Metal Enterprises was a German label founded by Ingo Nowotny, active from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s which has achieved a certain level of infamy in the heavy metal genre. Some of the early releases were licensed pressings of some very poorly produced American releases. In the following years, there were several releases which were basically the same in-house band, recording under different names. The label really began to get noticed when it picked up Böhse Onkelz after they left Rock-O-Rama Records. However, even with this band that was increasing in popularity, many of the other releases continued to be mediocre to poor examples of hard rock and heavy metal. Even more bizarre are the follow-up albums by some of the early bands which included no members of the original band, just the Metal Enterprises in-house band. These albums often sounded nothing like the original albums.