The Beginning

Our debt to Mr Slagel and his brainchild Metal Blade cannot be overrated. They were the definition of Classic US Metal in the first half of the 80's and their output was damn near flawless during their early years. This interview tells the back story better than I could ever do.

Now, record labels don't always allow themselves to be indexed that easily, and Metal Blade is a particularly tricky number. It's not that there's any mysterious holes in their discog that need researching, but rather the order in which to list their releases. While serial numbers are usually the best way to keep track of a label's output, it gets really complicated in MB's case. Here's the deal:

  • In the beginning MB used their own serials for the records (MBR 1001, MBR 1002, MBR 1003 etc).
  • From their 6th release they got picked up by Enigma Records, who marketed/distributed their releases and also added their own catalogue number to each album. (first = E1006, E-1017, E-1018, E-1035 etc, later = 72072, 72159, 73224 etc).
  • After 80-or-so releases they scrapped their own MBR 10##-system. At the same time Enigma sub-label Restless start to take over the marketing of randomly distributed releases, using a similar but different cat# system. This makes these numbers pretty useless for indexing-purpouses, especially since they don't coincide with the order in which the albums were released either.
The way I finally decided to list their stuff is by using the MBR 10##-system for the the first 100+ releases - the last bunch with the help of a separate catalogue sheet. After that I've followed the release dates as specified in this old page at metalblade.com. Note that these dates sometimes differ from the ones stated on the new Releases-page, and that both versions have know errors. Sigh.

The Pressings

This page has now been updated with a new column called "Versions". Here I've listed all the known pressing variations of each release, though I must stress that there's probably still a few versions missing. Do get in contact if you've seen any versions not incuded on this page! 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.

Since there's only one release made with an alternative vinyl color (the white Trouble debut LP) and only a handful of other releases that came with different sleeve design verions, I've concentrated on the 2 other common markers for general pressing variations: barcode/no barcode and labels. Here's a list of the most common label designs with added info:

 
Yellow label

The earliest standard label design, used on most releases from 1982-1983.
 
Silver label

Used on all 1984 releases and 1984 releases only, bar the 3rd Stage Alert mini. This means most pressings of '82/83 releases carrying this label should have been released in 1984.
 
White label with chain (old logo)

Used from the beginning of 1985 up until mid-'86. Colorwise these tend to vary from white to "tan" to light yellow, but these may be manufacturing variations or possibly the result of aging. They're all refered to as 'White' here.
 
White label with chain (new logo)

Used in the 2nd half of 1986, starting with Juggernaut's "Baptism Under Fire" + a few 1987 releases. As with the old version, these can vary some in background color but that doesn't necessarily indicate different pressings.
 
Black/red Enigma label

Used on all 1987 releases marketed by Enigma.
 
Razors label

Used on most releases from 1988 to the very last original MB vinyl release in early 1990 (Candlemass' "Tales Of Creation"). This means all pressings of pre-'88 releases with this logo should have been made in 1988 or later.

There's some other versions as well, but they mostly apply to co-op releases with other labels - see descriptions in the main list. Note that some of these designes were borrowed by labels like Roadrunner, Enigma Canada and the UK "Metal Blade Z" branch, but these versions are of course not included here since they were license pressings and not proper Metal Blade originals.

The End

There were of course some great stuff released by MBR in the early 90's as well, but in order to set a consistent end to this list I've decided to index the label's original run of vinyl releases in its entirety, in the process covering their complete 80's output and thus covering a few early CD releases as well. I've left out the Death Records stuff since it's mostly (if not all) HC/crossover.

I've also added a list of all the special promo-releases at the bottom. The EPRO-### catalogue system was shared with mother label Enigma and most of their sublabels, so that would explain most of the missing cat#'s.

One last thing to perhaps add in the future are the releases on the aforementined UK branch of MBR, a.k.a "Metal Blade Z". This was basically Zomba/Music For Nations borrowing the entire brand instead of just licensing them on their own labels. Stay tuned...
 
   








Cover
Cat#
Artist
Title
Format
Year
Versions
(comment)







MBR 1001
V/A
Metal Massacre
LP
1982
  • Black labels, 10-song version w/ "Mettallica" misspelt, no b/c
  • Black labels, silver sleeve, co-released by Metalworks Records, no b/c
  • Silver labels, 9-song version, no b/c, marketed by Enigma
More info here.
MBR 1002
Bitch
Damnation Alley
MLP
1982
  • White labels w/ centered text, b/w sleeve, signed on back
  • White labels w/ left-justified text, b/w sleeve, not signed, no b/c
  • Yellow labels, b/w/red sleeve, no b/c
  • Silver labels, b/w/red sleeve, no b/c
 
MBR 1003
Demon Flight
Dead Of The Night
12" EP
1982
  • Yellow labels, no b/c
 
MBR 1004
V/A
Metal Massacre II
LP
1983
  • Yellow labels, no b/c
  • Silver labels, no b/c
More info here.
MBR 1005
Warlord
Deliver Us
MLP
1983
  • White A label, red B label with black W's, no b/c
  • Black label with red W's(!), barcode?
 
