By Eamon O'Neill on 13 April 2016.
Noise Records, the legendary German metal label and one time home to such luminaries as Helloween, Voivid, Kreator and Celtic Frost, have announced an extensive reissue campaign. The first releases, due on 6th May 2016, will be a series of compilations from some of the label's most revered acts.
The reactivation of Noise Records, which has been dormant since 2007, comes as a result of a purchase from BMG group.
Noise Records was formed in West Berlin in 1983, as the European response to the likes of Metallica and Slayer. The label was responsible for an unprecedented signing streak of bands who would play a significant role in defining the 1980s' metal underground movement.
Noise's early releases - including the seminal 1984 'Death Metal' compilation - would lay the groundwork for future European metal mainstays such as Grave Digger, Hellhammer (who became Celtic Frost), Running Wild, and Tankard. Leading the charge in heavy metal innovation via death metal (Celtic Frost), power metal (Helloween), and thrash metal (Kreator), Noise was a bedrock for the emerging innovative scene.
BMG purchased Noise’s holding company Sanctuary records from Universal Music in 2013, and will re-launch Noise Records in 2016. The first releases will be eight 2CD Best Of’s from Kreator, Helloween, Kamelot, Sinner, Running Wild, Tankard, Skyclad and Grave Digger. Due for release on 6th May 2016, they'll also be accompanied by a 1CD eight track 'Noise Album Sampler', which features tracks from all of the artists' in the 'best of' series.
An extensive re-issue campaign is expected in due course from Noise, on CD, Vinyl and digital formats. The campaign will see classic titles from Celtic Frost, Helloween, Kreator, Running Wild, Tankard, Voivod, and more, receiving a make-over featuring expanded liner notes, rare bonus material, and a fresh mastering job.
Noise Records 'Best Of' CD Reissus:
Kreator Love Us Or Hate Us (The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1985-1992) 2CD
Helloween Ride The Sky (The Very Best Of 1985-1998) 2CD
Kamelot Where I Reign (The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1995-2003) 2CD
Sinner No Place Like Heaven (The Very Best Of the Noise Years 1984-1987) 2CD
Running Wild Riding The Storm (The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1983-1995) 2CD
Tankard Oldies & Goldies (The Very Best OF the Noise Years 1986-1995) 2CD
Skyclad A Bellyful Of Emptiness (The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1991 - 1995)
Grave Digger Let Your Heads Roll (The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1984-1987) 2CD
Various Noise Album Sampler 1CD
For full information on the campaign including track listings, click here.