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Record Metal Massacre 1 • Band Various artists Format various • Published Mon 14 Jun 1982

Credits

Executive Producer – Brian Slagel Assistant Producer – John Kornarens Transfer, Audio Restoration and Mastering (Tracks 1-10) by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony in July 2021 • Track 11 Remastered by Howie Weinberg at Howie Weinberg Mastering, Los Angeles, CA Track 11 Remaster Executive Producer Greg Fidelman, Audio Fixes by Greg Fidelmann & Kent Matche • Album Cover Design and Production Elaine Offers • Album Concept by Brian Slagel • Additional Layout by Brian J Ames • Mastered by Joe Borja • Remastered by Eddy Schreyer • Redesign by Eliran Kantor (2022)

Tracklist

First Pressing (Metal Blade Records – MBR 1001) 1982

A01 Cold Day in Hell STEELER
A02 Live for the Whip BITCH
A03 Captive of Light MALICE
A04 Tell The World RATT
A05 Octave (instrumental) AVATAR
B01 Death of the Sun (1982 version) CIRITH UNGOL
B02 Dead of the Night DEMON FLIGHT
B03 Fighting Backwards PANDEMONIUM
B04 Kick You Down MALICE
B05 Hit the Lights (First Pressing) (Leather Charm cover) METTALLICA

Second Pressing (Metalworks Records – MBR 1001) 1982

A01 Chains Around Heaven BLACK ‘N’ BLUE
A02 Live for the Whip BITCH
A03 Captive of Light MALICE
A04 Tell The World RATT
A05 Octave (instrumental) AVATAR
B01 Death of the Sun (1982 version) CIRITH UNGOL
B02 Dead of the Night DEMON FLIGHT
B03 Fighting Backwards PANDEMONIUM
B04 Kick You Down MALICE
B05 Hit the Lights (Second Pressing) (Leather Charm cover) METALLICA

Third Pressing (Metal Blade Records – MBR 1001) 1984

A01 Chains Around Heaven BLACK ‘N’ BLUE
A02 Live for the Whip BITCH
A03 Captive of Light MALICE
A04 Octave (instrumental) AVATAR
B01 Death of the Sun (1982 version) CIRITH UNGOL
B02 Dead of the Night DEMON FLIGHT
B03 Fighting Backwards PANDEMONIUM
B04 Kick You Down MALICE
B05 Hit the Lights (Second Pressing) (Leather Charm cover) METALLICA

Fourth Pressing (Metal Blade Records – MB1001) 2022
40 anniversary reissue

A01 Cold Day in Hell STEELER
A02 Live for the Whip BITCH
A03 Captive of Light MALICE
A04 Tell The World RATT
A05 Octave (instrumental) AVATAR
B01 Chains Around Heaven BLACK ‘N’ BLUE
B02 Death of the Sun (1982 version) CIRITH UNGOL
B03 Dead of the Night DEMON FLIGHT
B04 Fighting Backwards PANDEMONIUM
B05 Kick You Down MALICE
B06 Hit the Lights (Second Pressing) (Leather Charm cover) METALLICA

All pressings

First pressing

Second pressing

Third pressing

Fourth pressing

Cold Day in Hell

Cold Day in Hell

Chains Around Heaven

Chains Around Heaven

Chains Around Heaven*

Live for the Whip

Live for the Whip

Live for the Whip

Live for the Whip

Captive of Light

Captive of Light

Captive of Light

Captive of Light

Tell The World

Tell The World

Tell The World

Octave (instrumental)

Octave (instrumental)

Octave (instrumental)

Octave (instrumental)

Death of the Sun (1982 version)

Death of the Sun (1982 version)

Death of the Sun (1982 version)

Death of the Sun (1982 version)

Dead of the Night

Dead of the Night

Dead of the Night

Dead of the Night

Fighting Backwards

Fighting Backwards

Fighting Backwards

Fighting Backwards

Kick You Down

Kick You Down

Kick You Down

Kick You Down

Hit the Lights (First Pressing)


Hit the Lights (Second Pressing) (Leather Charm cover)

Hit the Lights (Second Pressing) (Leather Charm cover)

Hit the Lights (Second Pressing) (Leather Charm cover)

10 tracks

10 tracks

9 tracks

11 tracks


* Fourth pressings on the song Chains Around Heaven, is now moved after Octave and before Death of the Sun.

tracklist CD / LP

song

band

time

year

press

other release (year)

label

also member known as

01 / A01

Cold Day in Hell

STEELER

4:17

1982

1st/2nd/4th

Cold Day in Hell (1983)

Shrapnel Records – SHRAPNEL 1007 US

Keel, Yngwie Malmsteen, Riot, etc

02 / A02

Chains Around Heaven

BLACK ‘N’ BLUE

3:45

1984

2nd/3rd/4th


4th press has changed to tracklist LP B01, before Death of the Sun.

