The legendary Noise Records label is set to return in 2016. The German label was home to many classic and influential metal acts and released some fantastic albums in the 80s and 90s from the likes of Kreator, Celtic Frost, Helloween and recent HMO stars Skyclad. Sanctuary bought the label in 2001 but it has lain dormant since Sanctuary’s bankruptcy in 2007. Now, with BMG’s purchase of the Sanctuary roster, Noise lives!
The relaunch kicks off with the release of eight double-disc anthologies in May. Coincidentally, one of those is going to be an anthology of Skyclad’s years with the label (their best stuff). It will be called A Bellyful Of Emptiness – The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1991 – 1995 and will include their cover of Thin Lizzy’s Emerald that I posted about last week. So anyone that enjoyed that and wants to hear more has a great (and affordable) place to start! The other seven anthologies released will be from Kreator, Helloween, Kamelot, Sinner, Running Wild, Tankard, and Grave Digger.
And there’s even better news: the label is lining up 30 expanded and remastered reissues from the likes of Helloween, Kreator, Celtic Frost, Sabbat and, you guessed it, Skyclad! I’m going to level with you here… I’m pretty excited about this. I’ll post any news on the reissues as I get it but you can find out more about the relaunch here.
It occurs to me that Sanctuary also had the rights to a lot of awesome NWOBHM stuff too. Might BMG can turn their attention to that as well?