Monte Conner

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Monte Conner
Origin USA
Genres Hard rock, Metal
Labels Nuclear Blast

Monte Conner is a former Senior Vice President of A&R for Roadrunner Records. He started at Roadrunner in the December of 1987. He has worked with numerous bands including, Slipknot,[1] Trivium and King Diamond.

The bands he has signed, in alphabetical order, are: Amen, Annihilator, Artillery, Atrocity, Atrophy, Believer, Biohazard, Both Worlds, Brujeria, Buzzov-en, Jerry Cantrell, Keith Caputo, Cavalera Conspiracy, Chimaira, CKY, Coal Chamber, Cynic, Dååth, Death, Deicide, Defiance, DevilDriver, Dirty Americans, Disincarnate, Dommin, Downthesun, Earth Crisis, Exhorder, Fear Factory, Floodgate, Glassjaw, Gojira, Gorguts, Gruntruck, Heathen, Immolation, Kinetic Dissent, Last Crack, Leadfoot, Life Of Agony, Machine Head, Malevolent Creation, Murderdolls, Nailbomb, Obituary, Optimum Wound Profile, Pestilence, Porcupine Tree, Powersurge, Realm, Revoker, Rush, Sadus, Sanctity, Sepultura, Shank 456, Skin Chamber, Slipknot, Solitude Aeturnus, Sorrow, Soulfly, Spineshank, Star Star, Stone Sour, Storm Corrosion, Suffocation, Taking Dawn, 36 Crazyfists, Times of Grace, To My Surprise, Toyshop, Treponem Pal, Trivium, Type O Negative, Wednesday 13, Willard, The Workhorse Movement[2]

In addition, Conner initiated the following licensing deals for Roadrunner outside North America: Acid Bath, Divine Heresy, Hatebreed, Heaven & Hell, Glen Hughes, Karma to Burn, Periphery, Queens of the Stone Age, Satyricon, Sevendust, Shadows Fall

He also brought in the following label deals to Roadrunner outside North America: Energy Records, Ferret Records, Soundfront Records, Trustkill Records

His licensed catalogue records include the following bands for Roadrunner U.S.: Angelwitch, Budgie, Destruction, Entombed, Hitmann, Gary Moore, Motörhead, Raven, Razor, Saint Vitus, Sodom, Uriah Heep

Conner conceived of and oversaw the Roadrunner United album and live DVD, compiled the MTV2 Headbangers Ball CD series and various compilations and soundtracks, oversees all Roadrunner’s catalogue reissues and remasters, A&R’s Dream Theater, Killswitch Engage, Korn, Nightwish and Opeth, as well as assists with various Loud & Proud imprint projects including Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Steve Miller Band, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Rob Zombie.

Past artists Conner has also A&R’ed but did not sign include: Chastain, Front Line Assembly, Holy Terror, The Great Kat, King Diamond, Shelter, Toxik, Whiplash.

Monte co-hosts a bi-annual radio show, Graybeard Roots, on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.

Connor left Roadrunner on August 2, 2012, after much turnover at the label. On August 16, 2012, it was announced that Connor would be partnering with Nuclear Blast Records.[3]


  1. Trivium - The Crusade
  2. Stone Sour - Come What(ever) May
  3. Jerry Cantrell - Degradation Trip
  4. King Diamond - Abigail
  5. Fear Factory - Demanufacture
  6. Slipknot - 9.0: Live
  7. Slipknot - Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
  8. Slipknot - Iowa
  9. Trivium - Ascendancy
  10. Resident Evil Soundtrack
  11. Resident Evil: Apocalypse Soundtrack
  12. Mercyful Fate - Melissa 25th Anniversary Re-Issue
  13. Devildriver - The Fury of Our Maker's Hand
  14. Fear Factory - The Best of Fear Factory
  15. Type O Negative - The Best of Type O Negative
  16. MTV2 Headbangers Ball
  17. MTV2 Headbangers Ball, Vol. 2
  18. MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge
  19. Soulfly - Dark Ages
  20. Roadrunner United
  21. Cynic - Focus
  22. Deicide - The Best of Deicide
  23. Type O Negative - Life is Killing Me
  24. Sepultura - Beneath the Remains
  25. Freddy Vs. Jason Soundtrack
  26. 36 Crazyfists - A Snow Capped Romance
  27. 36 Crazyfists - Rest Inside the Flames
  28. Coal Chamber - The Best of Coal Chamber
  29. Madball - Best of Madball
  30. Chimaira - The Impossibility of Reason
  31. Sepultura - Roots
  32. 36 Crazyfists - Bitterness the Star
  33. Wednesday 13 - Transylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying, and the Dead
  34. Obituary - The End Complete
  35. Obituary - World Demise
  36. Acidation - The Ivy
  37. Acidation - The Lake Of Sorrow
  38. Acidation - A Portal to the Past (Best Of Box Set)
  39. Stone Sour - Stone Sour
  40. Dream Theater - Black Clouds & Silver Linings


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