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RUNNING WILD - Gates To Purgatory LP K

Originally released in 1984, Gates to Purgatory was the debut album from German power metal icons Running Wild. Back before “Rock ‘n Rolf” and company developed the pirate fixation they’re best known for, Running Wild had a much more sinister tone and image. With Gates to Purgatory, Running Wild was more or less a “blackened” speed metal band. Their lyrical content was focused – almost comically so – on all things Satanic and occult, but their music was raw, aggressive metal that put a Venom stamp on a Judas Priest/Accept-driven sound. It’s like a darker, gruffer (but still powerful and melodic) version of Helloween’s Walls of Jericho.Originally released in 1984, Gates to Purgatory was the debut album from German power metal icons Running Wild. Back before “Rock ‘n Rolf” and company developed the pirate fixation they’re best known for, Running Wild was more or less a “blackened” speed metal band. Their lyrical content was focused – almost comically so – on all things Satanic and occult, but their music was raw, aggressive metal that put a Venom stamp on a Judas Priest/Accept-driven sound. Gates to Purgatory remains a must-have album for Running Wild fans, and an important album in German heavy metal history. Beyond that, anyone who is into the darker bands of the early NWOBHM scene – Venom, Cloven Hoof and Angel Witch for example – ought to own a copy of Gates to Purgatory, especially now that it has been reissued.