METAL ATTACK VOL 1 - - 12" Vinyl LP Album

- with Grave Digger, Warrant, Sinner, Running Wild, Celtic Frost

  This album includes many unreleased tracks by the Best of Germany Heavy Metal, recorded during the "MORDBID TALES" recording sessions for the NOISE International Record Label. This album is a Compilation with Celtic Frost, Grave Digger, Running Wild, Helloween, Warrant, Sinner.


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Clash of the Titans: Exploring the Legacy of 1980s Heavy Metal:

The 1980s marked a golden age for heavy metal music, a time of experimentation and the rise of numerous subgenres. Within this sonic maelstrom, several bands from Europe, particularly Germany, played a pivotal role in shaping the sound and scene of the era. Let's explore the music and enduring impact of five such bands: Grave Digger, Warrant, Sinner, Running Wild, and Celtic Frost.

Grave Digger: Keepers of the Power Metal Flame

Founded in 1980, Grave Digger quickly became a standard-bearer for power metal, a style known for its fast tempos, soaring vocals, and often fantastical themes. Their early albums like "Heavy Metal Breakdown" and "Witch Hunter" delivered anthems fueled by relentless drumming and Chris Boltendahl's powerful, instantly recognizable voice. Grave Digger's commitment to classic elements of heavy metal, along with a penchant for history and horror in their lyrics, kept them a force within the scene even as trends shifted.

Warrant: Hair Metal with a Bite

On the other side of the Atlantic, but still within the 80s hard rock/metal surge, Warrant rose to prominence. With hits like "Down Boys" and the iconic ballad "Heaven," Warrant embodied the hair metal archetype: catchy melodies, big choruses, and a flashy image. While part of a sometimes-maligned subgenre, Warrant stood out with Jani Lane's emotive vocals and a songwriting sensibility that provided emotional depth alongside the bombast.

Sinner: Melodic Metal with Soul

Sinner, led by the powerhouse voice of Mat Sinner, offered a bridge between the raw grit of early heavy metal and its more polished later forms. Albums like "Danger Zone" and "Touch of Sin" combined driving riffs with hooks and choruses designed to stick in your head. With touches of bluesy swagger and introspective lyrics, Sinner brought a soulful edge to their metallic onslaught.

Running Wild: Swashbuckling Pirates of Metal

Flaunting their signature pirate iconography, Running Wild carved out a unique niche with their high-seas adventures set to music. Their fast-paced, riff-laden tracks on releases like "Under Jolly Roger" and "Port Royal" perfected a distinct 'pirate metal' sound. Galloping rhythms, tales of battles and treasure, and Rock 'n' Rolf's gruff vocals transported listeners to a world of swashbucklers and seafaring mayhem.

Celtic Frost: Avant-Garde Metal Visionaries

One cannot discuss the 80s metal scene without acknowledging the groundbreaking influence of Switzerland's Celtic Frost. With a sound that shifted from thrash to doom to truly experimental forms, they were unafraid to shatter boundaries. Albums like "Morbid Tales" and "To Mega Therion" pioneered a darkness and dissonance that paved the way for extreme metal subgenres like black metal. Tom G. Warrior's distinctive vocals and unconventional guitar work added an unsettling intensity to their music.


Music Genre:

German Heavy Metal
Album  Production information:

This split/compilation has been recording of several bands, this section lists some the people working on the production and recording of the album.

Dirk Steffens is a notable figure in the German music industry as a record producer. He has worked with several prominent bands and artists, particularly in the hard rock and heavy metal genres. Here are some details about Dirk Steffens and the artists and recordings he has produced.

