Mastered for vinyl by Patrick W. Engel at TEMPLE OF DISHARMONY in March 2019.
Fully restored original artwork by Andre H. Türoff
After going through some rough times with many line-up changes, Pokolgép (Hell machine) had finally found their „classic” line-up in 1985, consisting of József Kalapács on vocals, György Pazdera on bass, Gábor Kukovecz and László Nagyfi on guitar and László Tarca on drums and released their highly acclaimed debut album „Totalis metal“ in 1986. And even though the fans were awaiting nothing less than another masterpiece, the band achieved to exceed all expectations with their sophomore album „Pokoli színjáték“.
While the debut album was still highly influenced by Judas Priest, Pokolgép were able to establish their own style with „Pokoli színjáték“, with a faster and heavier yet melodic sound. The band was again supported by Hungarian rock legend Feró Nagy, who – just like on the debut album – provided most of the lyrics. Production duties were handled by Ferenc Szigeti from the Hungarian blockbusters Karthago and Péter Rozgonyi, who would go on working not only with fellow Hungarian metal legends Ossian and Moby Dick, but also all of the big names of the whole Hungarian music scene.
The heavier sound on „Pokoli színjáték“, paired with melodic guitars and Hungarian lyrics went down extremely well with the fans and made the album even more successful than the debut. To be found among the 10 tracks on is not only „Ítélet helyett“, the band’s signature track, but many other hits such as „Éjféli harang“, „Újra születnék“ and the title track, all of which are an integral part of every Pokolgép concert to this day. Officially more than 90.000 units of „Pokoli színjáték“ were shifted in 1987 alone. An impressive number, considering Pokolgéps generally unfavorable media coverage and negative public view on the band and their fans. Rumour has it, that way more than 100.000 units were sold, which would have have qualified „Pokoli színjáték“ for a Gold Award. But the state-controlled Hungarian culture bodies would intentionally falsify the numbers, in order to exclude a Heavy Metal album from this prestigious status. But even this could not stop Pokolgép on their triumphal march to Heavy metal heaven...