MBR 1006

E1006
Savage Grace
The Dominatress
MLP
1983
  • Yellow labels, no b/c
  • Silver labels, no b/c
  • Razors labels, barcode?
With this release starts MBR's co-operation with Enigma...
MBR 1007

E-1007

71007-1
Bitch
Be My Slave
LP
1983
  • Yellow labels, no b/c
  • Razors labels, barcode?
 
MBR 1008

E-1017
V/A
Metal Massacre III
LP
1983
  • Yellow labels, no b/c
More info here.
MBR 1009

E-1018
Armored Saint
s/t
12" EP
1983
  • Yellow labels, no b/c
 
MBR 1010

E-1028
Obsession
Marshall Law
MLP
1983
  • Yellow labels, no b/c
 
MBR 1011

E-1029
Witchkiller
Day Of The Saxons
MLP
1984
  • Silver labels, no b/c
 
MBR 1012

E-1035
V/A
Metal Massacre 4
LP
1983
  • Yellow labels, no b/c
More info here.
MBR 1013

E-1034
Slayer
Show No Mercy
LP/Pic-LP
1983
  • Yellow labels, no b/c
  • Silver labels, no b/c
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode, cat# 71034)
  • Picture disc (cat# 72214)
  • Razors labels, barcode
Ha ha, every once in a while I get this delusion that "Show No Mercy" is not Slayers best album. Weird...

I've seen so many 1984 editions (silver labels) sold in 1987 sleeves (barcode + Restless logo, cat# 71034) I'm suspecting some old stock copies might have been distributed in new sleeves in '87.
MBR 1014

E-1036
Pandemonium
Heavy Metal Soldiers
LP
1983
  • Yellow labels, no b/c
Much more similar to heavier NWOBHM than we're used to from early MB releases. Dragonslayer and the less doomier WF General-bits spring to mind. Unfortunately they don't seem to be able to write an interresting tune to save their lives. They did on their earlier demos though, which proto-doomy sludge might give a hint of why MB signed them in the first place.
MBR 1015

E-1051
3rd Stage Alert
s/t
MLP
1984
  • Red labels, no b/c
 
MBR 1016

E 0666
Satan
Court In The Act
LP
1984
  • Silver labels, no b/c
Licensed from Neat Records.
MBR 1017

E 1067
Silver Mountain
Shakin' Brains
LP
1984
  • Silver labels, no b/c
Their clever ways of carving out beautiful harmonies from pure Olde Steel made them quite unique in their haydays. It took a while for me to "get" them though...

Licensed from Roadrunner Records.
MBR 1018

E-1071
Trouble
Assassin
12"
1984
  • Silver labels, no b/c
Is it just me or doesn't "Assassin" kinda fall short of most of the debut material? I love the heavy break in the middle, but as a whole I find it an odd choice for a single. The exclusive CREAM-cover B-side is nice but a bit too much... Cream. For my tastes.
MBR 1019

E-1072
Trouble
s/t
[a.k.a.]
Psalm 9
LP/CD
1984
  • Silver label, no b/c
  • Silver label, white viny, no b/c
The only colored vinyl 80's release of the label.

CD-version releaseed in 1988.
MBR 1020

E-1078
Lizzy Borden
Give 'em The Axe
MLP
1984
  • Silver labels, no b/c
 
MBR 1021

E-1065
V/A
Metal Massacre V
LP
1984
  • Silver labels, no b/c
More info here.
MBB1
V/A
Metal Massacre - Limited Edition Picture Disc Box
5LP Box
1984
 
5 first "Metal Massacre" compilations on picture disc, collected in one box. Ltd to 1000 numbered copies.
MBR 1022

E1080
V/A
Total Destruction
LP
1984
  • Silver labels, no b/c
Featuring:
Bitch, Slayer, Obsession, Savage Grace, Pandemonium, Warlord, Trouble, Witchkiller, and Demon Flight.
The first Bitch track and the Slayer track are different, remixed versions from the album versions.
MBR 1023

E-1082
Warlord
Lost And Lonely Days
12"
1984
  • Silver A label. red B label w/ black W's, no b/c
 
