If I never have to look at an octagon-shaped picture disc again it will be too soon...

I think it was one of the discogs.com-founders who once wrote something along the lines of how "the problem with cataloguing music is that its major purpouse wasn't to be catalogued in the first place". Never did this ring so true as when you're up against the infamous Azra Records. The absurd amount of variations of various shapes and picture discs - often with editions down to a dozen or two - makes indexing their output a damn near impossible task. Add to this the absence of a coherrent catalogue number system, umpfteen sublabels and conflicting sources as to the year of release.

Still, they're +50% Metal and definitely on many 80's Metal collectors' radars, so I pretty much didn't have a choice to finally take them on, especially since as I'm writing this, Azra remains one of the last large holes on The Corroseum Metal Labels Index. While making this page I've also updated the pages of their metallic sublabels:


All Azra-related pages now include pictures and info on all known pic/shape-variations. I normally don't go into such level of detail with the label pages, but since these variations is such a trademark and integral part of the Azra-phenomenon it felt important to go the extra mile this time. Obviously these lists are far from complete, so as always all additional info is welcomed, especially if you have pictures of missing/unconfirmed releases.

The Azra Records motherlabel

So what about the Azra Records motherlabel itself? Well, what little info I've scraped together looks like this: It was started by David Thomas Richards, an employee of Erika Records in the late 70's. Already from the start the focus seem to have been on 'novelty' items - colored vinyl, shaped picture discs etc. Rumor has it the shape-oddities were pressed at the Erika pressing plant at night and later cut down by D.T.R. himself, d.i.y-style. Most Metal and Hard Rock releases was put out on the above-mentioned imprints, but plenty of on-topic stuffs also appeared on the more eclectic motherlabel (the reasoning behind which band would end up on which label is still a mystery to me). "But is it a good Metal label?" you ask? Well, um.. there's certainly some hidden diamonds in the rough to be found, but metalwise Iron Works is probably the A-label in the Azra-family.

About the list

At the moment this is not quite yet the be-all/end-all mother of all Azra discographies and here's why: What exactly constitutes a 'proper' Azra Records release is an unusually fuzzy distinction and at first I figured I either had to include everything with the name Azra attached to it, or not make a list at all. I later realized it would be a terribly boring read for a Metal-collector audience (and an even bigger shitload of work) so I once again went for the complicated middle-ground. Let's start with listing what kind of material I've chosen to include:

What this list does NOT include:

I also want to point out that the order in which the titles are listed will in all likelyhood not correspond with the order in which they were released. Any way one handles it, the cat#-chaos combined with the year-of-release mysteries will result in a list much messier than we're used to here. An example is how some inserts of JAG PANZER's "Death Row" EP refers to the "Tyrants" MLP as 'just released' while others mention it as 'upcoming'. In other words: please take the Year-column in the list with a pinch of salt.

Creds!

Finally I need to give some extra-special credits to my two main sources:

Tim "Nightcoaster" Murphy's shaped vinyl page
This has pretty much been my facit when putting together these lists. Most versions listed as 'Unconfirmed' are very rare items only mentioned on Tim's incredibly extensive page. (I must stress that while I do tag them 'unconfirmed' they do in all likelyhood exist, it's just that I'm missing that last, definitive 100% picture-proof of it.)

tbieri's Azra-lists at RateYourMusic
T.B.'s mighy impressive lists over at RYM goes even deeper into the Azra-jungle. For larger pictures, some back-pics, insert scans etc, this is the place to visit.


Cover  Cat#          Artist                   Title            Format   Year                     Comment                    
51549 Centaurus s/t LP 1978 Borderline Metal? Hard Rock.

Clear vinyl.
- Centaurus s/t Pic-LP 1978 In custom die-cut sleeve.
DR 101 V/A Hollywood Pic-EP 1978 Not Metal, some HR at best..

Featuring:
Centaurus, Mad Man Mac, Kevin Vidal, Bill, Watermark and Whistler's Brother.
- Lady Live Show Tigers / Iggy Shape EP 1980 Blob shape, green vinyl.
- Lady Live Show Tigers / Iggy Shape Pic-EP 1980 Custom shape. Angel motif.

Credited to Baroness Records.
- Lady Live Show Tigers / Iggy Shape Pic-EP 1980 Rectangle shape. Angel motif.

Credited to Baroness Records.
- Lady Live Show Tigers / Iggy Shape Pic-EP 1980 Hexagon shape. Angel motif.

Credited to Baroness Records.
Unconfirmed version(s): ? Lady Live Show Tigers / Iggy Shape EP 1980 Square, octagon.
DTNP5 Nick Paine Solid State Shape 5" 1981 Not Metal. New Wave from the former guitarist/vocalist of Centaurus.

