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Endless Pain (2-LP Set)
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Vinyl, June 9, 2017
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"Formed in Essen, Germany in 1982, 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 has been referred to as one of the ""Big 4"" of Teutonic thrash metal, and they 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. 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. This version also 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). These fell into the hands of thousands of heavy metal fans engaging in the era's bustling underground tape-trading network. Positive word of mouth soon attracted the attention of Germany's own metal start-up, Noise Records, which signed the newly re-christened Kreator to a deal. This album presented in CD / LP / Digital format contain re-mastered versions by Andy Pearce and overseen by Mille Petrozza. New art has been created packed with rare photos and memorabilia and notes by Mille and Malcolm Dome (Metal Hammer) talking about the creation of the albums. "
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These guys are like OverKill--they are a solid rock, a foundation you can rely on.
Back to the beginning. Most people worship at the altar of Kreator's 2nd album, 1986's Pleasure To Kill, and that is totally fine and justifiable. However, Pleasure To Kill is not some huge step away or above Endless Pain. These 2 albums, released less than a year apart, could have been recorded almost simultaneously. This is a remarkable accomplishment for such a young band, who were basically a bar band (though not old enough to drink legally yet) that played rock standards and covers, and the occasional original song. These guys were influenced by England's Venom and Switzerland's pre-Celtic Frost, Hell Hammer. They would, in turn, go on to influence Florida's seminal Death and Sweden's At The Gates, and literally hundreds of other extreme metal acts. This is a great, relatively mature debut of deathly, thrash sonic explosions. This is a blitzkrieg. It's a decent debut. You can't go wrong with Kreator's 80's output. Terrible Certainty is my particular favorite from this period. I find Coma Of Souls to be rather overrated. Endless Pain would be my 3rd pick of their pre Violent Revolution return to form.
But back to Kreator. Still touring and releasing consistently brilliant and extremely heavy thrash into their third decade, "Endless Pain" is the debut that laid the groundwork for their follow-up "Pleasure To Kill", considered one of metal's great discs. The finesse wasn't quite up to snuff yet, but the speed and attitude were, and the songs were, as stated before, groundbreaking and ultra heavy. Very few bands were at this level this early in thrash's history.
Of course, Kreator has developed and experimented over the years, growing more musically with each release. Some of the early '90's work was not well received, but this reviewer thinks they were fine works and it's the fault of fickle listeners who can't handle stretching out a bit to blame for those releases not receiving a better shake.
"Endless Pain" is a fun listen and for Kreator fans, a necessary addition to their catalogue. Lots of young fury and headbanging to bring you that hangover even quicker.