"Running Hot" is the third official full-length (LP) album by the German (Teutonic) Heavy Metal band "Tyrant". This album was produced by Tyrant itself and released in 1986.

This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.


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Music Genre:

Heavy Metal 

Album Production Information:

The album: "TYRANT - Running Hot" was produced by: Tyrant and Gama

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Tom Kruger and Hartmut Sauter

Tom Krüger, a German producer, sound and mixing engineer, and musician, is a prominent figure in the world of heavy metal music. Born in Germany, his passion for music began at a young age, and he dedicated his life to honing his skills and making a significant impact on the music industry.


Krüger's journey in the music world started in the 1980s when heavy metal was gaining immense popularity. He was captivated by the raw energy and power of the genre, and he set out to contribute his talents to this thriving movement. With his exceptional technical abilities and a keen ear for sound, he quickly made a name for himself as a producer and engineer in the German heavy metal scene.

Throughout his career, Krüger collaborated with numerous influential bands, working on over two dozen German heavy metal albums during the 1980s. His skills as a producer and engineer brought a distinct sound to each project, helping to shape the overall atmosphere and tone of the albums. He had an innate ability to capture the essence of the heavy metal sound, emphasizing the aggression and intensity that fans craved.

Krüger's contribution to the heavy metal genre extended beyond his role as a producer and engineer. He was also a talented musician, proficient in playing various instruments, including guitar and keyboards. His musical prowess allowed him to understand the creative process from both sides of the studio, enabling him to communicate effectively with the bands he worked with.

During his career, Krüger collaborated with renowned German heavy metal acts, including Accept, Helloween, Scorpions, and Kreator, among many others. His collaborations resulted in the creation of iconic albums that have stood the test of time, solidifying his reputation as a leading figure in the German heavy metal scene.

In addition to his work as a producer and engineer, Krüger also ventured into other areas of the music industry. He established his own recording studio, where he continued to produce and engineer albums for various bands and artists. His studio became a hub for creativity, attracting talented musicians seeking to achieve the distinctive sound that Krüger was known for.

Krüger's impact on the German heavy metal scene during the 1980s cannot be overstated. His contributions helped shape the genre's sound and solidify its place in the global music landscape. His meticulous attention to detail, technical expertise, and innate musicality made him a sought-after professional in the industry.

Today, Tom Krüger's legacy lives on through the albums he worked on and the countless heavy metal fans who continue to appreciate the music he helped bring to life. His dedication to his craft and his unwavering passion for heavy metal have left an indelible mark on the genre, ensuring his place as a respected and influential figure in the history of German heavy metal.

This album was recorded September-October 1986 at: Spygel Studios, Kirchheim / Teck .

Sasch Menschl - Artwork, Remastering

Martin Appoldt - Album Cover Design

Husky Heppke - Photography

Jochen Manz - Photography

Record Label Information:

Scratch Records 802 072

Media Format:

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

Year & Country:

1986 Made in Germany  
Band Members and Musicians on: TYRANT - Running Hot
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Kermit (real-name: Jürgen Kerner) - Vocals
  • Carl Tomaschko (real-name: Karl-Heinz Tomaschko) - Guitars
  • Andre Papack - Bass
  • Micky Budde - Drums, percussion
Track Listing of: "TYRANT - Running Hot"

The Songs/tracks on "TYRANT - Running Hot" are

  1. Rock Your Bottom
  2. Breakout
  3. Taste Of Paradise
  4. When The Raven Flies Again
  5. Running Hot
  6. Fire At Sea
  7. Take The Most Dangerous Way
  8. Get Ready
  9. She's A Killer
  10. Starlight
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TYRANT Band Information:

Tyrant is a heavy metal band that hails from Pasadena, California. The band was formed in 1978 by guitarist and vocalist Greg May, bassist and vocalist Rocky Rockwell, and drummer Rob Roy. The band is known for its unique blend of heavy metal and progressive rock, as well as their highly theatrical live performances. In this web-page, we will explore the history, sound, and legacy of Tyrant.

