Pleasure to Kill

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Pleasure to Kill
Pleasure To Kill.jpg
Studio album by
Released1st April 1986[1]
RecordedMusiclab in Berlin, Germany, 1986
GenreThrash metal, death metal
ProducerHarris Johns, Ralf Hubert
Kreator chronology
Flag of Hate
Pleasure to Kill
Terrible Certainty

Pleasure to Kill is the second studio album by German thrash metal band Kreator, released in April 1986 by Noise Records. Pleasure to Kill is widely considered a thrash metal classic,[2][3][4] as well as a landmark album in the history of thrash metal along with Master of Puppets by Metallica, Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? by Megadeth, Reign in Blood by Slayer, Eternal Devastation by Destruction and Darkness Descends by Dark Angel, all released in 1986.[5] The album played a considerable role in the development of many extreme metal subgenres, and death metal bands such as Cannibal Corpse cite the album as an influence.[6][5][7] The lyrical themes follow those found on their first album Endless Pain, containing descriptions of macabre scenes of death and horror.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[8]


AllMusic writer Jason Anderson gave the album a rating of four stars out of five, and wrote, "Many in the underground metal scene were already paying special attention to the German outfit's proto-death sound, but the cult status was shed after this critically and commercially successful second effort hit record-store shelves. As fierce and unyielding as the group's debut, Endless Pain, was, Pleasure to Kill provides double the sonic carnage and superior material."[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

Coinciding with the 2017 remastered issue, Pleasure to Kill charted for the first time 31 years after its release, and peaked at number 99 on the German Charts. The remastered edition of the band's 1989 album Extreme Aggression charted on the same day.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mille Petrozza, except as noted.

1."Choir of the Damned" 1:39
2."Ripping Corpse" 3:36
3."Death Is Your Saviour"
  • Petrozza
  • Fioretti
  • Reil
4."Pleasure to Kill" 4:11
5."Riot of Violence"
  • Reil
  • Petrozza
6."The Pestilence" 6:58
  • Petrozza
  • Fioretti
  • Reil
8."Command of the Blade"
  • Petrozza
  • Reil
9."Under the Guillotine" 4:38
Total length:38:41


  • Fred Baumgart – photography
  • Ralf Hubert – producer
  • Harris Johns – producer, engineer
  • Kreator – photography
  • Phil Lawvere – cover artwork
  • Maren Layout – design
  • Mille Petrozza – remastering
  • Karl-Ulrich Walterbach – executive producer


Chart (2017) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10] 99



  1. ^ "Pleasure to Kill by KREATOR - info and shop at Nuclear Blast - Nuclear Blast". Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Blackmore, Ken. "Review of Pleasure to Kill". Sorted Magazine. Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  3. ^ "'s Top 50 Thrash Albums of All Time". 2006. Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  4. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Kreator Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  5. ^ a b "The History of Thrash Metal". Metal and Horror Movies. Archived from the original on April 28, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  6. ^ "CD Gallery - Kreator". No Life 'til Metal. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  7. ^ "Interview with Cannibal Corpse". Invisible Oranges. Archived from the original on July 3, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Anderson, Jason. "Pleasure to Kill - Kreator". Allmusic. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  9. ^ "Kreator > Longplay-Chartverfolgung" (in German). PhonoNet. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  10. ^ " – Kreator – Pleasure to Kill" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  11. ^ A Burzum Story: Part II - Euronymous Retrieved 8 April 2010.

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