did not bother to show how many careers it has eliminated.

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    • Fred Burst     April 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      I knew this was eventually coming the minute I heard they’d coupled with Warner Bros. You wanna play with the big boys, You’re gonna get treated like a big boy. Whatever. This label was a mere shell of what it was when I was growing up anyways. They used to be the standard in heavy music in the 90′s. They become part of the machine they so desperately started off fighting against, And it looks to be swallowing them whole.

      Rest In Peace, Roadrunner.

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      • Well, they also brought us Slipknot, Glassjaw, Suffocation, Malevolent Creation, Type O Negative, Fear Factory, Killswitch Engage, Machine Head, Sepultura, Annihilator, Chimaira, Life of Agony, Deicide, Pestilence, Obituary, Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Madball, Trivium, Spineshank and countless others. I can tolerate Nickelback in comparison.

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    • yes lets blame piracy matt. How about the fact that psychical media is pretty much dead unless you get into vinyl. The majority of people want to be able to put it to their psp, ipod, ipad, tablet, etc. Also as someone said earlier, RR isn’t what it was back in the 90s. You put out shit you get well..shit right?

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        • coolguy2424     April 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm

          I think FP means the ‘Fiscal Median’ which is the point at which all large corporations cut their losing dividends. I feel for all those humans that are out of work. We all live in a wicked, wicked world I am afraid.

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      • Stereotypical Evil Archer     April 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm

        Yep, you nailed it! Their release and re-release strategy with over inflated prices didn’t pay off in the long run. All that marketing and production could have supported more bands.

        Roadrunner’s apex of integrity was when they signed Quintaine Americana. That took balls. Decade of the Brain still slays. So much vitriol and attitude! Recorded by Bob Weston! And Roadrunner abandoned them for no reason.

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        • Nice. I bought that Quintane Americana release having never even heard that band because around that time I was on a Roadrunner binge and would take a chance on anything they put out. That was a good time in their history.

          I wasn’t aware they had joined with Warner however. That’s the worst thing they could have ever done. Majors these days are run by completely incompetent dipshits unfortunately. A merger like that will never work out in the smaller guys favor.

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    • I am usually anti anti-piracy statements. But on this I actually agree with Matt. I love buying physical forms of music, and it just seems to be dying right before my eyes. Although it is sad, I unfortunately must continue my “shitty music filter” of piracy. I will gladly landscape Matt’s house for free, in exchange for my endless supply of free music.

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      • MetalMusicAddict     April 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm

        I’ll keep buying CDs ’till I can’t. Amazon has been great price-wise.

        And I do “filter” the good from the by by “tryin’ before I buy”. So I usually know the CD is good first.

        I’ll never buy a lossy format. FLAC or ALAC if I can’t do physical. I ain’t paying $10 for a crappy mp3 album when I can get the CD for $2 more.

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        • I completely agree. I am the same way. CD’s until I can’t buy them anymore…. Amazon and Best Buy, though it tends to be way more Amazon.

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    • I guess they “re-issued” and “re-mastered” everything they had. On the upside, Daryl Palumbo will be a happy man!

      Whilst I don’t wish any job losses upon anyone, sadly, this is what happens when a company keeps pursuing old methods in a new world.

      They dug their own grave and to be honest, they only have themselves to blame. I hope the staff they let go speedily find themselves something to do and we start to see plenty of indies pop up.

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      • This is the second post I’ve seen where someone is talking about how Palumbo will be so happy about what’s going on. Let’s not forget that after all the bitching and whining he did about RR he had no problem signing on to be a part of the RR All-Stars Tribute album after the fact. Don’t get me wrong, I love Glassjaw, but Palumbo likes money as much as anyone else.

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