Black octagon or red hexagon in a 7" sleeve.
12-880 Funeral s/t MLP 1981 Not Metal. Punk rock.
JC 102 John Crispino & C.A.T. Bad Night / The Kids Fired Up Pic-7" 1981 Not Metal. Hard Rock?

Cat motif, red.

Co-credited to Oddity Records (insert) and Rockaway Records (back).

JC 102 John Crispino & C.A.T. Bad Night / The Kids Fired Up Pic-7" 1981 Cat motif, white.

Oddity Records and Azra Records credits on the back.

At least 3 different back designs exist with this version.

Unconfirmed version(s): JC 102 John Crispino & C.A.T. Bad Night / The Kids Fired Up Pic-7"? 1981 Blue vinyl.
JC 102 John Crispino & C.A.T. Bad Night Pic-7" Flexi 1981 A 1-sided, plastic-covered cardboard flexi-type thing.

JC 58817 John Crispino & C.A.T. Mad Man Jack Shape Pic-EP 1981 Not Metal. Hard Rock?

On Erika Records, with copyright credits to Azra.
(Still listed here since the artist had a previous release on Azra.)
? John Crispino & C.A.T. Mad Man Jack Shape EP 1981 Football shape, brown vinyl.
? John Crispino & C.A.T. Mad Man Jack Shape EP 1981 Oval shape, brown vinyl.
? John Crispino & C.A.T. Mad Man Jack Shape EP 1981 Football helmet shape, brown vinyl.
Unconfirmed version(s): ? John Crispino & C.A.T. Mad Man Jack Shape EP 1981 Square, rectangle, Octagon, hexagon, heart, star, 3 different 'irregular' shapes.
PS 101 Perfect Stranger Drive My Car Shape EP 1981 Not Metal. Beatles-cover.

Car shape.
PS 101 Perfect Stranger Drive My Car Shape EP 1981 Car shape, red vinyl
PS 101 Perfect Stranger Drive My Car Shape EP 1981 Car shape, white vinyl.
PS 101 Perfect Stranger Drive My Car Shape EP 1981 Square shape.
Unconfirmed version(s): PS 101 Perfect Stranger Drive My Car Shape EP 1981 Clear vinyl car, clear square, large square, octagon, star.
PS 103 Perfect Stranger s/t Pic 12" 1981 Not Metal. ??
? Perfect Stranger Satellite / 411 Shape Pic-EP 1981? Not Metal. ??
7131 Rise Tuff Town Tour 81-82 7" 1981 Not Metal. Punk.
Unconfirmed version(s): AZ7131 Rise Be Together Again Shape EP 1981 1-song version.

Octagon shape.
- Witch Hazel And The Warlocks Trick Or Treat / Second Weird Sister's Recipe Pic-7" 1982 Not Metal. Novelty.

Co-credited to Erika Records.
SWST-1001 The Surf Raiders Raiders Of The Lost Surf LP 1982 Not Metal. Surf rock.
Co-credited to Surf Wax Records.
Blue vinyl.

These guys also had a number of shaped pic-EPs out, some co-credited to Azra, but mostly w/ Erika-creds. And off-topic.
DTR-042 V/A Warriors LP 1982 Not Metal. Southern rock, aor, hard rock etc..

Orange vinyl.

More info here.


DTR-624 V/A Warriors Pic-LP 1982 Not Metal. Southern rock, aor, hard rock etc..

More info here.


DTR-050 Special Forces Tools Of The Trade MLP 1982 1-sided.
DTR-050 Special Forces Tools Of The Trade Pic-MLP 1982 1-sided.
Unconfirmed version(s): DTR-050 Special Forces Three Day Girl Shape EP 1982 1-sided.

Octagon shape.
M45-52 Aircraft Becky / Rock Heart Shape Pic-EP 1982 Not Metal. ??

Square shape. "With Compliments" motif.


? Aircraft Becky / Rock Heart Shape Pic-EP 1982 Square shape. "This is a record.." motif.
? Aircraft Becky / Rock Heart Shape Pic-EP 1982 Square shape. Hollywood motif.
Unconfirmed version(s): ? Aircraft Becky / Rock Heart Shape EP 1982 Heart shape.
053 Nu/Imij Model T.A. / I'd Walk An Indoor Mile Pic-7" 1982 Not Metal. Pop.

B/w line-up motif.
053 Nu/Imij Model T.A. / I'd Walk An Indoor Mile Pic-7" 1982 B/w/yellow line-up motif.
053 Nu/Imij Model T.A. / I'd Walk An Indoor Mile Pic-7" 1982 B/w/blue line-up motif.
DTR-063 Zak Daniels Ground Zero Pic-12" 1983 Not Metal. Hard/glam rock.
DTR 64 Vixen Made In Hawaii MLP 1983 1-sided.