Black ‘N Blue (1984)

Geffen Records – XGHS 24041 US

Keel, Kiss, etc

03 / A03

Live for the Whip

BITCH

5:19

1982

1st/2nd/3rd/4th

Damnation Alley (1982) – EP

Metal Blade Records – MLP MBR 1002

-

04 / A04

Captive of Light

MALICE

3:21

1982

1st/2nd/3rd/4th

Crazy in the Night (1989) – Compilation

Metal Blade Records – 7 73414-2

-

05 / A05

Tell The World

RATT

3:16

1982

1st/2nd/4th

Ratt (1983) – EP different version

Time Coast Records – TC-2203 US

Whitesnake, Salty Dog, etc

06 / A06

Octave (instrumental)

AVATAR

3:48

1982

1st/2nd/3rd/4th

-

Warlord, not the pre-Savatage

07 / B01

Death of the Sun

CIRITH UNGOL

3:56

1982

1st/2nd/3rd/4th

King of the Dead (1984) Death of the Sun – different version

King of the Dead (2017) Death of the Sun "Metal Massacre" aka "Alternate Mix" – same version

Enigma – E 1089

-

08 / B02

Dead of the Night

DEMON FLIGHT

2:35

1982

1st/2nd/3rd/4th

Dead Of The Night (1982) – EP Dead of the Night (new version) different version

Metal Blade Records – MBR 1003

-

09 / B03

Fighting Backwards

PANDEMONIUM

3:44

1982

1st/2nd/3rd/4th

Demon (1980) – Demo different version?

Heavy Metal Soldiers (1983/2011)

Retrospect Records – RR-460 US

Re-releases 2011 from MBR 1983

-

10 / B04

Kick You Down

MALICE

4:28

1982

1st/2nd/3rd/4th

-

-

11 / B05

Hit the Lights (First Pressing) (Leather Charm cover)

METTALLICA

4:25

1982

1st

-

Megadeth

12 / B06

Hit the Lights (Second Pressing) (Leather Charm cover)

METALLICA

4:12

1984

2nd/3rd/4th

No Life ’til Leather (6 Jul 1982)

same

13

demo, cancel

MÖTLEY CRÜE

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Editions

Ampex

ID: 25791
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/ampex-mm/
title: Ampex MM

Release label: Ampex

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Metal Blade Records

ID: 25943
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/cd-us-mbr-3984-14041-2-3/
title: CD: US (MBR 3984-14041-2) 3

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-14041-2

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Metal Blade Records, USA

ID: 25944
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/cd-us-mbr-3984-14041-2-4/
title: CD: US (MBR 3984-14041-2) 4

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-14041-2
Country: USA

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Metal Blade Records

ID: 31696
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/test-press-mm/
title: Test Press MM

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: MB 1001

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Mon 14 Jun 1982 Metal Blade Records, Limited 10,000 copies

ID: 2660
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/lp-metal-blade-mbr-1001-first-pressing/
title: LP: (Metal Blade; MBR 1001) [first pressing]

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: MBR 1001
Release date: Mon 14 Jun 1982
Limited: 10,000

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Jul 1982 Metalworks Records

ID: 20575
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/metalworks-records-mbr-1001/
title: LP: (Metalworks Records – MBR 1001) [second pressing]

Release label: Metalworks Records
Release number: MBR 1001
Release date: Jul 1982

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Jul 1982 Metalworks Records, Canada

ID: 21512
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/lp-can-metalworks-records-mw-6363/
title: LP: CAN (Metalworks Records – MW 6363)

Release label: Metalworks Records
Release number: MW 6363
Release date: Jul 1982
Country: Canada

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Jul 1982 Metalworks Records

ID: 21551
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/mc-metalworks-records%e2%80%8e-mbr-1001/
title: MC: (Metalworks Records ‎- MBR 1001)

Release label: Metalworks Records
Release number: MBR 1001
Release date: Jul 1982

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1984 Metal Blade Records

ID: 2662
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/lp-metal-blade-records-mbr-1001-third-pressing/
title: LP: (Metal Blade Records; MBR 1001) [third pressing]

