Pressing variatons pt. 2: METAL BLADE

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Pressing variatons pt. 2: METAL BLADE

Post#1 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:22 pm

Having full confidence in the forum members' ability to multi-task, here's another attempt at settling which pressing came first and maybe also to find out how many versions exist of each release. Check your old METAL BLADE vinyls at home and let me know if you have anything that's not on the list below:

MBR 1001 - V/A - Metal Massacre - LP - 1982 - black labels, no barcode ("Mettallica" version)
MBR 1001 - V/A - Metal Massacre - LP - 1984 - silver labels, no barcode (9-song version)
MBR 1002 - Bitch - Damnation Alley - MLP - 1982 - white labels, no barcode
MBR 1003 - Demon Flight - Dead Of The Night - 12" EP - 1982 - yellow labels, no barcode
MBR 1004 - V/A - Metal Massacre II - LP - 1983 - yellow label, no barcode
MBR 1005 - Warlord - Deliver Us - MLP - 1983 - white A label/red B label, no barcode
MBR 1006 / E1006 - Savage Grace - The Dominatress - MLP - 1983 - yellow labels, no barcode
MBR 1007 / E-1007 - Bitch - Be My Slave - LP - 1983 - yellow labels, no barcode
MBR 1008 / E-1017 - V/A - Metal Massacre III - LP - 1983 - yellow labels, no barcode
MBR 1009 / E-1018 - Armored Saint - s/t - 12" EP - 1983 - yellow labels, no barcode
MBR 1010 / E-1028 - Obsession - Marshall Law - MLP - 1983 - yellow labels, no barcode
MBR 1011 / E-1029 - Witchkiller - Day Of The Saxons - MLP - 1984 - silver labels, no barcode
MBR 1012 / E-1035 - V/A - Metal Massacre IV - LP - 1983 - yellow labels, no barcode
MBR 1013 / E-1034 - Slayer - Show No Mercy - LP - 1983 - yellow labels, no barcode
MBR 1014 / E-1036 - Pandemonium - Heavy Metal Soldiers - LP - 1983 -
MBR 1015 / E-1051 - 3rd Stage Alert - s/t - MLP - 1984 - red labels, no barcode
MBR 1016 / E 0666 - Satan - Court In The Act - LP - 1984 -
MBR 1017 / E 1067 - Silver Mountain - Shakin' Brains - LP - 1984 -
MBR 1018 / E-1071 - Trouble - Assassin - 12" - 1984 - silver labels, no barcode
MBR 1019 / E-1072 - Trouble - s/t [a.k.a.] Psalm 9 - LP - 1984 - silver labels, no barcode
MBR 1020 / E-1078 - Lizzy Borden - Give 'em The Axe - MLP - 1984 - silver labels, no barcode
MBR 1021 / E-1065 - V/A - Metal Massacre V - LP - 1984 - silver labels, no barcode
MBB1 - V/A - Metal Massacre - Limited Edition Picture Disc Box - 5LP Box - 1984 -
MBR 1022 / E1080 - V/A - Total Destruction - LP - 1984 -
MBR 1023 / E-1082 - Warlord - Lost And Lonely Days - 12" - 1984 - silver labels, no barcode
MBR 1024 / E-1083 - Slayer - Haunting The Chapel - 12" EP - 1984 - silver labels, no barcode
MBR 1025 / E 1103 - Fates Warning - Night On Bröcken - LP - 1984 - 'Burning Witch' cover, beige labes w/ chain, no barcode
MBR 1026 / E-1104 - Voivod - War And Pain - LP - 1984 -
MBR 1027 / E-1105 - Omen - Battle Cry - LP - 1984 - gatefold, beige labels w/ chain, no barcode