MBR 1024

E-1083
Slayer
Haunting The Chapel
12" EP
1984
  • Silver labels, no b/c
  • White label w/ chain, barcode
 
MBR 1025

E 1103

71103-1
Fates Warning
Night On Bröcken
LP
1984
  • Witchfinder sleeve, silver labels, no b/c
  • Burning witch sleeve, silver label, no b/c
  • Burning witch sleeve, white labels with chain, no b/c
  • Burning witch sleeve, Razors labels, b/c?
  • Moon sleeve, razors labels, barcode
 
MBR 1026

E-1104

71103-1
Voivod
War And Pain
LP/CD
1984
  • Silver labels, no b/c
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), b/c?
  • Razors labels, b/c?
CD-version releaseed in 1987.
MBR 1027

E-1105
Omen
Battle Cry
LP/CD
1984
  • Silver labels, no b/c
  • Tan label w/ chain, no b/c
CD-version releaseed in 1987.
MBR 1028

E 1106
Hellhammer
Apocalyptic Raids
MLP
1984
  • Silver labels, no b/c
Licensed from Noise Records.
MBR 1029

E-1112
Warlord
...And The Cannons Of Destruction Have Begun
LP
1984
  • Silver labels, no b/c
 
MBR 1030

E 1113
Mad Max
Rollin' Thunder
LP
1984
  • Silver labels, no b/c
Licensed from Roadrunner Records.
MBR 1031

E 1114
Dark Heart
Shadows Of The Night
LP
1984
  • Silver labels, no b/c
Licensed from Roadrunner Records.
MBR 1032

E 1129
Thrust
Fist Held High
LP
1984
  • Silver labels, no b/c
 
MBR 1033

72016
Celtic Frost
Morbid Tales
LP
1985
  • White label w/ chain, no b/c
  • White label w/ chain and new logo, no b/c
  • Razors labels, no b/c
Licensed from Noise Records.
Different cover art from original.
MBR 1034

72017
Attacker
Battle At Helmes Deep
LP
1985
  • White label w/ chain, no b/c
  • Razors labels, no b/c
Labels, tracklist, edge and lyric sheet spells the title "Battle At Helmes Deep", so we'll have to assume the "helms" on the front is a spelling mistake and not the other way round.
MBR 1035

72018
Sye
Turn On The Fire
LP
1985
  • White label w/ chain, no b/c
 
MBR 1036

72019
V/A
Metal Massacre VI
LP
1985
  • White label w/ chain, no b/c
More info here.
MBR 1037

72015
Slayer
Live Undead
Pic-MLP
1985
  • Black outer rim
  • Grey outer rim
  • Pink outer rim
  • Red outer rim
The first 6-song picture disc edition.
MBR 1038

72020
Tyrant
Legions Of The Dead
LP
1985
  • White label w/ chain, no b/c
 
MBR 1039

72021
Destruction
Sentence Of Death
MLP
1985
  • White label w/ chain, no b/c
  • White label w/ chain and new logo, no b/c
Licensed from Steamhammer Records.
Different cover art from original.
MBR 1040

MX 8020

Slayer
Hell Awaits
LP/Pic-LP/CD
1985
  • Green labels, no b/c
  • White labels, no b/c
  • Picture Disc
  • Tan labels w/ chain, no b/c
See also the 1988 reissue.
Marketed/co-released by Combat Records.

CD-version released in 1986 .


MBR 1041

MX 8021
Trouble
The Skull
LP
1985
  • White labels, no b/c
  • White labels w/ chain (old logo), no bc
Trouble has taken quite a journey through the years, from the very Metal to the very rock and each album, good or bad, has brought something new to the table. Except for "The Skull" which is pretty much the sibling of its predecessor.

Marketed/co-released by Combat Records.
MBR 1042

MX 8027
Hallows Eve
Tales Of Terror
LP
1985
  • White labels, no b/c
  • White labels w/ chain (old logo), no bc
"Plunging..." was pure Death Metal by 1985 standards and as a whole the sheer anger and aggression (even in the more US Power-style tracks) is what makes the album stand out from the crowd.

