It’s been a while since I’ve blog-updated one of these lists of the most expensive metal CDs I have acquired when buying black and death metal CD collections. What follows is a list of the most expensive CDs we have sold in the first two quarters of 2023 above $79.
20) Iron Maiden – Wasting Love CD Maxi-Single
Iron Maiden – Wasting Love CD Maxi-Single 1992 EMI – 7243 8 80231 2 2 *NL [RARE] – Wasting Love is an incredibly rare CD Maxi-single with three live tracks and, like many Iron Maiden singles, is worth a pretty penny.
19) Six Pack – Drunken Possession CD
Six Pack – Drunken Possession CD 2016 [Self Released] RARE! – This CD is so obscure it doesn’t even have a Discogs listing and is nearly impossible to find. Six Pack is an underground blackened thrash metal band from New Orleans, LA. They were in talks to sign with Killjoy’s Baphomet records at the time of his death.
18) Obsequiae – Suspended In The Brume Of Eos CD
Obsequiae – Suspended In The Brume Of Eos CD 2011 Bindrune Recordings – BR013 – Obsequiae is a Melodic Black Metal band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the late 90s. Suspended In The Brume Of Eos is the band’s first effort after many years on hiatus.
17) The Iron Maidens – World’s Only Female Tribute… CD
The Iron Maidens – World’s Only Female Tribute… CD 2005 DRZ Records – DRZ-1002 – The Iron Maiden’s are an LA-based all-female tribute to Iron Maiden, whose alums include Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss. This disc was their debut release and consists entirely of tracks written by Iron Maiden.
16) Damien Black – Dead Of Winter CD
Damien Black – Dead Of Winter CD 2016 Arkeyn Steel Records – ASR CD-038 [Greece] – Damien Black is a power metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1990, with a sound very similar to classic Queensryche. This CD came out on Greece’s Arkeyn Steel Records and was limited to 500 copies.
15) Exhorder – Slaughter in the Vatican CD
Exhorder – Slaughter in the Vatican CD 1991 Roadrunner – RO 93632 [First Press] – Like Forced Entry, Exhoder was a fantastic thrash metal band that showed up late at the party. Pantara has been accused of stealing their sound from this obscure New Orlean metal band that would release only one more album before taking a thirty-year hiatus and returning in 2019 with Mourn The Southern Skies.
14) Analepsy – Atrocities From Beyond CD
Analepsy – Atrocities From Beyond CD 2017 Vomit Your Shirt – VYS016-3 [Slipcase] – A newer death metal band from Lison, Portugal, with some deathcore overtones. There’s only this version of the first press. It includes slipcase + color stickers and is manufactured in Portugal.
13) Analepsy – Dehumanization By Supremacy CD
Analepsy – Dehumanization By Supremacy CD 2018 Vomit Your Shirt VYS012 Portugal – Dehumanization By Supremacy is the second CD from Portugal’s Analepsy was released in May of 2018 by Miasma Records and Vomit Your Shirt. It was a strictly limited edition of 500 copies. In recent years, the band has become a cult favorite on the deathcore circuit, which makes this CD very sought after.
12) Descendent – Degeneration CD
Descendent – Degeneration CD 1995 Self-Released – This rare self-released CD from this death metal band from Toledo, Ohio, active from 1993-1996, is almost impossible to find. The band’s short tenure has attracted a cult following in recent years.
11) Black Tongue – Nadir CD
Black Tongue – Nadir CD 2018 Self-Released [Digipak] RARE! – This self-released digipak from up-and-coming deathcore act Black Tongue is almost impossible to find. Though released just five years ago, it is entirely out-of-print. Nadir is the third self-released album from this band.
10) Morgue – Eroded Thoughts CD
Morgue – Eroded Thoughts CD 1993 Grind Core – 89818-2 – The debut release from this death metal band from Illinois, active from 1990 to 1995, has been reissued many times by labels like Dark Descent and Headsplit Records. The original pressing on Grind Core records is the one that is worth big money, though.
9) Moonblood – Blut & Krieg / Sob A Lua Do Bode CD
Moonblood – Blut & Krieg / Sob A Lua Do Bode CD 2014 Misanthrophia Discos *DE – This CD is a reissue and compilation of material recorded in 1996. This reissue is from Misanthrophia Discos from Germany and is strictly limited to 500 copies.
8) Forced Entry – As Above, So Below CD
Forced Entry – As Above So Below CD 1991 Relativity – 88561-2024-2 [1st Press] – A rare gem from Seatle’s Forced Entry comes from a promising thrash metal band that appeared on the scene too late. As Above So Below and the band’s debut Uncertain Future would have been genre-defining classics had either come out in 1986.
7) Sepultura – Morbid Visions CD
Sepultura – Morbid Visions CD 1990 New Renaissance Records – NRCD43 [Original] – This album originally came out on Brazil’s Cogumelo Produções but would never appear on CD until this reissue on the now-defunct New Renaissance Records. Note the primitive and very plain typesetting on the back tray card can often be a harbinger of an expensive first-edition CD.
6) Slayer – Hell Awaits CD
Slayer – Hell Awaits CD 1986 Combat – 88561-8020-2 [Rare First Pressing] – This Japanese press for the US market of Slayer’s second full-length album is distinctive by its orange tray card. It comes from an era when only major labels could get music out on CD. In this case, Metal Blade outsourced the manufacturing to Japan.
5) Cemetary – An Evil Shade Of Grey CD
Cemetary – An Evil Shade Of Grey CD 1992 Black Mark Production – BMCD 20 GERMANY – Cemetery is a cult death metal band active from 1989 to 2005. In 1992, they signed with Quarthon’s Black Mark Productions. Like many early CDs on Black Mark Production, this release is bootlegged heavily and hard to find.
4) Gutted – Gutted CD
Gutted – Gutted CD 1997 Loud N Local Music Group – LNLMG9701-2 – This CD is a very rare compilation of this Toledo, Ohio, death metal band’s first EP and early demos. It was released on the one-off “Loud N Local Music Group.” Gutted was a legendary band that released sadly too few recordings.
3) Enslaved – Vikingligr Veldi CD
Enslaved – Vikingligr Veldi CD 1994 Deathlike Silence – Anti Mosh 008 [EARLY] – The first press from this Norwegian death metal band has no white space on the back cover, which is about the same size as a bar code. The subsequent repress has this. Regardless of which version you have, they are both worth a ton. Enslaved is still active, tours, and is releasing new material.
2) Dawn – Nær Solen Gar Niþer For Evogher CD
Dawn – Nær Solen Gar Niþer For Evogher CD 1994 Necropolis – NR 006 ORIGINAL – All of the 90s albums, Sweedish melodic-death metal band Dawn, are extremely expensive. Even the reissues cost quite a bit and sell out immediately. If you have never listened to Dawn, I highly recommend you do.
1) Weakling – Dead As Dreams CD
Weakling – Dead As Dreams CD 2000 tUMULt – tm 17 – American Black Metallers Weakling released only one studio album besides a rehearsal recording. Weakling became quite popular posthumously due to their early 2000s breakup. This CD is a cult classic and is damn near impossible to find.
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