Tyrant's early years were spent honing their sound and playing local shows in and around Los Angeles. Their first demo, titled "Hold Back the Lightning," was recorded in 1980 and received positive reviews from local metal fans. This demo caught the attention of Metal Blade Records, who signed the band and released their debut album, "Legions of the Dead," in 1985. The album showcased Tyrant's technical prowess and ambitious songwriting, earning the band a reputation as one of the most innovative bands in the heavy metal scene.

Tyrant's sound is characterized by a combination of heavy riffs, complex rhythms, and intricate guitar solos. The band's early material often featured extended instrumental passages and complex song structures, which set them apart from many of their peers in the heavy metal scene. The band's use of keyboards and synthesizers also added a progressive rock element to their sound, further distinguishing them from other heavy metal acts of the time.

One of Tyrant's signature songs is "Hold Back the Lightning," which features an extended instrumental section that showcases the band's technical prowess. The song's lyrics are also notable for their apocalyptic imagery, which was a recurring theme in Tyrant's music. Other notable songs from the band's early years include "The Battle of Armageddon," "Warriors of Metal," and "Fallen Angel."

Tyrant's live shows were highly theatrical and featured elaborate costumes, pyrotechnics, and other special effects. The band's stage presence was influenced by the theatricality of bands like Kiss and Alice Cooper, and their live shows were a major draw for fans of the heavy metal scene in Southern California.

Despite their critical acclaim and growing fan base, Tyrant faced numerous obstacles throughout their career. In the mid-1980s, the band was dropped by Metal Blade Records due to creative differences. They continued to tour and record independently, but struggled to achieve the same level of success they had enjoyed earlier in their career. By the early 1990s, the band had disbanded, with Greg May and Rocky Rockwell going on to form the band Abattoir.

Despite their relatively short career, Tyrant's influence on the heavy metal scene has been significant. The band's unique blend of heavy metal and progressive rock helped pave the way for other innovative bands like Dream Theater and Symphony X. Their technical prowess and ambitious songwriting also inspired countless musicians in the heavy metal scene and beyond.

In recent years, Tyrant has enjoyed a resurgence of interest from fans of the heavy metal scene. Their early albums have been reissued on vinyl and CD, and the band's legacy continues to inspire a new generation of musicians. Tyrant's music has also been featured in numerous documentaries and retrospectives on the history of heavy metal. 

TYRANT - Fight for your life (12" LP)

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 Scratch Records – 941308 , 1986 , Germany

  "TYRANT's 'Fight for Your Life,' the powerful follow-up to 'Mean Machine,' is a sonic battleground on SCRATCH Records. Produced by metal maestro Tom Krüger, the album showcases the band's unwavering intensity. Kerrmit's vocals lead a brotherhood of talent, crafting anthemic themes of resilience. A classic in its own right, 'Fight for Your Life' cements TYRANT's legacy, marrying raw energy with Krüger's refined touch.

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TYRANT - Mean Machine (12" LP)

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Mausoleum Records Skull 8366 +SUISA+ / LC 8920 , 1984 , Switzerland

 This is the extremely rare and hard to find Swiss release of Tyrant's Mean Machine   Because of the small market size (more often record were imported from Germany, France, or Holland) in Switzerland, this Swiss edition was pressed in limited quantities   The stamper contains "Swiss Made" with the icon of a Swiss Crossbow

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TYRANT - Running Hot (12" LP)

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Scratch Records 802 072 , 1986 , Germany

"TYRANT's 'Running Hot' blazes a trail on SCRATCH Records, a 12" vinyl testament to German heavy metal prowess. Released as their third LP album, it ignites with scorching riffs and Kerrmit's commanding vocals. The sonic journey, produced by Tom Krüger, solidifies TYRANT's place in metal history. 'Running Hot' is a firestorm of musical intensity, a quintessential addition to any metal enthusiast's vinyl collection."

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