Marketed/co-released by Combat Records.
MBR 1043

72057
Lizzy Borden
Love You To Pieces
LP/CD
1985
  • White labels w/ chain (old logo), no bc
CD-version releaseed in 1987.
MBR 1044

72049
Sodom
In The Sign Of Evil
MLP
1985
  • White labels w/ chain (old logo), no b/c
Licensed from Devil's Game Records.
MBR 1045

72058
Hirax
Raging Violence
LP
1985
  • White labels w/ chain (old logo), no b/c
 
MBR 1046

MX 8028
Nasty Savage
s/t
LP
1985
  • Green labels, no b/c
  • White labels, no b/c
  • White labels w/ chain (old logo), no b/c
Marketed/co-released by Combat Records.
MBR 1048

72067
Destruction
Infernal Overkill
LP
1985
  • White labels w/ chain (old logo), no b/c
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), no b/c
  • Razors labels, no b/c
Licensed from Steamhammer Records.
The label does say MBR 1048, just like CELTIC FROST - "Emperor's Return", but this release was misnumbered. According to a later Metal Blade catalogue sheet this was supposed to be MBR 1047.
MBR 1048

72066
Celtic Frost
Emperors Return
MLP
1985
  • White labels w/ chain (old logo), no b/c
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), no b/c
  • Razors labels, no b/c
Licensed from Noise Records.
MBR 1049

72072
Mark Edwards
Code Of Honor
MLP
1985
  • White labels w/ chain (old logo), no b/c
 
MBR 1051

72068
Omen
Warning Of Danger
LP
1985
  • White labels w/ chain (old logo), barcode
Even as an in-between album it's still one of the best releases of the year 1985 from Metal Blade.

The label does say MBR 1051, just like FATES WARNING - "The Spectre Within", but this release was misnumbered. According to a later Metal Blade catalogue sheet this was supposed to be MBR 1050.
MBR 1051

72088
Fates Warning
The Spectre Within
LP/CD
1985
  • White labels w/ chain (old logo), barcode
CD-version releaseed in 1987.
MBR 1052

72089
Pandemonium
Hole In The Sky
LP
1985
  • White labels w/ chain (old logo), no b/c
 
MBR 1053

72148
Cryptic Slaughter
Convicted
LP
1986
  • Purple 'Death Records' labels, barcode
Not Metal. HC/Crossover.

1st release marked by Restless instead of Enigma.

Also this was released on Metal Blade sublabel Death Records, but for some reason carries an MBR cat#.
MBR 1054

72098
V/A
Metal Massacre VII
LP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (old logo), barcode
  • Red/white Enigma-label(!), barcode
More info here.
MBR 1055

72099
Bloodlust
Guilty As Sin
LP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (old logo), barcode
Yes yes, GOOD Rob Halford-wannabe make trad US Power extra better. A modicum of originality would have made it extra great.
MBR 1056

72102
Predator
Easy Prey
LP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (old logo), barcode
MBR 1057

72114
Sound Barrier
Speed Of Light
LP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (old logo), barcode
  • Red Enigma-labels, barcode
MBR 1058

72115
Juggernaut
Baptism Under Fire
LP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
MBR 1059

72116
Sentinel Beast
Depths Of Death
LP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
MBR 1060

72113
Lizzy Borden
The Murderess Metal Road Show
DLP/CD
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
MBR 1061

72117
V/A
Best Of Metal Blade Volume 1
DLP/CD
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
  • Razors labels, barcode
Featuring:
Slayer, Voivod, Celtic Frost, Nasty Savage, Hallows Eve, Hirax, Attacker, Pandemonium, Trouble, Fates Warning, Thrust, Bitch, Lizzy Borden, Omen and Metal Church.
CD version released in 1987 (13 tracks only).
MBR 1062

72143
Cirith Ungol
One Foot In Hell
LP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
MBR 1063

72130
Flotsam And Jetsam
Doomsday For The Deciever
LP/Pic-LP/CD
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
  • Picture-Disc
  • Razors labels, barcode
After Agent Steel and Holy Terror there aren't that many US Speed Metal releases that can compare with this monstrous debut.

CD-version releaseed in 1987.
MBR 1066

72153
Deaf Dealer
Keeper Of The Flame
LP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
British pressing available on Neat Records.
MBR 1068

72159
Sacrifice
Torment In Fire
LP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), no b/c
A sort of punkish Slayer that doesn't inspire any big words..

Licensed from Fringe Product/Diabolic Force.
The label does say MBR 1068, just like DETENTE - "Recognize No Authority", but this release was misnumbered. According to a later Metal Blade catalogue sheet this was supposed to be MBR 1067.
MBR 1068

72152
Detente
Recognize No Authority
LP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
 
MBR 1069

72165
Krank
Hideous
LP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
MBR 1070

72163
Hallows Eve
Death & Insanity
LP/CD
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
CD-version releaseed in 1987.
MBR 1071

72164
Exxplorer
Symphonies Of Steel
LP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
Originally released on a private label in 1984 under the name Explorer.
MBR 1072