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: MBR 1001
Release date: 1984

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1984 Enigma Records

ID: 2661
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/mc-1984-metal-blade-records-ec-1065-enigma-records-ec-1065/
title: MC: 1984 (Metal Blade Records – EC 1065 / Enigma Records – EC 1065)

Release label: Enigma Records
Release number: EC 1065
Release date: 1984

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1984 Metal Blade Records, Limited 1,000 copies

ID: 15634
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/metal-massacre-limited-edition-picture-disc-box/
title: Metal Massacre: Limited Edition Picture Disc Box

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release date: 1984
Limited: 1,000

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1984 DECK, Poland

ID: 25939
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/mm-deck-mc/
title: MM DECK MC

Release label: DECK
Release date: 1984
Country: Poland

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1994 Metal Blade Records

ID: 21548
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/cd-mbr-phcr-16158/
title: CD: (MBR PHCR-16158)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: PHCR-16158
Release date: 1994

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1994 Metal Blade Records

ID: 2663
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/cd-metal-blade-mbd-14041/
title: CD: (Metal Blade; MBD 14041)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: MBD 14041
Release date: 1994

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1994 Metal Blade Records, EU

ID: 21518
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/cd-eu-mbr-3984-14041-2/
title: CD: EU (MBR 3984-14041-2)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-14041-2
Release date: 1994
Country: EU

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1994 Metal Blade Records, USA

ID: 25942
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/cd-us-mbr-3984-14041-2-2/
title: CD: US (MBR 3984-14041-2) 2

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-14041-2
Release date: 1994
Country: USA

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1994 Metal Blade Records

ID: 21528
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/mc-mbr-3984-14041-4/
title: MC: (MBR 3984-14041-4)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-14041-4
Release date: 1994

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1994 Metal Mind Records, Polen

ID: 21540
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/mc-metal-mind-records-%e2%80%8e-clas-0018-94/
title: MC: (Metal Mind Records ‎- CLAS 0018 94)

Release label: Metal Mind Records
Release number: CLAS 0018 94
Release date: 1994
Country: Polen

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Thu 10 Nov 1994 Metal Blade Records, USA

ID: 21522
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/cd-us-mbr-3984-14041-2/
title: CD: US (MBR 3984-14041-2)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-14041-2
Release date: Thu 10 Nov 1994
Country: USA

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1996 Metal Blade Records/Paradoxx Music, Brazil

ID: 21546
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/cd-paradoxx-music-oxx-1575-1-mbr-1575-1/
title: CD (Paradoxx Music; OXX 1575-1 / MBR 1575-1)

Release label: Metal Blade Records/Paradoxx Music
Release number: OXX 1575-1/1575-1
Release date: 1996
Country: Brazil

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1998 Metal Blade Records

ID: 6205
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/grim-harvest-complete-metal-massacre-volumes-i-xii/
title: Grim Harvest: Complete Metal Massacre Volumes I-XII

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: D207373
Release date: 1998

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Tue 02 Feb 1999 Metal Blade Records

ID: 2668
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/cd-double-whammy/
title: CD (Double Whammy) [unknown?]

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release date: Tue 02 Feb 1999

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2004 Metal Blade Records

ID: 21530
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/cd-mbr-cdmzorro-76/
title: CD: (MBR CDMZORRO 76)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: CDMZORRO 76
Release date: 2004

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Fri 22 Apr 2022 Metal Blade Records, Limited 2,000 copies

ID: 25703
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/40th-anniversary-clear-vinyl/
title: 40th Anniversary Clear Vinyl [fourth pressing]

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release date: Fri 22 Apr 2022
Limited: 2,000

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Fri 22 Apr 2022 Metal Blade Records, Limited 5,000 copies

ID: 25702
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/40th-anniversary-ruby-red-vinyl/
title: 40th Anniversary Ruby Red Vinyl [fourth pressing]

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release date: Fri 22 Apr 2022
Limited: 5,000

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The New Heavy Metal Revue Presents
“Metal Massacre”

Various artists sampler album featuring a Cirith Ungol song. This was the first record released on Metal Blade Records and this is the holy record.

Brian [Slagel] was putting out his first album “Metal Massacre 1” and starting his own label Metal Blade Records. We were one of the first bands he chose.

