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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Egypt - Enter Thru The Red Door / Living In A Dream World front of single Egypt - Enter Thru The Red Door / Living In A Dream World back of single

Egypt - Enter Thru The Red Door / Living In A Dream World

(Mere Image Productions, 1983)
Great, doomy hard rock with a haunting organ on the a-side. Way too poppy 80’s era RUSH influenced rock on the flip, which unfortunately completely ruins the great mood set by the first song.
(Sleeveless copies = rarity 2)
Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Essie X And The Banned - 2 Bad 2 Be 4 Given front of single Essie X And The Banned - 2 Bad 2 Be 4 Given back of single

Essie X And The Banned - 2 Bad 2 Be 4 Given

(Nashinal Records, 1985)
Yet another one of those "naughty female singer" releases, and a pretty generic glam metal oriented one at that. I'm getting tired of making all these MÖTLEY CRÜE comparisons, but there's just no other band that comes close. So there you go. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Exidus - Reaper / Solution
 front of single Exidus - Reaper / Solution
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Exidus - Reaper / Solution

(Rising Sun Records, 1983)
Early MANILLA ROAD space rockery combined with SABBATH-style down tuned guitars. Both songs were supposed to be included on an upcoming LP, of which copies have never surfaced and was most likely never released. Too bad, as this is high quality material, especially the doomy "Reaper". Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Exodus - Passin Thru / Hellp
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Exodus - Passin Thru / Hellp

(private, 198?)
Naturally, this isn't the Bay Area band, but rather an obscure British Columbian act playing melodic hard rock with nicely crafted riffs, catchy choruses, harmony vocals and some competent playing all around. And while the "melodic" moniker might scare away some, the flipside, "Hellp", is well worth three minutes of your hard earned listening time. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
Ezra - Livin’ / Teasers front of single Ezra - Livin’ / Teasers back of single

Ezra - Livin’ / Teasers

(E.A.S. Records, 1977)
Well above average hard rock which sounds a bit like a less metallic MISTREATER. "Teasers" is definitely the stand out track, featuring a catchy sing a long chorus just completely made for being sung at campfires, drunken parties and such. Not that incredibly hard to find, but quite sought after, and well worth getting for the b-side alone. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
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...and the mandatory, accompanying, downloadable CDR-sampler:
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)