72169
Warlord
Thy Kingdom Come
LP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
MBR 1073

72160
Sodom
Obsessed By Cruelty
LP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), no b/c
Different recording from the European Steamhammer Records original, hence the song "After The Deluge" is missing.
MBR 1074

72161
Destruction
Eternal Devatation
LP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
  • Razors labels, barcode
Licensed from Steamhammer Records.
MBR 1075

72174
Savage Grace
After The Fall From Grace
LP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
MBR 1076

72162
Hirax
Hate, Fear And Power
MLP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
MBR 1077

72171
V/A
Speed Metal
LP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
Featuring:
Slayer, Hallows Eve, Hirax, Voivod, Omen, Celtic Frost, Destruction, Sodom, Bloodlust and Cryptic Slaughter.
MBR 1079

72176
Cities
Annihilation Absolute
LP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
Different recording and slightly different cover from the MLP version on Metal Masters
MBR 1080

72170
Heretic
Torture Knows No Boundary
MLP
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
MBR 1081

72178
V/A
Metal Massacre VIII
LP/CD
1986
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
More info here.

CD-version releaseed in 1987.
MBR 1082

72186
Nasty Savage
Indulgence
LP/Pic-LP/CD
1987
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
  • Picture-Disc
 
88561-8148
Liege Lord
Burn To My Touch
LP
1987
  • White labels w/ chain (old logo), barcode
"Cast Out" is brilliant and so is "Speed Of Sound", but for the most part the album suffers from the same ailment as their other 2 records, with most songs starting off a lot more interesting than they finish.

Marketed/co-released by Combat Records.
Cat# MBR 1083 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
88561-8157
Tyrant
Too Late To Pray
LP
1987
  • White labels, barcode
Marketed/co-released by Combat Records.
MBR 1084

72200
Diamond Head
Behold The Beginning
LP/CD
1987
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
  • Razors labels, barcode
Licensed from Metal Masters.
72241
Candlemass
Nightfall
LP/CD
1988
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
Licensed from Axis Records.
Cat# MBR 1085 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
ST-73224
Lizzy Borden
Menace To Society
LP/CD
1986
  • White labels w/ Enigma and new Metal Blade logo, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
Cat# MBC 1086 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
From hereon their releases are randomly marketed by Restless, their mother-label Enigma and a few others...


ST-73230
Omen
The Curse
LP/CD
1986
  • White labels w/ Enigma and new Metal Blade logo, barcode
  • White Enigma labels w/ Enigma and "Blade Records" logo(!), barcode
Teeth, meed Hydra. The rest is history...

Marketed by Enigma.
Cat# MBC 1087 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
ST-73231
Fates Warning
Awakening The Guardian
LP/CD
1986
  • White labels w/ Enigma and new Metal Blade logo, barcode
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
Cat# MBC 1088 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
SWBB-73255
V/A
Best Of Metal Blade Volume 2
DLP/CD
1987
  • Black/red Enigma-labels, barcode
Featuring:
Lizzy Borden, Omen, Fates Warning, Hallow's Eve, Slayer, Destruction, Sodom, Sentinel Beast, Detente, Hirax, Flotsam & Jetsam, Juggernaut, Heretic, Savage Grace, Sound Barrier, Cirith Ungol, Cities, Exxplorer, Krank and Deaf Dealer.
CD-version has 13 tracks only.
Marketed by Enigma.
Cat# MBC 1088 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
ST-73256
Bitch
The Bitch Is Back
LP/CD
1987
  • Black/red Enigma-labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
Cat# MBC 1090 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
SQ-73254
Lizzy Borden
Terror Rising
MLP/CD
1987
  • Black/red Enigma-labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
Cat# MBC 1091 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
ST-73267
Anvil
Strength Of Steel
LP/CD
1987
  • Black/red Enigma-labels, barcode
There's not really a bad song on the album but while sometimes close, not really any towering cigars of unforgettable Steel either (as used to be the case..)

Marketed by Enigma.
Cat# MBC 1092 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
88561-8148-0
Liege Lord
Cast Out/Legend
12"
1987
  • White labels w/ chain
Marketed/co-released by Combat Records.
Cat# MBR 1093 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
ST-73271
Masi
Fire In The Rain
LP
1987
  • Black/red Enigma-labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
Cat# MBC 1094 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
SQ-73266
Omen
Nightmares
MLP
1987
  • Black/red Enigma-labels, barcode
Theory: Labels sometimes pick the weakest track of a release as title track/opener/single, just to hide the fact that it's a filler. "Shock Treatment" is killer though! The rest are unwarranted re-recordings + redundant AC/DC cover.

