ATLAIN - G.O.E. Earthshaker 12" LP ALBUM VINYL

"ATLAIN's "G.O.E." 12" LP vinyl album represents the pinnacle of the German Heavy Metal band's brief yet impactful existence. Formerly known as Destroyer, ATLAIN thrived from 1983 to 1985, leaving an indelible mark with this, their second and final record. "G.O.E. Earthshaker" showcases the band's prowess, serving as a testament to their contribution to the German Heavy Metal scene during their fleeting but significant tenure."

 

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Atlain's "G.O.E." (Guardians of Eternity): A Speed Metal Testament from 1980s Germany
Album Description:

Released in 1985 on Earthshaker Records, "G.O.E." (Guardians of Eternity) is the second and final studio album from the German heavy metal band Atlain, formerly known as Destroyer. This album stands as a testament to the band's evolution and their contribution to the thriving German metal scene of the mid-1980s.

Historical Context and Genre

"G.O.E." emerged during a period when speed metal and power metal were gaining momentum in Germany. Bands like Helloween, Running Wild, and Grave Digger were pushing the boundaries of heavy metal, incorporating elements of classical music, fantasy themes, and lightning-fast tempos. Atlain's music embraced these trends while maintaining a distinct sound rooted in traditional heavy metal.

The album's music is a powerful blend of speed metal and traditional heavy metal, with soaring vocals, intricate guitar riffs, and thunderous drumming. The band's sound is characterized by its fast tempos, aggressive energy, and melodic sensibilities.

Musical Exploration

"G.O.E." showcases Atlain's songwriting prowess and their ability to craft memorable heavy metal anthems. Tracks like "Waste," "Guardians of Eternity," and "Break Down Your Neck" are full of adrenaline-fueled energy, while "Brainstorm" and "Out On The Streets" delve into more melodic and atmospheric territory. The album's diversity reflects the band's willingness to experiment within the metal framework, creating a sound that was both familiar and distinctive.

Lyrically, the album explores themes of fantasy, mythology, and social commentary. The lyrics are often poetic and evocative, creating a sense of epic storytelling that complements the music's grandeur.

Production and Recording

The album was recorded and mixed at Y.U.P. Studio 1 in Germany, a well-known facility for metal bands. The production team, led by Ralph Hubert, captured the band's raw energy while ensuring a polished sound that met the standards of the time.

Music Genre:

Power / Speed Metal 

Album Production information: 

The album: "ATLAIN - G.O.E." was produced by: Ralph Hubert for Y.U.P. Music

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Ralph Hubert

This album was recorded at: Y.U.P. Studio, 1st December 1985

Ralph "Ralf" Hubert

In the world of heavy metal history, certain individuals emerge as true architects of the genre's sonic landscape. One such luminary is Ralph "Ralf" Hubert, a versatile talent whose impact on heavy metal, both as a producer and a musician, remains indelible. Known for his pivotal role in shaping the Teutonic Metal sound of the 1980s, Hubert's multifaceted career spans across production, sound engineering, bass playing, and co-founding a record label.

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Ralph Hubert's journey into the realm of heavy metal began as a producer, sound engineer, and sound mixer. His adept skills were employed in crafting the albums of numerous iconic bands, contributing to the vibrant tapestry of the metal scene during the genre's golden era. Bands such as Brainfever, Steeler, Fact , Warlock , and Living Death , among others, bear the imprint of Hubert's production prowess. His influence extended to an extensive roster, including Atlain , Stormwind , Darxon, Hunter, Lions Breed, Metal Sword, Overdose, Breaker, Mad Butcher, Carrie , Invader, Holy Moses , Siren, Target, Kreator, and Sacred Chao.

It was during this era that Hubert's touch became synonymous with the Teutonic Metal sound, a subgenre characterized by its raw intensity, powerful riffing, and uncompromising attitude. As a producer and sound engineer, Hubert played a pivotal role in shaping the sonic identity of the 1980s metal scene, leaving an indelible mark that resonates to this day.

Beyond his contributions behind the mixing console, Ralph Hubert also showcased his musical prowess as a bass player. Under the alias "Björn Eklund," he held down the low end with the influential band "Mekong Delta" from 1985 onwards. This collaboration allowed him to express his musicality and contribute to the band's unique sound. His bass-playing finesse further extended to other projects, including Schwarzarbeit and X-Mas Project, showcasing his versatility as a musician.

Not content with merely influencing the musical landscape, Ralph Hubert ventured into the realm of entrepreneurship. In 1986, he co-founded "Aaarrg Records," a label that played a significant role in amplifying the voices of emerging metal acts. This endeavor solidified Hubert's status as not just a contributor to the metal scene but also as a catalyst for its growth and evolution.

 

Record Label Information:

Earth Shaker ES 4015 / LC 8558

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record

Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram

Year & Country:

1985 Made in Germany
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: ATLAIN - G.O.E.
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Vocals : Peter Müller
  • Guitars : Andreas Büttner
  • Guitars : Jörg Pryzarski
  • Bass : Andre Chapelier
  • Drums : Chris Efthimiadis
Complete Track-listing of the album "ATLAIN - G.O.E."

The detailed tracklist of this record "ATLAIN - G.O.E." is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. Waste 4:07
  2. Guardians Of Eternity 3:39
  3. Break Down Your Neck 4:13
  4. Brainstorm 4:36
  5. Out On The Streets 4:09
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. Fast Attack 4:32
  2. Space & Time 3:43
  3. Demon's Feast 3:51
  4. Break That Wall 6:02
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