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:

  • Anything that bares the Azra Records credit as a primary label credit, HM or not.
  • All HR/HM-related releases bearing at least some sort of Azra-credit - of course not counting those with a primary credit to one of the 4 Metal-oriented sublabels mentioned above - see those lists instead.
  • Any Metal-oriented release without a formal Azra label-family credit but with typical 'Azra-markers' like the "D.T. DIT IT" run-out etching or with other know relations to the label.
What this list does NOT include:
  • Anything with a prominent Erika Records logo/credit. Erika will be mentioned on plenty of Azra-releases, mostly as a 'manufactured by'-credit, but they were also a record-releasing entity in itself and while having plenty of HM on their conscience they won't be delt with here.
  • The N.S.F.D. (Not So Famous David's Records) sublabel. These were mostly shapes of novelty-artists, most coming out in the late 80's. No known HM/HR releases.
  • The non-Metal, stand-alone releases on sublabel Condor Classix. I'm sure many collectors have noticed this label has been randomly credited on various test-pressings and promo-versions of stuff from all other Azra sublabels, and these version are of course included on the appropriate pages.
  • Some of the early releases of culty Hollywood garage/punk label Mystic Records have been seen with the Azra co-credit. None of them Metal, none of them mentioned here.
  • I've also chosen not to depict every label color variant of the same shape versions. I occationally mention these in the Comment-column, but not consistently.
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.
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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.
)
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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!)
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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.
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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.
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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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