If you grew up in Europe in the 80's, Music For Nations should have been a vital part of your Heavy Metal education. Few labels could brag about bringing so many American classics to the European Metal fans of the day. Their few original signings (ROGUE MALE, TANK, TIGERTAILZ..) never had the same impact on Metal History though, so our debt to MFN mostly comes from licensing some of the finest releases of US labels like Combat, Megaforce, Enigma and many others.

Their discography clearly shows they were the "Major Label" of the Zomba Music Group Metal subsidiaries. While Under One Flag handled most of the 2nd generation Thrashers and Active Records served as a testing ground for new and upcoming acts, MFN must have been the home of those bands that The Men In Charge thought had the most commercial potential. Subsequently the MFN discog is a mixed bag of totally essential Heavy Metal classics as well as poorly aged, effeminate garbage. With the exception of a few CANDLEMASS releases, hardly anything from 1990 and onwards deserves a mention on The Corroseum, so purely concentrating on the full 80's discography of the label felt like fair compromise.

Some notes:

  • Some CD issues might have gone unmentioned. This should be most of what was available at the time though. Corrections welcomed.

  • There's probably more license pressings among these than is currently mentioned. My research-drive tend to get rather lighthearted when dealing with, um.. more "unclean" material.

  • Same goes for the Not Metal-comments. I mean, you can't expect me to actually hunt down and listen to a band calling themselves "Sugarcreek"!? Good ol' common sense should suffice.
Albums start right below - EPs & singles begin here.
 
   
Cover Cat# Artist Title Format Year Comment
MFN1
Vigin Steele
s/t
LP
1983
Originally on a private label in 1981.
MFN2
Ratt
s/t
MLP
1983
I'm sure it's considered a classic in it's own genre, but for me it's pretty much the archetype of dull US Glam/Street Metal. I mean, they're not fuckin' P*ison but merely not being fuckin' P*ison is very far from enough...

Originally on Time Coast Records.
MFN3
Tank
This Means War
LP/Pic-LP
1983
MFN4
V/A
The Kids Are United
LP
1983
Not Metal. Punk/Oi.

Featuring:
Sham 69, Exploited, Cockney Rejects, Splodge, UK Subs, 4-Skins, Angelic Upstarts etc.
MFN5
Virgin Steele
Guardians Of The Flame
LP
1983
Originally on Mongol Horde.
MFN6
Manowar
Into Glory Ride
LP
1983
I have to blame the lackluster opener "Warlord" for my difficulties of getting deep into this album in the early days. That, and the fact that it's a more obscure and less instant affair than the 2 following behemoths.

Licensed from Megaforce Records.
MFN7
Metallica
Kill 'Em All
LP
1983
Licensed from Megaforce Records.
MFN8
Battleaxe
Burn This Town
LP
1983
 
MFN9
Tsunami
s/t
LP
1984
Probably the kewlest drawing of a tsunami ever put on a Metal album. I really think they've captured it's ...tsunaminess. The meat & potatoes rockmetal accompanying it won't raise that many eyebrows tho'.

Licensed from Enigma Records (1983).
MFN10
Mercyful Fate
Melissa
LP
1983
 
MFN11
Rox
Violent Breed
LP
1983
 
MFN12
V/A
Hell On Earth
LP
1983
Featuring:
Metallica, Virgin Steele, Mercyful Fate, Battleaxe, Ratt, Tank, Rox, Talas and Manowar.
MFN13
Earthshaker
s/t
LP
1983
Licensed from Nexus Records.
MFN14
Anthrax
Fistful Of Metal
LP/CD/ Pic-LP
1984
Licensed from Megaforce Records.
MFN15
Hellion
s/t
MLP
1984
Originally on Bongus Records (1983). 2 bonus tracks.
MFN16
The Rods
Live
LP
1984
Licensed from Combat Records (1983)
MFN17
Exciter
Violence & Force
LP
1984
Licensed from Megaforce Records.
MFN18
Twelfth Night
Live & Let Live
LP
1984
MFN19
Manowar
Hail To England
MLP
1984
My wife insists this is Manowar's best album. I don't think she's listened much to the rest of their discog, but I get why she still insists on being right. Everything about "Hail To England" screams "I'm the best bloody album by this bloody band dammit!" and on every second, non-"Sign Of The Hammer"-day of the week I won't disagree.
MFN20
Helstar
Burning Star
LP
1984
Licensed from Combat Records. Different cover art.
MFN21
Earthshaker
Fugitive
LP
1984
Licensed from Nexus Records.
MFN22
Loudness
Disillusion
LP
1984
Licensed from Denon Records.
MFN23
Alaska
Heart Of The Storm
LP
1984
 
