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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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342 compilations found in this cathegory.

0 230363 030989 LP 1989

0721 Manicomio LP 1989

1.2.3...Start [volume 3] LP 1985

13K: Southern Valley Sounds 7inch EP 1983

1984 Rock: Sully S/Loire LP 1984

21st Youth Pop-Song Competition '90 LP 1990

3:an LP 1983

93 QFM Hometown Album Project LP 1980

95YNF - The Pirate Album '83 LP 1983

96X Oklahoma Rocks LP 1981

98 Rock Volume IV (Hometapes) LP 1986

99.5 KISS: Homegrown Album LP 1981

A Maiden Effort LP 1979

A Major Statement LP 1988

A. Tracks LP 1981

The Album Network Unsigned Bands CD Tune Up #3 CD 1988

Alsterett LP 1980

Always Catchin Snot In The Wind MLP 1988

American Underground 3LP 1983

Amiga Quartett - Denke Daran 7inch EP 1984

Anthology Jesus Rock In Russia DLP 1994

Apple Cellar Tapes LP 1982

Apromus 7inch EP 1980

Arctic Records Presents LP 1986

Asociación de Músicos de Hortaleza LP 1990

Barod Am Roc 1 LP 1984

The Basle Collection '83 LP 1983

The Basle Collection '85 LP 1985

Battle Of The Bands LP 1981

Beach Balls: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP 1988

Boston Rock & Roll Anthology Volume #5 LP 1985

Boston Rock & Roll Anthology Volume #6 LP 1985

Boston Rock & Roll Anthology Volume #8 LP 1986

Bound LP 1981

The Bridge Album LP 1982

Brum Beat - Live At The Barrel Organ DLP 1980

Bundesrockfestival 86 / Deutscher Rockpreis '86 LP 1987

Castle Rock Compilation LP 1984

CBRfrischungen LP 1984

Celler Rockmusik Initiative LP 1988

Celler Rockmusik Initiative e.V. ''2'' LP 1989

C'est Pas De La Crotte! LP 1983

Chance '84 LP 1984

Cheese Live LP 1987

Chemical Bond LP 1983

Cherish Project LP 1991

Chicago Class Of '85 LP 1985

Chicago's Class Of '87 LP 1987

Chicago Rocks - Volume One LP 1980

Colour Chart 1 LP 1982

Concepts Of Success LP 1985

Concurso Pop-Rock 86 de la Comunidad Valenciana LP 1986

Connecticut Compilation Record Volume 1 LP 1987

D.T.A. Records untitled compilation 7inch EP 1983

De Lenine A Lennon LP 1989

De Vrolijke Krisis LP 1982

Debüt No. 1 LP 1982

Decent Exposure '85 LP 1985

Dem Nachwuchs Eine Chance LP 1982

Devil Must Be Driven Out With Devil (Hold Up Omnibus) LP 1986

Double Up DLP 1987

Drag Utan Droger LP 1980

Drag Utan Droger II LP 1981

Dream Sequence LP 1986

Dynamic Artists Rock Vol. I LP 1984

Eastern Carolina's Best II LP 1983

Eesti Pop No. 11 - Rock LP 1990

Eighties Colours LP 1983

Elva Band LP 1987

En Enda Jord LP 1991

Epoka Dla Nas LP 1989

Färgelanda Spelar Och Sjunger LP 1988

Förortsrock - Musik Från Järfälla 1983 LP 1983

Förortsrock 84 LP 1984

Feet On The Street LP 1984

First Boulon On The Rock's LP 1979

Five Alive MLP 1990

