The "Metal Maniaxe NWOBHM Ebony Records" 12" Vinyl LP Album pays homage to the vibrant New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) scene, exclusively featuring Rock and Metal bands under the distinguished EBONY Records banner. Released as a testament to the label's commitment to the genre, this album serves as a sonic journey through the diverse sounds of NWOBHM. A compilation of raw energy and musical innovation, it captures the essence of a pivotal era in Rock and Metal history.


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Collectors information / Album Description:

The "Metal Maniaxe" NWOBHM Ebony Records 12" vinyl LP album, released in 1982, stands as a testament to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement.

The NWOBHM movement emerged in the late 1970s, rejuvenating the heavy metal genre with its raw energy and uncompromising sound. It created a fertile ground for underground bands to showcase their talent and gain recognition.

Side One presents a diverse range of bands, each leaving their mark on the album. Uncle Sirius kicks off with the energetic "Midnight Rendez Vous", setting the stage for the rebellious spirit of the era. Mad Avenue follows with the infectious "Bad Girl", while Chateaux brings their youthful exuberance with "Young Blood". Madame Guillotine impresses with the relentless "Machine Run", and Omun delivers a standout track, "Chosen One". Menace concludes Side One with their hard-hitting anthem, "Hard Way".

Side Two continues the assault with Trojan's haunting "Premonition", leaving listeners captivated. Fallen Angel's "The Man" showcases their powerful delivery, while Miraj traps listeners with their mesmerizing composition, "Trapped". Angel Underground offers a fresh perspective with "New Life", and Cry Wolf's "Behind the Smile" unveils a darker side. Stranger's "Call of the Wild" ignites the listener's senses, leading to Emerald's captivating "Deb", concluding the album on a high note.

The Metal Maniaxe NWOBHM Ebony Records album serves as a time capsule, encapsulating the raw energy, creative diversity, and rebellious spirit of the 1980s heavy metal movement. It represents the unwavering dedication of these bands and their contributions to the evolution of the genre.

This album "Metal Maniaxe NWOBHM Ebony Records" is devoted entirely to the Rock / Metal bands by EBONY Records

Music Genre:

  NWOBHM Heavy Metal / Hard Rock

Album Production Information:

The album: "Metal Maniaxe NWOBHM Ebony Records" was produced by: Darryl Johnston

Darryl Johnston, a prominent figure in the music industry, is best known as the founder of Ebony Records , a renowned record company specializing in heavy metal music, particularly the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) genre. Born on June 12, 1955, in London, England, Darryl Johnston's passion for music began at an early age.


Growing up, Johnston was drawn to the powerful and energetic sound of heavy metal. He immersed himself in the music scene, attending concerts, exploring various subgenres, and developing a keen ear for talent. Recognizing the immense potential and rising popularity of NWOBHM, he saw an opportunity to contribute to the movement by establishing a platform for talented bands to showcase their music.

In 1982, Johnston took a leap of faith and founded Ebony Records. With a clear vision and determination, he set out to sign and produce promising heavy metal acts, aiming to provide them with the exposure and support they needed to flourish. Ebony Records quickly gained a reputation for its commitment to the genre and its dedication to nurturing emerging talent.

Throughout the 1980s, Darryl Johnston worked tirelessly, producing numerous heavy metal albums that would go on to become classics in the NWOBHM canon. His collaborations with bands such as Chateaux , Grim Reaper , Savage, Blade Runner , Samurai , and Fast Kutz showcased his keen ability to identify and cultivate exceptional musicians.

Under Johnston's guidance, Ebony Records became a beacon of the NWOBHM movement, championing the raw energy, powerful riffs, and melodic intensity that characterized the genre. The label's commitment to quality and artistic integrity contributed significantly to the growth and success of the heavy metal scene during that era.

Johnston's work at Ebony Records extended beyond album production. He took a hands-on approach, involving himself in various aspects of artist development, marketing, and promotion. His dedication and meticulous attention to detail played a crucial role in shaping the careers of many aspiring musicians.

By the late 1980s, as the musical landscape began to shift, Darryl Johnston decided to pursue new endeavors outside of the record industry. He left Ebony Records in 1987, but his contribution to the NWOBHM movement and his lasting impact on the heavy metal scene continue to resonate to this day.

In retrospect, Darryl Johnston's legacy as a visionary founder and producer at Ebony Records remains deeply etched in the world of heavy metal history. His passion, commitment, and unwavering support for NWOBHM bands helped shape the genre and paved the way for countless artists who followed in his footsteps.

Though his time at Ebony Records was relatively short-lived, Darryl Johnston's influence on the music industry endures. His unwavering dedication to heavy metal and his invaluable contributions to the NWOBHM movement solidify his place as an influential figure in the genre's evolution.


Record Label Information:


Media Format:

  12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 200 gram  

Year & Country:

  1982 Made in England
Track Listing of: "Metal Maniaxe NWOBHM Ebony Records"

The Songs/tracks on "Metal Maniaxe NWOBHM Ebony Records" are

    Side One:
  1. UNCLE SIRIUS - Midnight Rendez Vous
  2. MAD AVENUE - Bad Girl
  3. CHATEAUX - Young Blood
  4. MADAME GUILLOTINE - Machine Run
  5. OMUN - Chosen One
  6. MENACE - Hard Way
    Side Two:
  1. TROJAN - Premonition
  2. FALLEN ANGEL - The Man
  3. MIRAJ - Trapped
  5. CRY WOLF - Behind the Smile
  6. STRANGER - Call of the Wild
  7. EMERALD - Deb
Album cover photos of : Metal Maniaxe NWOBHM Ebony Records

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High Resolution Photo Album Back Cover  

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Enlarged High Resolution Photo of the EBONY Record's label  

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