Deathrow - Raging Steel - EEC 12" Vinyl LP Album

  This is the European release of "Raging Steel" which is the third full-length Thrash Metal album released by the German Thrash Metal band "Deathrow". The album was produced by "Harris Johns" , the album's artwork was by "Phil Lawvere" and "Fred Baumgart" took care of the photography.


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Summary: "Raging Steel" is the explosive third Thrash Metal album by Germany's Deathrow. This European release showcases the band's relentless energy and skill. Produced by the renowned Harris Johns, the album delivers intense riffs and blistering solos. The artwork by Phil Lawvere perfectly captures the album's ferocity, while Fred Baumgart's photography adds a visual dimension. A must-have for fans of aggressive and uncompromising metal.
Packaging: This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, and photos.

Music Genre:

  Death Speed Metal Music

Album Production Information: 

Produced by Harris Johns.

Harris Johns is a prominent European music producer renowned for his contributions to the heavy metal and punk genres. With a career spanning several decades, he has worked with numerous iconic bands, leaving an indelible mark on the music industry. Born in the late 1950s, Harris Johns developed a passion for music at an early age and pursued his dreams with unwavering determination.


In the late 1970s, Harris Johns emerged as a key figure in the burgeoning heavy metal and punk scene. His unique talent and distinctive approach to music production quickly caught the attention of many prominent bands. With a desire to create powerful and impactful soundscapes, he became known for his ability to capture the raw energy and intensity of these genres.

Throughout his career, Harris Johns has collaborated with a plethora of big-name bands, solidifying his reputation as a go-to producer. His notable works include projects with Helloween, Coroner, Tankard, Sodom, Voivod, Kreator, Exumer, Ratos de Porão, Slime, Daily Terror, and many others. Each album he worked on showcased his exceptional skill in sculpting the sonic landscapes that defined the heavy metal and punk movements.

For over a decade, Harris Johns operated his studio, Music Lab Berlin Studio, which served as the creative hub for many of his productions. In an effort to further his artistic vision, he established Spiderhouse, a recording facility situated in a former guest house in the countryside near Berlin. For ten years, Spiderhouse became a sanctuary where he could channel his creativity and bring forth groundbreaking music.

In 2007, Harris Johns made the decision to reopen the Music Lab Berlin, reestablishing it as a prime destination for bands seeking his expertise in music production. The studio became a hub of creativity and collaboration, attracting both established acts and up-and-coming artists. However, in 2016, Harris Johns decided to step away from the studio, concluding a significant chapter in his illustrious career.

Despite stepping back from the day-to-day operations of Music Lab Berlin, Harris Johns continues to contribute to the music industry. He remains active as a producer and dedicates his time to teaching music production skills. His wealth of knowledge and experience has made him an invaluable resource for aspiring producers and musicians, as he imparts his expertise and nurtures the next generation of talent.

As we reflect upon the 1980s, it becomes evident that Harris Johns' discography during this era stands as a testament to his immense talent. Some of the notable albums he worked on include groundbreaking releases such as:

These albums showcase Harris Johns' ability to capture the essence and intensity of the heavy metal and punk genres, earning him a place in music history.

Harris Johns' impact on the heavy metal and punk scenes cannot be understated. His talent, dedication, and distinctive approach to music production have left an indelible mark on the industry. As he continues to produce and educate, Harris Johns remains a respected and influential figure, shaping the future of music for generations to come.

Cover painting by Phil Lawvere

Phil Lawvere is an acclaimed artist and illustrator known for his iconic contributions to the world of metal album art. Through his distinct visual style, Lawvere has created some of the most recognizable and influential album covers in the history of heavy metal music. His dark, intricate, and often controversial artworks have left an indelible mark on the genre, solidifying his status as a legendary figure within the metal community.


Phil Lawvere was born on 28 February 1960, in Stuttgart, Germany. From a young age, he demonstrated a keen interest in art, fueled by his passion for music and the burgeoning rock and metal scene. Lawvere drew inspiration from the works of artists like H.R. Giger and Salvador Dalí, as well as from the intense and raw energy of metal music itself. These influences would later become instrumental in shaping his unique artistic vision.

Lawvere's breakthrough in metal album art came in the late 1980s when he was commissioned to create the cover artwork for German thrash metal band Kreator's sophomore album, "Pleasure to Kill" (1986) . This gritty and macabre artwork, depicting a tortured corpse, perfectly captured the aggressive and visceral nature of the band's music. The cover quickly became iconic and set the stage for Lawvere's future contributions to the genre.

Lawvere's artistic contributions extend beyond album covers. He has also created logos and additional artwork for bands such as Helloween, Tankard, and Whiplash, further cementing his influence on the metal aesthetic. Additionally, Lawvere has worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, showcasing his versatility and mastery of various artistic mediums.

Phil Lawvere's impact on metal album art cannot be overstated. His unique and evocative visual style has influenced subsequent generations of artists and has become synonymous with the genre itself. The dark and atmospheric worlds he creates through his artwork serve as a visual representation of the music's intensity and power. Lawvere's contributions have elevated album covers to the realm of art, making them an integral part of the metal experience. .

Photography by: Fred Baumgart

Fred Baumgart photographed since the mid-1980's several German Heavy Metal bands, including: Warrant , Ballantinez , Kreator , Rage , Deathrow , Voivod , Tankard .

Record Label Information:

  Noise International N 0081 / SPV 08-4439

Media Format:

  12" Vinyl LP Record 140 grams vinyl

Year & Country:

  1987 Made in EEC

Band Members and Musicians on: Deathrow Raging Steel
    Deathrow's Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Milo
  • Sven Flugge
  • Markus Hahn
  • Thomas Priebe

Background information on the members of Deathrow:

Milo Van Jaksic - Vocals, Bass. Timeline:
- 1984-1986 Samhain
- 1986...1994 Deathrow

Sven Flügge - Guitars. TImeline:
- 1984-1986 Samhain
- 1986...1994 Deathrow

Thomas Priebe - Guitars. Timeline
- 1984-1986 Samhain
- 1986-1987 Deathrow

Markus Hahn - Drums. Timeline:
- 1984-1986 Samhain
- 1986-1994 Deathrow

Track Listing of: Deathrow Raging Steel
    Side One:
  1. The Dawn
  2. Raging Steel
  3. Scattered by the Wind
  4. Dragon's Blood
  5. The Thing Within
    Side Two:
  1. Pledge to Die
  2. Mortal Dread
  3. The Undead Cry
  4. Beyond the Light
Album cover photos of : Deathrow Raging Steel
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DEATHROW - Raging Steel - (1987 Canada)

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  Cobra Records CL 1037 / Maze Music Inc. , 1987 , Canada

"Raging Steel" released by Canada Cobra Records on 12" vinyl LP, is a thrashing masterpiece. The track listing includes high-octane songs like "The Dawn",

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DEATHROW - Raging Steel - (1987 Europe)

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Noise International N 0081 / SPV 08-4439 , 1987 , EEC

"Raging Steel" is the explosive third Thrash Metal album by Germany's Deathrow. This European release showcases the band's relentless energy and skill.

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