MBR 1028 / E 1106 - Hellhammer - Apocalyptic Raids - MLP - 1984 -
MBR 1029 / E-1112 - Warlord - ...And The Cannons Of Destruction Have Begun - LP - 1984 - silver labels, no barcode
MBR 1030 / E 1113 - Mad Max - Rollin' Thunder - LP - 1984 -
MBR 1031 / E 1114 - Dark Heart - Shadows Of The Night - LP - 1984 -
MBR 1032 / E 1129 - Thrust - Fist Held High - LP - 1984 -
MBR 1033 / 72016 - Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales - LP - 1985 -
MBR 1034 / 72017 - Attacker - Battle At Helmes Deep - LP - 1985 - white labels w/ chain, no barcode
MBR 1035 / 72018 - Sye - Turn On The Fire - LP - 1985 - white labels w/ chain, no barcode
MBR 1036 / 72019 - V/A - Metal Massacre VI - LP - 1985 - white labels w/ chain, no barcode
MBR 1037 / 72015 - Slayer - Live Undead - Pic-MLP - 1985 - black boder, no barcode
MBR 1038 / 72020 - Tyrant - Legions Of The Dead - LP - 1985 - beige labels w/ chain, no barcode
MBR 1039 / 72021 - Destruction - Sentence Of Death - MLP - 1985 -
MBR 1040 / MX8020 - Slayer - Hell Awaits - LP - 1985 - green labels, no barcode
MBR 1040 / MX8020 - Slayer - Hell Awaits - LP - 1985 - white labels, no barcode
MBR 1040 / MX8020 - Slayer - Hell Awaits - LP - 1985 - white (begie?) labels w/ chain, no barcode
MBR 1040 / MX8020 - Slayer - Hell Awaits - Pic-LP - 1985 - no barcode
MBR 1041 / MX 8021 - Trouble - The Skull - LP - 1985 - white labels, no barcode
MBR 1041 / MX 8021 - Trouble - The Skull - LP - 1985 - beige labels w/ chain, no barcode
MBR 1042 / MX 8027 - Hallows Eve - Tales Of Terror - LP - 1985 - white labels, no barcode
MBR 1042 / MX 8027 - Hallows Eve - Tales Of Terror - LP - 1985 - white labels w/ chain, no barcode
MBR 1042 / MX 8027 - Hallows Eve - Tales Of Terror - LP - 1985 - beige labels w/ chain, no barcode
MBR 1043 / 72057 - Lizzy Borden - Love You To Pieces - LP - 1985 -
MBR 1044 / 72049 - Sodom - In The Sign Of Evil - MLP - 1985 -
MBR 1045 / 72058 - Hirax - Raging Violence - LP - 1985 -
MBR 1046 / MX 8028 - Nasty Savage - s/t - LP - 1985 - white labels, no barcode
MBR 1046 / MX 8028 - Nasty Savage - s/t - LP - 1985 - green labels, no barcode
MBR 1048 / 72067 - Destruction - Infernal Overkill - LP - 1985 -
MBR 1048 / 72066 - Celtic Frost - Emperors Return - MLP - 1985 -
MBR 1049 / 72072 - Mark Edwards - Code Of Honor - MLP - 1985 -
MBR 1051 / 72068 - Omen - Warning Of Danger - LP - 1985 - white labels w/ chain, barcode
MBR 1051 / 72088 - Fates Warning - The Spectre Within - LP - 1985 - white labels w/ chain, barcode
MBR 1052 / 72089 - Pandemonium - Hole In The Sky - LP - 1985 -
MBR 1053 / 72148 - Cryptic Slaughter - Convicted - LP - 1986 -
MBR 1054 / 72098 - V/A - Metal Massacre VII - LP - 1986 - beige labels w/ chain, barcode
MBR 1055 / 72099 - Bloodlust - Guilty As Sin - LP - 1986 - beige labels w/ chain, barcode
MBR 1056 / 72102 - Predator - Easy Prey - LP - 1986 -
MBR 1057 / 72114 - Sound Barrier - Speed Of Light - LP - 1986 - beige labels w/ chain, barcode
