Is there any mystery left in Olde Metal Hunting? A harsh question perhaps, but to the cynics and sceptics The Corroseum's answer will always be "Yes!" Plenty of features on this site will prove this point, often dealing with artifacts possibly even more obscure than those presented below. Yet strangely enough, the

US and Canadian Heavy Metal 7"-scene

is still one of the least explored niches in the domain of Old Metal Vinyl Collecting, at least in relation to its size and popularity. Hence forum member and long-time fan & collector of rare American 7"s, Kristian "Khnud" Knutsson has taken on this impossible feat of documentation, making this the 3rd and - surely in the long run - largest Singles-Special of The Corroseum to date...


A note on rarity Most of the releases reviewed herein are to be considered rare, usually released in either 500 or 1000 copies by small independent labels, or by the bands themselves. The rating is therefore an attempt at approximating how often an item shows up for sale.

 

= Rather common, a copy can most likely be found without too much effort

= Uncommon, still turns up a few times per year

= Rare, you'll most likely have to search a bit before you find one

= Very rare, expect to have to search several years before one turns up

= More or less impossible to find. The number of known copies can be counted with the fingers of one hand

 

Also, please note that rarity scores might change over time. A good example would be the Hazardous Waste 45, which was once believed to have been released in only 200 copies and was at that point a very expensive and desired item. Many years later another 300 copies were discovered in a warehouse and the item is, at the time this is written, reasonably easy to find at an affordable price.

 

A note on ratingReviews are subjective. What I think is great, someone else might think is crap. And the other way around. I strongly suggest using the reviews as a general guide and not as a definitive quality indicator.

 

= Bad. You probably don't need this unless you're a manic completist (like yours truly)

= Ok, but nothing spectacular

= Good, definitely worth checking out

= Great, buy or die!

= You need this more than oxygen...

 

Finally, I'd like to thank John Haupt, without him this project would never have been possible.


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Anthem - Will We Go Far? front of single Anthem - Will We Go Far? back of single

Anthem - Will We Go Far?

(Face, 1982)
Balancing that sometimes thin edge between hard rock and heavy metal, this is quite slick and organic sounding (not surprising, as it contains a fair share of organ sounding keyboards) - a bit like a mix between BLUE OYSTER CULT and GENOCIDE. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Xcel - The Last Ride Of Ichabod Crane / Teaser front of single Xcel - The Last Ride Of Ichabod Crane / Teaser back of single

Xcel - The Last Ride Of Ichabod Crane / Teaser

(Accent Records, 1987)
Galloping metal in the vein of CRIMSON GLORY or QUEENSRŸCHE. This single, which features different versions than on the "Deliver This Dream" LP, was supposedly unleashed after the LP even though the backside of the sleeve mentions the LP as "soon to be released". But never mind, you should definitely aim at getting both. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Sabotage - Gentle Minds / You front of single Sabotage - Gentle Minds / You back of single

Sabotage - Gentle Minds / You

(Espionage Records, 1982)
Of all the RUSH clones out there, this is certainly one of the Rushest. Let's face it, we're almost up on TRYTAN levels of plagiarism here, with the exception that these guys from Cleveland, Ohio chose to copy "Hemispheres" instead of "Moving Pictures". They did tone down the progressive elements a bit (it's kinda hard to fit an 18 minute epic on a 7"), but also more than made up for it by adding some blistering guitar work. In fact, all members display top notch musicianship throughout, which really goes without saying considering the band they were trying to emulate. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Ryngg - Uptown / Welcome To The Garden front of single Ryngg - Uptown / Welcome To The Garden back of single

Ryngg - Uptown / Welcome To The Garden

(Ribika Records, 1982)
What do you get if you combine one part catchy up tempo hard rock (that would be the a-side) with one part mellow and dreamy psychedelia (you guessed it, that would be the b-side), and then allow it all to be fronted by an ELVIS impersonator? You might get Ryngg! Even though it's currently unknown whether or not the singer actually performed in a white jumpsuit (I'll go out on a limb and guess "no", here), he sure nailed the voice. Unfortunately, this alone will be insufficient to lift this release from out of the "curiosities" pile, as the rest of the music is far too pedestrian to invoke any further interest. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Limousine - You've Got The Power / Natural Fact front of single Limousine - You've Got The Power / Natural Fact back of single