Marketed by Enigma.
Cat# MBC 1095 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
ST-73269
Trouble
Run To The Light
LP/CD
1987
  • Black/red Enigma-labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
Cat# MBC 1096 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
MBR 1097

72215
Juggernaut
Trouble Within
LP
1987
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
Marketed by Restless.

The last release to carry an MBR cat# printed on the label.
D11G-73290
Hallows Eve
Monument
LP/CD
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
Cat# MBC 1098 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
ST-73288
Lizzy Borden
Visual Lies
LP/CD
1987
  • Black/red Enigma-labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
Cat# MBC 1099 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
72217
Slayer
Live Undead
LP/CD
1987
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
Marketed by Restless.

8-track LP-version.
Cat# MBR 2000 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
MBR 2001

72223
Sacrifice
Forward To Termination
LP/CD
1987
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Restless.

Licensed from Fringe Product/Diabolic Force.

CD-version released in 1988.
72219
Pandemonium
The Kill
LP
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Restless.

Cat# MBR 2002 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
72225
Viking
Do Or Die
LP
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Restless.

Cat# MBR 2003 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
72229
Sacrilege
Within The Prophecy
LP
1987
  • White labels w/ chain (new logo), barcode
Licensed from Under One Flag.
Marketed by Restless.

Cat# MBR 2004 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
72238
Dead End
Ghost Of Romance
LP
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Licensed from Invitation.

Marketed by Restless.

Cat# MBR 2005 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
72244
Nasty Savage
Abstract Reality
MLP
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Restless.

Cat# MBR 2006 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
ST-73306
Sacred Reich
Ignorance
LP/CD
1987
  • Black/red Enigma-labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.

Cat# MBC 2007 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
73310
Omen
Escape To Nowhere
LP/CD
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.

Cat# MBC 2008 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
D11G-73330
Fates Warning
No Exit
LP/CD/ Pic-LP
1988
Marketed by Enigma.

Cat# MBC 2009 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.

Pic-version only as promo.
72224
Hirax
Not Dead Yet
CD
1987
 
Marketed by Restless.
72246
V/A
Metal Massacre Nine
LP/CD
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Restless.

More info here.
D1-73318
Betsy
s/t
LP/CD
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Not Metal. HR/aor.

Marketed by Enigma.
D1-73319
V/A
The Best Of Metal Blade Volume 3
DLP/CD
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.

More info here.
D1-73324
Masi
Downtown Dreamers
LP/CD
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
72287
Taramis
Queen Of Thieves
LP
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Restless.

Licensed from Metal For Melbourne.
D1-73304
D.R.I.
4 Of A Kind
LP/CD
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
  • Black/red Enigma-labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
72295
Candlemass
At The Gallow's End
12"
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Restless.
MBR 11110
Banshee
Cry In The Night
MLP
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
 
72272
Heretic
Breaking Point
LP/CD
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Restless.
72268
Liege Lord
Master Control
LP/CD
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Restless.
72310
Armored Saint
Saints Will Conquer
MLP/CD
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Restless.
72297
Slayer
Hell Awaits
LP/Pic-LP/CD
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Reissue.

Marketed by Restless. No Combat Records co-credits on this version.
72334
Dead End
Shámbara
LP/CD
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Licensed from Amuse Records.

Marketed by Restless.
73336
Anvil
Pound For Pound
LP/CD
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
73353
V/A
Black Roses - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
LP/CD
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.

Featuring:
Black Roses, Alex Masi, Bang Tango, Lizzy Borden, King Kobra, David Michael Phillips, Tempest and Hallows Eve.
73359
Sacred Reich
Surf Nicaragua
MLP/ MCD
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
72290
Helstar
A Distant Thunder
LP
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Restless.
73403
Helstar
A Distant Thunder
LP/CD
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Contemporary repress without the lightnings.

Marketed by Enigma.
73400
Tattoo
Blood Red
LP/CD
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
73340
Candlemass
Ancient Dreams
LP/CD
1988
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
75902
Lizzy Borden
The Murderess Metal Road Show
VHS
1988
 
Marketed by Enigma.
75903
D.R.I.
Live At The Ritz
VHS
1988
 
Marketed by Enigma.
73401
D.R.I.
Dealing With It
LP/CD
1989
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.

Reissue. Originally on Death Records (1985).
73402
D.R.I.
Crossover
LP/CD
1989
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.

Originally on Death Records (1987) .
72404
V/A
Street Survivors
LP/CD
1989
  • Razors labels, barcode
Not Metal. (Mostly) HR/Glam.

Marketed by Restless.

More info here.
73406
Goo Goo Dolls
Jed
LP/CD
1989
  • Razors labels, barcode
Not Metal. Punk/power pop.

