It’s released on black double LPs (180 g) in a gatefold, along with sleeve notes by Mille Petrozza.
‘Endless Pain’, the debut album by thrash-metal legends Kreator, originally released in 1985, is back out now as a remastered re-release with some serious bonus features. The new edition, remastered by Andy Pearce in collaboration with Mille, has six demo bonus tracks along with a brand new cover. It’s also got a booklet that’s filled with photos, mementos and even personal notes from Mille and Malcolm Dome (Metal Hammer) about the origins of this classic.
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Tracklist - Endless pain
- 1. Endless Pain Kreator
- 2. Total Death Kreator
- 3. Storm of the Beast
- 4. Tormentor
- 5. Son of Evil
- 6. Flag of Hate
- 7. Cry War
- 8. Bonebreaker
- 9. Living in Fear
- 10. Dying Victims
- 1. Satan's Day Kreator Blitzkrieg Demo
- 2. Messenger from Burning Hell Kreator Blitzkrieg Demo
- 3. Armies of Hell Kreator End of the Word Demo
- 4. Tormentor Kreator End of the World Demo
- 5. Cry War Kreator End of the World Demo
- 6. Bonebreaker Kreator End of the World Demo
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It could have really been a great reissue, but somehow something went a bit wrong with it, so I'm afraid it can't be regarded the ultimate "Endless Pain" release as it had surely been envisioned by its creators. First of all, I'm very sceptical about the idea of any playing with the cover art – be the latter good or bad, but it is what it had been for more than 30 years, quite a test of time, isn't it? Then the remastering, which is often a reason of holy wars of words, especially when it comes to vinyl reissues of the classics from the eighties. And finally the bonus tracks, which could have been the reason enough to buy this release, as they represent the early demos of the band (then called TORMENTOR) in their first official vinyl appearance. But why the hell two tracks were omitted from the first demo? I suspect the reason is that they appear on the second demo as well, but as the recordings are different, this logic doesn't work. Otherwise, "Tormentor", "Cry War" и "Bonebreaker" could have been omitted as well, because they end up on the album... On the other hand, the sleeve notes by Mille and lots of old pictures inside this reissue make it much more appealing purchase worth investing some spare cash, especially for those unfortunate enough to miss the original Noise Records pressing from 1985.
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Now I decided to touch this album, which probably already became a classic of German thrash, an album. I do not know, maybe somehow I always like debuts, but I find this work to be the most interesting. I'll try to explain. Here you have a high tempo (read speed), and aggression, pressure, almost black vocals, and drive riffs, and the thrash hit "Flag about Hate" also first appeared here. Yes, the quality is lame, but this creates only a sort of special taste of hell and death inherent in such works. And what will happen next? And then there is a scheme planned for almost all German groups, any genres, styles and directions. First a good debut, then there will necessarily be a release with poorly recorded drums (especially in the style of thrash metal), then another album that looks like a debut, and then the level of technicality takes off to heaven and listeners enjoy super-professional, super-technical, super-quality , But absolutely soulless and identical albums (except for some experiments). Fans of Kreator-a will argue with me passionately, but in the rest of the work of this gang I hear all the same riffs and texts presented on this release. Therefore, I recommend listening to this album as a sample of that ancient, dirty, evil, black and (probably) sincere trash. All songs are very drivey, although a bit similar, and of course you want to shake your head. I bet "5".
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