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 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 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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Sacred Reign - Torn / Your Eyes

(Tombstone Records, 1988)
I have good news and bad news. First the bad news. Unfortunately the sound quality on this single leaves a thing or two to be desired. As with every other release on the Tombstone label, it's recorded in mono only. The good news is that both tracks would not feel out of place at all if included on QUEENSRŸCHEs "Operation Mindcrime". Yes, they're THAT good! "Torn" in particular, is a stellar track with powerful riffing and soaring vocals straight out of The Geoff Tate School Of High Pitched Vocal Gymnastics. More bad news: It is also one of the rarest US metal singles out there. Less than a handful copies have surfaced. There are people who collect everything released on the Tombstone label who are completely unaware of this release, and some have doubted its' existence entirely. But it does exist, and it desperately needs a proper reissue with better sound quality! Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 

Scarum - Night Rider / Through The Looking Glass

(Magic Brimstone Collection, 1981)
The last single from this MISTREATER off shoot, recorded after "Hell's Fire" but before the members went back and recorded the "Swami" LP. This peculiar slab of red vinyl continues on the same quirky, soothing, slightly mellow hard rock/metal path the band took off on when they still called themselves SCAREM. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 

Silverhorse - Weariness / Lady Marian

(Thoroughbred Records, 1980)
Put on your cowboy boots and hat, mount the nearest Mustang and sing along to what must be the best (and probably only) example of North American Animal Herder Hard Rock (NAAHHR)! Yes, this is a genre now, deal with it. This particular NAAAHR release features slick harmony vocals, decent guitar riffs, and no trace of country or western styled music whatsoever! I don't think these equestrian interested lads ever struck gold in Nashville, but who cares? Yeehaw! Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 

Sin - Damn The Preacher / Night Caller

(Caligula Records, 1985)
This outfit basically sounds like a much less punky and much more hard rocky version of MISFITS. While this might seem like a good thing, I can't help to feel that some of the components on this little slab of naughtiness (which I'm certain is the theme the band was aiming for) aren't really acting in cooperation. The lyrics would definitely fit better if the music was heavier. And while it may have worked well for the Lodi, New Jersey crew, these guys from California only come off as sounding kinda goody. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 

Slammer - M.I.A. / Metal Anguish

(Sledgehammer, 1986)
Glammy metal, your basic slightly-tougher-than WARRANT, WINGER or POISON group. I do have a problem with the singer sometimes sounding as if he's feeling sorry for himself. If this is what they were after, they'll get no sympathy from the metal community! Go start a goth band, ya fools! Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 

Spoyld - Got News For You / Cigarettes And Whiskey

(Rock City Records, 1987)
Glammy LA style Metal with a distinct POISON or MÖTLEY CRÜE vibe. Expect songs about boozin', partyin', smokin' and having a good time. The songs are not bad, especially the b-side is a worthy attempt (kinda) of emulating the feel of "Live Wire". But all in all, the band's just a tad too unoriginal (and a tad too late) to be of any greater interest. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 

Squadran - Fly Away / The Wall

(Crystal Records, 1979)
Ever wondered what would happen if MOTORHEAD had recruited Barry Gibb of the BEE GEES to do vocals instead of Lemmy? Look no further than the b-side of this oddity! "The Wall" is basically the not-so-evil twin of "Overkill" with relentless bass drumming and razor guitars, paired with the above mentioned high falsetto vocals. A song so unique and ahead of its' time, it's hard to believe this was recorded in 1979! "Fly Away" ventures more into downer hard rock territory and while not bad in any way, it's completely overshadowed by the absolutely pummeling b-side. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 

Steffan Rodd - s/t EP

(Steffan Rodd Records, 1984)
If there ever was a vocalist who'd give the microphone maniac in LAZER a run for his money, it'd have to be Mr. Rodd, whose over the top falsetto delivery borders on almost comical at times. Loopy throat acrobatics aside, this EP features two punky and fast songs, ("Shocker" and "Blow Your Face Off", the latter charging into proto speed metal territory) and two slower ones ("Airport Lady" and "Waste). The good thing is only one of them ("Waste") is a dud. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 

Stormbringer - The Curse / Evil Mind

(private, 1984)
The singer sounds like a raspier DIO, or perhaps even more like TYRANT (UK). The music has a slightly doomy feel, thanks in part to keyboards that give atmosphere without being at all cheesy. Does this sound like a good combination? Yes it does, and this very hard to find release is a superb example of great Canadian steel you should not have to live without. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 

Striker - Ready And Willing / Schemer

(Striker Records, 1982)
Classic US Metal, without any attempts at straying too far from the “heavy metal 101” formula. Unfortunately both songs suffer from a much to loudly mixed snare drum, which sounds like it’s about to jump right out of your speakers and plant itself on top of your head. Still, most metal heads won't be disappointed with any of the songs, a rare example of "both sides killer no filler". Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 

Sybaris - Summers Gone / Running With The Rods

(Ram Records, 1986)
Boring a-side ballad coupled with speedy, galloping metal track with a distinct rural, almost southern feel on the flip. The ballsy "Running With The Rods" more than makes up for the obvious mistake that is "Summers Gone". If only the band had been ballsy enough to forsake their radio airplay desires, and instead concentrated on rawkin' the house down. Oh well. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 
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...and the mandatory, accompanying, downloadable CDR-sampler:
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