Started up in the late 70's by the management of HANDSOME BEASTS, first as vehicle for releasing the early HB singles but quickly catching on to the NWOHBM-phenomenon and signing other Midlands acts to their label. Soon horizons were broadened and a number of sublabels quicky emerged, of which I've chosen to include Heavy Metal America, Heavy Metal Worldwide and Heavy Metal Records Canada, even if for the most part, their relation to Metal is in name only. The FM/Revolver sublabel later shared the same catalogue system and while it did include some hard rock it's generally even more off-topic (and it didn't have the words "heavy" or "metal" in it so I couldn't be bothered.)

Their early 7"s included plenty of classic, genre-defining releases, but year after year they turned further and further away from the Metal path and by the mid 80's they're good on the way of becoming one of the least properly Heavy Metal-inclined labels featured in this part of the Corroseum, which is both ironic and a bit sad (as always when time, money & effort is spent on lesser things than Heavy Metal). Still, they did once present the world with the mighty WITCHFINDER GENERAL and CLOVEN HOOF Mark II so we can almost forgive them their trespasses.

This list aims to cover their complete vinyl discography, meaning a few CD-releases from the mid 90's have been left out - none of them Metal, mind you. Thanx to a rather messy catalogue system it's been difficult to list their releases in a perfectly coherrent manner. Here's how I finally decided to do it:

  • Right below are the classic Heavy Metal Records 7" singles that started it all.
  • Next are a few 12" EPs. Note that most of the labels' 12"-releases were non-Metal stuff on FM/Revolver, hence the sporadic cat#s. (It's possible there's some HM Worldwide or HM America release out there still not listed though..)
  • After that comes the early Heavy Metal Records LP releases, from when they still used a unique number series.
  • ..then the early Heavy Metal Worldwide LPs - same deal.
  • ..then the early Heavy Metal America LPs - same again.
  • ...then the major LP list from when all 3 imprints started using the same catalogue index, including the odd FM/Revolver platter I felt worth a mention. The unmentioned cat#s as well as most of the requested ones should mostly be FM/Revolver stuff.
  • Finally, more or less as an afterthought, the very short-lived one-year operation Heavy Metal Records Canada.
Incidently, their home page is unusually informative for an olde HM label, including bios from most old signings.
 
   








Cover
Cat#
Artist
Title
Format
Year
Sublabel
(comment)








     
7"s
       
HEAVY 01
Handsome Beasts
All Riot Now
7"
1980
 
HEAVY 02
Handsome Beasts
Breaker
7" EP
1981
 
HEAVY 03
Buffalo
Battle Torn Heroes
7"
1981
Black/white and red/white sleeves exist.
HEAVY 04
Dragster
Ambitions
7"
1981
 
HEAVY 05
Last Flight
Dance To The Music
7"
1981
 
HEAVY 06
Witchfinder General
Burning A Sinner
7"
1981
 
HEAVY 07
Split Beaver
Savage
7"
1981
 
HEAVY 08
Satanic Rites
Live To Ride
7"
1981
 
HEAVY 09
Twisted Ace
Firebird
7"
1981
 
HEAVY 10
Jaguar
Back Street Woman
7"
1981
 
HEAVY 11
Handsome Beasts
Sweeties
7"
1981
 
HEAVY 12
Soldier
Sheralee
7"
1982
Is it that verse riff? Or the chorus? Or that pounding pace? My bet is, it's the subtle guitar harmony tweak in the second half of the chorus that's the magic that makes everyone love this 7" to death. Yeah, it's the finest single release of the label alright.
HEAVY 13
Shiva
Rock Lives On
7"
1982
They've hired a robot to chant the chorus and that's pretty Metal in my book, elsewise they sound a bit like Diamond Head when Diamond Head want's to sound like Led Zeppelin.
HEAVY 14
Twisted Ace
This Fire Inside
7"
1982
Never released.The song "This Fire Inside" later turned up on the "Heavy Metal Heroes vol 2" compilation LP.
HEAVY 15
Buffalo
Mean Machine
7"
1982
 
HEAVY 16
Shiva
Angel Of Mons
7"
1982
 
HEAVY 17
Quartz
Tell Me Why
7"
1983
Is it fair to use the infamous 'boogie'-stamp when a song is this good and remind me more of Ashbury than Status Quo? Dunno.. I like it, but is this HM? Do we care?
If anyone knows more about these releases, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
HEAVY 18-20?
?
?
?
1983?
   
