13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2002
This album is an example of a band being totally 'in the mode'...compare Master Of Puppets, Reign In Blood, Dimension Hatross, To Mega Therion etc etc. Kreator, in my opinion did not maintain the absolute power and aggression [not to mention the uniqueness] on future releases, save for the Flag Of Hate ep, and it's a shame...this album was just a total visceral attack!
New [conservative] listeners may be put off by Ventor's unusual drumming style and by Harris Johns' production, but must consider the whole amazing picture, and further listens will reward, especially in the department of Mille's excellent guitar.
EVERY track is astounding, but the favourite [arguably] at the time was the massive 'Riot Of Violence'. I'd also recommend the [often neglected and disliked] Persecution Mania by Sodom, and Under The Sign Of The Black Mark by Bathory for a faceful of that classic cold Euro thrash sound.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2001
Do you consider your metal collection complete without owning "Pleasure to kill?" I'm afraid it's very much not so...
With not-so-good production, growling vocals, frantic drumming and intense riffing, Kreator had all the trade-marks of the new breed of extreme metal bands of the late eighties. But in spite of technical shortcomings and average musicianship "Pleasure to kill" today ranks as one of my favorite thrash-albums. The reason is of course the quality of the songs. The song structures are traditional, but with frequent riff changes which alternates between staccato and more groovy "melody"-lines. With memorable riffs, horrendously violent lyrics and a young band full of enthusianism, this is a must-buy-product from one of the better german bands ever. Check out songs like "Death is your saviour", "Under the guillotine" and the classic title track!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2003
This is one of the most savage, intense thrash/death metal albums ever recorded. Like a hateful, twisted version of 'Reign in Blood'-era Slayer, this record is also notable for having been a big influence on early Sepultura records like 'Schizophrenia' and 'Beneath the Remains'. The vocals are vicious, feral barks of raw power, the guitars buzz and grate like the fires of hell and the drums are frenetic and thunderous. The production isn't great, but in a funny sort of way this enhances the music, as it makes it more raw and aggressive sounding. Buy this now if you are a fan of Slayer, old-style Sepultura or Morbid Angel, and get headbanging to some vintage ferocious German thrash!!
After a terribly primitive debut album Endless Pain; Kreator released one of their fan favorite albums Pleasure To Kill in 1986, which was a ferocious and biting mixture of all out speed with all out aggression that subsequently went on to become one of the band's best known works and a classic album of Thrash Metal in general.
Pleasure To Kill contains several of the band's best known and best loved songs; such as the title track, as well as 'Riot Of Violence,' and 'Under the Guillotine.' At first listen, people may write Kreator off as pure speed, but upon closer inspection you will find a great deal of variety, complexity and strong musicianship. The band mix in creative riffs of varying tempos and vocal patterns you wouldn't hear anywhere else, which separates them from some of the lesser bands in the speed-arms-race.
The production on Pleasure To Kill isn't as polished as on later releases, the lyrics are fairly straightforward and unpolitical and Jürgen 'Ventor,' Reil's drumming style is unusual, but all of that could be taken as good or bad depending on which styles of thrash you enjoy the best.
The albums which followed would expand the band's scope, with more acoustic sections, longer more complex songs and a technical approach. If however you just want the raw aggression and power then give Pleasure To Kill a listen
If you do like nasty, heavy music full of thumping drums, harsh vocals and plentiful guitar solos then Pleasure To Kill is certianly an album you should consider trying out. If you are a full on Kreator fan already however, Pleasure To Kill is an absolutely essential purchase.
If you can, I'd advise buying the version with the Flag Of Hate EP as bonus tracks, which adds three excellent tracks from the same era to the proceedings, two of which are over six minutes long.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2009
"Pleasure to kill" is without a doubt one of those essential thrash metal albums that you have to own. Every track is full of face-melting riffage, powerful drumming and throat shredding vocals that will instantly make you want headbang at neck snapping speeds.
Most certainly a must for fans of Slayer, Testament and Exodus.
on 2 November 2012
this second outing from kreator shreds big time like a oversized omen II crow desperatety trying to free itself from a granite coffin. these remastered issues feature personal text from front man mr.petrozza outlining the background to its release,and included on the cd,FLAG OF HATE a bonus 3 track first issued as an ep. frantic,solid and essential thrash/death.
on 5 January 2015
Just really ace german thrash metal album, from one of the pioneers. A must have. Enough said.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2015
"Pleasure to Kill" is the perfect Death/Thrash Metal album, right from Lawvere's astonishing artwork on the album cover to the ferocious music nestled within. The intro "Choir of the Damned" is a little longer and different on the CD version than it is on the original vinyl release and takes some getting used to. After being lulled into a false sense of security by the atmospheric keyboard, electric and acoustic guitar album opener you are blown away by the power and fury of "Ripping Corpse" which blasts you into next week at Mach 10. The Vocals are feral and are barked and spat out with true vehemence. The Drums are pounding and unforgiving, leaving you feeling like your skull has just been smashed in. The Rhythm Guitars are heavy, fast and have an eerie undertone that emits a weird kind of melody that seems to have a life of its own. The Lead breaks are frantic and atonal.The Bass Guitar is driving and compliments the drum parts perfectly. Each new track ups the ante and builds towards what could only be a nuclear holocaust in your head that leaves the you spent and exhausted. This album is one hell of a way to relieve stress. If you are an Extreme Metal fan and you haven't heard this monster of an album then you owe it to yourself to get it asap as you will not be disappointed in the slightest. This version of the album includes the "Flag Of Hate" E.P. as bonus tracks which takes the track count up to 12 awe inspiring tracks in total!!! If you are updating your vinyl collection to CD then this is a great way to get "Pleasure To Kill" and "Flag Of Hate" for a reasonable price. Buy this album and wilt to the furiously perfect storm of Death Thrash Metal from Kreator!!!
on 20 September 2014