Black and blue vinyl versions.
DTR 64 Vixen Made In Hawaii Pic-MLP 1983 1-sided.
DTR 64 Vixen Made In Hawaii Box 1983 Includes the Pic-LP, info sheet, promo photo and numbered certificate.

...and yes, that's a completely black box. The MLP front and back sleeves are pasted on the inside of the top and bottom halves of the box.
? The Greg Leon Invasion s/t Pic-LP 1983  
S 067 Cassle Midnight Fantasy Shape Pic-EP 1983 It's unfortunate that the whole EP isn't as hauntingly great as this 7+ min, 70's prog-tinged Horror Metal number. Death SS + Goblin = true.

Square shape. Spider web motif.
Unconfirmed version(s): S 067 Cassle Midnight Fantasy Shape EP 1983 Square (no pic), rectangle, octagon.
QB-1 /
S-11185
Queen Bitch s/t Pic-MLP 1983 No Azra-credits on this semi-private, but the "D.T. DID IT" etching + familiar front art and general design makes it worth a mention here.
010 Jag Panzer s/t
a.k.a
Tyrants
MLP 1983  
010 Jag Panzer s/t
a.k.a
Tyrants
Pic-LP 1983 Black B-side and white B-side versions exists. The white version is actually made on transparent vinyl, the white being the back side of the picture film.
DTR-007 Jag Panzer Death Row Shape Pic-EP 1983 1-sided promo.

Square shape. Monster & man motif.
DTR-007 Jag Panzer Death Row Shape Pic-EP 1983 Custom shape. Monster & man motif.
DTR-007 Jag Panzer Death Row Pic-7" 1983 "Tyrants" MLP motif.
DTR-007 Jag Panzer Death Row Shape Pic-EP 1983

Bottle shape. "Tyrants" MLP motif.

DTR-007 Jag Panzer Death Row Pic-12" 1983

Uncut bottle shape. "Tyrants" MLP motif.

DTR-007 Jag Panzer Death Row Shape Pic-EP 1983 Square shape. Beheading motif.
DTR-007 Jag Panzer Death Row Shape Pic-EP 1983 Square shape. Beheading motif w/ bloody axe.
DTR-007 Jag Panzer Death Row Shape Pic-EP 1983 Custom shape. Beheading motif.
DTR-007 Jag Panzer Death Row Shape Pic-EP 1983 Gravestone shape. Tetley & The Tyrant motif.

This and the one below were somethimes distributed as a set.
DTR-007 Jag Panzer Death Row Shape Pic-EP 1983

Gravestone shape. Briody & Hilyard motif.

DTR-007 Jag Panzer Death Row Shape Pic-EP 1983 Square shape. Tetley & The Tyrant motif.

This and the one below was somethimes distributed as a set.
DTR-007 Jag Panzer Death Row Shape Pic-EP 1983 Square shape. Briody & Hilyard motif.

(The cut may differ slightly on these, with some copies being close to rectangular rather than square)
DTR-007 Jag Panzer Death Row Shape EP 1983 Square shape.

Regular silver label, white label test press and red label test press variations exist.
DTR-007 Jag Panzer Death Row Shape EP 1983 Heart shape.

Regular silver label, white label test press and red label test press variations exist.
DTR-007 Jag Panzer Death Row 12" 1983 Black 12" vinyl with 7" etching, a.k.a. uncut shape.
Unconfirmed version(s): DTR-007 Jag Panzer Death Row Shape EP 1983 Blob, star, Briody & Hilyard uncut shape.
DTR 9-6 Michael Edwards You Oughta Be In Pictures Shape Pic-EP 1983 Probably not Metal. ???

Clapboard shape & motif.
DTR 9-6 Michael Edwards You Oughta Be In Pictures Shape Pic-EP 1983 Star shape. Hollywood motif.
112 NO-Y-Z Sheer Electronic Din Pic-LP 1983 Not Metal. Electronic/experimental.
DTR 114 Cassle s/t MLP 1983 Supposedly 25 promo copies exist. Generic black sleeve w/ hand-written white labels.

100 original stock copies were later bought, repackaged and sold with a numbered, pro-printed sleeve in 1997 by an anonymous 3rd party.
119 The Megatones Don't Drop The Bomb (On My Boyfriend) Pic-8" 1983 Not Metal. Pop.

Anti-bomb motif, white vinyl.
119 The Megatones Don't Drop The Bomb (On My Boyfriend) / The Brezhnev Boogie Pic-8" 1983 Anti-bomb motif, blue vinyl.
119 The Megatones Don't Drop The Bomb (On My Boyfriend) / The Brezhnev Boogie Shape Pic-EP 1983 Hexagon shape. Anti-bomb motif.
119 The Megatones Don't Drop The Bomb (On My Boyfriend) / The Brezhnev Boogie Shape Pic-EP 1983 Square w/ cut corners shape. Map motif.
119 The Megatones Don't Drop The Bomb (On My Boyfriend) / The Brezhnev Boogie
[a.k.a.]
The World Of The Megatones
Pic-8" 1983 Earth motif.