HEAVY 21
Witchfinder General
Music
7"
1983
 
HMPD 21
Witchfinder General
Music
7"
1983
Silver vinyl. No p/s.
HM INT 1
Eloy
Fools / Heartbeat
7"
1983
Black vinyl. No p/s.
HMPD 1
Eloy
Fools / Heartbeat
7"
1983
Silver vinyl. No p/s.
HM INT 2
Bow Wow
You're Mine
7"
1983
From the last leg of their semi-heavy BW-period this is actually a great, speedy party-NWOHM number.








     
12" EP releases
       
12 HI 3
Accept
Restless And Wild
12"
1982
12 HM 17
Witchfinder General
Soviet Invasion
12" EP
1982
12 HM 56
Broken Bones
Religion Is Responsible
12" EP/CD
1990
Not Metal. HC/Crossover.
12 HM 66
Slammer
Insanity Addicts
12" EP/CD
1990
12 HM 172
Marshall Law
Power Crazy
MLP/CD
1992








     
's early LPs w/ unique cat# series
       
HMR LP 1
V/A
Heavy Metal Heroes
LP
1982
More info here.
HMR LP 2
Handsome Beasts
Bestiality
LP
1982
 
HMR LP 3
Split Beaver
When Hell Won't Have You
LP
1982
 
HMR LP 4
Bitches Sin
Predator
LP
1982
 
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
HMR LP 5?
?
?
?
1982
 
HMR LP 6
Shiva
Firedance
LP
1982
 
HMR LP 7
V/A
Heavy Metal Heroes, Vol. 2
LP
1982
More info here.
HMR LP 8
Witchfinder General
Death Penalty
LP
1982
Available on black, red, blue and clear vinyl.
HMR PD 8
Witchfinder General
Death Penalty
Pic-LP
1982
HMR LP 9
Quartz
Against All Odds
LP/
Pic-LP
1983








     
's early LPs w/ unique cat# series
       
HMI LP 1
Eloy
Planets
LP/
Pic-LP
1982
Not Metal. Progressive/kraut.
Licensed from Harvest Records (different cover art from original).
HMI LP 2
Scorpions
Lonesome Crow
LP/
Pic-LP
1982
Licensed from Brain (1972).
Available on black and clear vinyl.
HMI LP 3
Eloy
Time To Turn
LP/
Pic-LP
1982
Not Metal. Progressive/kraut.
Licensed from Harvest Records (different cover art from original).
HMI LP 4
Santers
Racing Time
LP
1982
Licensed from Ready Records.
HMI LP 5
Bow Wow
Warning From Stardust
LP
1982
Licensed from VAP Inc.
HMI LP 6
Accept
Restless And Wild
LP/
Pic-LP/
CD
1983
Licensed from Brain (1982).
Available on black, red and clear vinyl. Different cover art from original. CD edition released in 1987.








     
's early LPs w/ unique cat# series
       
HMUSA 1
Harlequin
One False Move
LP
1982
Not Metal. aor.
Licensed from Epic Records Canada.
HMUSA 2
Money
Trust Me
LP
1983
Licensed from Bison Records (1982). Different cover art from original.
HMUSA 3
Santers
Guitar Alley
LP
1984
Not Metal. aor/hard rock.

Licensed from Ready Records.
HMUSA 4
Teaze
A Taste Of Teaze
LP
1984
Not Metal. Glam/Hard Rock.
HMUSA 5
Jim Dandy & Black Oak Arkansas
Ready As Hell
LP
1984
Not Metal. Hard Rock.
HMUSA 6
Reckless
Heart Of Steel
LP
1984
Licensed from Quality Records.
HMUSA 7
White Sister
s/t
LP
1984
Not Metal. Commercial Hard Rock.

Licensed from EMI America.
HMUSA 8
Starz
Brightest Starz
LP
1985
Not Metal. Hard Rock.








     
HMR, HM Worldwide & HM America after the cat#'s merged
       
If anyone knows more about these releases, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
??? LP 10-11
?
?
LP
1983
 
(Might also be off-topic Revolver/FM Revolver releases or a "missing" numbers)
HMI LP 12
Eloy
Performance
LP/
Pic-LP
1983
Not Metal. Prog/aor.
Licensed from Harvest Records (slightly different cover art from original.
HMR LP 13
Witchfinder General
Friends Of Hell
LP
1983
Available on black and silver vinyl, the latter never released with p/s.