Marketed by Enigma.
73411
Sacred Reich
Surf Nicaragua
Pic-MLP
1989
 
Marketed by Enigma.
72412
Bitch
Be My Slave/Damnation Alley
CD
1989
 
Reissue of Damnation Alley" EP (1982) + "Be My Slave" LP (1983).

Marketed by Restless.
73404
UFO
Ain't Misbehavin'
MLP/CD
1989
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
73405
Artch
Another Return To Church Hill
LP/CD
1989
  • Razors labels, barcode
Licensed from Active Records.

Marketed by Enigma.
73409
Omen
Warning Of Danger / Nightmares
CD
1989
 
Reissue.

Marketed by Enigma.
72405
Sacrilege
Turn Back Trilobite
LP/CD
1989
  • Razors labels, barcode
Licensed from Under One Flag.
Marketed by Restless.
72411
V/A
The Best Of Metal Massacre
CD
1989
 
Featuring:
Flotsam & Jetsam, Fates Warning, Lizzy Borden, Metal Church, Omen, Sacred Reich, Overkill, Malice, Hallows Eve, Warlord, Trouble, Possessed, Nasty Savage, Voivod, Dark Angel and Bitch.
Marketed by Restless.
73415
Heretic
Breaking Point
CD
1989
 
Reissue.

Marketed by Enigma.
73410
Alex Masi
Attack Of The Neon Shark
LP/CD
1989
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
72417
Circus Of Power
Still Alive
MLP/CD
1989
  • Razors labels, barcode
Not Metal. Hard Rock.

Marketed by Restless.
73418
Bitch
A Rose By Any Other Name
MCD
1989
 
Marketed by Enigma.
CAROL 1380
Tattooed Love Boys
Bleeding Hearts And Needle Marks
LP
1989
  • Red Caroline labels, barcode
Not Metal. Glam/HR.
Licensed from Episode Records.

Marketed/co-released by Caroline Records.
C1-91690
Heir Apparent
One Small Voice
LP/CD
1989
  • Purple Caroline labels, barcode
Of course it's not a total J*vified sell-out, but neither is there any Power left in Heir Apparent's Metal on this their sophomore release. It still works in songs like "Cacophony Of Anger" and the "Fifth Season" is hot on the heels of former glories but as a whole it's a bit of a letdown.

Marketed/co-released by Capitol Records.
72418
Little Caesar
Name Your Poison
MLP/
MCD
1989
  • Razors labels, barcode
Not Metal. HR/Glam.

Marketed by Enigma.
73409
Anvil
Past & Present - Live In Concert
CD
1989
 
Marketed by Enigma.

Only on vinyl as a promo-version, but there missing 2 songs.
73413
Lizzy Borden
Master Of Disguise
LP/CD
1989
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
73414
Malice
Crazy In The Night
MCD
1989
 
Marketed by Enigma.
CAROL 1396
Viking
Man Of Straw
LP/CD
1989
  • Red Caroline labels, barcode
Marketed/co-released by Caroline Records.
C1-92584
Princess Pang
s/t
LP/CD
1989
  • Purple Caroline labels, barcode
Not Metal. Sleeze.

Marketed/co-released by Capitol Records.
72416
Intruder
A Higher Form Of Killing
LP/CD
1989
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Restless.
72420
Warlord
Best Of Warlord
CD
1989
 
Marketed by Restless.
73408
Fates Warning
Perfect Symmetry
LP/CD
1989
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
72421
The Junk Monkeys
Soul Cakes
LP/CD
1989
  • Razors labels, barcode
Not Metal. Alternative rock.

Marketed/co-released by No Wonder Records + Restless.
73419
Helstar
Nosferatu
CD
1989
 
Marketed by Enigma.
72402
Crisis Party
Rude Awakening
LP/CD
1989
  • Razors labels, barcode
Not Metal. Alternative rock.

Marketed by Restless.
72423
Rigor Mortis
Freaks
MLP/
MCD
1989
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Restless.
73407
D.R.I.
Thrash Zone
LP/CD
1989
  • Razors labels, barcode
Marketed by Enigma.
REST 72437
D.R.I.
Thrash Zone
CD
1989
 
Marketed by Restless. Repress?
73430
Starz
Live In Action
CD
1989
 
Not Metal. Hard Rock.

Marketed by Enigma.
73421
Omen
Teeth Of The Hydra - The Best Of Omen
CD
1989
 
Marketed by Enigma.
73434
Tormé
Back To Babylon
CD
1989
 
Not Metal. Hard Rock.

Marketed by Enigma.


