Kreator - Extreme Aggression review
|Release date:||June 1989|
01. Extreme Aggression
02. No Reason To Exist
03. Love Us Or Hate Us
04. Stream Of Consciousness
05. Some Pain Will Last
07. Don't Trust
08. Bringer Of Torture
09. Fatal Energy
We South Americans are nor the luckiest people when it comes to metal, we don't have those big festivals, not all bands come to play here, and sometimes not all records get released here. This brings us to the point of this review, a little late but worthy, why a little late? Because South America can now rejoice by the release of a little jewel, Kreator's fourth album, "Extreme Aggression" yes, we got the release 15 years late to be exactly, but at least we got it, via Century Media Brazil.
I'm a big fan of Kreator, and I've listened this album many many times, I recall when I was a little boy I had it on tape, and until this day is my favorite Kreator album, is just a masterpiece, each riff, each song is excellent, there's no fillers in this album, a Thrash fest that I fear the band itself can't even match.
From the opener and title track "Extreme Aggression" you know you're in for the ride of your life, riff after riff the song goes pounding in your head like a machete, "No Reason To Exist" is another great song, the arrangements in this one are very simple, yet intriguing, they manage to create an awesome and catchy tune without loosing the edge.
"Love Us Or Hate us" is another great song, the chorus is great, and the riffing is insane too, "Some pain Will Last" begins very mysteriously, a small intro that sets things up for another excellent song, the chorus is one of the catchiest things I have ever heard, and it's not too melodic, it's just catchy, I remember I used to go to school singing that tune…ah, good times. "Betrayer" is the violent song in the record, a speedy song that will make you unable to stay still, really.
One of the best things about Kreator is vocalist Mille Petrozza, his raspy voice is recognizable from miles ago, and definitively is the trademark of the band, sometimes when I hear him I can swear that he growls, his voice is so powerful that he can easily sing in a Death Metal band without modifying his voice a bit.
One thing that they could have done for this re-release is changing the cover art, is very poor and lacks any art direction, well, it was the eighties, the cover art didn't have so much importance as now, but it would have been nice to have this album with a nice cover, I guess some people prefer the old one for sentimental value…
The best album of Kreator in my opinion, each song is fantastic, each riff is amazing, and the vocal delivery is out of this world, get it or the pain will last forever.
|Thrash metal originated in the Bay Area of California and many believed it to be an American phenomenon, which grew and spawned in the United States. American phenomenon it was but not just confined to the United States. It also found a very unlikely breeding ground in Germany. The German thrash movement was spearheaded by bands like Sodom, Tankard and Destruction and it was considered to be paler compared to its American counterparts but Kreator was different. The album in question is perhaps the best ever in the band's discography.
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