A typical case where the title track is just too good for the rest of the album. I mean, I love WFG, but sometimes I wonder if "Friends Of Hell" (the song) makes the rest of "Friends Of Hell" (the album) seem a little dull.
HMR LP 13
Witchfinder General
Friends Of Hell
Pic-LP
1983
That being said, FoH tops the debut and places itself on a solid 2nd place in the WFG album discography. It took another 25 years for them to reach their absolute peak with the indestructable "Resurrected".
HMI LP 14
Bow Wow
Holy Expedition
LP
1983
HMI LP 15
Bullet
No Mercy
LP
1984
Licensed from Arista Records (1983).
HMR LP 16
Force
Set Me Free
LP
1984
HMR LP 17
Pet Hate
The Bride Wore Red
LP
1984
Not Metal. Hard Rock.
HMR LP 18
Wrathchild
Stakk Attakk
LP/CD/
Pic-LP
1984
In the opening title track they threaten to be this fun, shit-fi, bedroom-demo sleaze-Metal curiosity ...then they're just shit.

Later reissued w/ different sleeve, similar to the Pic-LP version. Available on black, green and pink vinyl.
HMI SP 19
Bengal Tigers
Metal Fetish
MLP
1984
Licensed from Mushroom Records (1982). Different cover art from original + 1 bonus track.
HMI LP 20
Charon
s/t
LP
1984
Licensed from Polydor Germany.
HMI LP 21
Eloy
Metromania
LP/
Pic-LP
1984
Not Metal. Prog/aor.
Licensed from Harvest Records.
HMR LP 22
The Rejects
Quiet Storm
LP
1984
Not Metal. hard/soft rock.
HMR LP 23
Pet Hate
Bad Publicity
LP
1984
Not Metal. aor/classic rock.
HMR LP 24
V/A
Heavy Metal Records (a tasty taster)
LP
1985
Available on clear and blue vinyl. Came in a circular sleeve.

Featuring:
Accept, DiAnno, Santers, Pet Hate, Eloy, Wrathchild, Reckless, Teaze, Jim Dandy and Bullet.
HMR LP 25
V/A
Rock Pretty
LP
1985
More info here.
HMR LP 26
Runestaff
s/t
LP
1985
If anyone knows more about these releases, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
??? LP 27-28
?
?
LP
1985
 
(Might also be off-topic Revolver/FM Revolver releases or "missing" numbers)
HMI HP 29
Tangerine Dream
Flashpoint
LP/
Pic-LP
1985
Not Metal. Electronic (movie soundtrack).
Licensed from EMI America.
HMUSA 30
Teaze
One Night Stands
LP
1985
Not Metal. 70's HR.
Licensed from Capiton Records (1979)
HMUSA 31
Guitar Pete's Axe Attack
Dead Soldier's Revenge
LP
1985
HMUSA 33
V/A
Heavy Metal America
LP
1985
featuring:
Teaze, Starz, Santers, Jim Dandy, Reckless, Guitar Pete's Axe Attack and Money,
HMR LP 35
The Babysitters
s/t
LP
1985
Not Metal. Punk/classic rock.
HMUSA 36
Sabu
Heartbreak
LP
1985
Not Metal. aor.
HMA SP 37
Witch
The Hex Is On
MLP
1985
Licensed from Important/O.T.T. records.
HMR LP 38
Marionette
Blond Secrets And Dark Bombs
LP
1985
Not Metal. Hard Rock/Punk/Sleaze.
HM USA 39
Leatherwolf
s/t
LP
1985
Licensed from Enigma Records.
HM USA 40
Nash The Slash
American Band-Ages
LP
1985
Not Metal. Rock/New Wave. Licensed from Quality Records.
HMR LP 41
Briar
To Young
LP
1985
Not Metal. aor.
HMA SP 42
Antix
Get Up, Get Happy
MLP
1985
Not Metal. Hard Rock/Sleaze.

.Licensed from Enigma Records. Different cover art from original.
HMA SP 45
Vigilants
Run For Cover
MLP
1985
Not Metal. aor. Licensed from H&S Records.
HMUSA 46
Starz
Live In Canada
LP
1985
Not Metal. 70's rock.
HMI LP 47
V/A
Creepers - Original Soundtrack
LP
1986
Soundtrack of the Dario Argento movie. Licensed from Enigma Records (1985). Different cover art from original.