"1 of 12" according to front art.
Unconfirmed version(s): 119 The Megatones Don't Drop The Bomb (On My Boyfriend) / The Brezhnev Boogie Shape EP 1983 Square, blob, octagon, hexagon.
1129 /
1130
Sin On The Run / Captured In Time Shape Pic-EP 1983 Custom shape. Snake-logo motif w/ black border.

(The sometimes seen brown version is most likely a discolored copy of this release)

1129 is etched in the runout grooves, while 1130 is mentioned as cat# on the insert.
1129 /
1130
Sin On The Run / Captured In Time Shape Pic-EP 1983 Custom shape. Snake-logo motif w/ brown(gold?) border.

1129 /
1130
Sin On The Run / Captured In Time Shape EP 1983 Heart shape.

White label w/out logo and Condor Classix-credit version also exists.
1129 /
1130
Sin On The Run / Captured In Time Shape EP 1983 Square shape.
1129 /
1130
Sin On The Run / Captured In Time Shape EP 1983 Square w/ cut corners shape.
1129 /
1130
Sin On The Run / Captured In Time Shape EP 1983 Hexagram shape.
1129 /
1130
Sin On The Run / Captured In Time Shape EP 1983 Pentagram shape.
1129 /
1130
Sin On The Run / Captured In Time Shape EP 1983 Rectangular octagon shape.
Unconfirmed version(s): 1129 /
1130
Sin On The Run / Captured In Time Shape EP 1983 Star shape, yellow vinyl.
CC-101 Ken Glaser Vicious Circles / Textures Of Cats Shape Pic-EP 1984 Not Metal. Alternative/electro?

Hexagon shape. Spider web motif.
CC-101 Ken Glaser Vicious Circles / Textures Of Cats Shape EP 1984 Square shape.
CC-101 Ken Glaser Vicious Circles / Textures Of Cats Shape EP 1984 Square w/ cut corners shape.
CC-101 Ken Glaser Vicious Circles / Textures Of Cats Shape EP 1984 Rectangle shape, maroon red vinyl.
CC-101 Ken Glaser Vicious Circles / Textures Of Cats Shape EP 1984 Heart shape, maroon red vinyl.
Unconfirmed version(s): CC-101 Ken Glaser Vicious Circles / Textures Of Cats Shape/ Pic-EP 1984 Square shape w/ cat motif (9 different versions), octagon, blob.
A 8404(?) Kronen Children Of Steel Shape Pic-EP 1984 1-sided.

Square/rectangular shape(?). Girl by blinds motif.
A 8408 Kronen Wasted MLP 1984  
WW 429[?] David La Duke's Sinbad s/t LP 1985  
HUR S-1 Knightmare II Razor Love / Metal Massacre Shape EP 1985 No mention of Azra or its sublabels on the record, but the insert says "Marketed By: Azra Records" + it bears all the Azra trademarks so it's without a doubt a D.T. Richards product.

Square shape. Rod motif.
HUR S-1 Knightmare II Razor Love / Metal Massacre Shape EP 1985 Octagon shape. Rod motif.
HUR S-1 Knightmare II Razor Love / Metal Massacre Shape EP 1985 Square w/ cut corners shape.
HUR S-1 Knightmare II Razor Love / Metal Massacre Shape EP 1985 Bat shape.
Unconfirmed version(s): HUR S-1 Knightmare II Razor Love / Metal Massacre Shape EP 1985 Octagon shape (no pic).
A-8505 Kery Doll 'Til Death Do Us Part Pic-MLP 1985 Credited to Krypt Kicker Records but with the same contact adress as Azra + of typical Azra/Iron Works design.

Surprisingly nwobhm'y stuffs, maybe w/ a touch fo M.Crüe's most Metallic moments from "Shout.." and on the same level of dumbed-downness, but by doG I like it!
A-2086 Cold September Looking Up At Them At Me LP 1986 Not Metal. Goth.
A 2086 A Pro Cold September Looking Up At Them At Me / Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte Shape EP 1986 Octagon shape, white vinyl.
Unconfirmed version(s): A 2086 A Pro Cold September Looking Up At Them At Me / Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte Shape EP 1986 Black octagon, irregular.
ANG31088 Angeles Give It Up LP 1986  
TE 2001 Sabotage Behind The Lines LP 1986 On sublabel Trans-Euro Records, with marketing credits to Azra International on the back.
T E 2002 Sabotage Heroes Of The Grave / Warmachine Shape EP 1986 On sublabel Trans-Euro Records, with marketing credits to Condor Classix, another Azra off-shot.

