NY's answer to Metal Blade? Nah, I don't think Megaforce quite lived up to their potential, even if they produced plenty of undisputed Heavy Metal milestones in their early indie years of 1983-1985. 1987ish they got bought up by Atlantic, became Megaforce Worldwide and from thereon they're a bit hit'n'miss. Some fairly solid familiars like TESTAMENT, OVERKILL and M.O.D./S.O.D. rubbed shoulders with more mainstream acts like FREHLEY'S COMET, KING'S X, PROPHET etc. They also continued to co-release ANTHRAX with Island Records up until the early 90's.

The lack of personal favourites involved and the fact that major label discogs are annoyingly difficult to follow, leaves me a tad uninspired to complete this list w/ the rest of their 80's output. When everything else's been done, who knows? Until then, here's a little list of those early classics:

(albums right below - EPs start here)
 
   






Cover
Cat#
Artist
Title
Format
Year
(comment)






MRI 069
Metallica
Kill 'em All
LP/CD
1983
CD-version released in 1986.
MRI 169-666
Manowar
Into Glory Ride
LP
1983
 
MRI 269
Raven
All For One
LP
1983
Licensed from Neat Records.
MRI 369
Mercyful Fate
Melissa
LP
1983
Licensed from Roadrunner Records.
MRI 469
Anthrax
Fistful Of Metal
LP/CD
1984
CD-version released in 1986.
MRI 569
Exciter
Violence & Force
LP
1984
 
MRI 669
V/A
Born To Metalize
LP
1984
More info here.
MRI 769
Metallica
Ride The Lightning
LP
1984
 
MRI 869
Grave Digger
Heavy Metal Breakdown
LP/CD
1984
Licensed from Noise International. Includes 2 bonus tracks: Storming The Brain and Shoot Her Down.
MRI 969
Raven
Live At The Inferno
DLP

198?

Licensed from Neat Records.
MRI 1069
Blue Cheer
The Beast Is Back
LP
1985
MRI 1169
Grave Digger
Witch Hunter
LP
1985
When US labels change the track list from a European original it's usually for the worse, adding some dreadful 'radio-friendly' material. Luckily this wasn't the way of the Zazulas and this time the yanks got the better end of the bargain. Gone is the sappy "Love Is A Game" and superflous "School's Out" cover, added is the great "Metal Attack Vol. 1" comp session + the exclusive "Don't Kill The Children".
Licensed from Noise International.
MRI 1269
S.O.D.
[a.k.a.]
Stormtroopers Of Death
Speak English Or Die
LP
1985
The joke-songs have aged rather poorly, but classic thrashers like "Milk", "United Forces", "Freddy Krueger", "Kill Yourself" and plenty more still stand tall among the mid-80's competition - which was probably the hardest competition in the history of Metal, so there you go...
MRI 1369
Blessed Death
Kill Or Be Killed
LP
1985
MRI 1469
Overkill
Feel The Fire
LP
1985
MRI 1569
V/A
From The Megavault
LP
1985
More info here.






IOM-1
Venom
Die Hard/Acid Queen
[a.k.a.]
Immortals Of Metal #1
Pic-7"
1983
IOM-2
Mercyful Fate
Black Funeral/Black Masses
[a.k.a.]
Immortals Of Metal #2
Pic-7"
1983
MRS 01
Anthrax
Soldiers Of Metal
7"
1983
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
MRS 02
?
?
?
198?
MRS 03
Lone Rager
Metal Rap
12"
1984
Novelty "rap-metal" (first ever?) project featuring labelowner John Zazula backed up by The Rods.
MRS 04
Metallica
Whiplash
12" EP
1984
MRS 05
Anthrax
Armed & Dangerous
12" EP/Pic-EP
1985






Compiled by DaN Edman. Additional info by Avenger.  
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