Featuring:
Claudio Simonetti, Iron Maiden, Goblin, Motörhead, Andi Sex Gang and Simon Boswell.
HMUSA 48
Godz
I'll Get You Rockin
LP
1985
Not Metal. Hard Rock.
HMUSA 49
Smashed Gladys
s/t
LP
1985
Not Metal. Sleaze/Hard Rock.
HMA SP 50
Starz
Piss Party
12" EP
1985
Not Metal. 70's rock. Yellow vinyl.
HMUSA 53
Chequered Past
s/t
LP
1985
Not Metal. Rock/new wave? Licensed from EMI America (1985).
HM USA 55
V/A
Moose Molten Metal
LP
1985
More info here.
HMI LP 57
Zero Nine
White Lines
LP
1985
Not Metal. Melodic Hard Rock.

Licensed from Virgin Scandinavia.
If anyone knows more about these releases, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
??? LP 58-59
?
?
LP
198?
 
(Might also be off-topic Revolver/FM Revolver releases or "missing" numbers)
HM USA 60
Castle Blak
Babes In Toyland
LP
1986
Originally on a private label in 1985
HMA SP 61
2-Timer
Rock To Rock
MLP
1986
Not Metal. Hard Rock.
HM USA 63
Jim Dandy & Black Oak Arkansas
The Black Attack Is Back
LP
1986
 
I could say they sound like Thor fronted by Mark Shelton, but then you'd piss your pants faster than I could add "..minus the Metal".

Licensed from Capricorn Records.
HM USA 66
Forever
Forever & Ever
LP
1986
You kinda wish they'd stuck a little bit more to the Doom of the great opener "Wicked Bitch", but as a whole this is a surprisingly heavy and solid HMUSA release. Very much on the British side of things this is how you'd want all of them to sound. Sometimes 'diversity' feels highly overrated.
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
??? LP 70
?
?
LP
1986
 
(Might also be an off-topic Revolver/FM Revolver release or a "missing" number)
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
??? LP 79
?
?
LP
1986
 
(Might also be an off-topic Revolver/FM Revolver release or a "missing" number)
HMI LP 88
Geisha
Phantasmagoria
MLP/
Pic-LP
1987
"Gangland Sector 21" could almost pass as melodic US Metal, but mostly this is mid-league Glam Metal that's only marginally more 'talented' (GM and the T-word in one sentence, eew..) than labelmates Wrathchild. Unfortunately zero similarities to relatives Brats, Motörhead and King Diamond.
WKFM LP 92
Diamond Head
Am I Evil
LP/CD/
Pic-LP
1987
 
Released on FM Revolver but included here since they had at least 1 other release on HMR.
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
??? LP 93
?
?
LP
1987
 
(Might also be an off-topic Revolver/FM Revolver release or a "missing" number)
HMR LP 94
Tormé
Die Pretty, Die Young
LP
1987
Not Metal. Glam/hard rock.
HM USA 95
Kublai Khan
Annihilation
LP
1987
Licensed from New Renaissance Records.
HMR LP 99
Amebix
Monolith
LP
1987
Not Metal. Sludge/crust.
HM USA 102
Razor Baby
Too Hot To Handle
LP
1988
Not Metal. Hair/Hard Rock.
HMI LP 103
Backsliders
National Nightmare
LP
1988
Not Metal. Hard/Biker Rock.
HMI LP 109
Vow Wow
s/t
DLP?
1988
Not 100% sure about this one.. Very little info to be found.
WKFM LP 111
Magnum
The Eleventh Hour
LP/CD
1988
Not Metal. Symphonic rock.

Heavy Metal America logo on labels but FM Revolver cat#
WKFM LP 112
Magnum
Chase The Dragon
LP/CD
1988
Not Metal. Symphonic rock.

Heavy Metal America logo on labels but FM Revolver cat#
HMR LP 113
Cloven Hoof
Dominator
LP
1988
HMR LP 116
Wrathchild
The Biz Suxx
LP/CD/
Pic-LP
1988
Not Metal. Glam/sleaze.
WKFM LP 128
V/A
Metal Hammer's Best Of British Steel
DLP/
2CD
1989
 
Released on FM Revolver but included here since it's kinda on-topic.
Features:
The Dogs d'Amour, Sabbat, Wrathchild, Lawnmower Deth, Trixx Federation, Tattooed Love Boys, Acid Reign, Lisa Dominique, Mantas, Re-Animator, Midnight Blue, Death Trash, Tigertails, Deathwish, Last Of The Teenage Idols, Virus, Torino, Sacrilege, After Hours, Lixx, Metal Messiah and Soho Roses.
HMR LP 129
Cloven Hoof
A Sultan's Ransom
LP/CD
1989
CD-version credited to FM Revolver.
HMR LP 131
Bitchs Brue
We Might Not Be American But We Still Suck
LP
1989
Poor guitarist... you can tell he'd much rather play in a proper Heavy Metal band while the rest of the band pulls in a sleaze-direction.
HMR LP 132
Handsome Beasts
The Beast Within
LP
1990
HMR LP 133
Broken Bones
Losing Control
LP/CD
1989
Not Metal. HC/Crossover.
WKFM LP 137
Wrathchild
Delirium
LP/CD
1989
 
Not Metal. Glam rock.

