Pleasure to Kill

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Pleasure to Kill
Pleasure To Kill.jpg
Studio album by Kreator
Released November 1, 1986
Recorded Musiclab in Berlin, Germany, 1986
Genre Thrash metal, death metal[1]
Length 38:42 (original)
56:38 (re-release)
Label Noise Records
Producer Harris 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 November 1986 by Noise Records. The lyrical themes follow those found on their first album Endless Pain. Many death metal bands cite this album as an influence[examples needed].[2][3][4] Pleasure to Kill is widely considered a thrash classic.[5][6][7] It is also considered 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.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Public reception[edit]

Pleasure to Kill was well received by the public. On Rate Your Music the album has an average rating of 3.85 of 5, based on more than 2,600 ratings,[8] and on Sputnikmusic the album has an "excellent" average rating of 4.2 of 5, based on more than 700 ratings.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mille Petrozza, except as noted.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Choir of the Damned"   1:40
2. "Ripping Corpse"   3:36
3. "Death Is Your Saviour" Fioretti, Petrozza, Reil 3:58
4. "Pleasure to Kill"   4:11
5. "Riot of Violence" Petrozza, Reil 4:56
6. "The Pestilence"   6:58
7. "Carrion" Fioretti, Petrozza, Reil 4:48
8. "Command of the Blade" Petrozza, Reil 3:57
9. "Under the Guillotine"   4:38
Total length: 38:42
  • There is also a picture disc version of this album, called After the Attack, with the new title track as track 10 and on red vinyl.
  • Reissue of September 2000 has an error on the 3rd track which is "Death Of Your Saviour" while the original track is 'Death Is Your Saviour".


  • 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


  1. ^ a b Anderson, Jason. "Pleasure to Kill - Kreator". Allmusic. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ "CD Gallery - Kreator". No Life 'til Metal. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "The History of Thrash Metal". Metal and Horror Movies. Archived from the original on April 28, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Interview with Cannibal Corpse". Invisible Oranges. Archived from the original on July 3, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ Blackmore, Ken. "Review of Pleasure to Kill". Sorted Magazine. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 
  6. ^ "'s Top 50 Thrash Albums of All Time". 2006. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 
  7. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Kreator Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved March 26, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Pleasure to Kill by Kreator (Album, Thrash Metal)". Sonemic. Retrieved October 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Kreator - Pleasure to Kill User Opinions". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved October 4, 2015. 

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