Gravestone shape and motif.
T E 2002 Sabotage Heroes Of The Grave / Warmachine Shape EP 1986 Custom shape. Ghost motif.
T E 2002 Sabotage Warmachine / Heroes Of The Grave Shape EP 1986 With credits to Condor Classix.

Heart shape.
T E 2002 Sabotage Warmachine / Heroes Of The Grave Shape EP 1986 With credits to Trans-Euro Records and Condor Classix.

Blob shape.
T E 2002 Sabotage Warmachine / Heroes Of The Grave Shape EP 1986 With credits to Trans-Euro Records and Condor Classix.

Tombstone shape.
? Sabotage Warmachine / Heroes Of The Grave Shape EP 1986 Octagon shape, green-tinted clear vinyl.
? Sabotage Warmachine / Heroes Of The Grave Shape EP 1986 Square shape, green-tinted clear vinyl.
Unconfirmed version(s): ? Sabotage Warmachine / Heroes Of The Grave Shape EP 1986 Star, black square, black octagon, black square w/ cut corners, white square w/ cut corners.
A Z 615 Dizzy Bitch In The Pink MLP 1986 Musically it's not as funny as it looks, just your ordinary awful glammy hard rock.

Red vinyl.
Unconfirmed version(s): AZ 615 Dizzy Bitch Rock With Me Shape Pic-EP 1986 "Irregular" shaped 1-sided Pic-EP.
Unconfirmed version(s): AZ 615 Dizzy Bitch Rock With Me / Going Down Shape EP 1986 Blob, Octagon.
? Ruby Topaz All Brand New  LP 1986 Test-pressing only.

...though I'm not entirely sure they would qualify as Metal. Rumored to be glam/HR.
RE 001 Arsynal Mean Line / You Think It's Love Shape EP 1987 Box version w/ 4-page folder insert and square w/ cut corners shape inside.

Credited to Razor's Edge Records, but with "D.T. DIT IT" etching and the B side was featured on Iron Work's "Slaves To Rock" compilation.
RE 001 Arsynal Mean Line / You Think It's Love Shape EP 1987 Square w/ cut corners shape.
RE 001 Arsynal Mean Line / You Think It's Love Shape EP 1987 Heart shape.
Unconfirmed version(s): RE 001 Arsynal Mean Line / You Think It's Love Shape EP 1987 Black square, clear square, octagon, blob, pumpkin.
A 15 Leviathan Sandy Jean Shape Pic-EP 1987 Square shape. Band motif.
Same track on both sides.

Neither that frightfully 'hairy' nor that terribly metallic, it's amateurish but quite action-packed Hard Rock, alas with little replay value.
A 15 Leviathan Sandy Jean Shape Pic-EP 1987 Rectangular shape. Girl motif.
A 15 Leviathan Sandy Jean Shape Pic-EP 1987 Texas shape. Band motif.
A 15 Leviathan Sandy Jean Shape Pic-EP 1987 Heart shape. Band motif.
A 15 Leviathan Sandy Jean Shape EP 1987 Triangle w/ cut corners shape.
A 15 Leviathan Sandy Jean Shape EP 1987 Heart shape.

Co-credited to Condor Classix.
Unconfirmed version(s): A 15 Leviathan Sandy Jean Shape EP 1987 Square (no picture), octagon, blob.
A 017 Spyder No Reason For War / Money Shape Pic-EP 198? Not Metal. Ballad?

Rectangular octagon shape. Fist motif.
A 017 Spyder No Reason For War / Money Shape Pic-EP 198? Rectagle shape. Fist motif.
A 017 Spyder No Reason For War / Money Shape EP 198? Square shape.
Unconfirmed version(s): A 017 Spyder No Reason For War / Money Shape/ Pic-EP 198? Hexagon w/ fist pic, round blob, oval blob.
A 018 All Points Bulletin Dream Lover / Because Of You Shape Pic-EP 1989 Not Metal. Pop?

Star shape. Line-up motif.
A 018 All Points Bulletin Dream Lover / Because Of You Shape EP 1989 Bird shape.
A 018 All Points Bulletin Dream Lover / Because Of You Shape EP 1989 Heart shape.
Unconfirmed version(s): A 018 All Points Bulletin Dream Lover / Because Of You LP 1989 Square, irregular, small octagon, large octagon.
A 19 Mighty Wrath White Lady / He Died Alone Shape Pic-EP 1989 Almost qualifying as a Hidden Gem, Mighty Wrath's charming demo-Steel might not rewrite US Metal history but it's definitely one of the more interesting releases on 'Mother'-Azra, sporting a heavy 'private pressing'-vibe a la Dark Knight, Thatcher, Xcel etc..