MBR 1058 / 72115 - Juggernaut - Baptism Under Fire - LP - 1986 - beige labels w/ chain, barcode
MBR 1059 / 72116 - Sentinel Beast - Depths Of Death - LP - 1986 - white labels w/ chain, barcode
MBR 1060 / 72113 - Lizzy Borden - The Murderess Metal Road Show - DLP - 1986 -
MBR 1061 / 72117 - V/A - Best Of Metal Blade Volume 1 - DLP - 1986 -
MBR 1062 / 72143 - Cirith Ungol - One Foot In Hell - LP - 1986 - beige labels w/ chain, barcode
MBR 1063 / 72130 - Flotsam & Jetsam - Doomsday For The Deciever - LP - 1986 - white labels w/ chain, barcode
MBR 1066 / 72153 - Deaf Dealer - Keeper Of The Flame - LP - 1986 - white labels w/ chain, barcode
MBR 1068 / 72159 - Sacrifice - Torment In Fire - LP - 1986 -
MBR 1068 / 72152 - Detente - Recognize No Authority - LP - 1986 -
MBR 1069 / 72165 - Krank - Hideous - LP - 1986 -
MBR 1070 / 72163 - Hallows Eve - Death & Insanity - LP - 1986 -
MBR 1071 / 72164 - Exxplorer - Symphonies Of Steel - LP - 1986 - white labels w/ chain, barcode
MBR 1072 / 72169 - Warlord - Thy Kingdom Come - LP - 1986 - white labels w/ chain, barcode
MBR 1073 / 72160 - Sodom - Obsessed By Cruelty - LP - 1986 -
MBR 1074 / 72161 - Destruction - Eternal Devatation - LP - 1986 -
MBR 1075 / 72174 - Savage Grace - After The Fall From Grace - LP - 1986 - white labels w/ chain, barcode
MBR 1076 / 72162 - Hirax - Hate, Fear And Power - MLP - 1986 -
MBR 1077 / 72171 - V/A - Speed Metal - LP - 1986 -
MBR 1079 / 72176 - Cities - Anihilation Absolute - LP - 1986 - white labels w/ chain, barcode
MBR 1080 / 72170 - Heretic - Torture Knows No Boundary - MLP - 1986 - white labels w/ chain, barcode
MBR 1081 / 72178 - V/A - Metal Massacre VIII - LP - 1986 - white labels w/ chain, barcode
MBR 1082 / 72186 - Nasty Savage - Indulgence - LP - 1987 -
88561-8148 - Liege Lord - Burn To My Touch - LP - 1987 - yellow label w/ chain, barcode
MBR 1084 / 72200 - Diamond Head - Behold The Beginning - LP - 1987 -
72241 - Candlemass - Nightfall - LP - 1988 -
ST-73224 - Lizzy Borden - Menace To Society - LP - 1986 -
ST-73230 - Omen - The Curse - LP - 1986 - yellow Enigma labels, barcode
ST-73231 - Fates Warning - Awakening The Guardian - LP - 1986 - yellow Enigma labels, barcode
SWBB-73255 - V/A - Best Of Metal Blade Volume 2 - DLP - 1987 -
ST-73256 - Bitch - The Bitch Is Back - LP - 1987 -
SQ-73254 - Lizzy Borden - Terror Rising - MLP - 1987 -
ST-73267 - Anvil - Strength Of Steel - LP - 1987 -
88561-8148-0 - Liege Lord - Cast Out/Legend - 12" - 1987 -
ST-73271 - Masi - Fire In The Rain - LP - 1987 -
SQ-73266 - Omen - Nightmares - MLP - 1987 - black/red Enigma labels, barcode
ST-73269 - Trouble - Run To The Light - LP - 1987 - black/red Enigma labels, barcode
MBR 1097 / 72215 - Juggernaut - Trouble Within - LP - 1987 - white labels w/ chain, barcode
D11G-73290 - Hallows Eve - Monument - LP - 1988 -
ST-73288 - Lizzy Borden - Visual Lies - LP - 1987 -
72217 - Slayer - Live Undead - LP - 1987 -
MBR 2001 / 72223 - Sacrifice - Forward To Termination - LP - 1987 -
