Metal Massacre

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Metal Massacre

Cover of Metal Massacre vol. 1
Compilation album
Released 1981 - 2006
Genre Heavy metal, thrash metal, speed metal, death metal, black metal, power metal, progressive metal
Label Metal Blade
Producer Brian Slagel
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars Vol. 1[1]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars Vol. 2 & 3[2]
Kerrang! (very unfavorable) Vol. 4[3]

Metal Massacre is a series of compilation albums released through Metal Blade Records. It is famous for "shedding light" on bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Overkill, Trouble, Voivod, Armored Saint, and more.

History[edit]

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.

Metal Massacre – 1982[edit]

First pressing[edit]

  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[edit]

  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[edit]

  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
  • Note: The first pressing was released on Metal Blade Records (MBR 1001), a second pressing on Metalworks Records (MW 6363), both in 1982. Black 'n Blue's "Chains Around Heaven" replaced Steeler's "Cold Day in Hell", which was the first track on the original version of the compilation. Version 2 of Metallica's "Hit the Lights" is a new recording as James Hetfield was unhappy with the original version. The second pressing features Dave Mustaine on lead guitar instead of Lloyd Grant. Ratt's "Tell the World" was omitted on subsequent pressings, starting with Metal Blade's 1984 re-issue.

Metal Massacre II – 1982[edit]

  1. "Lesson Well Learned" – Armored Saint – 2:51
  2. "Mind Invader" – 3rd Stage Alert – 3:51
  3. "Rivit 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
* The Overkill on the compilation is not the same as the one on vol. 5.
** Trauma featured Cliff Burton, who later became the bassist for Metallica.
*** Aloha featured Marty Friedman, later of Cacophony and Megadeth fame.

Metal Massacre III – 1983 [edit]

  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[edit]

  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[edit]

  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[edit]

  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[edit]

  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[edit]

  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
  • Note: Re-released on CD in 1994 as a two-in-one, along with Metal Massacre IX.

Metal Massacre IX – 1988[edit]

  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
  • Note: Re-released on CD in 1994 as a two-in-one, along with Metal Massacre VIII. Songs by Redrum, Pedifile, The Wrath, and Overdose were omitted in order to fit both albums onto one CD.

Metal Massacre X – 1989[edit]

  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[edit]

  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[edit]

  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[edit]

  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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Torreano, Bradley. "Metal Massacre vol. 1 review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  2. ^ Book, John. "Metal Massacre vol. 2 & 3 review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  3. ^ Johnson, Howard (3 May 1984). "Various Artists 'Metal Massacre 4'". Kerrang! 67. London, UK: Spotlight Publications Ltd. p. 14. 

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