Square shape. Valkyrias motif.
A 19 Mighty Wrath White Lady / He Died Alone Shape Pic-EP 1989 Square shape. Band motif.
A 19 Mighty Wrath He Died Alone / Lady In White Shape EP 1989 Pentagram shape.

A pink-shaded label version also exists.
A 19 Mighty Wrath He Died Alone / Lady In White Shape EP 1989 Octagon shape.
A 19 Mighty Wrath He Died Alone / Lady In White Shape EP 1989 Shield shape.
Unconfirmed version(s): A 19 Mighty Wrath He Died Alone / White Lady Shape/
Pic- EP
1989 Square, weapon, cross, blob, large octagon w/ holes.
Unconfirmed version(s): A/I PRO 87 V/A Merry Xmas Shape EP 1987 Apparently an Xmas special greetings promo featuring various Azra (unknown) artists.

Square, rectangle, octagon, triangle, Christmas tree, blob, flat-iron, Texas, round with arrow.
- Gallow's Pole In Rock We Trust Pic-LP 1987 Originally on the Austrian chapter of CBS Records in 1982.
A 4086 Lixx Array s/t MLP 1987  
Unconfirmed version(s): A 4086 Lixx Array I'm The One Shape EP 1987 Octagon shape.
A 8505 Anaconda Silent Rage Pic-MLP 1987 Probably the most underrated release on the label. Bare-bones US Power/Heavy with plendy of drive and I could probably play "Thousand Rains" a thousand times without getting tired of it.

Logo motif.
A 8505 Anaconda Silent Rage Pic-MLP 1987 Snake motif.
RR-PDI Graven Image Warn The Children Pic-EP 1987 No formal Azra-credit found on the record, but it carries the "D.T." etching + it was featured on contemporary Azra/Iron Works' distro-lists.
A 26 Final Assault Final Assault / Messenger Of God Shape Pic-EP 1987 You're pretty much left without a choice to ignore the annoying, warbling, nasal vocals and rough demo-mix because musically this is tötal kült US Steel in the finest Heathen's Rage/Jag Panzer/Overlorde-tradition with a somewhat ironic (I think they're white metal..) but always welcomed touch of M.Fate.

Custom shape. Scroll motif.
- Final Assault Final Assault / Messenger Of God Shape Pic-EP 1987 Rectangle shape. F.A./cross motif.
- Final Assault Final Assault / Messenger Of God Shape EP 1987 Heart shape.
Unconfirmed version(s): ? Final Assault Final Assault / Messenger Of God Shape EP 1987 Square, christmas tree, christmas tree w/ trunk.
A 27 Mersinary Choose Death Pic-MLP 1987 Die-cut sleeve. Co-credited to Iron Works.

Review
A 27 Mersinary Choose Death Pic-MLP 1987 It's possible this version was white originally and have yellowed with time - we've seen this on plenty of old Azra-pics..
A 28 Stiletto Blame It On Youth LP 1987 It's no surprise this album has been severely slagged, but other than being quite bad it's a pretty entertaining and original rock record. Kinda streetsy, semi-wavy hard rock/sleeze metal that at least makes me smile on occation...
Unconfirmed version(s): A 28 Stiletto Blame It On Youth / Vicious Bitch Shape EP 1987 Octagon shape.
A 29 Fortress s/t LP 1987  
A 29 Fortress Double Trouble Shape Pic-EP 1987 1-sided.

Rectangular shape. Band motif.
Unconfirmed version(s): A 29 Fortress Double Trouble / Ride On The Wind Shape EP 1987 Octagon shape.
A 30 V/A Metalgon Shape Pic-EP 1987 Hexagon shape. Knight motif.

More info here.
- V/A Metalgon Shape EP 1987 Octagon shape.

A pink-shaded label version also exists.
A 30 V/A Metalgon Shape EP 1987 Blob shape.
Unconfirmed version(s): A 30 V/A Metalgon Shape EP 1987 Smaller blob shape.
- Axemaster / Mars Taste A New Metal Menu Shape Pic-EP 1987 Square w/ rounded corners shape. Monk w/ tea motif.

(This and the similar releases below are basically side A of Metalgon, with side B left blank.)
- Axemaster / Mars Le Menu Shape EP 1987 Blob shape.

Co-credited to Condor Classix.
- Axemaster / Mars Underground Metal Shape EP 1987 Hexagon shape.

Co-credited to Condor Classix.
- Axemaster / Mars Underground Metal Shape EP 1987 Hexagon w/ round edges shape.

