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How To Spot A Fake Yellow Bathory LP (BMLP-666-1)

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The self-titled Bathory LP (Bathory – Bathory LP 1984 Black Mark Production – BMLP 666-1) with the “yellow goat” album cover is considered one of the “holy grail” scores for heavy and black metal record collectors the globe over. But, unfortunately, it is also one of the most counterfeited records out there because of its value. So let’s find out how not to get fooled into buying a fake, or if you don’t have thousands to spend — what a replica is worth.

Why Is This Album So Valuable?

The first album from Bathory is a landmark album from the metal genre. While it sounds recorded in a garage, it became the template for countless black metal bands afterward. The first thousand copies were pressed independently on Quarthon’s Black Mark Productions with a gold-colored goat on the front cover before being picked up by Combat and Under One Flag for broader distribution. The first press with a yellow goat can fetch $5,000 or some for an authentic copy.

FUN FACT: The original goat was supposed to be gold, but due do budget issues, the fledgling Black Mark Productions label had to settle for yellow.

How To Spot A Fake Bathory Album

The iconic artwork for this album is very simple. Therefore there are some very convincing knockoffs available in various markets. Listed below are the main things to be looking for:

  • Examine the dead wax or the “runout matrix” on the album. It is the engraving in the vinyl after the playing surface. The engraving in a real copy should read as follows on Side A (“Darkness”): 840905GP with BMLP 666 1 A PD-CR Pentagram image] [666 image in pyramid shape] and then on Side B will have this etching 840905GP BMLP 666 1 B PD-CR [Cross image]
  • The most prolific bootlegs came out in Europe in the mid-1990s. The most common runouts are 666-1, or you may see some copies with nothing in the dead wax at all.
  • Most of the original pressings came with a printed inner sleeve. However, these can also be faked. Also, some authentic copies may be short an inner sleeve if the original owner lost it.
  • If the album looks “too new” you should look more carefully. Remember that this album came out in 1984 and is 37 years old at this point. You should expect to see some wear.
  • If the color looks “wrong”, it is likely a fake. This is a common problem among cheap bootlegs.

Marketplace Safety

Despite how rare this album is and eBay’s policy to not allow the sale of counterfeit albums, there always seem to be 2-3 copies available for $2200-$2500 at any given time. Most likely, they are not authentic, but here is how you stay safe if you want to spend big money.

  • Contact the seller and inquire about the runout matrix. If they don’t respond or refuse to provide it, you should hard pass. You can also request they provide pictures, though they can be difficult to see.
  • Whether on Discogs or eBay, look for a reputable seller that has many reviews and a lot of items for sale — not someone who could pack up and disappear overnight.
  • If the seller does not accept returns, you should not buy from them.

Album Artwork

As I said, this iconic album artwork is quite basic. Here are some pictures from one of the common European bootleg pressings. Notice how tough it is to tell if it is fake or authentic.

How Much Is A Yellow Goat Bootleg Worth?

If you want to have a yellow goat Bathory, but don’t feel like forking out two grand, it is totally understandable. If you can get past the moral dilemma of not paying the Quarthon estate, you can get replica copies for 50 bucks, sometimes less.

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Anthrax – Fistful Of Metal LP 1984 Roadrunner Records ‎RR 9873

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“Fistful of Metal” was the first album by New York-based thrash metal band Anthrax and the only one to feature original singer Neil Turbin and original bass played Dan Lilker (Nuclear Assault, SOD, Brutal Truth). It was released in 1984 on Megaforce Records in the US and Music For Nations / Roadracer in Europe.

Full Album Vinyl Rip

I ripped this version from vinyl myself.

