WANTED: Armed Forces – Let There Be Metal (1984)

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Armed Forces – Let There Be Metal (1984)

I’m not sure which magazine it was, maybe it was Circus or Hit Parader, but I saw a small ad for Armed Forces – Let There Be Metal. I knew nothing about the band, never heard of them, never saw them on MTV, but I was drawn by the artwork. One of the things that could make or break a purchase at the record store was an album’s artwork and I thought the corpses in the army uniforms were cool. What else do you think at age 12? There was an element of danger from the soldier with the flamethrower like something from a bad horror movie or straight out of all the nuclear war fears I had as a kid (something I had nightmares about!). I could have cared less about what he music sounded like, I just knew I had to have the record. Shortly after seeing the ad, I made my weekly pilgrimage to my favorite record store Good Vibrations. I found the LP in the racks and stared at the cover but I didn’t buy it. I looked for the cassette but there wasn’t one and I probably bought a Scorpions or KISS tape! I never got around to buying the album and, 25 years later, I still have it on my Want List.

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7 comments on “WANTED: Armed Forces – Let There Be Metal (1984)

  1. Hi My name is Manny and an old friend of Michael Mann. He was a great blues guitarist and a wonderful friend . Heavy metal was in its early stages and Armed Forces were at the very beginning. Armed Forces were quickly growing in popularity with their early tours but soon after the group disintegrated as musicians sometimes have different goals.

  2. I HAVE THIS ALBUM ON VINYL………AND I LOVE IT. WHERE CAN I BUY THE CD ?

    THERE WAS ANOTHER BAND FROM L.A. CALLED ARMED FORCES WHO PUT OUT A CD ON RHINO RECORDS. I DON’T THINK THAT THERE IS ANY CONNECTION BETWEEN THESE 2 BANDS.

  3. I have this LP on vinyl. It is in NM condition. The cover is still in the orginal shrink wrap and in MINT condition! I am selling it if anyone is interested. You can get in touch with me through my ebay shop. My ebay ID is screamnharley

  4. Have you heard this EP yet? The opening track “The Night Rider” is strangely cool, with a tombstone garage rock guitar riff, and lots of very very ambitious vocals. They sound like demo-era Anthrax, I guess. They had a lot of guts to place a track called “Teaze Me” on a record that looked like this!

  5. Armed Forces-Let There Be Metal( 1984)
    These guys were very young in 84, and had the difficult job of trying to write metal songs,play guitars, all the while keeping the band together, these dudes wanted to jam, thats for sure!One thing is for sure they wanted to make good metal music, that seemed important and it shows.I think they were on to something good here.You kind of feel down, that they split. Rumor has it, it started in brooklyn, people claim. Anyway, I must say the guitar players Manne and Bolan sound real good. These dudes jam to the height of the cliff ! Yep, I did dig, ” Let there be Metal”. Bang the head that doesnt Bang!

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