MFN24
Wendy O'Williams
W.O.W.
LP
1984
Licensed from Passport Records.
MFN25
Battleaxe
Power From The Universe
LP
1984
MFN26
Tank
Honor And Blood
LP
1984
 
MFN27
Metallica
Ride The Lightning
LP
1984
Licensed from Megaforce Records.
MFN28
Mercyful Fate
Don't Break The Oath
LP
1984
Having had a semi-christian upbringing, my first experience with MF - this very album - was a genuinely creepy experience. The image, the rumors, the dangerous aspects of Heavy Metal was never as present, before or after. Maybe that's why this particular 10-outta-10'er has left such a mark in me..

Licensed from Roadrunner Records.
MFN29
The Rods
Let Them Eat Metal
LP
1984
Licensed from Combat Records.
MFN30
V/A
Hell Comes To Your House
LP
1984
Featuring:
Manowar, Exciter, Anthrax, Earthshaker, Hellion, Loudness, Helstar, The Rods, Tsunami and Alaska.
MFN31
Waysted
s/t
MLP
1984
 
MFN32
V/A
Strictly For Konnoisseurs
DLP
1984
Featuring:
1994, Legs Diamond, Desmond Child & Rogue, American Tears, 707, Marcus, Reckless, Wrabit, Moxy, Tantrum, Zon, Balance, Teri DeSario, Rex, Mayday!, Trigger, The Boyzz, Jam Ram, Joe Perry, Angel, Starz, The Reggie Knighton Band, Trillion, Max Webster and Starcastle.
MFN33
TKO
In Your Face
LP
1984
Licensed from Combat Records.
MFN34
Jack Starr
Out Of The Darkness
LP
1984
Licensed from Passport Records.
MFN35
Earthshaker
T-o-k-y-o
MLP
1985
.
MFN36
Twelfth Night
Art & Illusion
MLP
1985
 
MFN37
Earthshaker
Midnight Flight
LP
1985
Licensed from Nexus Records.
MFN38
Loudness
Thunder In The East
LP
1985
Licensed from Atco.
MFN39
Q5
Steel The Light
LP
1985
Originally on Albatross Records w/ different cover art.
MFN40
Rogue Male
First Visit
LP
1985
 
MFN41
Alaska
The Pack
LP
1985
 
MFN42
Savatage
The Dungeons Are Calling
MLP
1985
Licensed from Combat Records.
MFN43
Waysted
The Good, The Bad, The Waysted
LP
1985
MFN44
Exodus
Bonded By Blood
LP/CD
1985
Licensed from Combat Records.
MFN45
Thrasher
Burnin' At The Speed Of Light
LP
1985
Licensed from Combat Records.
MFN46
Megadeth
Killing Is My Business
LP/CD/ Pic-LP
1986
Licensed from Combat Records.
MFN47
Exciter
Long Live The Loud
LP
1985
Licensed from Combat Records.
MFN48
Savatage
Sirens
LP/CD
1985
Originally on PAR Records in 1983 w/ different cover art.
MFN49
V/A
Welcome To The Metal Zone
DLP
1985
Featuring:
Rogue Male, Exciter, Mercyful Fate, Q5, Wendy O'Williams, Tank, Megadeth, TKO, Waysted, Battleaxe, Savatage, Loudness, Exodus, Earthshaker, Alaska, The Rods and Jack Starr.
MFN50
Tygers Of Pan Tang
The Wreck-Age
LP
1985
 
MFN51
Robin Trower
Beyond The Mist
LP
1985
 
MFN52
Legs Diamond
Out On Bail
LP
1985
Licensed from Target Records (1984).
MFN53
Rio
Borderland
LP
1985
 