Fistful Of Metal Artwork

Tracklist


A1 Deathrider 3:30
A2 Metal Thrashing Mad 2:39
A3 I’m Eighteen 4:02
A4 Panic 3:58
A5 Subjugator 4:38
B1 Soldiers Of Metal 2:55
B2 Death From Above 5:06
B3 Anthrax 3:24
B4 Across The River 1:26
B5 Howling Furies 3:55

Credits

Bass Guitar – Dan Lilker*
Drums – Charlie Benante
Engineer [Assistant] – Alex Perialas
Executive-Producer – Jon Zazula
Lead Guitar – Dan Spitz
Producer – Carl Canedy
Rhythm Guitar – Scott Ian
Vocals – Neil Turbin

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Killer New Golden Age Of Metal Vinyl Collection I Just Bought!

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It’s really hard to find good heavy metal vinyl collections, this is a rare exception. I managed to pick this one up with someone in Pittsburgh who answered my ad seeking vinyl collections. I paid a pretty penny for this collection, but it’s well worth it as is all the vinyl is in near-mint condition and contained many HUGE TILES (most first press). Check out this video of the unboxing.

You could check out this page where I listed the contents of all these albums, they are from the golden age of metal circa 1984 to 1989. A lot of good thrash metal and some hard to find hair metal records.

Gallery Of Some Of The Best Records…

if you or anyone you know is looking to sell your heavy metal CDs or thrash, classic rock vinyl I am constantly looking to buy them and I pay top dollar.

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TOP HEAVY METAL ALBUMS FROM “THE (EARLY) GOLDEN AGE OF HEAVY METAL”  1981 – 1991 

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There are some titles add from the Golden Age of Extreme Metal 1981-1992 This list is not my list and was originally posted here, but the formatting is so poor and the years on the records were incorrectly labeled 1981-1985. This is why I reposted it here.

Abattoir “Vicious Attack” 

Accept “Restless & Wild” 

Acid “Acid” 

Acid “Manic” 

AGENT STEEL BAND IN THE 1980S

Agent Steel “Skeptics Apocalypse” 

Agent Steel “Mad Locust Rising” 

Anacrusis “Screams And Whispers” 

Angel Dust “Into The Dark Past” 

Angel Witch “Angel Witch” 

Angel Witch “Dr. Phibes” 

Annhilator “Alice In Hell” 

Anthrax “Fistful Of Metal” 

Anthrax “Armed And Dangerous” 

Anthrax “Spreading The Disease”

Anvil “Metal On Metal”

Anvil “Forged In Fire” 

Anvil “Live In Concert” 

Anvil “Worth The Weight” 

Anvil Chorus “Thought Criminals” 1983 Cassette Album

Armored Saint “March of the Saint” 

Artillery “Fear Of Tomorrow” 

Artillery “Terror Squad” 

Artillery “By Inheritance” 

Athiest “Piece Of Time” 

Athiest “Unquestionable Presence” 

Attacker “Battle At Helm’s Deep”

Attacker “The Second Coming”

Bathory “Bathory” 

BATHORY BLACK METAL BAND QUORTHON

Bathory “The Return….

Bitch “Be My Slave”

Bitch “The Bitch Is Back” 

Black Death “Black Death”

Black Flag “Damaged”

Black Flag “My War”

Black Flag “Slip It In”

Black Flag “Live ’84”

Black Flag “Loose Nut”

Black Flag “In My Head”

Black Sabbath “Mob Rules” 

Blessed Death “Kill or Be Killed”

Blind Illusion Band Vinyl LP With Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde of Primus
Blind Illusion Band Vinyl LP With Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde of Primus

Blind Illusion “The Sane Asylum” 

Bloodlust “Guilty As Sin” 

Cacophony “Speed Metal Symphony” 

Cage “Astronomy”

Candlemass “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” 

Candlemass “Nightfall” 

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Celtic Frost “Morbid Tales” 

Celtic Frost “Emperor’s Return” 

Celtic Frost “The Mega Therion

Celtic Frost “Into The Pandemonium” 

Chastain “Mystery of Illusion” 

Chastain “Ruler Of The Wasteland” 

Chastain “The Seventh Of Never” 

Chastain “The Voice of Cult” 

Chastain “For Those Who Dare”

Cirith Ungol “Frost And Fire” 

Cirith Ungol “King of The Dead” 

Crimson Glory “Crimson Glory” 

