Truly the home of the guitar hero, Shrapnel Records was founded
in the early eighties by guitar enthusiast Mike Varney, with the
initial goal of putting out recordings by up-and-coming virtuosos.
The US Metal
compilations (four in all) got the ball rolling with
appearances by bands such as
and soon the label was releasing quality works such as
As the label grew, the focus shifted slightly from proper bands
to solo artists, with major players such as Marty Friedman,
Joey Tafolla, Vinnie Moore, Greg Howe, and many others releasing
solo albums on the label.
In recent years the label has expanded to include fusion works and
other interests outside the metal world.
Shrapnel albums featured on these pages: