Kreator Re-Release 'Endless Pain', 'Pleasure To Kill', Terrible Certainty' And 'Extreme Aggression'
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jools green
5th June 2017
Jools Green


Kreator are arguably one of the most influential Thrash Metal bands ever with a reputation for aggressive lyrical content and these four re-releases represent their emergence, their personal mould shaping and benchmark setting for the genre.

The re-releases contain all the original tracks re-mastered along with an abundance of bonus material, retouched artwork and liner notes from Mille.



'Endless Pain' was originally recorded in just ten days, an element that is largely responsible for the high energy, raw, slightly basic yet wonderfully evil mood of the recording. It's a landmark point in their emerging sound but over thirty years later there is still a relevance to it.

The bonus demo tracks are fabulous and have that distant, recorded in a basement sound; very old school.

The musicianship is solid and they are a superb further insight into the emerging force that became the Kreator we know today. They include an excellent version of 'Tormentor', the stand out track, which is raw vibrant and brutal.

Endless Pain
Total Death
Storm Of The Beast
Son Of Evil
Flag Of Hate
Cry War
Living In Fear
Dying Victims
Satan's Day (Blitzkrieg demo)
Messenger From Burning Hell (Blitzkrieg demo)
Armies Of Hell (End Of The Word demo)
Tormentor (End Of The World demo)
Cry War (End Of The World demo)
Bonebreaker (End Of The World demo)


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I'll always have a place in my heart for 'Pleasure To Kill' because firstly it's an absolute 'riff and shred fest' delivered at breakneck speed. Lyrically it might just be their most violent and the sound is tight too.

The best track is undoubtedly 'Riot Of Violence' and one that stands the test of time fully. Bonus material on this release are the three tracks from the 'Flag Of Hate' EP, worthy companion material given it's equally crushingly breakneck delivery.

Choir Of The Damned
Ripping Corpse
Death Is Your Saviour
Pleasure To Kill
Riot Of Violence
The Pestilence
Command Of The Blade
Under The Guillotine
Flag Of Hate (bonus Flag Of Hate EP)
Take Their Lives (bonus Flag Of Hate EP)
Awakening Of The Gods (bonus Flag Of Hate EP)




'Terrible Certainty' saw a much cleaner Thrash focus without the Death Metal elements of the previous albums or the 'shred-tastic' quality of 'Pleasure To Kill', although 'As the World Burns' makes a good attempt on that shortfall. It's punchier than its predecessors but doesn't have the finish of its successors but clearly points in the direction in which the Kreator sound was destined to follow.

The bonus material of six live tracks, including three recorded at the Dynamo Club in Eindhoven, are an excellent inclusion, particularly 'Terrible Certainty' which comes across even better as a live offering than a studio track and the live version here of 'Riot Of Violence' is also superb.

The bonus live material is better than the studio tracks as they are delivered with an angry passion, even if they are a little quiet. You need to knock the volume up a bit at that point but all are well delivered and hugely atmospheric.

Blind Faith
Storming With Menace
Terrible Certainty
As The World Burns
Toxic Trace
No Escape
One Of Us
Behind The Mirror
Impossible To Cure
Lambs To The Slaughter
Terrible Certainty (Live at Dynamo Club, Eindhoven)
Riot Of Violence (Live at Dynamo Club, Eindhoven)
Awakening Of The Gods (Live at Dynamo Club, Eindhoven)
Flag Of Hate (Live)
Love Us Or Hate Us (Live)
Behind The Mirror (Live)




'Extreme Aggression' reflects more of the density, richness and precision of Kreator's current sound rather than the raw brutality of the previous three releases but I like to think of this as a maturity in the development of their sound and it's certainly a much more accessible album and has a decent amount of shredding.

In fact the guitar work does play a starring role across the release, also the vocals start to develop a mature depth to their sound compared to the youthful higher scream of the previous releases.

Regarding the bonus material you are utterly spoilt here; fourteen tracks recorded live in Berlin in 1990, of which the sound quality is great and you get a live atmosphere as well as that precise delivery that you now come to expect from Kreator.

Extreme Aggression
No Reason To Exist
Love Us Or Hate Us
Stream Of Consciousness
Some Pain Will Last
Don't Trust
Bringer Of Torture
Fatal Energy
Some Pain Will Last (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Extreme Aggression (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Under The Guillotine (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Toxic Trace (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Bringer Of Torture (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Pleasure To Kill (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Flag Of Hate (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Terrible Certainty (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Riot Of Violence (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Love Us Or Hate Us (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Behind The Mirror (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Betrayer (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Awakening Of The Gods (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Tormentor (Live in East Berlin 1990)


The overall verdict is that whether you have the originals or not these albums are well worth getting for the bonus material alone. There are some absolute gems contained within, particularly on 'Extreme Aggression'. All are available on 180 gram vinyl with gatefold, CD and digital from 9th June via BMG,, as well as all the usual outlets.

Kreator play Hellfest in Clisson, France on 17th June, Wacken on 3rd August and Bloodstock on Saturday 12th August. Bloodstock tickets are available righth here.



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