Coven “Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Destroys Souls”

Coven13 “Worship New Gods” 

Crytptic Slaughter “Convicted”

Culprit “Guilty As Charged” 

Cynic “Focus” 

Dark Age “Dark Age”

Dark Angel “Darkness Descends” 

Dark Angel “Leave Scars” 

Dark Angel “Time Does Not Heal” 

Darkness “Death Squad” 

Darkness “Defenders of Justice” 

Deaf Dealer “Keeper of The Flame” 

Deaf Dealer “Journey Into Fear” 

Death “Scream Bloody Gore” 

Death “Leprosy” 

Death “Spiritual Healing”

Death “Human” 

Death “Individual Thought Patterns” 

Death “Symbolic” 

Death Angel “The Ultra-Violence” 

Death Angel “Frolic Through The Park” 

Death Angel “Act III” 

Death Strike “Fuckin’ Death” 

Ded Engine “Ded Engine” 

Ded Engine “Hot Shot”

Ded Engine “Hold A Grudge” 

Deep Switch “Nine Inches of God” 

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Destruction “Infernal Overkill” 

Destructor “Maximum Destruction” 

 Détente “Recognize No Authority” 

Diamond Head “Lighting To The Nations” 

Diamond Head “Behold The Beginning” 

Discharge “Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing” 

Dream Death “Journey Into Fear” 

Doctor Butcher “Doctor Butcher” 

Exciter “Heavy Metal Maniac”

Exciter “Violence And Force”

Exciter “Double Play Classic” CD Megaforce/ Caroline 

Exhorder “Slaughter In The Vatican” 

Exodus “A Lesson In Violence”

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Exodus “Bonded By Blood” 

Exodus “Pleasures of The Flesh” 

Exodus “A Lesson In Violence” Ultimate Revenge Soundtrack plus March 1986 Demo With Paul Baloff

Exodus “Another Lesson In Violence”

Exodus “Bonded By Baloff” A.L.I.V Remastered

Exorcist “Nighmare Theatre” 

Exumer “Possessed By Fire” 

Exumer “Rising By The Sea” 

Fates Warning “Night on Bröcken”

Fear of God “Beyond The Veil”

Marty Friedman “Dragon’s Kiss” 

Forbidden “Forbidden Evil” 

Forbidden “Twisted Into Form” 

Grave Digger “Heavy Metal Breakdown”

Grave Digger “Witch Killer” 

The Great Kat “Worship Me Or Die” 

The Great Kat “Beethoven On Speed”

Griffin “Flight Of The Griffin” 

Hawaii “One Nation Underground” 

H-Bomb “Coup De Metal” 

H-Bomb “Attack” 

Hades “Resisting Success” 

Halloween “Don’t Metal With Evil” 

Halloween “No One Gets Out!” 

Halloween “No One Gets Out!” Molten Metal Records Version / “Vicious”

Hallows Eve “Tales Of Terror

Heathen “Breaking The Silence” 

Heathen “Victims of Deception”

Hellhammer “Apocalyptic Raids” 

Hellion “The Black Book”

Hirax “Raging Violence” 

Hirax “Not Dead Yet” CD

Holocaust “The Nightcomers” 

Holy Moses “The New Machine of Liechtenstein”

Ice Age “Breaking The Ice” 

Imagika “Imagika” 

Imagika “Worship” 

Imagika “And So It Burns” 

Infernäl Mäjesty “None Shall Defy” 

Infernäl Mäjesty “Unholier Than Thou”

Infernäl Mäjesty “One Who Points To Death” 

Insanity “Death After Death” 

Iron Maiden “Iron Maiden” 

Iron Maiden “Killers” 

Iron Maiden “The Number of the Beast” 

Jag Panzer “Ample Destruction” 

Jaguar “Power Games” 

Judas Priest “Hell Bent For Leather” 

Judas Priest “Unleashed In The East”

Judas Priest “British Steel” 

Judas Priest “Painkiller” 

King Diamond “Fatal Portrait” 

King Diamond “Abigail” 

