Shrapnel was one of the first labels to promote REAL Heavy Metal in the States and their number of classic records in their early days speak for themselves. Unfortunately, raw and uncompromising, balls-out HM didn't seem to be what Mr. Varney & co held closest at heart. By the second half of the 80's, Shrapnel were slowly starting to phaze out the classic Metal acts in favour of guitar wan.. sorry, "virituosos" and by the end of the decade you could hardly call them a pure Metal label at all. To set a more consistant stop to this list than mere personal tastes, I've included everything up until their very last (?) "traditional " Metal-release (SH-1047). This was also around the time when they stopped releasing their albums on vinyl in the states. Roadrunner licensed their titles on vinyl in Europe for a few more years though.

This page is now updated with a "Versions"-column, were I've listed all known pressings of each release. Since Shrapnel never released any colored vinyls or alternate sleeve designs (unless I've missed out on some small details - let me know if that's the case!) these pressings will differ by label design only. For the record, barcodes were not used on any releases up until the M.A.R.S. "Project: Driver" LP, including represses, and consistently used after that, so they won't work as pressings markers.

Here's a table of the label designs with added info:

  Green label

Only used on the 6 first releases.
  Black label

Used from the Steeler s/t LP from 1983 up until the end of 1985/beginning of 1986, where some variations of the design appeared.
  Silver label

Used from 1985 until their last vinyl releases in 1990, the last couple plus at least one repress of an earlier release with a slightly different design.

This list at the now defunct Forgotten Steel page provided the basis for this page and goes a few titles further, but I'm sure you can find even more complete discogs out there. Shrapnel are still active and should have around 200 titles in their catalog by now. Check their home page for more info.


Cover  Cat#          Artist                   Title            Format   Year  Versions                    Comment                    
SH-1001V/AU.S. Metal LP 1981
  • Green labels
  • Black labels
More info here.
SH-1002V/AU.S. Metal vol. II LP 1982
  • Green labels
  • Black labels
More info here.
SH-1003Wild Dogss/t LP 1983
  • Green labels
  • Black labels
 
SH-1004ExciterHeavy Metal Maniac LP 1983
  • Green labels
 
SH-1005The RodsIn The Raw LP 1983
  • Green labels
  • Black labels
 
SH-1006V/AU.S. Metal vol. III LP 1983
  • Green labels
  • Black labels
More info here.
SH-1007Steelers/t LP 1983
  • Black labels
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1008CulpritGuilty As Charged LP 1983
  • Black labels
 
SH-1009HawaiiOne Nation Underground LP 1983
  • Black labels
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1010Le MansOn The Streets LP 1983
  • Black labels
 
SH-1011Randy HansenAstral Projection - Live LP 1983
  • Black labels
 
SH-1012Wild DogsMan's Best Friend LP 1984
  • Black labels
 
SH-1013V/AU.S. Metal vol. IV LP 1984
  • Black labels
More info here.
SH-1014KeelLay Down The Law LP 1984
  • Black labels
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1015GriffinFlight Of The Griffin LP 1984
  • Black labels
SH-1016HexxNo Escape LP 1984
  • Black labels
 
SH-1017TraumaScratch And Scream LP 1984
  • Black labels
 
SH-1018ChastainMystery Of Illusion LP 1985
  • Black labels
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1019LondonNon Stop Rock LP 1985
  • Black labels w/ small logo
 
SH-1020 Vicious Rumors Soldiers Of The Night LP 1986
  • Black labels w/ small logo
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1021Tony MacalpineEdge Of Insanity LP 1986
  • Silver labels
  • Silver labels w/ small logo
 
SH-1022Fifth Angels/t LP 1986
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1023Racer XStreet Lethal LP 1986
  • Silver labels
  • Black labels w/ small logo (and the silver label tank design)
 
SH-1024ChastainRuler Of The Wasteland LP 1986
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1025HexxUnder The Spell LP 1986
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1026RavageWrecking Ball LP 1986
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1027 Vinnie Moore Mind's Eye LP 1986
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1028M.A.R.S.Project: Driver LP 1986
  • Silver labels
The last relese without barcode, represses included.
SH-1029Dr Masterminds/t LP 1986
  • Silver labels
From hereon all releases came with barcodes...
SH-1030Joey TafollaOut Of The Sun LP 1987
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1031CacophonySpeed Metal Symphony LP 1987
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1032Racer XSecond Heat LP 1988
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1033Vicious RumorsDigital Dictator LP 1988
  • Silver labels
Not so much a bullseye into the heart of my own Metal tastes as their impeccable debut, but it's hard not to appreciate their craftmanship of this brand of metallics.
SH-1034ApocryphaThe Forgotten Scroll LP 1988
  • Silver labels
I told you Fates Warning would have worked just as fine with male vocals!
SH-1035Marty FriedmanDragon's Kiss LP/CD 1988
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1036Jason BeckerPerpetual Burn LP 1988
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1037Greg Howes/t LP 1988
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1038Racer XExtreme Volume - Live LP/CD 1988
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1039ApocryphaThe Eyes Of Time LP 1988
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1040CacophonyGo Off! LP/CD 1988
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1041V/AFretboard Frenzy CD 1989
Featuring:
Cacophony, Greg Howe, Jason Becker, Racer X, Apocrypha, Marty Friedman, Joey Tafolla and Dr. Mastermind.
SH-1042Richie Kotzens/t LP/CD 1989
  • Silver labels
SH-1043Phantom Blues/t LP 1989
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1044Howe IIHigh Gear LP/CD 1989
  • Silver labels w/ small logo
 
SH-1045Michael Lee Firkinss/t LP/CD 1990
  • Silver labels w/ small logo
 
SH-1046 Richie Kotzen Fever Dream CD 1990    
SH-1047 Apocrypha Area 54 CD 1990
 
Compiled by Johnny Meert. Additional info by DaN Edman and Avenger.



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