STEELTOWER - Night of the Dog - Mausoleum Skull Earthshaker 12" Vinyl LP Album

"STEELTOWER - Night of the Dog" stands as the sole full-length album from Germany's Heavy Metal stalwarts. Born in Wolfsburg in 1982, the Teutonic metal ensemble crafted this LP before disbanding in 1986, with members later contributing to the formation of "Heavens Gate." A testament to Steeltower's legacy, the album encapsulates the band's fervor, marking a crucial chapter in the world of German Heavy Metal history.


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"Night of the Dog" Album Description:

In the vibrant era of 1980s heavy metal, one German band emerged from the shadows, leaving an indelible mark on the genre. Steeltower, hailing from Wolfsburg, Germany, took the stage with power, precision, and a commitment to crafting a sonic experience that would etch their name into the world of metal history.

Formation and Rise

Steeltower was forged in the crucible of metal in 1982, a time when the Teutonic heavy metal scene was gaining momentum. Comprising skilled musicians driven by a shared passion for powerful riffs and anthemic vocals, the band quickly garnered attention. Their intense live performances and raw energy set them apart, paving the way for something monumental.

The Night of the Dog Unleashed

In 1984, Steeltower reached the zenith of their creative journey with the release of "Night of the Dog." This 12" Vinyl LP, a magnum opus of metal craftsmanship, was unleashed upon the world via Earthshaker Records in Belgium. The album not only showcased the band's musical prowess but also marked a defining moment in the flourishing European metal landscape.

The album cover, adorned with a chilling wolf, became an iconic emblem of the band's dark and powerful sound. Each track on the album, from the thunderous opener to the haunting ballads, reflected the band's commitment to storytelling through music. "Night of the Dog" wasn't just an album; it was an auditory journey through realms of metal ecstasy.

Music Genre:

  Heavy Metal 

Album Production Information:

The album: "STEELTOWER - Night of the Dog" was produced by: Jan Nemec and Steeltower . Executive Producer: Axel Thubeauville

This album was recorded at: Horus sound Studio, by Sound Engineer:: Jan Nemec

Album cover design/artwork: Detlef Braun

Album cover photography: Jurgen Karolek

Axel Thubeauville is a prominent figure in the world of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music. Born in Essen, Germany, Axel's passion for music and his entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish himself as a key player in the industry. Since 1983, he has been producing and promoting numerous influential bands, leaving an indelible mark on the genre.

Axel's journey began with the founding of Metallian Music, a record label dedicated to showcasing Hard Rock and Heavy Metal talent. Under his guidance, Metallian Music became a breeding ground for aspiring musicians, allowing them to express their creativity and gain recognition in the fiercely competitive music scene. Some of the notable bands that Axel worked with through Metallian Music include Brainfever, Living Death, Fact, Steeler, Warlock, Atlain, Breaker, Overdose, Mad Butcher, Carrie, Chainsaw, and many others. The label's roster was a testament to Axel's discerning taste and his ability to spot emerging talent.


Not content with just one record label, Axel Thubeauville went on to found Earthshaker Records, which further solidified his position as a visionary in the industry. Earthshaker Records became renowned for its commitment to nurturing groundbreaking acts and providing a platform for them to release their music. Bands such as Carrie , Steeler, Living Death, Steeltower , Atlain , and Fact found a home on the Earthshaker Records label, gaining exposure and amassing loyal fan bases.

Axel's partnership with Ralph "Ralf" Hubert, another influential figure in the metal scene, was instrumental in shaping his career. Together, they co-founded Aaarrg Records, a label that showcased some of the most prominent German metal acts of the time. This collaboration further strengthened Axel's network and reputation within the music industry.

Following his successful tenure with Earthshaker Records and Aaarrg Records, Axel decided to embark on a new venture by establishing his own label, Shark Records. This endeavor allowed him to continue his passion for promoting Hard Rock and Heavy Metal bands, while also granting him the freedom to explore new musical avenues.

In recent years, Axel Thubeauville has expanded his musical endeavors with Rusty Diamond, his newest label. Rusty Diamond focuses on re-releasing classic Earthshaker records, ensuring that the legacy of these influential bands lives on for new generations of listeners to enjoy.

Throughout his career, Axel Thubeauville has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal community. His contributions as a producer and label owner have not only launched the careers of numerous bands but also played a significant role in shaping the sound and direction of the genre. Axel's keen ear for talent, his dedication to preserving the integrity of the music, and his collaborative spirit with industry peers like Ralf Hubert have solidified his status as a true icon in the world of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

Horus Sound Studio is located in Hannover, Germany and has been the recording and sound mix studio for sound engineers like: Tommy Newton, Jan Nemec, Tommy Hansen. During the 1980s this studio has been used by bands like: Celtic Frost, Helloween, Rage, Sodom, Victory and many others

Jan Němec Bocek a German Sound Engineer and Producer who has engineered (during the 1980s) while working at the Horus Sound Studio Berlin, he has engineered and/or produced around three dozen of Heavy Metal albums.

Record Label & Catalognr:

EarthShaker Records ES 4005 / Mausoleum Records SKULL 8341

Record Format:

  12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

  1984 Belgium
Collector's attributes: This section contains detailed information to be able to uniquely identify this particular version/release of the album Steeltower
Album back cover Top left corner:


Records ES 4005

  Top right corner:

SKULL 8341

  Bottom center:

MAUSOLEUM A Division of Eldorado Entertainment & Communications
Lange Van Bloerstraat 78/80 - 2008 Antwerp - Tel. 03/235 21 12 - Tx 33713
11, Sandygate Crescent - Wath upon Dearne - Rotherham - South Yorkshire S63 7JP - Tel. (0709) 872875

LC 8920 Printed in Belgium by DRUCO HALLE - Irnprime & tabrique en Belgique - Made in Belgium - All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

Cover spine: The album cover spine has NO album-name nor catalognr
Barcode: There are NO barcodes
Labels Side One:

Left side:
SKULL 8341
Side One

Right Side:
Made in Belgium

Tracklisting and production information

  Side Two:

Left side:
SKULL 8341
Side One

Right Side:
Made in Belgium

Tracklisting and production information

Matrix codes / run-out grooves Side One: Skull 8341 A (etched)
  Side Two:: Skull 8341 B (etched)
Additional info/remarks:

This album has NOT been re-issued on vinyl.

Steeltower is one of the few German Heavy Metal bands recording on this Belgian Mausoleum Record company

Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: STEELTOWER - Night of the Dog
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Vocals - Thomas Rettke
  • Guitars - Bernd Kaufholz
  • Guitars - Ingo Millek
  • Bass - Manni Jordan
  • Drums - Thorsten Müller
Complete Track-listing of the album "STEELTOWER - Night of the Dog"

The detailed tracklist of this record "STEELTOWER - Night of the Dog" is:

  1. Intro 00:19
  2. Night of the Dog 03:35
  3. Hell and Fire 03:42
  4. Save my Life 03:27
  5. Angel`s Devil 03:15
  6. Gotta Believe No Angel 03:08
  7. Break the Law 03:50
  8. Powerdrive 04:43
  9. Bring up the Night 05:27
  10. Devil's Dreamer 03:24
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