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The importance of compilation albums in the history of heavy metal cannot be overstated. Many labels' first releases were compilations (Metal Blade, Shrapnel, New Renaissance, Ebony etc..) There are also countless bands who built enduring careers starting with just one or two compilation tracks (SLAYER, OVERKILL, METAL CHURCH, HELLOWEEN etc). METALLICA and MALICE did not even exist as permanent bands prior to recording their tracks for the first Metal Massacre LP. Even the obscure compilation-only bands often have connections to the majors if you look close enough (e.g. Dennis Stratton in REMUS DOWN BOULEVARD).

In addition to the historic importance, there are also lots of great obscurities that you'll never hear anywhere else. It's also worth mentioning that compilations are often overlooked by collectors and therefore even the best and rarest are relatively cheap. That is, if you can find them! Of course there are exceptions but even the most expensive rarities barely break $100 (e.g. Chicago Metal Works).

What is included?

While this is obviously not complete list of all metal compilations, we hope that it represents a large enough cross section of different albums that would be of interest to fans and collectors of obscure 80s metal. Some albums from the 70s and 90s are included and a wide variety of styles is covered, from hard rock to death metal. The only restrictions are that every album must have at least 3 bands (though some 3 band compilations could technically be called splits, how could we leave out an album like Roksnax?) and must include at least one exclusive track (thus avoiding all those pointless cash-in compilations on K-Tel etc..)

What is "exclusive"?

I think it's important to clarify this here, since the term exclusive can mean different things to different people. In this list, exclusive does not mean that the song was never released in any other format! A song may have been released on a demo or even another compilation and still count. Of course, alternate and rerecorded versions count as separate tracks. However, sometimes it is hard to tell the difference so any corrections are welcome. Also, some of these recordings have later turned up on band anthologys or as bonus tracks on reissues. If so we try to supply this info in the comment field, but to catch your attention the tracks are still highlighted as 'exclusive'.)

The index is divided into two main categories: Metal and mixed genres. Metal compilations obviously include albums that are, at least in intent, focused on metal. Of course, many of these will still have one or two AOR tracks or other misguided inclusions but generally they will be around 90% or more metal. Mixed genre compilations are those that did not have a specific genre in mind (typically showcasing artists from a particular area instead) but happen to include one or more metal songs. A large portion of these are compilations sponsored by radio stations (mostly seen in the US) or local music organizations (more common in Europe), often in conjunction with some sort of local artist competition. A very useful resource for the US radio albums is Radio Use Only. Unfortunately, there are so many of them and it can be hard to tell which ones have any relevant content. That's where we come in.


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288 compilations found in this cathegory.

