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Secret Tracks: Songs And Audio Pieces That Were Left Off The Track List

Secret tracks, sometimes also called ghost tracks, unlisted tracks or hidden tracks, are songs or audio pieces that were left off the track list of an album.

The easiest way to hide a secret track is providing the space for a distinct track that is just not listed on the back cover. However, there are also other possibilities:

Multisided records are vinyl records that have more than one groove per side. Therefore, double-grooved LPs can contain the secret track in the second groove.
Moreover, some vinyl records contain audio in the locked groove, which is usually silent and used for keeping the needle from drifting into the label area.

Compact discs may contain secret songs in the pregap of a track. Therefore (depending on the CD player), the secret track is not played automatically, but has to be manually back-scanned to be started.

In general, secret songs are often placed at the end of the final track, which contains the listed song and the unlisted audio separated by some minutes of silence.

Enhanced CD´s may contain tracks that are not recognized by regular CD players but can only be detected as multimedia files by a computer.

In rare cases, two tracks have to be played simultaneously in order to either complement each other or to suppress distorted parts, resulting in a reconstructed song.

In general, there seems to be a trend that fewer secret tracks are produced for new releases. Moreover, re-issues of older albums often contain formerly secret tracks as listed bonus tracks or omit them entirely, especially for digital versions of the album.

Please feel free to suggest more examples of secret tracks on metal/hard rock albums.

1.Acid Bath - Paegan Terrorism Tactics
2.Anthrax - Volume 8: The Threat Is Real
3.Bruce Dickinson - The Chemical Wedding
4.Children Of Bodom - Something Wild
5.Def Leppard - High 'N' Dry

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Created by Plattner on 19.05.2024

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Welcome to what I consider the "1980s Metal Bible" or in other words, a list of records of various genres in the arrays of Metal and Hard Rock that I deem essential or at least very recommended to listeners of hard and heavy music. In this second part we conquer the mighty decade that many deem as the classic decade of Metal. This and the other parts of this journey through the decades may be a very overwhelming list. I essentially try to collect all albums in the History of Metal that strike me as worthwhile. May this be a guideline for people that seek for an entrance to a particular genre or certain bands. In no means I am saying, that this list is indisputable by any means. I consider these my personal picks for albums that should be listened to by die-hard metal fans at least once. Hopefully you can discover some new music or relate with my picks. If I missed something that you would include in such a list, please tell me in the form of a comment. Enjoy! \,,/

1.Tygers Of Pan Tang - Wild Cat
2.Krokus - Metal Rendez-Vous
3.Witchfynde - Give 'Em Hell
4.Angel Witch - Angel Witch
5.Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Ozz

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Created by pandrstudios on 02.06.2023

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TOP 50 POWER/HEAVY/Hardrock 1980-1989

1.Iron Maiden - Powerslave
2.Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
3.Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
4.Mötley Crüe - Shout At The Devil
5.Michael Schenker Group - M.S.G.

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Created by jeffster69 on 12.05.2022

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Andy's top heavy metal/hard rock albums

My top ranked (in order from best down) favorite hard rock/heavy metal albums. I've also one included my top three favorite tracks from each album.


1.Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
2.Black Sabbath - Paranoid
3.Rush - Hemispheres
4.Uriah Heep - Demons And Wizards
5.Judas Priest - Painkiller

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Created by AndyMetalFreak on 01.04.2021

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Metal Rasputin's Absolute Favorite Albums Of All Time

Updated 14.4.2024

My rather personal and improvised take on the subject matter. The list is pretty wage, I'll be updating it a lot and the order might vary a little depending on some things, but they're all great and awesome records no matter what. If there are some great records missing, that doesn't necessarily mean I consider them bad, maybe I just forgot about them or just haven't listened to them enough to consider them personal favourites.

Limited to metal and rock albums found on Metal Storm. Most of them (at least 90%) are anyway, so doesn't matter. The absent ones are mostly more pop and synth oriented stuff and some really obscure jazz and fusion albums.

1.Marillion - Marbles
2.Anathema - Weather Systems
3.Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
4.Moonsorrow - Voimasta Ja Kunniasta
5.Moonsorrow - Kivenkantaja

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Created by Metal Rasputin on 15.02.2020

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Top Metal Albums Of 1981

My opinion on the best metal albums of 1981 (only metal so there's no Rush or King Crimson even if I love it)

1.Iron Maiden - Killers
2.Def Leppard - High 'N' Dry
3.Riot - Fire Down Under
4.Venom - Welcome To Hell
5.Black Sabbath - Mob Rules

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Created by Floflo79 on 06.08.2014


1.Rush - Moving Pictures
2.Accept - Breaker
3.Ozzy Osbourne - Diary Of A Madman
4.Praying Mantis - Time Tells No Lies
5.Black Sabbath - Mob Rules

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Created by achil on 15.04.2014

Top 15 Heavy Metal Albums Of 1981

1.Accept - Breaker
2.Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
3.Demon - Night Of The Demon
4.Riot - Fire Down Under
5.Tygers Of Pan Tang - Spellbound

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Created by Mrtvozornik on 18.10.2013

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Rock & Metal Ballads Collection

Compilation of many Hard Rock or Metal Ballads I've heard. Bands and Albums are ordered by name alphabetically.

1.Accept - Balls To The Wall
2.Accept - Blood Of The Nations
3.Accept - Eat The Heat
4.Adagio - Underworld
5.Aerosmith - Aerosmith

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Created by Alpha on 27.09.2013

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My Favorite Rock/Metal Ballads

The best ballads in the history of Metal. Of course, all these bands and other bands have really good ballads but this list shows the very best, handpicked by me. In alphabetical order by bands name to make the list less chaotic and not by order of preference.

1.Accept - Eat The Heat
2.Accept - Blood Of The Nations
3.Adagio - Underworld
4.Aerosmith - Aerosmith
5.Allen/Lande - The Battle

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Created by Mountain King on 07.01.2012

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Top 20 Albums Of 1981

Metal albums of 1981

1.Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
2.Mötley Crüe - Too Fast For Love
3.Iron Maiden - Killers
4.Def Leppard - High 'N' Dry
5.Praying Mantis - Time Tells No Lies

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Created by JCJen7 on 08.08.2011

1981- Favourite Albums

1.Iron Maiden - Killers
2.Def Leppard - High 'N' Dry
3.Mötley Crüe - Too Fast For Love
4.Riot - Fire Down Under

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Created by guitargangster on 19.12.2010