Tag Archives: Heavy Metal

Ye Olde Encyclopedia of Minnesota Heavy Metal Records, tapes, CDs- pre- 1990 AD.

31 May


I consider myself an aficionado on all things Rock and Roll, especially garage, punk, and psych rock, and I love r&b, soul, funk, and disco, especially local stuff. Soul-searching recently, it dawned on me: where did all this fanaticism start? Kiss, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper…
There are TONS of great Heavy Metal bands, old and new, from Minnesota. A google search on “Minnesota Heavy Metal” quickly landed me on a photograph of a cupcake with a french fry wedged in the frosting. Greasy and sticky, but not very thorough or definitive. The evidence of any study on MN HM is quite brief out there in internet-land.
I’m really glad all the ’80s Minnesota New Wave stuff has gotten so much attention lately, and I really love Cyn Collins new book ‘Complicated Fun’. And if y’all are ready to open up a new chapter, we can start the discussion HERE.

This list is UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Anything to add? Contact me.

A tip of the hat to Crow, Lightning, and White Lightning, Minnesota’s proto Metal legends, the grindcore bands like Scaphe, the zillions of bands post-1990…and today.



Coup De Grace

Dare Force


Death Squad



Dual Edge



False Oath

Hericane Alice


Iron Fist


Kublai Khan

Mondo Trasho






Rocking Horse

Slave Raider

Soilent Green

State of Mind



Minnesota metal tape: Animosity ‘Beneath the 13th Stone’ cassette 1989 SNAFU Productions

24 Nov




Paradox ‘KQRS 92.5 FM interview 11-16-1986’from cassette tape

7 Sep


The sound quality of the songs on the cassette isn’t as good as the CD or vinyl; hopefully this will inspire you to BUY THE CD so you can hear the songs better.

I’ve provided what radio insiders call a “scope” of the broadcast- the talking is presented with beginnings & ends of the songs only.

Thanks to John Eller for approving this. Photos by Patty DuBois.

part one (1:59)

part two (1:34)

part three (:36)

part four (1:40)


Disturbed: old demo cassette, 1987

19 Apr

Disturbed were a metal band from Minnesota during the 1980s. We came across this six song demo and really wanted to share this with you! The band consisted of:

Earl Root: All Guitars & b/u vox hellnoize & screams

James Odegard: Vocals & hellnoize

Mike Nelson: Drums & Thunder

Gregg Bleaker: Bass & Rumble

This recording was made on June 15th, 1987 and had been together about month at the time of recording. There are six songs total on the demo ready to thump your ears and wake them up!











1. Kill ‘Em (Before they X)

2. Tear it Apart

3. I Don’t Kare

4. What the Fuck!?!

5. Comatose

6. Bought & Sold

We would like to thank Nancy Root for allowing us to share this with you.

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