12 Commandments In Metal LP 1985

The 2nd Wave Of New British Metal 7inch EP 1987

3 Points Of Metal LP 1984

60 Minute Plus Heavy Metal Compilation MC 1982

97 Underground: The Beast From The East… Vol. 1 LP 1987

A Mountain Of Metal CD 1991

A Rather Nasty Dream On Papplewick Pond LP 1989

A Taste Of Armageddon LP 1989

All Hell Let Loose LP 1983

All Night Metal Party '84 to '85 LP 1985

At The Foot Of Brutality LP 1989

Attack From Downunda LP 1986

Axe Attack LP 1980

The Bailey Brothers Present: Diminished Responsibility LP 1987

Battle Of Metal LP 1984

Battleaxe 7inch EP 1987

Best Of German Metal Newcomer MLP 1990

The Best Of Metal Blade Records: Volume 3 DLP 1988

Born To Metalize LP 1984

Break Out LP 1988

Break Out: German Metal Tracks No. 1 LP 1985

Break Out: German Metal Tracks No. 2 LP 1986

Break Out - German Metal Tracks No. 5 LP 1987

Breaking With Tradition LP 1991

Brigada Metalica LP 1989

Brute Force LP 1980

California Metal LP 1985

California Metal LP 1987

California Metal volume II LP 1988

California's Best Metal LP 1985

Chicago Metal Works Battalion #1 LP 1986

Chicago Metal Works Battalion #2 LP 1986

Chicago Metal Works 5 CD 1989

Chicago Metal Works 6 CD 1990

Chicago Metal Works 7 CD 1991

Cleveland Metal LP 1983

Cleveland's Heavy Metal: Etched in Steel LP 1984

Convicted To The Avant Garde MC 1989

Death Metal LP 1984

Death Metal Session LP 1990

The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years LP 1988

Demolition: Scream Your Brains Out LP 1988

Descarga Norte LP 1988

Destroika LP 1989

Detonation LP 1990

Doomsday News LP 1988

Doomsday News II LP 1989

Doomsday News III - Thrashing East Live LP 1990

Dutch Steel LP 1984

East Coast Metal LP 1988

Eastern Front - Live At Ruthie's Inn DLP 1986

Elementals - UK HM LP 1989

Emision Pirata 1 LP 1991

Eros / Camelot / Tubos De Plata LP 1985

Escuadrón Metálico proyecto uno LP 1986

Europe's Best Metal LP 1986

Fast Forward To Hell LP 1987

Four Kinds Of Metal LP 1989

French Connection Vol. I LP 1985

Friday Afternoon LP 1988

Friday Afternoon II LP 1989

Friday Afternoon III LP 1990

The Friday Rock Show LP 1981

From Electric Lady Land '84 LP 1984

From The Megavault LP 1985

Full Force [Volume Zero] LP 1988

Full Force Volume One LP 1988

Full Force Volume Two LP 1988

Full Force Volume III LP 1989

German Metal Fighters No.1 LP 1987

German Metal Fighters No. 2 LP 1988

Go To Eat (Metal Dom) LP 1985

Greece Attacks DLP 1989

Green Metal: New Irish Heavy Metal LP 1985

Hard & Heavy LP 1985

Hard & Heavy (Kleeblatt No. 22) LP 1987

Hard-Rock Rendez-Vous LP 1989

Harder Than A Millstone CD 1991

Head Line LP 1992

Head Line 2 LP 1993

Headthrashers (Live) LP 1987

Heavy Artillery MC 1990

Heavy Metal LP 1982

Heavy Metal & Live LP 1981

Heavy Metal Battle LP 1989

Heavy Metal Eruption LP 1983

Heavy Metal Force LP 1984

Heavy Metal Force II LP 1985

Heavy Metal Force III LP 1985

Heavy Metal Force IV LP 1987

Heavy Metal Force V DLP 1988

Heavy Metal Heroes LP 1981

Heavy Metal Heroes Volume 2 LP 1982

Heavy Metal Made In Italy LP 1985

Heavy Metal Sampler LP 1984

Heavy Rendezvous LP 1988

The Heavy Touch LP 1985

Holland Heavy Metal Vol.2 LP 1982

If It's Loud, We're Proud MLP 1983

Infierno Rock MC 1987

Iron Tyrants LP 1984

Iron Tyrants Waging War (Iron Tyrants II) LP 1986

Iron Tyrants III - The European Blitz LP 1987

Is This Heavy Or What? 7inch EP 1988

It's Unheard Of! LP 1984

Italian Metal Vol. 1 LP 1985

Just Say No! LP 1989

Just'in Power LP 1987

Kanto vs. Kansai LP 1985

KNAC: Pure Rock LP 1987

KNAC Presents: Son of Pure Rock LP 1988

L'Amour Rocks LP 1987

L.A. Steel LP 1986

Ladykillers LP 1986

The Last Warrior MLP 1987

Latinos Y Metalicos LP 1991

Lead Weight LP 1981

Legión Subterranea LP 1991

Lethal Noise - A Blade Sample LP 1988

The Lost Tapes Of Cogumelo LP 1990

Maple Metal LP 1985

Massachusetts Metal LP 1988

Massacre Of Masters LP 1990

Metal 88 LP 1988

Metal Attack (Italy) LP 1987

Metal Brigade Vol. 1 LP 1987

Metal Clogs LP 1982

The Metal Collection Volume I LP 1986

The Metal Collection Volume II LP 1987

The Metal Collection Volume III LP 1987

Metal Explosion LP 1980

Metal Fatigue LP 1982

Metal For Muthas LP 1980

Metal For Muthas Volume II LP 1980

Metal Fusion LP 1990

Metal Gear LP 1990

Metal Hour - Metal Tracks No. 3 LP 1986

Metal Hour: German Metal Tracks No 4 LP 1986

Metal In Rocks Volume I LP 1988

Metal In Rocks Volume II CD 1989

Metal In Rocks Volume III CD 1990

Metal Inferno LP 1985

Metal Madness: Volume One LP 1985

Metal Maniaxe LP 1982

Metal Massacre LP 1982

Metal Massacre II LP 1982

Metal Massacre III LP 1983

Metal Massacre IV LP 1983

Metal Massacre V LP 1984

Metal Massacre VI LP 1985

Metal Massacre VII LP 1986

Metal Massacre VIII LP 1987

Metal Massacre Nine LP 1988

Metal Massacre Ten LP 1990

Metal Meltdown Volume One LP 1985

Metal Meltdown II LP 1987

Metal Meltdown III LP 1988

Metal Meltdown Vol. 4 MC 1989

Metal Nacional Vol. I LP 1988

Metal Outlet LP 1987

Metal Over America LP 1984

Metal Plated LP 1983

Metal Power 7inch EP 1983

Metal Power II 7inch EP 1984

Metal Power III 7inch EP 1984

Metal Power IV 7inch EP 1984

Metal Power V 7inch EP 1985

Metal Prisoners LP 1983

Metal Race LP 1986

Metal Rock LP 1985

Metal Shock LP 1987

Metal That Matters LP 1987

Metal Thunder LP 1990

Metal Warning DLP 1987

Metal Warriör MLP 1987

Metal Warriors LP 1983

Metalgon MLP 1987

Metallic Bunny's Fast Collection MLP 1986

Metallic Storm LP 1982

Metallo Italia LP 1985

Metalmania LP 1989

Metalmania 88 LP 1988

Metalmania 89 LP 1989

Metalmania Vol 1 LP 1983

Metalmaniac LP 1987

Metalstorm LP 198?