FM 104: Toledo's Best Rock LP 1981

FM 104: Toledo's Best Rock 2 LP 1982

Forgotten Futures LP 1983

Formații De Muzică Pop III LP 1980

Formații Rock (7) LP 1985

Fort Wayne Rocks Volume 1 LP 1985

Four Fabulous Freaks LP 1987

Från Pop Till Ny Våg LP 1982

Friesland Pop Promosingle 4 7inch EP 1991

Futbol Rossii 7inch EP 1990

Garázs LP 1989

Garázs II - Magyar Rock 1991 LP LP 1991

Gathered LP 1982

Get To The Point! Volume One CD 1990 CD 1990

Girls & Boys - Helge's 87 LP 1987

Gorau Sgrech - Sgrechian Corwen LP 1982

Gränslös Musik LP 1988

Gyda Chymorth C.A.C. 7inch EP 1982

Hannover Szene '84 LP 1984

Happening 82 LP 1982

Här Är Vi! Lysekil LP 1990

Hard To Find LP 1989

Hart Und Genau LP 1986

Hecho En Vallecas LP 1988

Heiße Würstchen LP 1983

Helgdagsrock Åt Far LP 1983

High Plains Rock Vol. 1 CD 1989

Högtryck LP 1982

Home Grown In N.H.: Rock 'N Roll In The Granite State Vol. II LP 1983

Home Spun, Too LP 1979

IJmond Pop LP 1982

Il Cielo Visto Dalla Luna LP 1992

Im Westen Nichts Neues LP 1991

Is The War Over? LP 1979

The Italian Rock Invasion LP 1987

Jarocin '88 3LP 1989

Karlshamns Musikforum 15 År DLP 1989

KAZY: Rocky Mountain Riffs CD 1992

KAZY: Thunder On The Mountain LP 1980

KCAL/CANHC Homegrown Benefit Album LP 1980

KDKB Arizona Sounds Volume 2 LP 1978

KDKB Arizona Sounds Volume 5 LP 1981

KDKB Arizona Sounds Volume IV LP 1980

KDBK Arizona Sounds Volume Three LP 1979

Kent Rocks LP 1981

The KGON Album LP 1980

The KGON Album 2: Homegrown LP 1982

Kikrock - Volume One LP 1982

KKF untitled compilation 7inch EP 1985

Klein Circus 7inch EP 1990

Klipp-Rock Vol. 1 LP 1987

Klipp Rock Volym 2 7inch EP 1987

KLOL Talent 'N' Texas LP 1981

KLOS 95 1/2: Rock to Riches LP 1983

KMEL's New Oasis LP 1983

Kommerciell Kultur LP 1983

Koppop LP 1980

The KOZZ 105 Homegrown Album LP 1982

Kristianstadrock LP 1982

Kristianstadrock Volym 2 LP 1983

KSHE Seeds Homegrown Rock N Roll LP 1980

KSHE 95 Seeds Vol. II LP 1981

KURT LP 1988

KZAP Hometown Album LP 1982

La Respuesta LP 1987

Lek I Fullt Alvor LP 1984

Lend An Ear 1992? LP 1982

Less Than Zero: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP 1987

Liepājas Dzintars '87 LP 1988

Limburgs Orkesten Festival LP 1979

Linköpingsrock '82 LP 1982

Little Rock Rocks II LP 1988

Lituanika-87 LP 1988

Live On Stage - Live On Lp LP 1982

Live: A Week At The Bridge E16 LP+EP 1978

Louisiana Music Festival LP 1983

Mainrock Sampler 1 LP 1986

Marbepop 88 DLP 1988

Max's Kansas City 1977 (volume 2) LP 1977

Melange LP 1983

Melodiju Stafete 7 LP 1988

Merlin Music Presents... LP 1987

Mesto Vstrechi Diskoteka 4 LP 1988

Mixed Music For Lonely Nights.. LP 1983

Monochrome LP 1990

Motala Vindar LP 1982

Muestra de Grupos Burgaleses MLP 1990

Music And Friendship LP 1990

