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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Vacant Grave - Eternal Nightmare / Crystal White Funeral

(private, 1987)
Horror themed thrash / speed metal which sounds very much like the first HIRAX or SADUS albums. ONSLAUGHT also comes to mind, especially in the vocals. These guys however, rely much more on hyper fast riffing speed and menacing double bass drum brutality rather than song structure. The a-side can also be found on the "Satan's Revenge Part II" LP released in 1988. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 

Valiant - Never Ending Scheme Of Love / Don't Ever Change

( Rocks Off Records, 1980)
"Never Ending Scheme Of Love" is almost one of those near perfect epic hard rock songs, featuring a melodic but still heavy riff, great vocals, and keyboards at the exact right place in the mix. But I said almost, didn't I? Sadly, the last minute completely ruins the song, devolving into some sort of funk rock outro that's more out of place than a vegan in a butcher's shop. Interestingly, the b-side is almost the complete opposite, being a funky rock song with a really, REALLY good guitar solo thrown in for good measure. Rating: - Rarity: - Country: 

Violation - Meet Me At Midnight / Balls Out

(V.I.R. Records, 1982)
A perfect introduction if you want to start collecting North American hard rock / heavy metal singles. Quite easy to find, cheap, and contains two great tracks with catchy choruses that will impale themselves in your brain and force you to keep humming them for a long time. 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)