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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X-Caliber - Fire! / Dark Stranger front of single X-Caliber - Fire! / Dark Stranger back of single

X-Caliber - Fire! / Dark Stranger

(Moseka, 1981)
The opener "Fire!" contains a heavy riff and that driving rhythm quite reminiscent of AC/DCs more metallic moments. The b-side, "Dark Stranger", however is what really stands out here. It's one of those near perfect anthems, building up with a melancholic verse culminating in an absolutely stellar chorus that really deserved a LOT better than to only appear on a lone 7'', released by a minuscule Ohio based label. 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: 
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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)