Co-credited to Condor Classix.
Unconfirmed version(s): - Axemaster / Mars Le Menu Shape EP 1987 Octagon shape.
A 031 Mars Metaldrone MLP 1987 It's hard to put a finger on why I like this mini so much. It's just so... likeable! The title track rules, "Ash Tuesday" is quite the epic, but even the rest of the fillers have plenty of X-factor to go around.
Unconfirmed version(s): A 031 Mars Metaldrone / Damnation Shape EP 1987 Octagon, blob.
A 32 Bobby Speed & The Amenders Nightmares / Diane Shape Pic-EP 1988 Square w/ cut corners shape. Well digger motif.
A 32 Bobby Speed & The Amenders Nightmares / Diane Pic 12" 1988 Uncut square shape. Well digger motif.
A 32 Bobby Speed & The Amenders Nightmares / Diane Shape Pic-EP 1988 Rectangle shape. Logo motif.
A 32 Bobby Speed & The Amenders Nightmares / Diane Shape Pic-EP 1988 Rectangular hexagon shape. Logo motif.
A 32 Bobby Speed & The Amenders Nightmares / Diane Pic-12" 1988 Uncut rectangular hexagon shape. Logo motif.
A 32 Bobby Speed & The Amenders Nightmares / Diane Shape EP 1988 Square shape.
A 32 Bobby Speed & The Amenders Nightmares / Diane Shape EP 1988 Heart shape, white vinyl.
Unconfirmed version(s): A 32 Bobby Speed & The Amenders Nightmares / Diane Shape EP 1988 Octagon shape.
A 33 Axemaster Blessing In The Skies LP 1988 Heavy, crunchy US Metal with raw & mean vocals should mean love at first listen for me, but I'm afraid most songs fly by without making much of a mark. Works best as background music for tedious everyday tasks, like making transparent .png's of shaped picture discs in photoshop and whatnot...
A 33 Axemaster Slave To The Blade / The Predator Shape Pic-EP 1988 Custom shape. Castle motif.
Unconfirmed version(s): A 33 Axemaster Without A Trace / The Predator Shape EP 1988 Octagon shape.
A 34 Axemaster Crusades / Warrior
[a.k.a.]
"The Vision"
Shape Pic-EP 1988 Diamond shape. Mushroom cloud w/ monster motif.
A 34 Axemaster Crusades / Warrior
[a.k.a.]
"The Vision"
Shape Pic-EP 1988 Custom shape. Mushroom cloud w/ monster motif.
A 34 Axemaster Crusades / Warrior
[a.k.a.]
"The Vision"
Pic-EP 1988 Uncut custom shape. Mushroom cloud w/ monster motif.
A 34 Axemaster Crusades / Warrior Shape Pic-EP 1987? Rectangle w/ rounded corners shape. Warriors motif.
A 34 Axemaster Crusades / Warrior Pic-EP 1987? Uncut rectangle w/ rounded corners shape. Warriors motif.
A 34 Axemaster Crusades / Warrior Pic-EP 1987? Rectangle shape. Warriors motif.
? Axemaster Crusades / Warrior Shaped Pic-EP 1988 Custom shape. Dungeon motif.

(A 1-song version w/ "Crusades" only is also rumored to exist. Confirmation needed!)
? Axemaster Crusades / Warrior Pic-EP 1988 Uncut custom shape. Dungeon motif.

(A 1-song version w/ "Crusades" only is also rumored to exist. Confirmation needed!)
- Axemaster Warrior / Crusades Shape EP 198? Heart shape.
A 34 Axemaster Crusades / Warrior Shape EP 198? Octagon shape.

White and red labels exist.
A 34 Axemaster Crusades / Warrior Shape EP 198? Square shape.

White label with song titles and white label with "The Vision" title also exist.
A 34 Axemaster Crusades / Warrior Shape EP 1987? Blob shape.
? Axemaster Crusades / Warrior Shape EP 1987? Tombstone shape.
Unconfirmed version(s): A 34 Axemaster Crusades / Warrior Shape/ Pic-EP 1988 Uncut diamond-shape pic-ep.
? Axemaster Warrior Pic-EP 198? 1-song version.

Mushroom cloud w/ monster motif.
A 34 Axemaster Warrior Pic-EP 198? 1-song version.

Warriors motif.
A-35 Thee Eyes s/t Shape
Pic-MLP
1988 Custom shape. Anatomic men motif.

(Probaby) more hr than Metal.
A-35 Thee Eyes s/t Shape
MLP
1988 Blob shape.
Unconfirmed version(s): A-35 Thee Eyes s/t Shape
MLP
1988 Octagon shape.
A-35 Thee Eyes Poet's Feast / Charis Shape
Pic-EP
1988 Head shape. Anatomic head motif.
A 36 Dungeon Of Fusion Dark Whisper / Digital Darkness Shape Pic-EP 1989 Diamond shape and motif.

