While Kreator’s ‘Pleasure to Kill’ isn’t as purely deathly as Possessed or Death’s debuts, it is still quite ahead of it’s time, and is even more representative of what death metal would eventually become, in some ways. It lacks a true growl, though Mille’s not too far off, but the extensive emphasis on ultra-fast, trem-picked riffs and the less thick and crunchy guitar tone and the common use of genuine blast-beats are surprisingly reminiscent of the instrumentation you’d find on prime, early 90’s death metal. Unfortunately, this means the album also has some of DM’s flaws. Most notably, it’s more monotonous than your average thrash album, and not as catchy, either. It’s a typical problem- everything sounds good, but not all that much really stands out.
The lead guitar is passable, but not anything really worth mentioning. It provides a good contrast and counterpoint, which is usually what the lead guitar is really about in this sorta material, anyway. The drumming is very, very fast. Not the most complex stuff in the world, but it is more than sufficiently propulsive. ‘Ripping Corpse’ has some particularly nice, and even melodic, at times, rhythm work and a reasonably catchy chorus. The title track has a great, ultra-fast main riff, contrasted well with a relatively slow, middle break. ‘Riot of Violence’ has one of the slower, groovier main riffs, which helps make it one of the more dynamic tracks on the album. It’s followed by the seven minute, and vaguely epic ‘The Pestilence’, which a nice, extensive middle break with a number of great riffs, and one of Mille’s stronger, eerier vocal performance. (It also the best line on the album, which would be, ‘YOU WILL DIE IN HEEEEELLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! All the lyrics on this album are pretty great, actually) But that’s really about all I’ve got to say specifically, unless I just wanted to say the exact same thing again and again. (As I often do) Still, it is all good material, and definitely worth owning, and certainly the sort of thing that all thrash or death metal fans ought to hear.
This release also comes with the ‘Flag of Hate’ ep. The song ‘Flag of Hate’ is a re-recording of a song from ‘Endless Pain’. It’s better than the average track on ‘Pleasure to Kill’ and probably has the catchiest chorus of anything on this cd. (Time to raise the flag of hate!) ‘Take Their Lives’ is a bit slower and more subdued than the ‘Pleasure to Kill’ material and has a great, atmospheric and melodic middle break. `Awakening of the Gods’ is a great track, probably the best one on this cd. Kinda reminiscent of `The Pestilence’ but longer, and more dynamic, to go along with impeccable riffwriting from beginning to end, and another reasonably catchy chorus.
Yeah, get it.