Release Date: June 9th, 2017
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.
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. The CD is packaged in a casebound book and the 180 GSM heavyweight LPs are housed in a double-gatefold.
1. Endless Pain
2. Total Death
3. Storm of the Beast
5. Son of Evil
6. Flag of Hate
7. Cry War
9. 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 WordDemo)
14. Tormentor (End of the Word Demo)
15. Cry War (End of the Word Demo)
16. Bonebreaker (End of the Word Demo)