Music From Poland At Midem '84 DLP 1984

Musica Metropolitana LP 1985

Musik För Miljön LP 1990

Musik I Skellefteå 2 LP 1982

Musikfest Med Sångare & Musiker I Väsby / Väsby-78 LP 1979

Musikpuls! LP 1981

Mūzika Diskoklubos LP 1987

Muzyka Serdca DLP 1990

N.J. Rock (WDHA) LP 1982

Nationale Rockmeeting LP 1982

NDR Hörfest '88 LP 1988

New Belief In Old Cities LP 1983

The New New England Debut Volume II MC 1988

New Performances For Soundproof Rooms LP 1983

No Futuro LP 1990

Northern Lights LP 1979

Notepad Productions Volume 1 LP 1986

Nynäs Rocks LP 1991

Odnazhdy V R/K (1) LP 1991

Offering Of Isca LP 1985

Offering: First National Rock of Anchorage LP 1982

Oltre Il Juke Box LP 1988

On The Rocks LP 1983

Onsabrücker RockBum Nr. 1 LP 1985

Opera soundtrack LP 1987

Our LP For You LP 1989

Pang I Bygget LP 1983

Panorama '86 LP 1986

Panorama '86 (2) LP 1986

Playboy Street Rock LP 1981

Points Of Departure LP 1984

Popdri 7inch EP 1985

Populjarnye Gruppy Diskotek Litvy LP 1988

Posloucháte Větrník.../1 LP 1985

Posloucháte Větrník.../2 LP 1986

Posloucháte Větrník.../3 LP 1987

Profumo Di Rovina LP 1985

Projekt 12 LP 1987

Projeto Mythus LP 1994

Puissance 4 LP 1980

Punto Zero - Numero 5/6 LP 1991

Punto Zero - Numero 13/14 LP 1993

Pûr Bést - Stifting Hollebatsers LP 1990

PYX 106 Albany's Best Rock N Roll LP 1981

Q-FM-96 Hometown Album Project LP 1978

Q107 Homegrown Vol. 3 LP 1981

Quattro LP 1986

The Quest Tapes LP 1982

R & R LP 1988

Radio 3 Südfunk Stuttgart: Nachwuchsfestival 1983 LP 1983

The Recording Workshop: Advanced Workshop Winter '82 LP 1982

Ripp-Rock's Skiva LP 1982

Rock 106 Presents Homegrown LP 1980

Rock 82 - Vetlanda LP 1982

Rock 90 - The Year After LP 1990

Rock '92 LP 1992

Rock à Rouen LP 1984

Rock Beast LP 1982

Rock-Bilanz 1985 DLP 1985

Rock-Bilanz 1988 DLP 1988

Rock Bilanz '89 - Das Album DLP 1990

Rock & Blues Compilation '90 LP 1990

Rock Cocktail LP 1982

Rock Feierwerk - Sieger 85 LP 1986

Rock For Peace LP 1987

Rock For Peace LP 1988

Rock Från Havet LP 1986

Rock Garagem LP 1984

Rock Garagem II LP 1985

Rock Huset - Start The Party With A Bang LP 1986

Rock I Umeå 7inch EP 1983

Rock In' Flanders LP 1991

Rock n' Rock LP 1982

Rock Of Sweden - Volume 1 LP 1989

Rock On, Roll On LP 1983

Rock Panorama 87 (2) LP 1988

Rock Panorama 87 (3) LP 1988

Rock Pretty LP 1984

Rock Rock Rock LP 1984

Rock The City LP 1990

Rock To Riches: 94 Rock LP 1983

Rock To Riches: 98 Rock LP 1982

Rock-Off '88: The Winners LP 1988

Rockactive I LP 1983

Rockactive 84 LP 1984

Rocking Soviet LP 1987

Rocklet '88 LP 1989

Rockový Maratón 2 LP 1986

Rockslaget 3LP 1981

The Rockworks Album LP 1982

Rubberoid LP 1990

Rumour Sets The Woods Alight LP 1986

Russian Rock-91 CD 1991

San Jose Rocks! Volume One LP 1988

