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Gates to Purgatory

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Released  December 26, 1984
Artist  Running Wild
Producer  Running Wild
Genres  Heavy metal, Speed metal
Recorded  June, 1984
Release date  26 December 1984
Label  Noise International
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Studio  Caet Studio, Berlin, Germany
Gates to Purgatory (1984)  Branded and Exiled (1985)
Similar  Running Wild albums, Heavy metal albums

Running wild gates to purgatory 1984 full album

Gates to Purgatory is the first studio album by Running Wild. It predates their piracy themes and has mostly satanically-influenced lyrics but also features songs with anarchic and libertarian (in the sense of European libertarianism) themes. The album has sold over 235,000 copies worldwide.


The album was reissued in 2012 by Lemon records.

Gates to purgatory running wild full album extra tracks

Track listing

All tracks were composed and written by Gerald "Preacher" Warnecke and Rolf Kasparek.

  1. "Victim of States Power" – 3:36
  2. "Black Demon" – 4:25
  3. "Preacher" – 4:22
  4. "Soldiers of Hell" – 3:23
  5. "Diabolic Force" – 4:58
  6. "Adrian S.O.S." – 2:49
  7. "Genghis Khan" – 4:11
  8. "Prisoner of Our Time" – 5:22

The following tracks appeared on the CD release, the US and Canadian editions of the LP, as well as on the Victim of States Power EP:

  1. "Walpurgis Night" – 4:09 (This track is cut off very close to the end due to the condition of the master tape on most releases)
  2. "Satan" – 5:00


  • Rolf Kasparek – guitar, vocals
  • Gerald "Preacher" Warnecke – guitar
  • Stephan Boriss – bass guitar
  • Wolfgang "Hasche" Hagemann – drums
  • Cover versions

  • The sludge metal band Kingdom of Sorrow did a cover of the song "Soldiers of Hell" in their album Behind the Blackest Tears.
  • Songs

    1Victim of States Power3:40
    2Black Demon4:29


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