Metal Massacre

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Metal Massacre
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Cover of Metal Massacre vol. 1
Compilation album
Released1981 - 2016
Genre Heavy metal, extreme metal, power metal, doom metal, progressive metal
Label Metal Blade
Producer Brian Slagel
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Metal Massacre is a series of compilation albums released through Metal Blade Records. It is famous for "shedding light" on bands such as the Obsessed, Trouble, Overkill, Metal Church, Metallica, Slayer, Virgin Steele, Hellhammer, Voivod, Armored Saint, Lizzy Borden, Possessed and more.

Metal Blade Records record label

Metal Blade Records is a heavy metal independent record label founded by Brian Slagel in 1982. The U.S. office for Metal Blade is located in Agoura Hills, California. It also has offices in Germany, Japan, Canada, and the UK. The label is distributed in the U.S. by RED Distribution, and in Canada by Sony Music Entertainment. It was distributed by Warner Bros. Records in the United States from 1988 to 1993.

The Obsessed is a heavy metal band from Maryland led by Scott "Wino" Weinrich which combines elements of doom metal, stoner rock and punk rock. Formed in 1980, they recorded a few demos and played a handful of live shows until they first split up in 1986 when Weinrich joined as lead vocalist for Saint Vitus, but reformed four years later. After releasing three albums, the Obsessed broke up for a second time in 1995. After briefly reuniting for some shows in 2012 and 2013, the Obsessed announced their third reunion in March 2016.

Trouble (band) American doom metal band

Trouble is an American doom metal band from Aurora, Illinois, formed in 1979 and considered one of the pioneers of the genre alongside Candlemass and Saint Vitus. The band created a distinct style taking influences of the British heavy metal bands Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, and psychedelic rock of the 1970s. A critically acclaimed group, their first two albums, Psalm 9 and The Skull, are cited as landmarks of doom metal. To date, Trouble has released eight studio albums. Although the band never officially broke up, Trouble was plagued by extended inactivity after their original singer Eric Wagner left in 1997. He eventually rejoined in 2000 before leaving again eight years later.

Contents

History

In 1981, Brian Slagel, founder of Metal Blade Records, decided to put out a compilation of unsigned, underground metal bands. Throughout the '80s and early '90s he continued to release more volumes of the compilations. Metal Massacre XII was released in 1995 and was the final Metal Massacre album until Metal Massacre XIII, released 11 years later in 2006. Metal Massacre XIII differed from the previous releases which featured primarily unsigned bands, containing mostly established bands on the Metal Blade roster.

Brian Slagel is the founder and CEO of Metal Blade Records. Slagel is known for having initiated the Metal Massacre series of compilation albums in 1982, the first of which included the first commercial recording by Metallica. Metal Blade has since released seminal albums by Slayer, Mercyful Fate, Cannibal Corpse, Fates Warning, Amon Amarth and The Black Dahlia Murder, among others.

Metal Massacre – 1982

First pressing

  1. "Cold Day in Hell" – Steeler – 4:17
  2. "Live for the Whip" – Bitch – 5:19
  3. "Captive of Light" – Malice – 3:21
  4. "Tell the World" – Ratt – 3:16
  5. "Octave" (instrumental) – Avatar – 3:48
  6. "Death of the Sun" – Cirith Ungol – 3:56
  7. "Dead of the Night" – Demon Flight – 2:35
  8. "Fighting Backwards" – Pandemonium – 3:44
  9. "Kick You Down" – Malice – 4:28
  10. "Hit the Lights" – Metallica (listed as "Mettallica") – 4:25

Second pressing

  1. "Chains Around Heaven" – Black 'n Blue – 3:45
  2. "Live for the Whip" – Bitch – 5:19
  3. "Captive of Light" – Malice – 3:21
  4. "Tell the World" – Ratt – 3:16
  5. "Octave" (instrumental) – Avatar – 3:48
  6. "Death of the Sun" – Cirith Ungol – 3:56
  7. "Dead of the Night" – Demon Flight – 2:35
  8. "Fighting Backwards" – Pandemonium – 3:44
  9. "Kick You Down" – Malice – 4:28
  10. "Hit the Lights" (version 2) – Metallica – 4:12

Third pressing

  1. "Chains Around Heaven" – Black 'n Blue – 3:45
  2. "Live for the Whip" – Bitch – 5:19
  3. "Captive of Light" – Malice – 3:21
  4. "Octave" (instrumental) – Avatar – 3:48
  5. "Death of the Sun" – Cirith Ungol – 3:56
  6. "Dead of the Night" – Demon Flight – 2:35
  7. "Fighting Backwards" – Pandemonium – 3:44
  8. "Kick You Down" – Malice – 4:28
  9. "Hit the Lights" (version 2) – Metallica – 4:12
James Hetfield American musician

James Alan Hetfield is an American musician, singer, and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos, both live and in the studio. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering a classified advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released ten studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles.

