Founded by Karl-Ulrich Walterbach in 1983, Noise Records played an integral part in defining underground metal as we know it today. Early releases – including 1984’s Death Metal compilation – would lay the groundwork for future European metal mainstays such as Grave Digger, Hellhammer (who became Celtic Frost), Helloween, Kreator, Running Wild, and Tankard. These acts would become Noise’s bedrock outfits, leading the charge in heavy metal innovation via death metal (Celtic Frost), power metal (Helloween), and thrash metal (Kreator).
As part of a wide and varied roster, it was Helloween that propelled Noise to the highest levels, being the first band on the label to reach seven digit figures in album sales with hit songs such as ‘Future World’ and ‘I Want Out’ leading the way. Walterbach sold Noise to Sanctuary Music in 2001 where it stayed for the next six years, during which time it helped to launch the career of multi-national power metal act Dragonforce. Sanctuary was sold to Universal Music in 2007.
Noise Records lay largely dormant until Sanctuary was purchased by BMG in 2013. The label re-launched in May 2016 and to date has released deluxe reissues and box sets from key Noise artists; Helloween, Celtic Frost, Kreator, Skyclad, Tankard, Conception, Deathrow, Coroner, Grave Digger, Running Wild, Hellhammer and Voivod. With more releases planned for 2023, this legendary label is still revisiting its seminal roster and celebrating the artists and records that defined it from its inception in 1983.
To celebrate the official Noise Records store has been relaunched to include all the releases since the relaunch in 2016, all at discounted prices with an extra 5% discount if you pick up more than one item. Also, each month there will be special bonus giveaways with certain artists. This month, there’s free Celtic Frost – Danse Macabre patches for every purchase of their releases, while stocks last!
To round up the 40th celebration we’ve compiled playlists on Spotify, YouTube and Deezer of the finest tracks from the Noise Records repertoire for your enjoyment. Links to those available in the above link!