Release from Agony

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Release from Agony
Cover art by Joachim Luetke
Studio album by Destruction
Released December 1988[verification needed]
Recorded September 1987
Studio Karo Studio, Münster, Germany
Genre Thrash metal
Length 37:20
Label Steamhammer
Producer Kalle Trapp
Destruction chronology
Mad Butcher
Release from Agony
Live Without Sense
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rock Hard 9.0/10[2]

Release from Agony is the third full-length album by German thrash metal band Destruction, released in 1988. It was the first Destruction full-length album to feature four members.


Some of the album's lyrics narrate themes that deal with political topics, such as government and corruption. Others deal with horror themes, like murder and nightmares.

"Release from Agony" paints the picture of someone trying to escape from an evil entity that threatens to kill him in his dreams.

"Dissatisfied Existence" tells how the protagonist has "gone about his own affairs" but yet is still faced with "other person's problems". Through it all, he is trying to find the "meaning of his life".

"Sign of Fear" talks about the turmoil of bad relationships and unrequited love.

"Unconscious Ruins" tells how people can "fade into the crowd" and easily be manipulated toward their a certain fate.

"Incriminated" makes reference to Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. More specifically, it asks some why the people of Germany are still asked to repent for events that happened forty years earlier.

"Our Oppression" bashes the weaknesses of democracy and states that we do not justly elect officials when they can easily be won over with bribes, thereby taking freedom from us.

"Survive to Die" explains how the protagonist is fed up with the everything the antagonist has done and is plotting to kill him.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Destruction.

No. Title Length
1. "Beyond Eternity" 1:11
2. "Release from Agony" 4:44
3. "Dissatisfied Existence" 4:30
4. "Sign of Fear" 6:46
5. "Unconscious Ruins" 4:27
6. "Incriminated" 5:22
7. "Our Oppression" 4:49
8. "Survive to Die" 5:31
Total length: 37:20




  1. ^ Book, John. Release from Agony - Destruction at AllMusic
  2. ^ Stratmann, Holger (1988). "Review Album: Destruction - Release from Agony". Rock Hard (in German). No. 23. Retrieved 2017-02-04. 

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