Sad news yesterday (April 26th) for many Roadrunner Records employees in Canada and the USA. In a cost cutting move, Warner Brother Records has fired the entire staff of Roadrunner Records U.K. and Canadian offices. The label has also laid off several other Roadrunner Records employees at other offices internationally.
Trivium’s Matt Heafy took to twitter to voice his disgust stating “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.”
In addition to the cuts at the U.K. and Canadian offices, 16 people are rumored to be on the chopping block at the U.S. offices in New York. CEO and founder, Cees Wessels has also stepped down.
Love or hate the label, they were a major factor in metal both signing and discovering some great and iconic bands over the years. Over the next few weeks, many Roadrunner bands will be dropped and left to find new labels with Warner taking just the bigger more cost effective bands, ie. Nickelback.