King Diamond “Them”

Kreator “Endless Pain

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Kreator “Pleasure To Kill” 

Liege Lord “Burn To My Touch” 

Liege Lord “Master Control”

Malediction “Condamnés”

Manowar “Battle Hymns” 

Manowar “Into Glory Ride” 

Manowar “Hail To England” 

Manowar “Sign Of The Hammer” 

Manowar “Kings Of Metal” 

Manowar “The Trimph of Steel” 

Manowar “Louder Than Hell” 

Manowar “Fighting The World” 

Manowar “Kings of Metal”

Massacre “From Beyond” 

Master “Master” 

Macbre “Gloom” 

Medieval “Cassette Album” 

Medieval “All Knobs To The Right” 

Medieval “Reign Of Terror” 

Medieval “Medieval Kills” 

Megadeth “Rust In Peace” 

Mercyful Fate “Mercyful Fate” 

Mercyful Fate “Melissa” 

Mercyful Fate “Don’t Break The Oath” 

Mercyful Fate “Live From The Depths of Hell” 

Mercyful Fate “Curse Of The Pharaohs” 

Mercyful Fate “The Beginning”  

Mercyful Fate “Return Of The Vampire” 

Mercyful Fate “In The Shadows”

Messiah Force “The Last Day” 

Metal Church “Metal Church” 

Metallica “No Life “Til Leather” 

Metallica “Kill ’em All” 

Metallica “Ride The Lighting” 

Metallica “Master of Puppets” 

Morbid Angel “Abominations Of Desolation” 

Morbid Angel “Altars of Madness” 

Morbid Angel “Blessed Are The Sick” 

Morbid Angel “Covenant” 

Morbid Angel “Domination” 

Morbid Angel “Entangled In Chaos” 

Mötley Crüe “Too Fast For Love” 

Mötley Crüe “Shout At The Devil”

Motörhead “Ace of Spades” 

Motörhead “No Sleep “Til Hammersmith” 

Motörhead “Iron Fist” 

Motorhead “Another Perfect Day” 

Motörhead “No Remorse”

Motörhead “Orgsamatron” 

Naplam Death “Harmony Corruption”

Naplam Death ” Utopia Banished”

Nasty Savage “Nasty Savage” 

Nasty Savage “Indulgence” 

Nightmare “Astral Deliverance” 

Nuclear Assault “Something Wicked” 

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Obituary “Slowly We Rot” 

Obituary “Cause Of Death” 

Oblivion “Nemesis” 

Onslaught “The Force” 

Original Sin “Sin You Find You Out” 

Overkill “Feel The Fire” 

Ozzy Osbourne “Blizzard Of Ozz” 

Ozzy Osbourne “Diary of A Madman” 

Ozzy Osbourne “Tribute” 

Pagan Altar “Pagan Altar” 

Pagan Altar “Volume 1” 

Pagan Altar “Judgement of The Dead” 

Pantera “Power Metal” 

Pantera “Cowboys From Hell” 

Pantera “Vulgar Display of Power”

Pantera “Far Beyond Driven”

Pentagram “Pentagram” 

Pentagram “Day Of Reckoning”

Pentagram “Relentless” 

Pestilence “Mallevs Maleficarum”

Piledriver “Metal Inquisition”

Piledriver “Stay Ugly” 

POSSESSED 1985 - POSSESSED LINE-UP

Possessed “Seven Churches” 

Raven “All For One”

Raven “Live At The Inferno””

Razor “Exectuioner’s Song” 

Razor “Evil Invaders” 

Repulsion “Slaughter Of The Innocent” 

Replusion “Horrified” 

Riot “Fire Down Under” 

Riot “Thundersteel” 

Riot “Privilege of Power” 

Ripper “….and The Dead Shall Rise

Rush “A Farewell To Kings” 

Rush “Hemispheres” 

Rush “Permanent Waves” 

Rush “Moving Pictures”

Rush “Exit…Stage Left” 

Rush “Signals” 

Rush “Grace Under Pressure” 

Rush “Power Windows” 

