Euro thrash metal pioneers Kreator are set to have their first four albums reissued by BMG recordings. Concentrating on the formative years of the influential Germans' career, new editions of 'Endless Pain', 'Pleasure To Kill', 'Terrible Certainty' and 'Extreme Aggression' will be released on 9th June 2017.
The expanded editions come as part of BMG's extensive Noise Records reissues programme, which has already seen a number of 'best of' packages released from the likes of Kreator, Helloween and Tankard.
Formed in Essen, Germany in 1984, Kreator are arguably the most influential and successful European thrash metal band ever, with a pioneering sound that fused Metallica's thrash innovations with Venom's proto-black metal imagery.
'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. The re-issue contains the band’s original demos when they were still known as Tormentor, one fittingly named 'Blitzkrieg' (1983), and the other 'End of the World' (1984).
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 re-issue.
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, band leader Miland Petrozza had a little time to work out the songs beforehand. The re-issue version contains the 'Out of the Dark... Into the Light' EP, which was released in 1988. The live tracks were recorded at Dynamo Club, Eindhoven, Netherlands, in 1988.
'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. 'Extreme Aggression' quickly became their biggest seller yet, and the subsequent North American tour with Suicidal Tendencies introduced the band to many new friends. This re-issue contains a show recorded in Berlin in 1990 that showcases the band in full flight.
Full details of the track listing for all releases can be viewed below.
Following a return to action earlier this year which saw the band take on an extensive bout of touring (including a sold out show at Dublin's Vicar Street Venue) behind latest release 'Gods Of Chaos', Kreator are set to return to the stage with a series of summer festival appearances. As well as dates right across the continent, the band will play Blodstock Open Air in the midlands, appearing just before headliners Ghost on Saturday 12th August.
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Kreator Reissues Track Listing:
01. Endless Pain
02. Total Death
03. Storm Of The Beast
05. Son Of Evil
06. Flag Of Hate
07. Cry War
09. Living In Fear
10. Dying Victims
11. Satan's Day ("Blitzkrieg" Demo)
12. Messenger From Burning Hell ("Blitzkrieg" Demo)
13. Armies Of Hell ("End Of The World" Demo)
14. Tormentor ("End of the World" Demo)
15. Cry War ("End Of The World" Demo)
16. Bonebreaker ("End Of The World" Demo)
'Pleasure To Kill'
01. Choir Of The Damned
02. Ripping Corpse
03. Death Is Your Saviour
04. Pleasure To Kill
05. Riot Of Violence
06. The Pestilence
08. Command Of The Blade
09. Under The Guillotine
10. Flag Of Hate ("Flag Of Hate" EP)
11. Take Their Lives ("Flag Of Hate" EP)
12. Awakening Of The Gods ("Flag Of Hate" EP)
01. Blind Faith
02. Storming with Menace
03. Terrible Certainty
04. As the World Burns
05. Toxic Trace
06. No Escape
07. One of Us
08. Behind the Mirror
09. Impossible to Cure ("Out Of The Dark…Into The Light" EP)
10. Lambs to the Slaughter ("Out Of The Dark…Into The Light" EP)
11. Terrible Certainty (live)
12. Riot Of Violence (live)
13. Awakening Of The Gods (live)
14. Flag Of Hate (live)
15. Love Us Or Hate Us (live)
16. Behind The Mirror (live)
01. Extreme Aggression
02. No Reason To Exist
03. Love Us Or Hate Us
04. Stream Of Consciousness
05. Some Pain Will Last
07. Don't Trust
08. Bringer Of Torture
09. Fatal Energy
10. Some Pain Will Last (Live in East Berlin 1990)
11. Extreme Aggression (Live in East Berlin 1990)
12. Under The Guillotine (Live in East Berlin 1990)
13. Toxic Trace (Live in East Berlin 1990)
14. Bringer Of Torture (Live in East Berlin 1990)
15. Pleasure To Kill (Live in East Berlin 1990)
16. Flag Of Hate (Live in East Berlin 1990)
17. Terrible Certainty (Live in East Berlin 1990)
18. Riot Of Violence (Live in East Berlin 1990)
19. Love Us Or Hate Us (Live in East Berlin 1990)
20. Behind The Mirror (Live in East Berlin 1990)
21. Betrayer (Live in East Berlin 1990)
22. Awakening Of The Gods (Live in East Berlin 1990)
23. Tormentor (Live in East Berlin 1990)