MFN54
V/A
Speed Kills
LP
1985
More info here.
MFN55
Sugarcreek
s/t
LP
1985
 
MFN56
Baby Tuckoo
Force Majeure
LP
1986
 
MFN57
Eric Martin
s/t
LP
1986
Not Metal. aor.
MFN58
Surgin'
When Midnight Comes
LP
1986
 
MFN59
Legs Diamond
Land Of The Gun
LP
1986
 
MFN60
Metallica
Master Of Puppets
LP/CD/ Pic-LP
1986
Licensed from Electra Records.
MFN61
Exciter
Unveiling The Wicked
LP
1986
Licensed from Combat Records.
MFN62
Anthrax
Spreading The Disease
LP
1986
Licensed from Island Records.
MFN63
V/A
Beyond The Metal Zone
DLP
1986
Featuring:
Surgin', Savatage, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Legs Diamond, Metallica, Baby Tuckoo, Eric Martin, Waysted, Robin Trower, Exciter, Rio, Thrasher and Sugarcreek.
MFN64
Q5
When The Mirror Cracks
LP/CD
1986
CD-version includes the "Steel The Light" LP as bonus.
MFN65
Rio
Sex Crimes
LP
1986
 
MFN66
Agent Steel
Unstoppable Force
LP/CD
1986
Licensed from Combat Records.
MFN67
The Creek
s/t
LP
1986
Not Metal. Rock/aor.
MFN68
Rogue Male
Animal Man
LP
1986
 
MFN69
Poison
Look What The Cat Dragged In
LP/CD/ Pic-LP
1986
Licensed from Capitol Records.
MFN70
Stryper
To Hell With The Devil
LP/CD
1986
Licensed from Enigma Records.
MFN71
V/A
The Singles Album
DLP
1986
Featuring:
Tank, Rox, Virgin Steele, Metallica, Mercyful Fate, Earthshaker, Alaska, WASP, Loudness, Wendy O. Williams, Exciter, Rogue Male, Q5, Waysted, Eric Martin, Baby Tuckoo, Legs Diamond and Agent Steel.
MFN72
Stryper
Soldiers Under Command
LP/CD
1986
Licensed from Enigma Records (1985).
MFN73
Hellion
Screams In The Night
LP/CD
1987
Licensed from New Renaissance Records.
MFN74
Stryper
Yellow And Black Attack
MLP/CD
1986
Licensed from Enigma Records (1984).
MFN75
Heathen
Breaking The Silence
LP/CD
1987
Licensed from Combat Records.
MFN76
Zoetrope
A Life Of Crime
LP
1987
Licensed from Combat Records.
MFN77
Exodus
Pleasures Of The Flesh
LP/CD/ Pic-LP
1987
Licensed from Combat Records.
MFN78
Tigertailz
Young And Crazy
LP/CD/ Pic-LP
1987
MFN79
Michael Furlong
Breakaway
LP
1987
 
MFN80
Wild Dogs
Reign Of Terror
LP
1987
Licensed from Enigma Records.
MFN81
Lääz Rockit
Know Your Enemy
LP
1987
Licensed from Enigma Records.
MFN82
Hellion
Postcards From The Asylum
MLP
1988
Licensed from New Renaissance Records.
MFN83
V/A
Nightmare On Carnaby St.
DLP
1988
Featuring:
Exodus, Heathen, Hellion, Agent Steel, Wild Dogs, Zoetrope, Lääz Rockit, Q5, Rio, Tigertailz and Rogue Male.
MFN84
Barren Cross
Atomic Arena
LP
1988
 
MFN85
Suicide Squad
Live It While You Can
MLP
1987
 
MFN86
King Cobra
III
LP/CD
1988
Licensed from New Renaissance Records.
MFN87
Impellitteri
Stand In Line
LP/CD
1988
 
MFN88
Shout
It Won't Be Long
LP/CD
1988
MFN89
Meanstreak
Roadkill
LP/CD
1988
*yawn* I think I'll just take a little nap under this car and hope that no-one notices and takes a photo. Don't wanna end up on some late 80's mid-league Heavy/Speed album cover again...