Limousine - You've Got The Power / Natural Fact

(Nu-America, )
Perhaps released a tad too early to be included here (some sources say as early as 1975), but hey - this is my review project and I can do whatever the hell I want. And since the guitar player went on to play in HALLOWEEN, it certainly merits an inclusion. Far from being horror metal though, instead this is funky and bluesy 70's hard rock, similar to JAMUL or ALLMAN BROTHERS, but with a distinctly raw edge. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Lani - Power Surge / Judy front of single Lani - Power Surge / Judy back of single

Lani - Power Surge / Judy

(Sherwood Records, 1981)
Perhaps the most garagey inclusion in this whole review project, both musically and production wise. But I'll be damned, this minimalistic approach to home made hard rock/proto metal straight outta mum's basement actually works. "Power Surge" is so packed with mean riffs, it's easy to forget that it sounds like it was recorded on a $10 budget. Make sure to play "Judy" to the end so you can hear the tape recorder shut off - I'm not sure if the band decided to include this on purpose but it definitely serves as a fitting end to such a DIY project. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Filthy Rich - Taking Time / Searching front of single Filthy Rich - Taking Time / Searching back of single

Filthy Rich - Taking Time / Searching

(Rich Records, 1987)
A lot more polished than their privately released LP, featuring a slick hard rock song on the a-side and a slower but more powerful number on the flip. I'd hate to use the dreaded "power ballad" label but this comes pretty darn close. Still, definitely not bad for an almost power ballad. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Ded Engine - Two Bad front of single Ded Engine - Two Bad back of single

Ded Engine - Two Bad

(Genocide Records, 1983)
Often hailed as the US version of JUDAS PRIEST, these East Lansing hopefuls (hello, Malc Macmillan!) really had a lot more in common with contemporary Michigan act MEDIEVAL. Both deliver gravelly, slightly punky but definitely still metal-as-fuck, all knobs to the right-type songs throughout. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Buxx - Not This Time / Hangar 18 front of single Buxx - Not This Time / Hangar 18 back of single

Buxx - Not This Time / Hangar 18

(Panther Records, 1983)
Not quite as AOR sounding as their debut 12", meaning this is one of those rare instances where a band actually became heavier as time went by. Still, the "heavier" description is to be used with consideration here, this is still pretty light weight hard rock with frequent keyboard use. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Blood - Teaser / Go Out And Get It front of single Blood - Teaser / Go Out And Get It back of single

Blood - Teaser / Go Out And Get It

(Blood Records, 1985)
Slightly leaning towards the more punky side of the rock spectrum, and also more than slightly leaning towards the inept side of music as a whole. Not surprisingly, this has ties to the infamous SHORES OF EVENING, being released on the same private label and sharing at least one band member. I find "Go Out And Get It" to be listenable, albeit simplistic hard rock/punk, and that's about it. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Voyeur - First Glance front of single Voyeur - First Glance back of single

Voyeur - First Glance

(Yasui Records, 1986)
Don't know if it's the lyrics, but this reminds me quite a lot of UK's RAVEN on their "All For One"-album, being high energy no frills classic metal in the vein of, uh, most classic 80's metal bands. So, while these Connecticut lads won't likely score many points on originality, they more than make up for it by delivering kick ass music. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Troupe - Play The Game / Movin' On Out front of single Troupe - Play The Game / Movin' On Out back of single

Troupe - Play The Game / Movin' On Out

(Southern Star Records, )
Very interesting mix of metal tinged hard rock and southern rock out of Shreveport, Louisiana. Oh, and there are keyboards as well. So, imagine if ZZ TOP had a piano player, toned down the boogie and blues elements and added the occasional double bass drum outburst. I guess you have to hear it to believe it. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Start - Let It Show / Can't Say No front of single Start - Let It Show / Can't Say No back of single