Scendrag 85 - Rock-DM i Halland MLP 1985

Scream Out Loud Vol. I MLP 1987

Seaside Rock DLP 1981

Sesiwn Sosban 2 LP 1983

Seven's Up LP 1986

Shootin' For The Stars LP 1982

Signal'naja Serija Plastinok 1 LP 1990

Six Plenty Of Guts LP 1992

Skånsk Rock I LP 1982

Skånsk Rock II LP 1982

Skånsk Rock III LP 1982

SLO Grown LP 1978

Sounds '79 LP 1979

Southern Comfort LP 1983

Southern Comfort III LP 1983

Southern Comfort 4 LP 1984

Southern New England's Best Rock From JB 105 LP 1981

Spit 'N' Finish LP 1983

St. Anthony's Fire LP 1983

Starview 92: Best Of The Bands 1987 LP 1988

Stjärnor I Öster LP 1992

Stjerre Barre (S)wier 7inch EP 1991

Stock Music Collection: Rock LP 1984(?)

Street Rock II LP 1984 LP 1984

Street Survivors LP 1989

Streetwise - Number One Of Two LP 1990

Streetwise - Number Two Of Two LP 1990

Stuttgart Rock-Sampler LP 1983

Sunab 196 LP 1987

Sutura Eterna LP 1986

Szolnok Rock Vol 2 LP 1992

Talent Show '83 LP 1983

Tenaxound - Aprite La Porta LP 1993

To Boldly Go... LP 1986

Top Ardennes Volume 2 LP 1987

Tracks LP 1989

TV Melody '87 LP 1988

Twelve Go Mad In Durham LP 1986

U-Tracks LP 1979

Underground Resistance Volume I LP 1987

Union, Bronx, Accryl, Blizzard 7inch EP 1986

Unity Gain DLP 1982

Unknown Titles LP 1981

Urval LP 1990

Uusi Musa LP 1983

V Kraju Durakov [a.k.a.] Tyazhely Den / Pascal Mulot / Abscent LP 1992

Vätterzound LP 1986

Val-81 LP 1981

Venerock LP 1982

Vinyl Ecstasy: The Second Q-FM-96 Hometown Album LP 1980

Vykort Från Malmö LP 1980

WAPP: New York Rocks 1983 LP 1983

Wappelpee LP 1980

Warriors LP 1982

WBAB: Homegrown '84 LP 1983

WBAB: Homegrown Album LP 1981

WBAB: Son Of Homegrown LP 1982

WCMF 96: Rochester's Homegrown Bands LP 1980

WCMF 96: Homegrown 2 LP 1981

WCMF 96: Homegrown 3 LP 1982

WCMF 96: Homegrown 4 LP 1983

WCMF 96.5: Homegrown 5 LP 1985

WCMF 96.5: Homegrown VI LP 1986

We Remember Buddy Holly 7inch EP 1979

WEBN Album Project 4 LP 1979

WEBN Album Project Five LP 1980

WEBN Album Project Six LP 1981

WEBN Album Project 7 LP 1982

Weine Wräk's Poporkester/Östgötarock LP 1982

WFBQ 95 Karma Album Project II LP 1980

The Whinging Album: Clutching At Straws LP 1982

Who Plays Rock LP 1992

Wild Rags Records Limited Edition 2xMLP 1990

Winnipeg Homegrown Volume I LP 1981

WLLZ Motor City Rocks II LP 1983

WLLZ Motor City Rocks III LP 1984

'World, Wonderful People...' First Rock Festival - Michourin LP 1989

'World, Wonderful People...' Rock Festival - Michourin '89 LP 1990

WRNO FM 100: The Rock Album, Vol. II LP 1982

WZIR FM Rock To Riches LP 1982

The X L.P. - 97X LP 1981

The 'Yunost' Radio Studio - 45-minute Radio Show LP 1987

Z96: Rock To Riches II LP 1983

....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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