Kreator

Out of the Dark, Into the Light

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German thrash metal heroes Kreator spent much of 1988 either touring or writing material for their pivotal fourth album, Extreme Aggression, which was to be the first released by Noise Records (in conjunction with a major record company in America, Epic Records). But not wishing to keep fans waiting too long while they toiled, Kreator decided to issue the Out of the Dark, Into the Light EP as a stopgap just in case. Almost qualifying as a mini-album, the five-track Out of the Dark is kicked off by the snappy, but rather forgettable "Impossible to Cure," offers a raucous rendition of Raven's "Lambs to the Slaughter," and then rolls through three competent live versions of "Terrible Certainty" and two lesser-known cuts. Honestly, nothing here will prove terribly exciting for casual fans, but it's definitely worthwhile for Kreator fanatics. [Late '90s reissues of the Terrible Certainty album feature this EP as bonus material.]

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