Metal Massacre II – 1982

  1. "Lesson Well Learned" – Armored Saint – 2:51
  2. "Mind Invader" – 3rd Stage Alert – 3:51
  3. "Rivet Head" – Surgical Steel – 3:03^
  4. "Shadows of Steel" – Obsession – 4:31
  5. "Scepters of Deceit" – Savage Grace – 3:45
  6. "No Holds Barred" – Overkill* – 4:12
  7. "Lucifer's Hammer" – Warlord – 3:18
  8. "Such a Shame" – Trauma** – 2:53
  9. "It's Alright" – Dietrich – 3:26
  10. "Inversion" – Molten Leather – 4:04
  11. "Kings" – Hyksos – 6:11
  12. "Heavy Metal Virgin" – Aloha*** – 3:01
^ Surgical Steel featured Jeff Martin and Greg Chaisson who reunited in Badlands in the early 1990s.
* The Overkill on the compilation is not the same as the East Coast Overkill on Vol. 5.
** Trauma featured Cliff Burton who later became the bassist for Metallica.
*** Aloha featured Marty Friedman, later of Cacophony and Megadeth.

Metal Massacre III – 1983

  1. "Aggressive Perfector" – Slayer – 3:29
  2. "Riding in Thunder" – Bitch – 3:57
  3. "Armageddon" – Tyrant* – 5:14
  4. "Piranahs" – Medusa – 2:11
  5. "Bite the Knife" – Test Pattern – 5:25
  6. "Blitzkrieg" – Black Widow – 2:56
  7. "Mrs. Victoria" – Warlord – 5:55
  8. "Let's Go All the Way" – Virgin Steele – 3:12
  9. "Fire and Wind" – Sexist – 3:00
  10. "Hell Bent" – Znowhite – 1:49
  11. "The Kid" – Marauder – 3:01
  12. "Fist and Chain" – La Mort – 2:37
*Song title renamed to "The Battle of Armageddon" on their debut album.

Metal Massacre IV – 1983

  1. "The Alien" – Sacred Blade – 3:39
  2. "Cross My Way" – Death Dealer – 3:40
  3. "The Last Judgement" – Trouble – 5:03
  4. "Taken by Force" – Sceptre – 2:44
  5. "Speed Zone" – Zoetrope – 2:41
  6. "Forbidden Evil" – War Cry – 4:37
  7. "Screams from the Grave" – Abattoir – 3:24
  8. "I Don't Want to Die" – Witchslayer – 4:59
  9. "Rod of Iron" – Lizzy Borden – 4:29
  10. "Fear No Evil" – August Redmoon – 3:52
  11. "Destructer" – Thrust – 4:13
  12. "Medieval" – Medieval – 3:19

Metal Massacre V – 1984

  1. "Torture Me" – Omen – 3:26
  2. "Condemned to the Gallows" – Voivod – 5:09
  3. "Call on the Attacker" – Attacker – 3:35
  4. "Nightmare" – Future Tense – 3:50
  5. "Death Rider" – Overkill – 3:52
  6. "Soldier Boy" – Fates Warning – 6:20
  7. "The Brave" – Metal Church – 4:27
  8. "Destroyer" – Lethyl Synn – 3:27
  9. "The Warrior" – Final Warning – 3:49
  10. "Crucifixion" – Hellhammer – 2:50
  11. "Marching Saprophytes" – Mace – 4:07
  12. "End of Time" – Jesters of Destiny – 3:20

Metal Massacre VI – 1985

  1. "Swing of the Axe" – Possessed – 3:50
  2. "XXX" – Nasty Savage – 5:26
  3. "Executioner" – Steel Assassin – 5:02
  4. "Tear Down the Walls" – Mayhem – 5:44
  5. "Easy Way Out" – Hades – 4:46
  6. "Metal Merchants" – Hallow's Eve – 4:27
  7. "Bombs of Death" – Hirax – 2:01
  8. "Fountain Keeper" – Pathfinder – 3:52
  9. "Welcome to the Slaughterhouse" – Dark Angel – 5:22
  10. "Concrete Cancer" – The Obsessed – 3:16
  11. "En Masse – Stand or Die" – Martyr – 5:10

Metal Massacre VII – 1986

  1. "Impulse" – Heretic – 4:18
  2. "Sentinel Beast" – Sentinel Beast – 5:20
  3. "I Live, You Die" – Flotsam and Jetsam – 6:19
  4. "Rented Heat" – Krank – 4:09
  5. "Backstabber" – Mad Man – 2:53
  6. "Widow's Walk" – Détente – 2:20
  7. "High 'n' Mighty" – Commander – 4:16
  8. "In the Blood of Virgins" – Juggernaut – 4:13
  9. "Reich of Torture" – Cryptic Slaughter – 2:33
  10. "The Omen" – Have Mercy – 4:18
  11. "The Awakening" – Titanic – 4:42
  12. "Troubled Ways" – Lost Horizon – 4:31

