Kreator
Extreme Aggression


4.5
superb

Review

by Dan Stafford USER (5 Reviews)
June 29th, 2009 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The sound of a band at their peak - far improved from previous work in every way, 'Extreme Aggression' is a must have for any fan of the genre.

Kreator:

Mille Petrozza - guitar and vocals
Jürgen Reil - drums
Rob Fioretti - bass guitar
Jörg Trzebiatowski - guitar

Kreator’s 1989 release ‘Extreme Aggression’ is the sound of the band at their peak. They had been showing their potential for years, with 1985’s widely cited 'Pleasure to Kill' and 1987’s 'Terrible Certianty' both going down well with metal audiences. While ‘Terrible Certianty’ was a great improvement from it’s enthusiastic but naïve predecessor, it was by no means the perfect album, still suffering from a degree of repetition and lack of imagination. The German thrash crew’s third full length would remedy all of these issues, with surprising success, creating a superb thrash album in the process.

The main improvement from previous efforts on this album is the superior quality guitarwork from Petrozza and Trzebiatowski. The riffing is varied, interesting and surgically precise, ranging from the fairly straightforward single ‘Betrayer’ to the far more intricate title track, ‘Extreme Aggression.’ Another notable quality of this album is the way that Kreator have obviously progressed, but without sacrificing any of the qualities that made their earlier works so great. Petrozza still screams every line as if he would never have the chance to again, Reil’s drumming is still brutal, without becoming monotonous and the guitars still eat away at the ears like a misplaced dentist’s drill. The change in attitude to songwriting and musicianship from previous albums is absolutely seamless, therefore making this album a universally pleasing one to any metal fan.

Nevertheless the increase in the quality and abundance of guitar leads and solos are one distinguishing feature from previous albums: the frantic, wild tremolo picking of earlier efforts has been successfully replaced with memorable, well thought out and executed arrangements, such as the intro to Stream of Consciousness, which only serve to increase the hitting power of the album as a whole. The lead work sits next to the thrashing, brutal riffs perfectly. Some songs, such as Bringer of Torture are still reminiscent of earlier works, they are written with a greater flair, and easily sit next to songs such as Fatal Energy which are far more accessible and polished. This variation means that every song is memorable enough to be easily be told apart from another.

Mille Petrozza’s vocals are also far more polished on this album. Gone are the lower growls used on Pleasure to Kill, being replaced with a higher pitched shout which seems to fit the music better. This is another sign of progress from the band, although one criticism, albeit a picky one, would be that the vocals do become tedious by the end of the disc. Either way, this is a fairly insignificant comment, when the guitarwork is easily varied enough to keep the songs interesting, and the vocal improvement and consistency shown are further positives.

Similarly, the sticksmanship of Jurgen Reil is both consistent and diverse enough to add to the quality of the songs, like Don’t Trust. However, he still maintain the brutality, in songs such as No Reason To Exist, that Kreator had gained their reputation from . There were no faults that I could pick out with the drumming on this album, only increasing the overall impact of the songs. However, as usual with this genre, the bass is largely hidden in the mix, which is a shame.

As a result, Extreme Aggression is certainly one of those albums that you have to listen to. The seamless riffing, solos and leads, mixed with the quality, brutal drumming of Reil and Petrozza’s frantic vocals can only make for a winning combination, and a thrash classic. From this point, Kreator would begin to lose momentum, along with the wider thrash scene, releasing one further, critically acclaimed album in “”Coma Of Souls” before experimenting with features of other genres throughout the nineties. Even with Kreator’s revival in recent years, this disc still stands up to, and occasionally exceeds the quality of newer albums, making it a superb thrash album.

Recommended Tracks:
Extreme Aggression
Stream Of Consciousness
Bringer Of Torture


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ThusSpokeZarathustra
June 30th 2009


293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, great album, although I gotta say I love Pleasure To Kill as well.... Mille’s proto-death metal vocals were great and pretty much every song on there is a memorable classic in my opinion.
It doesn’t matter what Kreator have done for the last two decades now, the first 5 albums alone are enough to make them thrash legends.



KILL
June 30th 2009


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review man, recommended tracks needs BETRAYER!!!!!! badly

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Meatplow
June 30th 2009


5524 Comments


For some reason i've always preferred Pleasure to Kill > all.

KILL
June 30th 2009


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thing i dont like about Pleasure to Kill is the drumming

xecutioner
June 30th 2009


73 Comments


im not gunna lie, pleasure to kill is a great album, but i think this one is better

Dethtrasher
July 2nd 2009


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Wow, someone reviewed some thrash! This album slays.

StonedCaveman666
July 2nd 2009


21 Comments


Good Review Dethtrasher, you are one of the reasons I joined this site. Very good tastes my friend.

FadeToBlack
July 2nd 2009


10926 Comments


utiouo

uninvited
November 26th 2011


248 Comments


Best Kreator.

manosg
April 16th 2013


6076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent album and a great review.

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facupm
June 3rd 2013


7648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent review, gotta listen to this one hard

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 3rd 2013


20654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules. Haven't jammed Kreator in ages, need to change that.

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facupm
June 3rd 2013


7648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not that into Kreator, only heard Pleasure and Coma od Souls, MUST change that

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 3rd 2013


20654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You should definitely listen to this and Endless Pain.

facupm
June 3rd 2013


7648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah i will, what about Terrible Certainty?

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 3rd 2013


20654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been too long since I heard it but I remember it being pretty good just not quite as good as the two I just mentioned from what I remember.

facupm
June 3rd 2013


7648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well tomorrow i will go on a crazy Kreator listening

long live thrash



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