Kreator - Pleasure to Kill (1986)Release ID: 1441

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Sonny Sonny / February 15, 2020 / Comments 0 / 1

Make no mistake, Kreator's second album Pleasure to Kill, has only one purpose - to Thrash you to within an inch of your life and to this end it's mission is immensely successful. PtK is a vicious and raw assault on the listener with an aggressiveness few thrashers have ever equalled, much like the previous year's Seven Churches, Possessed's proto-death album. In addition to Possessed's classic, the influence of tracks like Death Is Your Saviour and Pleasure to Kill can be heard throughout the early albums of Death, Morbid Angel and the rest of the first wave death outfits.
While I find it hard to look beyond Reign in Blood as the pinnacle of Thrash intensity, this is one of those very few that comes really close (Dark Angel's Darkness Descends being the other) with several songs that certainly wouldn't feel out of place on Slayer's masterpiece. The riffs are neck-breakingly savage, the drumming brutal and the solos are crazed, while Mille and Ventor's shared vocals are both sublimely suited to this more aggressive style of Thrash.
I have seen any number of reviews complaining about the lack of variety on offer, but that isn't really the issue here. As I said at the start of the review, this album's sole intention is to facilitate your attempt to try to break your neck in a headbanging frenzy and if you want a more nuanced and varied album then this was probably never meant for you anyway. A genuine Thrash classic and a headbanging masterclass.

Shadowdoom9 (Andi) Shadowdoom9 (Andi) / February 28, 2023 / Comments 0 / 0

Pleasure to Kill is known as what made Kreator one of the most popular legends of thrash. There's lots of deathly aggression that can hail this album a kick-A classic to the heavier metalheads. However, a few riffs here are a bit repetitive and don't stand out as memorable for me.

But how is this album besides the riffing issue? Very good! Drummer Ventor and Guitarist Mille have an awesome motive of each song using vocals from one of them. Ventor has a shouting style, while Mille is a thrash growler. Ventor performs some d*mn kick-A drumming with a bit of hammering technicality. Mille performs an OK blend of smooth and crunchy in his guitar, though his guitar work could've used some improvement. Rob Fioretti performs audible bass that helps the brutal rhythms stay steady.

With melodic guitar, "Choir of the Damned" is a friendly intro, the calm before the storm... Hooking you up right away in the thrash action is the great "Ripping Corpse", with a chorus of total bloodshed. "Death is Your Saviour" doesn't lighten up a bit, staying heavy and deathly all the way.

The title track is a brutal headbanging thrash classic, though it has neat melody in the chorus. "Riot of Violence" is a more mid-paced and crushing track, with catchy riffs that are quite killer. Same thing in the 7-minute epic "The Pestilence", though with different tempo changes, switching from slow and soft to fast and brutal. This makes me think of what tech-death band Pestilence were doing for their thrashy debut.

The searing speed continues in "Carrion". Then "Command of the Blade" is another favorite of mine from this album, sounding quite dynamic especially in the riff-solo bridge that would certainly remind thrash fans of Slayer. "Under the Guillotine" is quite notable, closing the album like the life of the executed by the device the song references. The skull rolls as a chorus that's quite good yet predictable rolls on with Mille's growls, making the song sound close to proto-death metal. It's quite a brutal way to end the album, but it could've been less predictable in my opinion.

All in all, Pleasure to Kill offers the kind of headbanging metalheads really need for some f***ing extreme thrash as explosive as the creation of the universe. Still a few of the riffing and chorus should've been less repetitive, and they make the album just a tad overrated. Despite that, the wicked heaviness is something that can't be lost....

Favorites: "Ripping Corpse", "Pleasure to Kill", "The Pestilence", "Command of the Blade"