Horst Mueller - a sound engineer from Germany and has engineered the records of several German Metal bands, notable Destruction, Running Wild, Warrant and the Swiss Celtic Frost band, as well as many others. He has used several different aliases/pseudonyms, aliases used by Horst Mueller include: Horst "Hoddle" Muller, Horst H.I.F. "The Crazy Frog" Muller, Horst "The Only One" Muller, "Mad" Horst Muller

Caet Studios In the world of music, certain studios hold an iconic status due to their rich history and the multitude of talented artists who have graced their halls. One such studio is Caet Studios, located in the vibrant city of Berlin, Germany. Renowned for its exceptional sound recording capabilities, Caet Studios has become synonymous with the German Heavy Metal scene, serving as a creative hub for numerous influential bands during the 1980s.


The 1980s marked a golden era for Heavy Metal music, with the genre reaching new heights of popularity and cultural significance. German Heavy Metal bands, in particular, emerged as a force to be reckoned with, capturing the attention of both domestic and international audiences. Among these bands were Celtic Frost, Running Wild, and Destruction, who utilized Caet Studios as their creative sanctum.

Celtic Frost, a pioneering group in the Extreme Metal subgenre, left an indelible mark on the music world with their groundbreaking albums. Caet Studios served as the birthplace of their magnum opus, "To Mega Therion," released in 1985. The studio's pristine acoustics and state-of-the-art equipment allowed Celtic Frost to craft a sound that was as dark and atmospheric as their lyrical themes. Songs like "Circle of the Tyrants" and "Necromantical Screams" resonated with fans and established Celtic Frost as one of the most innovative and influential Metal bands of their time.

Running Wild, known for their pirate-themed anthems and energetic live performances, also found solace within the walls of Caet Studios. Their album "Under Jolly Roger," released in 1987, solidified their status as a leading force in German Heavy Metal. Caet Studios provided Running Wild with the ideal environment to capture their raw energy and intricate instrumentation, resulting in a record that showcased their trademark blend of speed and melody. Tracks like the eponymous "Under Jolly Roger" and "Raise Your Fist" became instant classics and continue to resonate with fans to this day.

Destruction, a band synonymous with the German Thrash Metal movement, sought refuge in Caet Studios to unleash their sonic assault. Their album "Infernal Overkill," released in 1985, epitomized the aggression and intensity that characterized the Thrash Metal genre. With Caet Studios' expertise, Destruction meticulously crafted a sonic landscape that showcased their breakneck speed and razor-sharp riffs. Tracks like "Total Desaster" and "Bestial Invasion" became anthems for the thrashing masses, solidifying Destruction's position as one of the genre's titans.

While Celtic Frost, Running Wild, and Destruction are just a few of the notable bands that graced Caet Studios during the 1980s, countless others followed suit. The studio's reputation for excellence attracted a multitude of emerging and established Heavy Metal acts, all eager to harness the power of its remarkable acoustics and cutting-edge recording equipment. Caet Studios became a pilgrimage site for musicians, offering a sanctuary where creativity and sonic innovation thrived.

Beyond its technical prowess, Caet Studios fostered a sense of community within the German Heavy Metal scene. Bands not only shared the same recording space but also collaborated and inspired one another, pushing the boundaries of the genre. The legacy of Caet Studios extends beyond the music it helped create, representing a pivotal era in German Heavy Metal history and leaving an indelible mark on the global music landscape.

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 PorĂ£o, 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.


Record Label Information:

 Noise N 0022

Media Format:

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

Year and Country:

 1985 Made in Germany

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Track Listing of: "METAL ATTACK VOL 1 - German Metal Attack Tour 1985"

The Songs/tracks on "METAL ATTACK VOL 1 - German Metal Attack Tour 1985" are

    Side One:
  1. Grave Digger
    1. Shine On (5:12) Unreleased
    2. Tears of Blood (2:36 ) Unreleased
  2. Running Wild
    1. Diabolic Force (4:57)
  3. Helloween
    1. Murderer (4:25) - remixed


    Side Two:
  1. Warrant
    1. Scavenger's Daughter
  2. Sinner
    1. Danger Zone
  3. Celtic Frost
    1. Dethroned Emperor
    2. Morbid Tales


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