In the meantime, the label will release the hardcore punk veterans’ previous records Beat The Bastards, Fuck The System and The Massacre in extended editions on March 14.
Mainman Wattie Buchan says: “After giving my word four years ago that we would sign to Nuclear Blast, it’s now official. It’s a big deal to be signing to the biggest indie record company in Europe.
“One of the main reasons we signed to them is the fact that Markus Staiger, the owner, is a big fan. I know he will give us a hundred per cent backing to make the next album as great as the last ones.”
Staiger describes The Exploited’s appearance at his birthday party last year as “a true highlight” of his career, and adds: “The shows of this band have always been and still are a very special experience. Honest, hard and snotty — just like punk should be.”
Details of the follow-up to 2003′s Fuck The System will be released in due course. The band kick off a UK tour next month.