Metal Massacre VIII – 1987

  1. "Ignorance" – Sacred Reich – 3:50
  2. "Hellbound" – Viking – 2:58
  3. "Keeper of the Flame" – Overlorde – 4:07
  4. "Violence Is Golden" – Fatal Violence – 4:58
  5. "Spare No Lives" – Tactics – 2:43
  6. "Nothing Left" – Sanctum – 4:26
  7. "Into the Darkness" – Gargoyle – 3:44
  8. "Death Awaits You" – Ripper – 5:43
  9. "Take 'Em Alive" – E.S.P. – 3:53
  10. "Intimate with Evil" – Wargod – 4:46
  11. "Deadly Kiss" – L.S.N. – 2:58
  12. "Bullets" – Cobalt Blue – 3:34

Metal Massacre IX – 1988

  1. "We Want You" – Banshee
  2. "Old World Nights" – Oliver Magnum
  3. "Wasteland" – Toxik
  4. "Blood Under Heaven" – Dissenter
  5. "Random Violence" – Redrum
  6. "Definitive Apology" – Pedifile
  7. "Needle Damage" – Chaos Horde
  8. "Dehumanize" – Faith or Fear
  9. "Midnight Madman" – The Wrath
  10. "Children of War" – Overdose

Metal Massacre X – 1989

  1. "Sick or Sane?" – Betrayal
  2. "Typhoid Mary" – Solitude
  3. "Mirage of Blood" – Murdercar
  4. "The Secret" – Confessor
  5. "Egyptian Falcon" – Dan Collette
  6. "Infected" – Nihilist
  7. "Visions in Secret" – R.O.T.
  8. "Mercy" – Wench
  9. "The Fourth Dimension" – Slaughter
  10. "Stayed Up 4 Daze" – I.D.K.

Metal Massacre XI – 1991

  1. "Shipwrecked with the Wicked" – Mystic Force
  2. "Circle of Fools" – Epidemic
  3. "Dementia by Design" – Forte
  4. "Authority Lies" – My Victim
  5. "Tormented Souls" – Havoc Mass
  6. "The Dream Turns to Dread" – Divine Right
  7. "The Great Escape" – Ministers of Anger
  8. "Resurrected" – Dominance
  9. "Sorcery of the Wicked" – Mortal Reign
  10. "Eternal Call" – Nightcrawler
  11. "Bad Habits" – Harum Scarum
  12. "Consumed by Hate" – Chemikill
  13. "Excuses" – Tynator
  14. "The Monkey Beat-Man" – Spudmonsters

Metal Massacre XII – 1995

  1. "Paingod" – Paingod – 4:02
  2. "Sweething" – Crisis – 3:45
  3. "Exhume Her" – Pist.On – 4:14
  4. "Godlessness" – Avernus – 7:37
  5. "Det Glemte Riket" – Ancient – 6:56
  6. "The Allknowing" – Level – 5:12
  7. "Wolf" – Tipper Gore – 3:55
  8. "Rain Dance" – Gunga Din – 3:52
  9. "Cry to Heaven" – Divine Regale – 3:58
  10. "#3" – Pervis – 3:01
  11. "Anti [Coat Hanger Mix]" – And Christ Wept – 4:03
  12. "The Wounded" – Amboog-a-Lard – 4:52
  13. "Human Harvest" – Eulogy – 4:57
  14. "Twodegreesbelow" – Overcast – 4:48
  15. "Arizona Life" – Big Twin Din – 3:13

Metal Massacre XIII – 2006

  1. "Leaving All Behind" – Cellador
  2. "Miasma" – The Black Dahlia Murder
  3. "Shadow of the Reaper" – Six Feet Under
  4. "Swarm" – Torture Killer
  5. "Vagrant Idol" – Demiricous
  6. "Alien Angel" – 3
  7. "The Killchain" – Bolt Thrower
  8. "Dead Before I Stray" – Into the Moat
  9. "Fixation on Plastics" – The Red Chord
  10. "Sterling Black Icon" – Fragments of Unbecoming
  11. "Bleed the Meek" – Paths of Possession
  12. "From Your Grave" – The Absence
  13. "Sigma Enigma" – God Dethroned
  14. "The Pursuit of Vikings" – Amon Amarth
  15. "Kiss Me Now Kill Me Later" – Machinemade God
  16. "One with the Ocean" – The Ocean
  17. "His Imperial Victory" – And the Hero Fails
  18. "Cult" – Gaza
  19. "Echo of Cries" – End It All

Metal Massacre XIV – 2016

  1. "The Traveller" – Metalian
  2. "Until Then...Until the End" – Noctum
  3. "Bell of Tarantia" – Gatekeeper
  4. "The Demented Force" – Assassin's Blade
  5. "Denim Attack" – Cobra
  6. "The Siege of Jerusalem" – Stone Dagger
  7. "Will of the Ancient Call" – Crypt Sermon
  8. "The Ripper in Black" – Savage Master
  9. "No Tomorrow" – Outcast
  10. "Brothers" – Corsair
  11. "Cold Cold Ground" – Walpyrgus
  12. "Final Spell" – Visigoth
  13. "Into Depths" – Ravencult

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