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  KREATOR TO RE-RELEASE THEIR FIRST FOUR ALBUMS
Jools Green
22nd May 2017



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German thrash legends Kreator are set to re-issue their first four albums, 'Endless Pain', 'Pleasure To Kill', 'Terrible Certainty' and 'Extreme Aggression' on 9th June via BMG. All four releases have been re-mastered with plenty of bonus material, retouched artwork and liner notes from Mille. The albums will be available on 180 gram vinyl with gatefold, CD and digital.

Formed in Essen, Germany in 1984, Kreator are arguably the most influential and successful European Thrash Metal band ever. Like many of their European Speed Metal brethren, they 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).

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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, 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.

Kreator play Hellfest in Clisson, France on 17th June, Wacken on 3rd August and Bloodstock on Saturday 12th August. Bloodstock tickets are available righth here.

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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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