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Great Metal Albums of 1985: Kreator- Endless Pain

Posted in 1980s, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2018 by 80smetalman

Maybe I should do a list of bands whose second albums I bought before their first one. It would be a long list, that’s for sure. This hold true for German thrashers, Kreator. My first experience of them was their better known second album, “Pleasure To Kill.” I really loved it and played it to one of my friends who first introduced me to thrash. It was good to tell him about a cool album for a change. He was so impressed with that album that he bought the debut album, “Endless Pain.”

I know I shouldn’t compare an album to one I haven’t reviewed yet but I’m going to anyway. The only contrast is that “Pleasure to Kill” is more polished than its predecessor, that’s it. What both albums have in common is the intense ferocity of all the songs on them. “Endless Pain” is one total thrash fest from beginning to end. Each and every song pounds your head in every way. Only some brief melodic moments, actually I should say seconds, in “Storm of the Beast” and “Flag of Hate” give you any rest from the onslaught on your ears and it’s always been hard to pick a favourite track. After listening to it again, maybe “Flag of Hate” just edges it out.

Early Kreator was never a band for those with sensitive ears. Those are the people who say that thrash metallers can’t really play or sing. Yes, sometimes it’s difficult to tell Mille and Ventor apart on the vocals but that’s part of the fun. Definitely not the most tuneful voices in music but their guttural barks fit very well with the frenzy of the music. Someone also once remarked that all the members could only play three chords fast. He reckoned that guitarist Mille Petrozza had only been playing six months. I thought he was brilliant on the closing track, “Dying Victim.” Having never seen any Kreator music sheets, I can’t debate it. However, if that is the case, then it’s certainly the right three chords because the album sounds fantastic.

Track Listing:

  1. Endless Pain
  2. Total Death
  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 Victim

Kreator

Mille Petrozza- guitars, vocals on even numbered tracks

Rob Fioretti- bass

Jurgen ‘Ventor’ Reill- drums, vocals on odd numbered tracks

Thrash metal was in its early infancy in 1985 although it would grow astronomically over the year. There were many great bands just waiting to burst out onto the thrash scene, grab the world by the throat and shout, “We are here!” Kreator was one of those bands as “Endless Pain” shows. I am frothing at the mouth at seeing them at Download on Sunday.

Next post: Download, the Sunday

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