Licensed from Mercenary Records.
MFN90
Exodus
Fabulous Disaster
LP/CD/ Pic-LP
1989
Licensed from Combat Records.
MFN91
Fisc
Handle With Care
LP/CD
1989
 
MFN92
Shout
In Your Face
LP/CD
1989
 
MFN93
Blue Blud
The Big Noise
LP/CD
1989
 
MFN94
Jet Red
s/t
LP/CD
1989
Not Metal. Melodic rock/aor.

Licensed from Relativity Records.
MFN95
Candlemass
Tales Of Creation
LP/CD/ Pic-LP
1989
EPs & Singles
12 KUT 101
Tank
Echoes Of A Distant Battle
12" EP
1983
 
12 KUT 102
Manowar
Defender
12"
1983
A good reminder of how fiercly original they were back in the better part of the 80's. NO-ONE dared to be this ott epic in 1983!
12 KUT 103
Rox
Krazy Kutz
12" EP
1983
 
12 KUT 104
Virgin Steele
A Cry In The Night
7"/
12" EP
1983
 
12 KUT 105
Metallica
Jump In The Fire
12" EP/ Shaped 12"
1984
12 KUT 106
Mercyful Fate
Black Funeral
[a.k.a.]
Black Masses
12"
1984
Were I to pick 20 MF song from random memory, I doubt "Black Funeral" would be one of them. "Black Masses" most certainly would though.
12 KUT 107
Earthshaker
Blondie Girl
12" EP
1984
 
12 KUT 108
Alaska
Suzie Blue
7"/
12"
1984
 
12 KUT 109
W.A.S.P.
Animal (F**k Like A Beast)
12"/ Shaped 12"
1984
 
12 KUT 110
Loudness
Roadracer
12"
1984
 
12 KUT 111
Wendy O. Williams
It's My Life
7"/
12"
1984
 
12 KUT 112
Metallica
Creeping Death
12" EP/
Pic-12" EP/ MCD
1984
The finest sleeve art the band ever had. Everybody loves that doom riff in the middle of the song, but we love "Am I Evil" and "Blitzkrieg" even more.

Also on ltd ed gold vinyl (no p/s)
The CD inlcuded "Jump In The Fire" EP as bonus.

12 KUT 113
Exciter
Feel The Knife
12" EP
1985
 
12 KUT 114
Rogue Male
All Over You
12" EP
1985
 
12 KUT 115
Q5
Steel The Light
12"
1985
 
12 KUT 116
Alaska
Miss You Tonight
7"/
12"
1985
 
12 KUT 117
Waysted
Heaven Tonight
7"/
12" EP
1985
 
12 KUT 118
Rio
I Don't Wanna Be The Fool
7"/12"
1985
KUT 119
Eric Martin
Information
7"
1986
Not Metal. aor.
12 KUT 120
Baby Tuckoo
Rock Rock
12" EP
1986
12 KUT 121
Legs Diamond
Turn To Stone
12" EP
1986
12 KUT 122
Rogue Male
Belfast
12" EP
1986
12 KUT 123
Rio
Atlantic Radio
7"/
12" EP
1986
12 KUT 124
Agent Steel
Mad Locust Rising
12" EP
1986
Licensed from Combat Records.
12 KUT 125
Poison
Talk Dirty To Me
7"/12" EP
1986
12 KUT 126
Stryper
Calling On You
7"/
12" EP
1986
(12) KUT 127
Poison
Cry Tough
7"/12" EP
1987
(12) KUT 128
Michael Furlong
Savin' The Best For You
7"/12"
1988
(12) KUT 129
Tigertailz
Livin' Without You
7"/12"/
CDS
1988
(12) KUT 130
Alaska
Headlines
7"/12" EP
1988
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
(12) KUT 131

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(12) KUT 132
Tigertailz
Love Bomb Baby
7"/12"/
CDS
1989
(12) 133 KUT
Blue Blud
Running Back
7"/12"/
CDS
1989
Compiled by DaN Edman. Additional info by Avenger.  
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