- Metal blade Records Label with bloody axe

"Baptism Under Fire," the inaugural sonic onslaught by American Thrash Metal force Juggernaut, arrives on a 12" Vinyl LP Album, adorned with the iconic metal blade and a bloody axe. Released in 1986, this debut album is a visceral manifestation of Juggernaut's arrival on the thrash metal scene. Produced by Kerry Crafton, "Baptism Under Fire" captures the band's raw intensity and marks a significant chapter in the world of American thrash metal history. This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.


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'Baptism Under Fire' Album Description:

In the heart of the 80s thrash metal explosion, Juggernaut unleashed their debut album 'Baptism Under Fire' in 1986. This raw, blistering LP on the iconic Metal Blade label, adorned with its bloody axe artwork, marked the emergence of a force within the burgeoning American thrash scene.

Produced by Kerry Crafton, 'Baptism Under Fire' delivers a no-holds-barred assault of speed and aggression. Guitarists Harlan Glenn and Eric Altshue carve out razor-sharp riffs, Scott Park's bass rumbles with menace, and Bobby Savage's vocals howl with unhinged intensity. The result is a relentless onslaught of thrash, solidifying Juggernaut's place alongside the West Coast's growing metal movement.

The album's lyrics reflect themes prevalent in thrash metal: violence, death, and rebellion against the norm. Songs like "Impaler" and "Purgatory's Child" paint dark, vivid imagery, fueling the primal energy coursing through the music. While not overtly political, Juggernaut reveled in a kind of sonic anarchy, a stark contrast to the hair metal dominating the charts.

While Juggernaut never achieved the commercial success of thrash giants like Metallica or Slayer, 'Baptism Under Fire' earned them dedicated cult status. The album's DIY attitude and relentless intensity make it an essential piece of thrash metal history, capturing a defining moment of aggression and independent spirit within the genre.

Music Genre:

Texas-based Thrash Metal

Album Production Information:

The album: "Baptism Under Fire" was produced by: Juggernaut / Bloody Skull Music and Kerry Crafton

Sound engineer: Kerry Crafton

Recorded at Studio West, Austin, Texas during March 1986

Photography Scott Sines

Record Label Information:

Metal Blade Records RR 9682
Album Packaging:This album "Baptism Under Fire" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and photos.  

Media Format:

12" Vinyl Stereo Full-Length Long-Play  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 230 gram 

Year & Country:

1986 Made in Holalnd
Band Members and Musicians on: Juggernaut Baptism Under Fire
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Harlan Glenn - Vocals
  • Eddie Katilus - Guitars
  • Scott Womack - Bass, backing vocals
  • Bobby Jarzombek - Drums

Track Listing of: "Baptism Under Fire"

The Songs/tracks on "Baptism Under Fire" are

  1. Impaler
  2. Slow Death
  3. Cast the First Stone
  4. Rains of Death
  5. Cut Throat
  6. All Hallow's Eve
  7. Burn Tonight
  8. Juggernaut
  9. Purgatory's Child
  10. Blizzards
  11. Hang 'em High
Album cover photos of : Juggernaut Baptism Under Fire

Photo of "Baptism Under Fire" Album's Front Cover 
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Photo of "Baptism Under Fire" Album's Inner Cover  
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