Robert Garven, Sleazegrinder interview

Malice has only with two on the tracklist – Captive of Light and Kick You Down.

heavy-metal-will-never-die Metal Massacre 1  Death of the Sun from Metal Massacre is a different version than the one found on the full length King of the Dead album. There is two slightly different version of Death of the Sun – Metal Massacre is 1982 version aka alt. mix, and King of the Dead is 1984 version. There is a common misconception that this album featured Cirith Ungol’s first recording. This is not true, as they already had an album out. Frost and Fire was released already early 1981, and they started the band from the early 1970’s.

Avatar – Octave is instrumental. Assistant producer John Kornarens is sibling of guitarist Anthony Kornarens. This is the only song that is instrumental.

Metallica are listed as “Mettallica” on the first edition. Their song Hit the Lights on the first pressing is a different version than the version that appeared on the second pressing. The first pressing has James Hetfield (vocal, bass, rhythm guitar), Lloyd Grant (lead guitar), Dave Mustaine (lead guitar – credited, but not actually playing), Ron McGovney (bass guitar – credited, but not actually playing) and Lars Ulrich (drums). The second pressing has James Hetfield (vocals), Dave Mustaine (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Ron McGovney (bass guitar) and Lars Ulrich (drums). It is the same as that included in the No Life Til Leather demo (July 1982). Click here (Metallica) and also here (Wikipedia) for more details about the Metallica song.

Hit the Lights are actually not a original Metallica song, but originally from Leather Charm, so therefore Metallica are covering Hit the Lights. Still some of the same members are J. Hetfield. and R. McGovney.

They also wanted to have Mötley Crüe from their album Too Fast for Love (10 Nov 1981), but they dropped out at the last minute.

 

Who was on the first Metal Massacre release, and how did you find and choose those acts?

I just knew everybody in the scene. They would all just come to the record store. I knew pretty much everybody in the scene. It was Ratt, Steeler, Malice, Avatar, Cirith Ungol, Bitch and of course, Metallica.

Brian Slagel, metalupdate.com interview

cover
band v/a Bitch Demon Flight
release Metal Massacre 1 aka The New Heavy Metal Revue Presents Metal Massacre Damnation Alley Flight Of The Demon
label Metal Blade Records Metal Blade Records Metal Blade Records
catalog id MBR 1001 MBR 1002 MBR 1003
year 14 Jun 1982 Dec 1982 01 Dec 1982
 tracklisting Metal Massacre 1:
A01 Cold Day in Hell
A02 Live for the Whip
A03 Captive of Light
A04 Tell The World
A05 Octave
B01 Death of the Sun (1982 version)
B02 Dead of the Night
B03 Fighting Backwards
B04 Kick You Down
B05 Hit the Lights (First Pressing) (Leather Charm cover)
from Metal Massacre 1:
A01 Saturdays​
A02 Never Come Home
B01 Damnation Alley
B02 He’s Gone
B03
Live for the Whip
from Metal Massacre 1:
A01 Dead of the Night (New Version)
A02 Search And Destroy
B01 Flight Of The Demon
original tracks 10 tracks 6 tracks 3 tracks
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The legendary compilation album that started it all!
Features: Bitch, Demon Flight, Malice, Cirith Ungol,
Metallica, Black ‘n Blue, Ratt, Avatar and
Pandemonium.
The incredible EP that has stirred the world. Features
the voluptuous Betsy on vocals and whips. Don’t miss
this one! Features “Saturdays”, “He’s Gone”, “Live for
the Whip” and two other cuts.
The mythical, midevil metal of Demon Flight. Certain
to crush the spines of every metal head. Features
“Dead of the Night”. “Search and Destroy”, and the epic
“Flight of the Demon”.
available

 

cirith-flight-280x300 Metal Massacre 1

The borders of the two releases of bands – Cirith Ungol above and Demon Flight below – is exactly the same painting. What is the original source of these painting on borders ? See more here of the logos.

Mascot Ralph the Reaper

Ralph the Reaper is fantasy person with axe🪓or pick ⛏️, similar to grim reaper also known as death. Example are some of the MBR logos, Restless/Metal Blade Tribune – April 1986 (magazine), The Best of Metal Blade – Volume 2 (1987), Metal Blade Records – 20th Anniversary (2002) and Metal Blade Records – 30th Anniversary (Sat 21 Apr 2012).

 

Read the book:

For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records

https://www.themetalvoice.com/post/metal-blade-records-ceo-brian-slagel-talks-metallica-s-hit-the-lights-origins-original-release

 

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