Heavy-metal rock, which is typified by heavily distorted guitars, lightning-fast solos, wailing vocals, and dominant drums, became popular in the late '60s and early '70s. Bands such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Judas Priest produced vinyl records that are some of the most highly regarded examples of the genre to this day. Indeed, heavy metal is still a musical force worldwide, as new metal bands continue to release albums on vinyl.

The late 1970s brought about the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), a less blues-inspired version of the early metal movement. The NWOBHM featured bands such as Iron Maiden, Saxon, and Motörhead, who paved the way for future heavy-metal artists. Numerous subgenres of metal emerged in the 1980s—a period known in the musical mainstream for huge hair and performances with lots of pyrotechnics. These subgenres included glam metal, death metal, thrash metal, speed metal, and power metal.

Collectors take various approaches to acquiring heavy-metal vinyl records. Some pick a specific band. For instance fans of Black Sabbath, which, along with Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, is considered by many to be one of the kings of heavy metal, will undoubtedly have a copy of “Master of Reality” and “Heaven and Hell” in their collections. For those whose tastes are less mainstream, records by bands such as Autopsy or the thrash metal group Possessed may be preferred.

Other collectors enjoy the often over-the-top album art associated with heavy metal. Dark, morbid images, which are commonly linked to the music’s themes, are pervasive. For instance, there is the chilling cover of Terrorizer’s 1989 album, “World Downfall,” which depicts Jesus presiding over a decaying earth. At the other end of the spectrum, however, is Dark Angel’s “We Have Arrived.” Its cover has hand-drawn pictures of the band members jumping and floating over their fans.

While classic metal bands like Metallica, Kiss, and Dio (fronted by its late namesake) continue to be popular among collectors, yet another wave of new bands, some of whom have appeared just in the past decade, are vying for attention. The Finnish band Sentenced, for example, released its incredibly popular “The Cold White Light” in 2002. In 2005, Rotting Christ delivered “Theogonia,” which mixed heavy guitar riffs with Middle Eastern sounds. Indeed, using other genres as influence for heavy metal is nothing new. Led Zeppelin’s 1973 classic “D’yer Mak’er” off “Houses of the Holy,” for example, has strong reggae influences.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Vinyl Divas

Vinyl Divas

Vinyl Divas pays homage to international female opera singers of the LP era. Chronicling more than 800 singers, the… [read review or visit site]

317X

317X

Despite its mysterious title, 317X is plain and simple—an online gallery of vintage LPs, with a 1950s vintage fee… [read review or visit site]

Mybeatles.net

Mybeatles.net

Jesse Barron's collection of Beatles 45s, picture sleeves, magazines, books, and memorabilia. Browse singles and al… [read review or visit site]

Association of Vogue Picture Record Collectors

Association of Vogue Picture Record Collectors

This great site, from the Association of Vogue Picture Record Collectors, offers detailed background information an… [read review or visit site]

