Metal Massacre, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
This collection of early-'80s metal bands has stayed in print for one reason only, Metallica. This is the first recorded appearance of the infamous foursome, and their immense mainstream success has managed to keep this from disappearing into obscurity. The bands that they share this compilation with are typical of metal bands of the time. Influenced by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal which included bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Saxon but played with the fury of punk rock, this is where thrash metal really started. One of the unfortunate traits that these bands learned from their English counterparts is the shrill, high-pitched singing style that was ...
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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
This collection of early-'80s metal bands has stayed in print for one reason only, Metallica. This is the first recorded appearance of the infamous foursome, and their immense mainstream success has managed to keep this from disappearing into obscurity. The bands that they share this compilation with are typical of metal bands of the time. Influenced by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal which included bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Saxon but played with the fury of punk rock, this is where thrash metal really started. One of the unfortunate traits that these bands learned from their English counterparts is the shrill, high-pitched singing style that was popular in metal at the time. Malice and Cirith Ungol come off as the most dated because of their banshee vocals and pedestrian songwriting skills. Demon Flight manages to come off slightly better, if only because singer Rick Gerard has a charming Ozzy-meets-the Flaming Lips voice. Pandemonium and Bitch contribute some average headbanging anthems, but Black N Blue and Avatar come the closest to matching Metallica's excellent "Hit the Lights." Recorded when Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine was still playing lead guitar, "Hit the Lights" is the best song on the compilation, a raging anthem announcing thrash metal to the masses with thunderous fury. James Hetfield's famous growl had not quite developed and Mustaine contributes some uncredited background whining, but despite the bizarre vocals it blows away the rest of the compilation. Metallica collectors will probably want this, but even fans of thrash metal may be curious to hear its beginnings despite some of the lulls on the rest of the album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/1994
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • UPC: 039841404128
  • Catalog Number: 14041

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chains Around Heaven - Black 'N Blue (3:45)
  2. 2 Live for the Whip - Bitch (5:19)
  3. 3 Captive of Flight - Malice (3:21)
  4. 4 Octave - Avatar (3:48)
  5. 5 Death of the Sun - Cirith Ungol (3:56)
  6. 6 Dead of the Night @@Demon Flight (2:35)
  7. 7 Fighting Backwards - Pandemonium (3:44)
  8. 8 Kick You Down - Malice (4:28)
  9. 9 Hit the Lights - Metallica (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bitch Track Performer
Metallica Track Performer
Cirith Ungol Track Performer
Malice Track Performer
Pandemonium Track Performer
Black 'N Blue Track Performer
Betsy Vocals
Michael Flint Bass
James Hetfield Vocals
Pete Holmes Drums
Darrin Mann Guitar
Dave Mustaine Guitar, Vocals
Jaime St. James Vocals
Tommy Thayer Guitar
Lars Ulrich Drums
Jeff Warner Guitar
Patrick Young Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Mark Behn Bass
James Neal Vocals
Mick Zane Guitar
Jerry Fogle Guitar
Chris Resch Vocals
David Resch Guitar
Eric Resch Bass, Vocals
Jay Reynolds Guitar
Dave Carruth Guitar
Ron McGovney Bass
Robbie Settles Drums
Kevin Fitzgerald Drums
Rick Gerard Bass, Vocals
Pete Laufman Drums
Richard Zusman Bass
Anthony Kornarens Guitar
Mariano Moreno And His Orchestra Drums
Avatar Track Performer
Tim Baker Vocals
Technical Credits
Cirith Ungol Composer
James Hetfield Composer
Eddy Schreyer Remastering
Jaime St. James Composer
Bob Stoutenburg Engineer
Tommy Thayer Composer
Lars Ulrich Composer
Mike Moore Engineer
Tim Nelson Engineer
Dave Carruth Composer
Joe Borja Engineer, Mastering
Brian Slagel Executive Producer, Concept
Gary Dulac Engineer
Richard Zusman Composer
Elaine Offers Cover Design
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