Obsessed by Cruelty was actually recorded twice, and both versions of the album were released in different territories due to an error by the record company. The first session was recorded in Berlin, supposedly by Horst Müller, with Destructor as the guitarist. The record company deemed the recording quality to be too poor for the album to be released, so all the tracks, as well as a new one called "Before the Deluge", were recorded again at Studio Hiltpolstein (near Nürnberg) by Bobby Bachinger, with a new guitarist called Ahäthoor (aka Assator).
The original, rejected, recording from Berlin was accidentally used on the original US edition, released by Metal Blade, and most editions of the album on all formats. Only the European Steamhammer
edition of the LP seems to contain the second recording from Studio Hilpoltstein with the additional "After the Deluge" track.
Title-list below shows the European Steamhammer pressing, the additional track is no. 6, "After the Deluge" (04:53).
01. Intro (The Rebirth...)
02. Deathlike Silence
03. Brandish the Sceptre
04. Proselytism Real
06. After the Deluge
07. Obsessed by Cruelty
08. Fall of Majesty Town
10. Pretenders to the Throne
12. Volcanic Slut
Note: The 1988 re-release combines the “In The Sign Of Evil” EP and the US version, not the European version of “Obsessed By Cruelty”, i.e. the track listing is wrong, as this CD does not include “After The Deluge” and there is no “After The Deluge / Obsessed By Cruelty” medley either!
01. Intro - Outbreak of Evil (0:14)
02. Outbreak of Evil (4:34)
03. Sepulchral Voice (4:31)
04. Blasphemer (3:05)
05. Witching Metal (3:13)
06. Intro - Burst Command Til War (0:38)
07. Burst Command Til War (2:43)
08. Outro - Burst Command Til War (0:15)
09. Intro - Deathlike Silence (1:53)
10. Deathlike Silence (5:06)
11. Brandish the Scepter (2:56)
12. Proselytism Real (3:31)
13. Equinox (3:32)
14. Volcanic Slut (3:21)
15. Obsessed by Cruelty (5:47)
16. Fall of Majesty Town (4:01)
17. Nuctemeron (3:00)
18. Pretenders to the Throne (2:39)
19. Witchhammer (2:02)
Also re-released by Vinyl Maniacs
/ EMRmusic in 2005 as picture vinyl.
Re-released in 2000 together with "Persecution Mania" and "In the Sign of Evil" as "2 Originals of Sodom".