72219 - Pandemonium - The Kill - LP - 1988 -
72225 - Viking - Do Or Die - LP - 1988 -
72229 - Sacrilege - Within The Prophecy - LP - 1988 -
72238 - Dead End - Ghost Of Romance - LP - 1988 -
72244 - Nasty Savage - Abstract Reality - MLP - 1988 - white razor labels, barcode
ST-73306 - Sacred Reich - Ignorance - LP - 1987 -
73310 - Omen - Escape To Nowhere - LP - 1988 -
D11G-73330 - Fates Warning - No Exit - LP/ Pic-LP - 1988 -
72246 - V/A - Metal Massacre Nine - LP - 1988 - white razor labels, barcode
D1-73318 - Betsy - s/t - LP - 1988 -
D1-73319 - V/A - The Best Of Metal Blade Volume 3 - DLP - 1988 - white razor labels, barcode
D1-73324 - Masi - Downtown Dreamers - LP - 1988 -
72287 - Taramis - Queen Of Thieves - LP - 1988 -
D1-73304 - D.R.I. - 4 Of A Kind - LP - 1988 -
72295 - Candlemass - At The Gallow's End - 12" - 1988 - white razor labels, barcode
MBR 11110 - Banshee - Cry In The Night - MLP - 1988 -
72272 - Heretic - Breaking Point - LP - 1988 - white razor labels, barcode
72268 - Liege Lord - Master Control - LP - 1988 - white razor labels, barcode
72310 - Armored Saint - Saints Will Conquer - MLP - 1988 -
72297 - Slayer - Hell Awaits - LP - 1988 -
72334 - Dead End - Shámbara - LP - 1988 -
73336 - Anvil - Pound For Pound - LP - 1988 -
73353 - V/A - Black Roses - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - LP - 1988 -
73359 - Sacred Reich - Surf Nicaragua - MLP - 1988 -
72290 - Helstar - A Distant Thunder - LP - 1986 -
73403 - Helstar - A Distant Thunder - LP - 1986 - white razor labels, barcode (no-lightning version)
73400 - Tattoo - Blood Red - LP - 1988 -
73340 - Candlemass - Ancient Dreams - LP - 1988 -
75903 - D.R.I. - Live At The Ritz - VHS - 1988 -
73401 - D.R.I. - Dealing With It - LP - 1989 -
73402 - D.R.I. - Crossover - LP - 1989 -
72404 - V/A - Street Survivors - LP - 1989 -
73406 - Goo Goo Dolls - Jed - LP - 1989 -
73411 - Sacred Reich - Surf Nicaragua - Pic-MLP - 1989 -
73404 - UFO - Ain't Misbehavin' - MLP - 1989 -
73405 - Artch - Another Return To Church Hill - LP - 1989 -
72405 - Sacrilege - Turn Back Trilobite - LP - 1989 -
73410 - Alex Masi - Attack Of The Neon Shark - LP - 1989 -
72417 - Circus Of Power - Still Alive - LP - 1989 -
CAROL 1380 - Tattooed Love Boys - Bleeding Hearts And Needle Marks - LP - 1989 -
C1-91690 - Heir Apparent - One Small Voice - LP - 1989 -
72418 - Little Ceasar - Name Your Poison - MLP - 1989 -
73413 - Lizzy Borden - Master Of Disguise - LP - 1989 -
CAROL 1396 - Viking - Man Of Straw - LP - 1989 -
C1-92584 - Princess Pang - s/t - LP - 1989 -
72416 - Intruder - A Higher Form Of Killing - LP - 1989 -
73408 - Fates Warning - Perfect Symmetry - LP - 1989 -
72421 - The Junk Monkeys - Soul Cakes - LP - 1989 -
72402 - Crisis Party - Rude Awakening - LP - 1989 -
72423 - Rigor Mortis - Freaks - MLP - 1989 - white razor labels, barcode
73407 - D.R.I. - Thrash Zone - LP - 1989 -
73417 - Candlemass - Tales Of Creation - LP - 1990 -

