Extreme Aggression

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Extreme Aggression
Extreme Aggression.jpg
Studio album by Kreator
Released 19 June 1989
Recorded January-February 1989 in Hollywood, California
Genre Thrash metal
Length 37:28
Label Noise Records/Epic Records
Producer Randy Burns
Kreator chronology
Out of the Dark ... Into the Light (EP)
Extreme Aggression
Coma of Souls
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Extreme Aggression is the fourth studio album by German thrash metal band Kreator released in 1989. While the band had already gained a sizeable following in the US due to their 1987 tour with the crossover thrash band D.R.I., this album introduced many American fans to Kreator, primarily through heavy rotation of the "Betrayer" music video on MTV's Headbangers Ball, which was partly shot at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The beginning of the song "Love Us or Hate Us" was used in an early 1990s promo ad by the Los Angeles radio station KNAC.[2] This was their first issued in the US by Epic Records. The album was also available on picture disc vinyl.

The album's original artwork was of a man standing in front of a bathroom mirror looking at the reflection of his face falling off, exposing Kreator's mascot demon underneath. However, it was quickly replaced with a new artwork, depicting an image of the band in front of an orange background.[3]

Reception and Awards[edit]

Extreme Aggression was ranked at number three on Loudwire's top ten list of "Thrash Albums NOT Released by the Big 4".[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Extreme Aggression" 4:44
2. "No Reason to Exist" 4:37
3. "Love Us or Hate Us" 3:42
4. "Stream of Consciousness" 3:53
5. "Some Pain Will Last" 5:39
6. "Betrayer" 3:59
7. "Don't Trust" 3:43
8. "Bringer of Torture" 2:15
9. "Fatal Energy" 4:57
Total length: 37:28


  • Martin Becker - photography
  • Randy Burns - producer, engineer
  • Edwin Letcher - lyric adaptations
  • Greg Saenz - background vocals
  • Karl-Ulrich Walterbach - executive producer
  • Recorded from January to February, 1989 at the Music Grinder studio in Hollywood, California. Additional recording at E.Q. Sound and Cherokee Studios.


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