The Remington Site

The Remington Site

Since 1999, the Remington Site has offered classical music collectors a glimpse into Remington Records, an independ… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Hellhammer Apocalyptic Raids Lp Metal Blade Original Celtic Frost Bathory Pestilence Consuming Impulse Lp Roadracer Original Asphyx Death Iron Maiden - The First Ten Years 12" Singles Vinyl Collection Heavy Metal Destruction Sentence Of Death Metal Blade Mbr 1039 Us Pressing Vinyl LpDanzig Self Titled Vinyl Record Def American Original Press Samhain MisfitsHuge Lot Of 16 Metal Lps Ac/dc Guns N' Roses Tt Quick Rods AnthraxBruce Dickinson Alive In Studio A 2xlp Double Vinyl Rare Iron Maiden Lim 2000Malevolent Creation Ten Commandments Lp Original Autographed W/ Lyrics InsertPossessed Seven Churches Lp Combat Orginal W/ Printed Inner Lyrics SlayerIron Maiden The Trooper Spanish Promotional SingleP.i.l. Metal Box Mtlcd1 3 X12" Public Image Ltd Sex Pistols Lydon Insert Rare Kreator Attack Picture Lp Slayer Metallica Anthrax Sodom Destruction PleasureSlayer Rare 2 Vinyl Record Lot The Final Command & Face The Slayer Of God Rare Squadron 1980's Heavy Metal Hair Band Private Press Lp-lot Of 366 45rpm Records 50's 60's Rock-n-roll Soul Some R&b Doowop GarageDanzig - Danzig - Rare Def American Uk Original Vinyl Lp - Metal Collection SaleCarnivore Vinyl Record Type O Negative Peter Steele Retaliation Import FalloutVintage Metallica Kill ‘em All Heavy Metal Vinyl Record King Diamond Fatal Portrait Far East Metal Syndicate Sp25-5282 Japan Vinyl LpMetallica: Jump In The Fire Shaped Uk Picture Disc Pkut 105 MintLrx: Lot 2 Slayer Vinyl Factory Sealed Christ Illusion Thrash Speed Metal NewMetallica Master Of Puppets Lp Vinyl Disc Music For Nations 1988 1986 Rare Darkthrone Transilvanian Hunger Vinyl Lp Picture Disc Reissue Limited 2000Napalm Death - Inside The Torn Apart (uk, 1997, Earache 2 X Lp, Near Mint)Destructor Maximum Destruction Lp Autographed Auburn Cleveland Metal RareTool "lateralus" Picture Disc 2xlp Iron Maiden No Prayer For The Dying 12” Lp Picture Disc Vinyl (rare Item)Dream Theater-awake*1994 Original Double Lp*fates Warning,conception,stratovariuMotorhead - Overnight Sensation - Very Rare 1996 Original Press Lp SteamhammerBlack Sabbath Vertigo Vo 6 Swirl Spiral Label Ozzy Osbourne Gatefold Rare AlbumWatain "tonight We Raise Our Cups And Toast In Angels Blood" Lp Bathory TributeSlayer Sa 2 X Vinyl Limited 316/350 Gatefold Original Press Death Records Melvins Love Canal 5" Cloudy Vinyl Fantomas Zorn Tool Southern Lord Slap A HamBlack Sabbath Master Of Reality Vertigo 6360 050 Box Cover Swirl Spiral Label LpSextrash Sexual Carnage Lp 1990 Original Near Mint Brazil MetalSentenced Down*1996 Lp*grave,autopsy,hypocrisy,amorphis,paradise Lost,tiamatMetallica Kill 'em All Lp Rare Original Mfn Vinyl *still Sealed* Slayer MegadethOne Life Crew Rare Lp Crime Ridden Society Punk Hardcore Metal Sxe Vinyl 12Genocide Too Long ~ Rare 1982 Private Press Aor Metal Lp From Utah In Shrink NmGary Numan Scarred Box Set Only 72 Full Sets Inc Metal Slipcase Mint 9 AlbumsMercyful Fate-in The Shadows*1993 Lp*king Diamond,attic,celtic Frost,motorheadRare Xx Rare!!~prowler~forgotten Angel~1983 Pirate Nwobhm 7"~ex++ (nm)~wow!!!!Slayer: Haunting The Chapel / Postmortem 12" Picture Disc Lim. 150 RareImmolation Close To A World Below Lp Metal Blade Original W/ Insert Rare GorgutsAc/dc 8 Lp Lot W. Dirty Deeds,danger Single Rare No Reserve !!Motorhead - Bastards - Rare 1993 Original Zyx Music - Metal Collection For SaleThe Flaming Lips - Clouds Taste Metallic 1-45911 Usa Lp 1stp 1995 Green VinylBenediction Trascend The Rubicon Lp 1993 Original First Pressing InsertShogun - Shogun - Very Rare Nwobhm - 1986 Original Attack Press Lp - Metal VinylLrx: Lot 2 Motorhead Lemmy Ace Of Spades Bastards Heavy Speed Metal VinylCathedral - Forest Of Equilibrium - 1991 Original Uk First Press A1/b1 Rare DoomLrx: Slipknot Slipnot Corey Taylor Nu Metal Heavy Metal The Grey Chapter Gray LpMegadeth - Youthanasia * 1994 Ultra Rare Black Gatefold Lp*Ozzy Osbourne - Black Rain Re-lp Colored Vinyl - Black SabbathBlitz S/t Ep Private Press Texas Hard Rock Aor Metal 1978Kiss - Double Platinum - Very Rare Mispress Cover - 1982 Euro Reissue 2 X Lp Guns N' Roses Sweet Child Of Mine 7" Picture DiscIced Earth-burnt Offerings*1995 Double Lp*domine,titan Force,grave Digger,omenAvalanche - The Preacher - Nwobhm 45 Childers Records - Mega Rare - Vg ConditionIced Earth-something Wicked*1998 Double Lp*