Released on FM Revolver but included here since they had at least one other release on HMR.
HMR LP 138
Marshall Law
s/t
LP/CD
1989
HMR LP 141
Broken Bones
Trader In Death
LP/CD
1990
Not Metal. HC/Crossover.
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
??? LP 146
?
?
LP
1990
 
(Might also be an off-topic Revolver/FM Revolver release or a "missing" number)
REV LP 147
Warfare
Hammer Horror
LP/CD
1990
 
Released on Revolver Records but included here since it's kinda on-topic. (And quite rare)
HMR LP 148
Jezebelle
Bad Attitude
LP
1990
HMR LP 149
Deadspot
Adios Dude
LP/CD
1990
HMR LP 151
Drunken State
Kilt By Death
LP/CD
1990
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
??? LP 152
?
?
LP
1990
 
(Might also be an off-topic Revolver/FM Revolver release or a "missing" number)
HMR LP 153
V/A
Heavy Metal Heroes, Vol. 3
LP
1990
Featuring:
Handsome Beasts, Broken Bones, Atom Seed, Jezebelle and Marshall Law.
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
??? LP 154
?
?
LP
1990
 
(Might also be an off-topic Revolver/FM Revolver release or a "missing" number)
HM USA 156
Lost Generation
Midnight Meat Train
LP/CD
1990
HMR LP 157
V/A
N.W.O.B.H.M.
LP/CD
1991
Featuring:
Handsome Beasts, Twisted Ace, Persian Risk, Shiva, Grim Reaper, Buffalo, Quartz, Witchfinder General, Praying Mantis (cover says Dragster but they were replaced by PM by mistake), Jaguar and Split Beaver.
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
??? LP 158
?
?
LP
1990
 
(Might also be an off-topic Revolver/FM Revolver release or a "missing" number)
HM USA 160
Funhouse
Generation Generator
LP
1991
Not Metal. Funky alternative rock.
HMR LP 163
Atom Seed
Get In Line
LP
1991
Not Metal. Alternative rock.
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
??? LP 164
?
?
LP
1990
 
(Might also be an off-topic Revolver/FM Revolver release or a "missing" number)
HMR LP 165
Diamond Head
Behold The Beginning
LP/CD
1991
Different sleeve on CD version.
HMR LP 168
Bernie Tormé
Are We There Yet? (Best Of..)
LP/CD
1991
Not Metal. Hard Rock.
HMR LP 170
Slammer
Nightmare Scenario
LP/CD
1991
HMR LP 171
Wild Ones
Writing On The Walls
LP/CD
1991
Not Metal. Funky alt. hard rock.
12 HM 172
Marshall Law
Power Crazy
MLP/CD
1992








     
       
EPHMC 001
V/A
A.O.R. Sampler
MLP
1985
Not Metal. aor, sleaze & hard rock.

Promo, featuring:
Wrathchild, Pet Hate, Dianno and Jim Dandy.
HMC-5000
V/A
Heavy Metal Records Canada - Complication Album
LP
1985
Not Metal. aor, sleeze & hard rock.

Featuring:
Wrathchild, Multi-Story, Pet Hate, Dianno, Jim Dandy, The Rejects, Runestaff, Santers and Reckless.
HMC-5001
Wrathchild
Stakk Attakk
LP
1985
Not Metal. Unfunny, shit-fi, bedroom-demo sleaze rock.
HMC-5002
Dianno
s/t
LP
1985
Not Metal. aor.

UK original released on FM Records.
HMC-5003
Pet Hate
Bad Publicity
LP
1985
Not Metal. aor/classic rock.
HMC-5004
Jim Dandy & Black Oak Arkansas
Ready As Hell
LP
1985
Not Metal. Hard Rock.
HMC-5005
The Rejects
Quiet Storm
LP
1985
Not Metal. hard/soft rock.








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