Extreme Aggression

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Band Name Kreator
Album Name Extreme Aggression
Type Album
Released date 19 June 1989
Produced by Burns Randy
Music StyleThrash Metal
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1. Extreme Aggressions 04:44
2. No Reason to Exist 04:37
3. Love Us or Hate Us 03:42
4. Stream of Consciousness 03:53
5. Some Pain Will Last 05:40
6. Betrayer 03:59
7. Don't Trust 03:43
8. Bringer of Torture 02:16
9. Fatal Energy 04:58
Total playing time 37:32

Review @ Loudpipes

13 February 2011

Flawed, but still a worthy piece from one of thrash metal's best.

Truth be told, I’ve never quite loved this album as much as Kreator’s other 80’s albums. It’s absolutely not a bad album and it does have some really excellent songs on it, but it sort of does come off as a little ‘off’ at times.

Extreme Aggression, oddly enough, was when Kreator moved towards a cleaner, more openly melodic style after the proto-black/death/thrash of the first two albums and the more technically inclined style of Terrible Certainty. What makes this slightly weaker for me than most of Kreator’s other 80’s works is that it does come off as a transitional album at times – some of the songs feel half baked in some way, be it a more melodic section or a particular passage that doesn’t quite work as well as the previous or even the next album. I really get the feeling that this might’ve benefitted from being revised a bit. The lyrics also reflect this, taking on an almost punk-ish character at times alongside the scathing delivery of Mille Petrozza’s vicious, raspy vocals.

That said, the best moments on this album are completely excellent. “Betrayer” is one of their absolute best songs, thanks to some excellent riff work, particularly the well executed thrash break and the following lead passage. The title track is an excellent opener, alternating midpaced and fast passages very effectively with an impossibly anthemic chorus. “Stream of Conciousness” and “Don’t Trust” are excellent tracks as well, balancing choppy, sharp thrash riffing with solid melodic passages and a good sense of direction.

Some songs that don’t quite fair as well would be “Some Pain Will Last”, a song that has some really great moments but doesn’t quite totally add up and “Bringer of Torture” is a decent song, but it doesn’t really last long enough to really add much of an impression.

The performances are great; the band by this were certainly good enough to handle the music with a level of precision and tightness that this style requires. Production is definitely great; significantly cleaned up over their past albums, but not sterile either.

While I tend to feel that this album does have some moments that don’t quite work out, it’s still a great album and if you’re one for thrash metal, it’s certainly worth getting. Kreator, flaws and all, does the more technically proficient side of thrash metal justice.

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Review @ Crinn

15 September 2012


Extreme Aggression is not what I would consider to be a “highlight” in Kreator’s career. Especially not as much as Pleasure to Kill, Cause for Conflict, Enemy of God, and Hordes of Chaos. I’ve had Kreator’s entire discography for almost two years now and I will say that there aren’t any disappointing records to be found. But there are a couple of mediocre ones that I would only listen to if I was in the middle of a temporary thrash metal phase (like the one I’ve been experiencing for the past week or so). So while I’m listening to all of these thrash metal albums that I don’t normally listen to, I thought that it would be a good idea to review some of them while this phase is still present so that I can have a chance to actually get a closer look at these records.

The reason why I want to talk about THIS album in particular is because now that I’ve taken the time to actually LISTEN to it with great intensity, it turns out that this album is actually significantly better than I originally thought. Which lead me to conclude that the reason I’m not too fond of this album isn’t because it lacks certain elements and qualities, but because there are several things about it that just fucking bug me. But then again, there are some things about Extreme Aggression
that lack importance and that are less than they are in other Kreator albums, so I guess I stand corrected. The first thing that bothers me about this album is that there’s not NEARLY as much edge in the music as I would like.

I don’t know what it is, but I’m not receiving that anger-filled energy that I’m used to getting from thrash metal albums, especially from Kreator. Pleasure to Kill instantly gave Kreator the reputation of being an extremely brutal and edgy thrash metal band. And their next album, Terrible Certainty did nothing but strengthen that reputation. The ironically-named Extreme Aggression speaks with more of a sound that Slayer’s first album does, which isn’t anything at all like Pleasure to Kill or Terrible Certainty. For those of you that think that I’m forgetting Endless Pain, I’m not, I’m just not including it because it has a whole different sound all together. So with more of a traditional thrash metal sound, but still with the unique Kreator vibe, the German thrashers (whom by this time were pretty big) decided to expand their musical horizons.

The guitars are more melodic and less focused on the REALLY FAST low chords with really crunchy distortions. The guitar solos on this album are slower and aren’t just pure high-pitched shredding. As well as that, the distortion isn’t nearly as loud and gritty as the previous albums. The bassist tends to follow the guitars more closely than ever before, which has led to a much less interesting bass line. I don’t have a problem what so ever with Kreator progressing their sound, but if they want to progress their sound, they have to progress ALL of their sound. In other words, they’ve moved their music in a softer direction, but the vocals still sound like they always have. Petrozza still does those extremely harsh vocals from when Kreator was a thrash black band. Although the grit is significantly less in Extreme Aggression
, it still creates WAY too much contrast with the openly melodic changes in the music. So that’s what mainly bothers me about this record.

Extreme Aggression
is by no means an album I would consider to be a good first impression for Kreator. In fact, I would only recommend it to the thrash metal fans that haven’t heard it yet. Despite the unnecessary contrasts and the roughness, the album checks out to be a good thrash record with a nice solid base. If you want to REALLY build up your thrash metal collection, this would be a great addition to have, especially if you’re looking for old school thrash releases. I would give Extreme Aggression


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Bloodsong - 16 September 2012: You're kidding...
BEERGRINDER - 16 September 2012: I would give this review 1/20.
Crinn - 17 September 2012: You obviously didnt read the review.
BEERGRINDER - 17 September 2012: Of course I read it, I speak only about what I know, if only everybody could do the same...
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