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10 Game Changing Releases From Earache Records

An earache worth having!

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Great Britain invented Heavy Metal. Fact.

But there are those who might venture to say, “Yeah, but what have you lot done since Black Sabbath?”

Well how about this for one. In 1987, Punk aficionado Digby Pearson laid the foundations for a record label that would repeatedly address that very question when he released The Return of Martha Splatterhead by The Accused. This inauspicious slab of vinyl was the first to bear the name of Earache Records….but it certainly wouldn’t be the last!

So, with the kind input of Al Dawson – Earache Records U.S. Label Manager and a man lucky enough to be at ground-level when these legendary albums were made – Worship Metal revisits ten of Earache’s game-changing releases. These are records that established a waypoint, not just for the artist or label but for Heavy Metal in general and whose value remains undeniable to this day.

If other Earache releases had a similar effect on you, leave a comment below. Let’s talk each other’s ears off!

About Stuart Bell (53 Articles)
I was born in 1975 with a pile of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple vinyl next to my cot. I ate off a sheet of ply-board propped up between two Marshall cabs and shortly after I learned to read and write I learned the E minor chord and the pentatonic scale. One day my Dad bought me Iron Maiden's first album. Metallica's Ride the Lightning followed. Then, things got serious. I have held almost every rank in the Army of Heavy Metal: Fan, drunk fan, roadie, guitarist, producer and label scout. My Wife knows what Mastodon's Crack The Skye is about and my child can play Breaking the Law on piano. Go figure.

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