Co-released by Emerald Entertainment Group.
A 36 Dungeon Of Fusion Dark Whisper / Digital Darkness Shape Pic-EP 1989 Square w/ cut corners shape. Green on front, text on back motif.
Unconfirmed version(s): A 36 Dungeon Of Fusion Dark Whisper / Digital Darkness Shape Pic-EP 1989 Unknown shape, man with whip motif.
Octagon shape.
  A 37 Repression Invasion LP 198? Announced on Azra/Iron Works newsletters and distro lists but never released.
(Could possibly have been a US license pressing/version of their "Animal Raw" LP from 1988)
A 38 Rychus Syn s/t Pic-MLP 1989 Seeing the old band members hyping themselves at RYM is a pretty fun read, especially if you've heard the album and know that in reality it's pretty flat, stale, chugging US Metal stock done better by most.
A 040 Marco Garcia You / No Me Culpes Shape Pic-EP 1989 Probably not Metal. ???

Heart shape, black vinyl. Children motif.
A 040 Marco Garcia You / No Me Culpes Shape Pic-EP 1989 Heart shape, purple vinyl. Children motif.
Unconfirmed version(s): A 040 Marco Garcia You / No Me Culpes Shaped/ Pic-EP 1989 Eyes pic, Texas, square, irregular, rectangle.
HA 001 V/A Always Catching Snot In The Wind  MLP 1988 Credited to Half Ass Recordings, but marketed by Azra International, "D.T. DIT IT" etching, featured on Azra/World Metal distro lists + it features Masque Records-familiars MORTIS.

More info here.
- Conjuration Nightmare  7" EP 1989 Brutal Thrash/proto-DM that's pretty much top-of-the-line by 1989 standards, with perfectly arranged breaks and ace riffing. Undiscovered gem = probably still waaay too cheap for being this rare. Hurry!

No mention of Azra or any other label on the sleeve, but w/ "D.T. DIT IT"-etching + featured on contemporary Azra/World Metal distro lists.

White and purple vinyl.
- Slinger Rockaby Baby Shape Pic-EP 1990? Not Metal. Rock?

Square shape. Keyboardist motif.
- Slinger Rockaby Baby Shape Pic-EP 1990? Square shape. Bassist motif.
- Slinger Rockaby Baby Shape Pic-EP 1990? Square shape. Guitarist motif.
- Slinger Rockaby Baby Shape Pic-EP 1990? Square shape. Singer motif.
- Slinger Rockaby Baby Shape Pic-EP 1990? Square shape. Drummer motif.
- Slinger Rockaby Baby Shape Pic-EP 1990? Square shape. Panther motif.
- Slinger Rockaby Baby Pic-12" 1990? Uncut quare shape. Panther motif.
RR 570 V/A L.A. Death Coalition CD 1991 Credited to Resistant Records but marketed by Azra International + featured on contemporary Azra distro lists.

Featuring:
Resistant Militia, Fear Factory, Demolition and Tormentor.
AZ/CL 0009 Decadenza Frolicking In The Autumn Mist / It Follows  Shape EP 1993 Octagon shape, black/white vinyl.
AZ/CL 0009 Decadenza Frolicking In The Autumn Mist / It Follows  Shape EP 1993 Hexagon shape, black/white vinyl.
Unconfirmed version(s): AZ/CL 0009 Decadenza Frolicking In The Autumn Mist / It Follows  Shape EP 1993 Black octagon, black square, black/white square, black blob, black/white blob.
A 73-93 Thunderpussy Moonlight Ladies / Eleanor Rigby  Shape EP 1993 Hexagon shape.

Co-credited to Condor Classix.
A 73-93 Thunderpussy Moonlight Ladies / Eleanor Rigby  Shape EP 1993 Hexagon shape, yellow vinyl.

Co-credited to Condor Classix.
A 73-93 Thunderpussy Moonlight Ladies / Eleanor Rigby  Shape EP 1993 Square w/ cut corners shape, yellow vinyl.

Co-credited to Condor Classix.
Unconfirmed version(s): A 73-93 Thunderpussy Moonlight Ladies / Eleanor Rigby  Shape EP 1993 Triangle w/ cut corners, black blob, black square.
A9501 Concreto Queue / The Machine  Shape Pic-EP 1995 Not Metal. Proggy alt. rock.

Square shape. Band motif.
A9501 Concreto Queue / The Machine  Shape Pic-EP 1995 Square shape. Mask motif.
Unconfirmed version(s): A9501 Concreto Queue / The Machine  Shape Pic-EP 1995 Seashell, square (w/out pic).
Unconfirmed version(s): A737 Jason Ebs & Fuzzy Logic Walking Blind / Opinions  Shape Pic-EP 1996 Probably not Metal.

Square shape. "Fur on reverse"(?)
Compiled by Dan Edman w/ extra-credits to tbieri and Tim "Nightcoaster" Murphy.



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