Rush “Hold Your Fire”

Rush “Presto” 

Rush “Test For Echo”

Rush “Different Stages—Live” 

Sabbat “History of A Time To Come” 

2 SACRIFICE THRASH BAND VINYL CANADA FORWARD INTO TERMINATION

Sacrifice “Torment In Fire” 

Sacrifice “Forward To Termination” 

Sacrifice “Soldiers of Misfortune”  

Sacrifice “Apocalypse Inside” 

Satan “Into The Fire” 

Satan “Court In The Act” 

Savatage “Sirens” 

Scorpions “Taken By Force” 

Sentinel Beast “Depths of Death” 

Sepultura “Beneath The Remains” 

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Skullview “Kings Of The Universe” 

Slaughter “Strappado” 

Slauter Xstroyes “Winterkill” 

Slauter Xstroyes “Free The Beast” 

Slayer “Show No Mercy” 

Slayer “Haunting The Chapel” 

Slayer “Hell Awaits” 

Slayer “Reign In Blood” 

Slayer “South of Heaven” 

Slayer “Season In The Abyss”

Syris “Unseen Forces” 

Tank “Filth Hounds of Hades” 

Tank “Power Of The Hunter” 

Tank “This Means War” 

Testament “The Legacy” 

Tension “Breaking Point”

Terrorizer “World Downfall” 

The Gathering “Mandylion” 

The Gathering “Nighttime Birds” 

The Gathering “In Motion” DVD

Trouble “Live 1983” Cassette Album

Trouble “Psalms 9”

Trouble “The Skull” 

Trouble “Run To The Light” 

Twisted Sister “Under The Blade” 

Tygers Of Pan Tang “WIld Cat” 

Tygers of Pan Tang “Spellbound” 

U.F.O “The Wild, The Willing, The Innocent” 

Unseen “Terror” 

Venom “Welcome To Hell” 

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Venom “Black Metal” 

Venom “At War With Satan” 

Vicious Rumors “Soldiers of the Night” 

Vicious Rumors “Digital Dictator” 

Vio-Lence “Eternal Mightmare” 

Voi Vod “War And Pain” 

W.A.S.P “Wasp” 

Warfare “Pure Filth” 

Warfare “Metal Anarchy” 

Warfare “Mayhem, Fuckin’ Mayhme

Warhead “Speedway” 

Warhead “The Day After” 

Warlock – “Triumph And Agony”

Watchtower “Energetic Disassembly” 

Watchtower “Control & Resistance” 

Witch Cross “Fit For Fight” 

Witchfinder General “Death Penalty” 

Witchfinder General” Friends From Hell”

Witchkiller “Day Of THe Saxons” 

Zoser Mez “Vizier Of Wastland” 

Do you have albums like this?

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Poll: What Was The Best Year For Thrash Metal 1983-1991?

Since it’s pretty clear many of us (including me) are living in the past (rightfully so)…what is your favorite year for Thrash Metal? You can choose from 1983-1991. Personally, I’m going to have to choose 1986 with classic such as Pleasure To Kill, Darkness Descends and Reign In Blood pulling much of the weight, but what is your pick?

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Bathory – Bathory Picture Disc Vinyl Satanic Black Metal

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BATHORY FIRST ALBUM PICTURE DISC $29.99
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Kreator – Endless Pain LP 1985 Noise – N 0025

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The album combines elements of black metal and thrash metal, ultimately creating a black metal-influenced thrash sound inspired by bands like Venom, Mercyful Fate, and Bathory. On this album both Petrozza and Reil share vocal duties.

Kreator Endless Pain Album 1985!

  1. Endless Pain
  2. Total Death
  3. Storm of the Beast
  4. Tormentor
  5. Son of Evil
  6. Flag of Hate
  7. Cry War
  8. Bone Breaker
  9. Living in Fear
  10. Dying Victims
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Kreator IN 1985:

Mille Petrozza – guitars, vocals
Rob Fioretti – bass
Jürgen “Ventor” Reil – drums, vocals