Originally on Zebra Records (1985).
73417
Candlemass
Tales Of Creation
LP/CD
1990
  • Razors labels, barcode
Licensed from Music For Nations.

Marketed by Enigma.


...and the very last of Metal Blade's original run of US-pressed vinyls.








 
MBR 1057-12

EPRO-003
Sound Barrier
Hollywood (Down On Your Luck)
12"
1986
1986
Same track on both sides.
88561-8148-0
Liege Lord
Cast Out/Legend
12"
1987
1987
Marketed/co-released by Combat Records.
Cat# MBR 1093 found on catalogue sheet but not on release.
EPRO-043
Lizzy Borden
Me Against The World
12"
1987
1987
Same track on both sides.
EPRO-047
Sacred Reich
Ignorance Sampler
MC
1987
1987
3 tracks from the Ignorance album.
EPRO-048
V/A
Restless/Metal Blade Compilation Cassette
MC
1987
1987
One side non-Metal, one side Metal.
Featuring:
Cat Heads, Wipers, Necros, Flaming Lips, Daddy In His Deep Sleep, Ben Vaughn Combo, Plasticland, Bardeux, Diamond Head, D.R.I., Nasty Savage, Sacrifice, Sacrilege, Jesters Of Destiny and Juggernaut.
EPRO-058
Lizzy Borden
Eyes Of A Stranger
12"
1987
1987
Same track on both sides.
EPRO-064
Lizzy Borden
Shock
12"
1988
1988
Same track on both sides.
EPRO-065
Fates Warning
Silent Cries
12"
1988
1988
Same track on both sides.
EPRO-066
Fates Warning
No Exit
MC
1988
1988
Advance copy.
EPRO-085
Fates Warning
No Exit
Pic-LP
1988
1988
Promo only.
EPRO-087
Masi
God Promised A Paradise
12"
1988
1988
Same track on both sides.
EPRO-092
Betsy
Devil Made You Do It
12"
1988
1988
Same track on both sides.
EPRO-096
Fates Warning
Quietus
12"
1988
1988
Same track on both sides.
EPRO 102
D.R.I.
Think For Yourself
12"
1988
1988
Same track on both sides.
EPRO-112
V/A
New Music Seminar Sampler Cassette
MC
1988
1988
Featuring:
Fates Warning, D.R.I., Alex Masi, Betsy Weiss, Hallows Eve, Armored Saint, Helstar, Heretic, Liege Lord and Candlemass.
EPRO-113
Fates Warning
Anarchy Divine
12"
1988
1988
Same track on both sides.
EPRO-117
Betsy
You'll Never Get Out (Of This Love Alive)
12"
1988
1988
Same track on both sides.
EPRO-126
Sacred Reich
War Pigs
12"
1988
1988
Same track on both sides.
EPRO-127
Black Roses
Dance On Fire
12"
1988
1988
Same track on both sides.
EPRO-128
Dead End
Junk
12"
1988
1988
Same track on both sides.
EPRO-131
V/A
Fall '88 Metal Blade Sampler
MC
1988
1988
Featuring:
Anvil, Omen, Black Roses, Sacred Reich, D.R.I., Helstar, Armored Saint, Liege Lord, Heretic and Dead End.
EPRO-132
V/A
THUD Sweat & Cheers - The Enigma Metal Compilation CD
CD
1988
1988
Tied to several Enigma sub-labels and co-ops like Restless, Medusa, Metal Blade, Synthicide, GWR and Torrid Records.

Featuring:
Anvil, Armored Saint, Bakfish, Barren Cross, Black Moses, D.R.I., Death Angel, Girlschool, Hades, Hurricane, Mass, Metal Jam, Motörhead, MX Machine, Num Skull, Omen, Saxon, SGM, Stryper and Wrath.
EPRO-135
Anvil
Blood On The Ice
12"
1988
1988
Same track on both sides.
EPRO-136
Armored Saint
Can U Deliver
12"
1988
1988
Same track on both sides.
EPRO-157
UFO
Between A Rock And A Hard Place/Lights Out
CDS
1989
1989
 
EPRO-197
Fates Warning
Through Different Eyes
12"
1989
1989
Same track on both sides.

EPRO-206
Anvil
Past & Present - Live In Concert
LP
1989
1989
The only official US vinyl version, though "March Of The Crabs" and "Jackhammer" are missing.
EPRO-211
Fates Warning
Selections From Perfect Symmetry
MC
1989
1989
2 tracks from Perfect Symmetry + interview.
EPRO-251
Starz
Live In Action
MLP
1989
1989
Featuring 5 songs from the CD.







 
Compiled by Dan Edman. Additional info by Rob Preston and Keir Howell.  
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