name from the track on the “Killing Machine” album by Judas Priest, Hamburg’s
Running Wild would become best known as the Metal band with the pirate
fixation. However, this image wasn’t to emerge until a good few years into
their career (following their 3rd album release, “Under Jolly Roger”
to be precise).
Prior to this,
Running Wild were hell bent on establishing themselves on the wider European
metal circuit, and following a number of well- placed demo tapes, the band came
to the attention of Noise Records during the early 80s.
from the label lead to the band being included on the now revered compilation
album, “Rock From Hell” which was released in ’83. This was quickly followed by
inclusion on the ‘Death Metal’ comp. in ’84 where Running Wild had two tracks
to their name. Gaining favourable interest the band were offered to record
their first full-length album for Noise Records and “Gates To Purgatory” was
released at the end of that same year.
With the band
photographed surrounded by skulls and the satanic track titles, Running Wild
began to draw comparisons to Venom and their ilk, when in reality they were
more influenced by the aforementioned Priest along with Kiss and AC/DC.
would go on to record eight studio albums for Noise and also release a live
album. With a devoted fan-base, worldwide albums sales and a brand new album
due for imminent release, “Gates To Purgatory” is where Running Wild first
cast-off on their voyage of Metal discovery!
Fully re-mastered Collector’s Edition of the debut album
from one of Germany’s first Thrash Metal bands.
Expanded to include two bonus tracks.
12 page booklet with story of the album sleeve-note from a brand new
interview with Rock ‘N’ Rolf and rare photos and images of memorabilia.
Release Date: 16/07/2012