Start - Let It Show / Can't Say No

(Respect Records, 1983)
Clearly inspired by LED ZEPPELIN. Interestingly, the funky bass rhythms of "Let It Show" pays homage to "Trampled Under Foot", a rather peculiar choice when you consider the Zep's vast musical treasure trove. Ah well, at least they didn't choose "Boogie with Stu". Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Rampage - Cosmic Warrior / Crash Landing Into The Sun front of single Rampage - Cosmic Warrior / Crash Landing Into The Sun back of single

Rampage - Cosmic Warrior / Crash Landing Into The Sun

(private, 1983)
With song titles like that, you know there'll be more than just a slight HAWKWIND influence going on here, right? Somewhat true, but only so slightly. While you can get a feel for their space rock leanings on the a-side, the b-side is an extended HENDRIX inspired heavy rock jam. All drenched in a blanket of pretty intense early 80's hard rock. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Mystery Girls - The Axe Is Gonna Swing / No Emotion front of single Mystery Girls - The Axe Is Gonna Swing / No Emotion back of single

Mystery Girls - The Axe Is Gonna Swing / No Emotion

(Missile Records, 1987)
Originally an all-female NY band, starting out as a punk/power pop outfit. By the time of this, their final release, they had decided to forego the power pop sound for a more punky metal one as well as letting a few dudes join their ranks. I'm not sure if there is any relationship between these two events though. "No Emotion" gives more than just a slight nod to classic NWOBHM stalwarts GIRLSCHOOL, which means you really can't afford to let this one pass. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Lord Ryür - Pact With The Sinner / Heroes After Heroes front of single Lord Ryür - Pact With The Sinner / Heroes After Heroes back of single

Lord Ryür - Pact With The Sinner / Heroes After Heroes

(private, 1986)
One of the great metal singles from Canada, with screaming guitars, thunderous double bass drums and catchy choruses. There's a caveat though - you must be able to endure more changes in vocal style in one song than you'll have notes in a Malmsteen solo. Theatrical? Perhaps. Insane? Almost. Entertaining? Yes, definitely! Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Kingz - Angel Of The Northern Star / Aim For The Heart front of single Kingz - Angel Of The Northern Star / Aim For The Heart back of single

Kingz - Angel Of The Northern Star / Aim For The Heart

(Harmony Records, 1986)
"Angel Of The Northern Star" is an overlong ballad with just enough distorted guitar parts to make some broad minded people dare to call it "epic". But it's a stretch to say the least. Others will probably discard it as being cheesy melodic hard rock. While "Aim For The Heart" picks up the pace somewhat, it doesn't venture further than arena rock territory while one foot remains firmly planted in the dreaded AOR swamp. Avoid. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Clique - If I Were A King / Tempting Eyes front of single Clique - If I Were A King / Tempting Eyes back of single

Clique - If I Were A King / Tempting Eyes

(Cobbtunes, 1986)
"Tempting Eyes" is barely decent hard rock which unfortunately suffers from a way too cheesy chorus, but alas "If I Were King" is so cringeworthy all I want to do is scream "Take my advice, and abdicate!" at my vinyl player. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Bishop Steel - Hold On / Shattered Silence front of single Bishop Steel - Hold On / Shattered Silence back of single

Bishop Steel - Hold On / Shattered Silence

(North Star Records, 1987)
If this doesn't scream "collector's holy grail", I don't know what does. It comes in a picture sleeve which, in earnest, could have looked better than just a band photo, it's on coloured vinyl, and you're more likely to find a meteor in your back yard than a copy of this in the wild. Oh and both tracks are great, solid heavy/power metal, with a slight epic feel. This is sooo close to reaching that magical 5/5 swords and shovels score that would classify it as one of the TOP US metal 7" rarities of all time. Well, almost. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Assassin - Treason / All Of Your Love front of single Assassin - Treason / All Of Your Love back of single

Assassin - Treason / All Of Your Love

(private, 1984)
Quite archetypal, and distinctly above average Californian metal. Props for having a cheesy song title that's actually a metal tune (the b-side, if you hadn't figured that out already)! It's usually the other way around. Both the tracks have been re-released on a CD compilation, if you prefer your plastic to have a reflective surface and not grooves. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
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