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.

# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z v/a
M-80's / World Alliance - Angela / Jail Bait front of single M-80's / World Alliance - Angela / Jail Bait back of single

M-80's / World Alliance - Angela / Jail Bait

(Dragonfly Records, 198?)
World Alliance play quite decent downtempo hard rock, but we can safely ignore them for now. On the flip, M-80's (no relation to any other bands bearing the same name) is a speedy powerhouse of a nwobhm clone and "Angela" is easily one of the best heavy metal tracks you'll ever hear on an obscure split 45. Why this band decided to just record one song, and an almost perfect one at that, before disappearing into (even more) obscurity, is completely beyond me. Perhaps there's more material just waiting to be discovered? Let the hunt begin! Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Mike Criswell Band / Night Force - Do It Up / Armed And Dangerous front of single Mike Criswell Band / Night Force - Do It Up / Armed And Dangerous back of single

Mike Criswell Band / Night Force - Do It Up / Armed And Dangerous

(Cook's Music, 1985)
Part one in a charity split single series released by small independent label Cook's Music in order to expose Central Michigan music, as well as commemorating the passing of two members from the participating outfits. MIKE CRISWELL and his BAND are more at home in the "downer" heavy rock genre, while NIGHT FORCE (as the name might suggest) is a pure classic metal band similar to early RIOT. Even though it's rather straightforward and simplistic, "Armed And Dangerous" delivers the goods. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
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...and the mandatory, accompanying, downloadable CDR-samplers:

For comments, questions and critique praise of this guide, please visit the designated North-American Heavy Metal 7"s Guide-thread in the forum, or contact The Corroseum (all messages concerning this guide will be forwarded to Khnud)