The Metaluna Syndrome LP 1987

Molten Metal Monsters Volume One CD 1993

Monsters Of M.J 7inch EP 1989

Monsters of Rock LP 1980

Monsters Of Rock USSR DLP 1992

Moose Molten Metal LP 1985

Moose Molten Metal Volume 2 LP 1986

Muthas Pride MLP 1980

Neo Hard Shock LP 1985

New Electric Warriors LP 1980

The New New England Debut Volume I MC 1987

New York Metal-84 LP 1984

New York Metal II LP 1990

Nightpieces LP 1990

No Glam Fags Comp.#2 MC 1992 MC 1992

No Substitute For Steel LP 1985

North American Thrash Assault LP 1989

Northcoast Steel LP 1988

Northwest Metalfest LP 1984

Norway Rocks LP 1988

Not Just Spaghetti And Mandolini LP 1988

One Take No Dubs MLP 1982

Oregon Metal MC 1990

Pacific Metal Project LP 1985

Panzer/Chronos/Epicentro/Dorso untitled promo MLP 1987

Parkside Steelworks LP 1985

Peace-Eater Vol. I CD 1991

Pit Record Vol.2 - Rock On LP 1982

Power Together LP 1993

Powertrax MC 1986

Pure Overkill LP 1983

Queens Village Rocks: Volume I LP 1988

Raging Death LP 1987

Rave-On Hits Hard LP 1985

Ready To Fire LP 1985

Ready To Rock LP 1986

Robbanásveszély! LP 1987

Rock '92 Volumul 1 LP 1992

Rock Climbers: Hottest Of Hollywood DLP 1990

Rock From Hell LP 1983

Rock From The Heart Of Europe LP 1991

Rock Masters LP 1987

Rock Meets Metal Volume 1 LP 1987

Rock Meets Metal - Volume II LP 1987

Rock Meets Metal [volume 3] LP 1988

Rock The Nation LP 1985

1.Rock-Fabrik Festival-84' LP 1984

Rockbox LP 1989

Rocket - Caught In Steel LP 1985

Rockmapa LP 1989

Rockmapa 2 LP 1990

Rockmapa 4 CD 1992

Roksnax LP 1980

Roxcalibur LP 1982

S.P. Metal LP 1984

S.P. Metal II LP 1985

Salut Les Tympans Feles LP 1986

Santa Barbara 1988 Collection 1 Vol. 1 LP 1988

São Power LP 1986

Satan's Revenge LP 1985

Satan's Revenge Part II LP 1988

Scandinavian Metal Attack LP 1984

Scandinavian Metal Attack II LP 1984

Scene Of The Crime LP 1981

Shooting From The Hip LP 1989

Skull Smash LP 1988

Skull Thrash Zone volume I LP 1987

Speed Kills LP 1985

Speed Kills II LP 1986

Speed Kills III LP 1987

Speed Metal Hell LP 1985

Speed Metal Hell II LP 1986

Speed Metal Hell Volume Three LP 1987

Speed Up (Heavy News) LP 1990

Steel Crazy LP 1982

Surgery Of The Power LP 1989

Swedish Metal LP 1984

Tampa Bay's Metal Mercenaries: The Invasion MC 1988

Teutonic Invasion Part One LP 1987

Teutonic Invasion Part Two LP 1988

Thrash LP 1991

Thrash Metal Attack LP 1986

Thrash Metal Attack II LP 1988

Thunda From Downunda LP 1986

Toxic Rock LP 1993

U.S. Metal LP 1981

U.S. Metal Vol. II LP 1982

U.S. Metal Vol. III LP 1983

U.S. Metal Vol. IV LP 1984

UK Thrash Assault LP 1989

Ultra Metal LP 1990

Underground Metal LP 1988

Unidos Por El Rock Vol. 1 LP 1983

United Bands Of Europe LP 1990

Vicious Vinyl DLP 1987

Voices Of A Red God LP 1990

War Declared CD 1990

Warfare Noise LP 1986

Warfare Noise II LP 1988

Warfare Noise III LP 1990

Whiplash Attack Vol.I LP 1990

Zhelezny Marsh I LP 1992

....For more V/A-obscurities, you might also want to have a look at the old article on Swedish Mixed Compilations.

Curious ears? Check out our series of Compilation-compilations featuring some of our favourite choices from the releases reviewed!

August 22 , 2015 Update!
CompComp #4!

To celebrate the 500th addition to the Compilopedia, here's the 4th volume in The Corroseum's Compilations Compilations!

...and don't miss out on the 3 previous now-legendary volumes:

The previously "unofficial" volume, as presented on the forum in 2013 has now been un-unofficialized thanx to the fact that all featured compilations are now added to the site.
All selections by Keir + sleeve design by bigfootkit.

The 2nd volume, published 2011-03-04

The 1st volume, published 2009-10-30

Cheers & creds to the following who have lent/ripped/scanned/co-reviewed records for this list:
Stefan Mattisson, Rob Preston, Patrik Carlson, AlaNightsblood, Joakim Westerlund, Mattias Rubarth, Kristian Knutsson.

...and some exta-special Hails! to Patrik of the awesome musikon.se website for invaluable help with the php-coding of the search function!

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