Inside The 2010 Roadrunner Records Holiday Party

To quote Spinal Tap: "Silent night..."
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

"...Violent night." (Hey, it's the Roadrunner holiday party!)
Suzy Silverstein and Dmitry Kostitsyn enjoy creating mayhem.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

The one Yuletide celebration I perennially look forward to is the annual Roadrunner Records holiday blowout. A motley crew of metal peeps and industry friends always invade the company offices on Broadway in NYC to mix, mingle, guzzle gallons of booze and rock out to some hard ‘n’ heavy tunes. And as Roadrunner’s Monte Conner joked with me this week when I first waltzed in, you’d know the industry was really in trouble if the label didn’t hold its December party. There’s a lot of truth to that statement, and people who attend appreciate their effort every time. (The photo booth in the lobby was a nice touch for 2010.)

Following is a photo gallery of this year’s festivities. There were way more people present than I was able to photograph, but this is a good cross sampling of those in attendance. Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo reportedly showed up, but there was such a crush of people that it would have been hard to spot him if you didn’t know he was there. But we did manage to catch Scott Ian early on.

Happy Holidaze, Headbangers!

SPV publicity guru Jon Freeman (at left)
and Liquid Metal DJ José Mangin get in the spirit.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Yours truly (at left) clowning around with
Roadrunner's New Media Web Content / Editorial Manager Jen Guyre
and Metal Insider's Managing Editor Bram Teitelman.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Metal icon/Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian (left) talkin' comics
with DCU Senior Story Editor Ian Sattler.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Another Reybee Production owner/publicist Rey Roldan
chatting up Liquid Metal DJ Zeena Koda.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Branch Marketing Collective owner Marc Schapiro (left)
and Bravado's Director of Sales Myk Rudnick get their buzz on.

Into the pit, Xmas style.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Bram Teitelman prepares to bite the head off of
Earache's press overlord Anthony Guzzardo,
who joyously prepares to be a human sacrifice.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Hired Gun Media President Carise Yatter (left) hangin' with
Katherine Turman and Jon Wiederhorn, co-authors of the forthcoming book
Louder Than Hell: The Unflinching Oral History of Heavy Metal.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Larry Nardi (left) and John Hanssen, engineers for WEA Distribution Studios,
enjoying some cold brews.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Toasting the season with Jelly Jam Productions owner Patrick Kendall (left),
ROCK THIS host Jen Meola and Roadrunner's
Director of Video Production Rick Ernst.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Metal forever (clockwise from left): Music photographer Bagel,
Roadrunner's Head of A&R Monte Conner
and Daniel Lioneye manager Emmy Burns.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Pink-tipped journalist Gail Worley with a more sedate Jon Freeman.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

What the lighting really looked like. Blurring at low exposure
unintentionally but accurately simulating inebriation.
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Gold and platinum adorn the walls.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Inexplicably, a disco room. A few people got their groove on, but I missed it.
Funny to think that I interviewed Dani Filth in here once.
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Booze, glorious booze.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Mood lighting.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

3 Responses

  1. click lady

    So bummed I missed the metal rage this year!
    The disco room is also where I believe I made you read chick-lit out loud 2 years ago.

    • Bryan Reesman

      Actually, it was in the room with one of the three bars. And it was three years ago. 😉


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