So far I've only used my collection as souce. Will do some picture-googling in the following days/weeks...
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Re: Pressing variatons pt. 2: METAL BLADE

Post#2 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:55 pm

These are not on your list (some others I have are the same, no variations from my side)
Omen - Battle Cry LP / Silver labels, no barcode
Omen - Escape to Nowhere / yellow labels, barcode
Fates Warning - Perfect Symmetry / Yellow labels/Enigma logo, barcode
Fates Warning - Awaken the Guardian / yellow Metal Blade labels, barcode
Anvil - Strength of Steel / black-red Enigma/Metal Blade labels, barcode
Anvil - Pound for Pound / white labels/Enigma logo, barcode
Thrust - Fist held High / Silver labels, no barcode
Candlemass - Nightfall / white chain labels, barcode
Candlemass - Ancient Dreams / white labels, Enigma logo, barcode

May I suggest to upload the different type of labels (I dont have a scanner but they can easily be found on discogs) so we dont describe colors and just "add" the type of the existing and common labels?
These are the ones that were handy at the moment... I have more MB pressings, I just need some more time to check

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Post#3 » Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:33 am

These are the most common label variations:
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Varies from yellowish, almost white to light yellow
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Varies from white to light gray
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Post#4 » Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:37 pm

DaN wrote:MBR 1002 - Bitch - Damnation Alley - MLP - 1982 - white labels, no barcode
There is an alternate version of this with brown labels. Also, the outer sleeve has red letters instead of black/white on the front, back, and spine, and it doesn't come with an insert. I believe the white label version is the original pressing.
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Post#5 » Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:30 am

Let it not be said I never finish what I've started. After spending a ridiculous amount of hours on googling label pictures and catalogue numbers I've finally finished the pressing variations-guide for the Metal Blade label page.
The Corroseum wrote:The payoff for this in-depth nerdery is that we can 1. distinguish which version was the absolute, one-and-only, proper First Pressing of these classics, 2. see how many versions exist and 3. get an idea of in which order they were released and when.
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Post#6 » Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:49 am

DaN wrote:Let it not be said I never finish what I've started. After spending a ridiculous amount of hours on googling label pictures and catalogue numbers I've finally finished the pressing variations-guide for the Metal Blade label page.
The Corroseum wrote:The payoff for this in-depth nerdery is that we can 1. distinguish which version was the absolute, one-and-only, proper First Pressing of these classics, 2. see how many versions exist and 3. get an idea of in which order they were released and when.
Excellent work, professor! and I mean that in the most positive way possible. IMHO, you should add some later releases anyway.
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Post#7 » Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:26 am

Noisenik wrote:Excellent work, professor! and I mean that in the most positive way possible. IMHO, you should add some later releases anyway.
Thanx Nenad! Ending the list at the last vinyl (Candlemass' "Tales..") makes sense for several reasons. If you look at this list, starting with 1990 there's mostly reissues, license pressings and mediocre 2nd gen thrash, and all of them are CD only. I don't think I will dig any further into MB - there's too many other labels that need the pressings-treatment.
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Post#8 » Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:45 pm

DaN wrote:
Noisenik wrote:Excellent work, professor! and I mean that in the most positive way possible. IMHO, you should add some later releases anyway.
Thanx Nenad! Ending the list at the last vinyl (Candlemass' "Tales..") makes sense for several reasons. If you look at this list, starting with 1990 there's mostly reissues, license pressings and mediocre 2nd gen thrash, and all of them are CD only. I don't think I will dig any further into MB - there's too many other labels that need the pressings-treatment.
wonder which you will delve into next. + a few are still missing.

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Post#9 » Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:23 pm

Noisenik wrote:
DaN wrote:
Noisenik wrote:Excellent work, professor! and I mean that in the most positive way possible. IMHO, you should add some later releases anyway.
Thanx Nenad! Ending the list at the last vinyl (Candlemass' "Tales..") makes sense for several reasons. If you look at this list, starting with 1990 there's mostly reissues, license pressings and mediocre 2nd gen thrash, and all of them are CD only. I don't think I will dig any further into MB - there's too many other labels that need the pressings-treatment.
wonder which you will delve into next. + a few are still missing.

btw., I sent you pm.
Oops, pm answered.

...and I've basically finished updating another smaller label. Stay tuned...


About Metal Blade pressing oddities, I wonder if anyone has seen this one before:
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Just a tiny curio for the die-hard WARLORD-collector I guess. (it's the only copy I've ever seen with an inverted label)
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