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-1001
V/A
U.S. Metal
LP
1981
  • Green labels
  • Black labels
More info here.
SH-1002
V/A
U.S. Metal vol. II
LP
1982
  • Green labels
  • Black labels
More info here.
SH-1003
Wild Dogs
s/t
LP
1983
  • Green labels
  • Black labels
 
SH-1004
Exciter
Heavy Metal Maniac
LP
1983
  • Green labels
 
SH-1005
The Rods
In The Raw
LP
1983
  • Green labels
  • Black labels
 
SH-1006
V/A
U.S. Metal vol. III
LP
1983
  • Green labels
  • Black labels
More info here.
SH-1007
Steeler
s/t
LP
1983
  • Black labels
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1008
Culprit
Guilty As Charged
LP
1983
  • Black labels
 
SH-1009
Hawaii
One Nation Underground
LP
1983
  • Black labels
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1010
Le Mans
On The Streets
LP
1983
  • Black labels
 
SH-1011
Randy Hansen
Astral Projection - Live
LP
1983
  • Black labels
 
SH-1012
Wild Dogs
Man's Best Friend
LP
1984
  • Black labels
 
SH-1013
V/A
U.S. Metal vol. IV
LP
1984
  • Black labels
More info here.
SH-1014
Keel
Lay Down The Law
LP
1984
  • Black labels
  • Silver labels
SH-1015
Griffin
Flight Of The Griffin
LP
1984
  • Black labels
SH-1016
Hexx
No Escape
LP
1984
  • Black labels
 
SH-1017
Trauma
Scratch And Scream
LP
1984
  • Black labels
 
SH-1018
Chastain
Mystery Of Illusion
LP
1985
  • Black labels
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1019
London
Non 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-1021
Tony Macalpine
Edge Of Insanity
LP
1986
  • Silver labels
  • Silver labels w/ small logo
 
SH-1022
Fifth Angel
s/t
LP
1986
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1023
Racer X
Street Lethal
LP
1986
  • Silver labels
  • Black labels w/ small logo (and the silver label tank design)
 
SH-1024
Chastain
Ruler Of The Wasteland
LP
1986
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1025
Hexx
Under The Spell
LP
1986
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1026
Ravage
Wrecking Ball
LP
1986
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1027
Vinnie Moore
Mind's Eye
LP
1986
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1028
M.A.R.S.
Project: Driver
LP
1986
  • Silver labels
The last relese without barcode, represses included.
SH-1029
Dr Mastermind
s/t
LP
1986
  • Silver labels
From hereon all releases came with barcodes...
SH-1030
Joey Tafolla
Out Of The Sun
LP
1987
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1031
Cacophony
Speed Metal Symphony
LP
1987
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1032
Racer X
Second Heat
LP
1988
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1033
Vicious Rumors
Digital 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-1034
Apocrypha
The Forgotten Scroll
LP
1988
  • Silver labels
I told you Fates Warning would have worked just as fine with male vocals!
SH-1035
Marty Friedman
Dragon's Kiss
LP/CD
1988
  • Silver labels
SH-1036
Jason Becker
Perpetual Burn
LP
1988
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1037
Greg Howe
s/t
LP
1988
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1038
Racer X
Extreme Volume - Live
LP/CD
1988
  • Silver labels
SH-1039
Apocrypha
The Eyes Of Time
LP
1988
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1040
Cacophony
Go Off!
LP/CD
1988
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1041
V/A
Fretboard Frenzy
CD
1989
Featuring:
Cacophony, Greg Howe, Jason Becker, Racer X, Apocrypha, Marty Friedman, Joey Tafolla and Dr. Mastermind.
SH-1042
Richie Kotzen
s/t
LP/CD
1989
  • Silver labels
SH-1043
Phantom Blue
s/t
LP
1989
  • Silver labels
 
SH-1044
Howe II
High Gear
LP/CD
1989
  • Silver labels w/ small logo
 
SH-1045
Michael Lee Firkins
s/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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