A little earlier I discussed a re-issue initiative that was being done for several early Celtic Frost albums, and well, now its time to share the news about the works released in the eighties by that seminal German Thrash Metal band Kreator. Read on down below.
The Press Release:
The early discography of one of the all-time great/influential extreme metal bands will be getting an overhaul. On June 9th, the Kreator’s first four classic releases will be reissued via BMG as expanded and remastered editions – 1985’s ‘Endless Pain,’ 1986’s ‘Pleasure to Kill,’ 1987’s ‘Terrible Uncertainty,’ and 1989’s ‘Extreme Aggression’ – available in digital, vinyl, and CD formats.
‘Endless Pain’ was released in October 1985 by Noise Records. It was a savage debut; its crude thrashing quickly had the underground metal world abuzz with excitement. This album has been known to be viewed as a pivotal album to black metal bands that enjoy thrash metal elements, ultimately creating a thrash-influenced black metal sound.
Unleashed in 1986 and still considered the band’s first “classic” album, ‘Pleasure to Kill’ raised the bar with more diversity of tempos and greater attention to technical execution, while losing nothing in terms of ferocity or speed. The band closed out the year with the “Flag of Hate” EP (named after a re-recorded version of their earliest hit), which is included on this version.
Originally released in 1987, ‘Terrible Certainty’ did nothing to dent the perception that Kreator were one of the genre’s best bands, and for once, singer/guitarist Mille Petrozza had a little time to work out the songs beforehand. Kreator beefed up to a quartet once again with the addition of guitarist Jörge Trebziatowski.
The fourth album by Kreator, Extreme Aggression was released in 1989. This album introduced many American fans to Kreator, primarily through heavy rotation of the “Betrayer” music video on MTV’s Headbangers Ball, which was partly shot at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
Formed in Essen, Germany in 1984, Kreator are arguably the most influential and successful European thrash metal band ever, like many of their European speed metal brethren, Kreator fused Metallica’s thrash innovations with Venom’s proto-black metal imagery.
Kreator are often credited with helping pioneer death metal and black metal by containing several elements of what was to become those genres. The band has achieved worldwide sales of over two million units for combined sales of all their albums, making them one of the best-selling German thrash metal bands of all time.
Kreator’s style has changed several times over the years, from a Venom-inspired speed metal sound, later moving in to thrash metal, and including a period of transitioning from thrash to industrial metal and gothic metal throughout the 1990s. In the early 2000s, Kreator returned to their classic thrash sound, which has continued to the present.
And soon, metal fans worldwide will get the chance to re-experience Kreator with these expanded/definitive versions of their first four releases.
‘Endless Pain’ Tracklisting:
Storm of the Beast
Son of Evil
Flag of Hate
Living in Fear
Satan’s Day (Blitzkrieg Demo)
Messenger from Burning Hell (Blitzkrieg Demo)
Armies of Hell (End of the Word Demo)
Tormentor (End of the Word Demo)
Cry War (End of the Word Demo)
Bonebreaker (End of the Word Demo)
‘Pleasure to Kill’ Tracklisting:
Choir of the Damned
Death Is Your Saviour
Pleasure to Kill
Riot of Violence
Command of the Blade
Under the Guillotine
Flag of Hate (Flag Of Hate EP)
Take Their Lives (Flag Of Hate EP)
Awakening of the Gods (Flag Of Hate EP)
‘Terrible Uncertainty’ Tracklisting:
Storming with Menace
As the World Burns
One of Us
Behind the Mirror
Impossible to Cure (Out Of The Dark…Into The Light EP)
Lambs to the Slaughter (Out Of The Dark…Into The Light EP)
Terrible Certainty (live)
Riot of Violence (live)
Awakening of the Gods (live)
Flag of Hate (live)
Love Us or Hate Us (live)
Behind the Mirror (live)
‘Extreme Aggression’ Tracklisting:
No Reason to Exist
Love Us or Hate Us
Stream of Consciousness
Some Pain Will Last
Bringer of Torture
Some Pain Will Last (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Extreme Aggression (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Under the Guillotine (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Toxic Trace (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Bringer of Torture (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Pleasure to Kill (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Flag of Hate (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Terrible Certainty (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Riot of Violence (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Love Us or Hate Us (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Behind the Mirror (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Betrayer (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Awakening of the Gods (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Tormentor (Live in East Berlin 1990)
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Back during the bands original heyday, I was only listening to a select bit of Thrash Metal bands and that pretty much fell to the ones we ended up calling “The Big Four”. You know who I mean, the Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer stuff and was not paying much mind to the likes of Kreator. It wasn’t until I began this passion of music scribe that I began to catch the group in action and wow what an experience that first time was for me. Suffice it to say that I haven’t missed them since whenever they are heading in our direction and if they are still not something that you have enjoyed in concert or on album, then these new remasters are something that you want to add to your collection as you count down the moments to their next appearance. Fans will likely have a little bit of a wait as they just came through this region as the headliner of the Decibel Music Tour and if you caught that one with me, you can agree that it was something else for sure. I’m totally getting myself a set of these re-issues since I never had them in my music library in the first place and it’s a highly overdue inclusion as I continue to quest for proper Metal historian rank. Readers of the site can be rest assured that reviews will be posted when they are in my possession. What do you readers think about these albums and their re-issuing, or about Kreator in general? You can let me know down in the comments below. Past features and coverage of all things Kreator can be viewed by clicking THIS LINK.
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