Pleasure to Kill

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Pleasure to Kill
Studio album by Kreator


March 1986



Label (s) Noise Records

Format (s)

Vinyl (Original) , Red Picture Disc / CD (Re-release)

Genre (s)

Thrash metal

running time

38:42 (Original)
56:38 (Re-release)

  • Jürgen "Ventor" Reil - drums , vocals
  • Jörg "Tritze" Trzebiatowski - guitar
  • Rob Fioretti - bass


Karl-Ulrich Walterbach

Studio (s)

Musiclab ( Berlin )

Endless Pain
Pleasure to Kill Flag of Hate
(EP, 1986)

Pleasure to Kill is the second studio album by the German thrash metal band Kreator . It was released in March 1986.


Pleasure to Kill was recorded under live conditions. Major influences included Slayers Hell Awaits and Seven Churches of Possessed . After Pleasure to Kill , Kreator went on the band's first tour.


The album influenced many death metal bands and helped develop this style. It is considered the band's first "classic". The website describes it as “THE most influential album of all time”, which at the time of its release was “a forerunner of Thrash (and Death) Metal” and is still the “GREATEST THRASH METAL ALBUM EVER [sic!]” . thinks that this “thrashterpiece” has caused many bands to copy it, and recommends everyone who has not heard it to do so.

According to Vincent Jeffries of Allmusic , the album is "not the best, but the most important" by Kreator. The website awards three and a half out of five points for the album. The reviewer finds the guitar poorly thought out, but "played with great skill". But he thinks the drumming is good and gives it five out of five points.

Track list

  1. Choir of the Damned (Intro) - 1:40
  2. Rippin Corpse - 3:36
  3. Death Is Your Savior - 3:58
  4. Pleasure to Kill - 4:11
  5. Riot of Violence - 4:56
  6. The Pestilence - 6:58
  7. Carrion - 4:48
  8. Command of the Blade - 3:57
  9. Under the Guillotine - 4:38

Re-releases also include the songs Flag of Hate , Take Their Lives and Awakening of the Gods from the EP Flag of Hate .

The songs are aimed at the listener who is addressed with "you". Most of the texts deal with zombies or violence described in detail.

Choir of the Damned

This instrumental intro was often used by the band as an intro for live performances.

Rippin Corpse

From the perspective of the narrator, who includes the listener in the action as the experiencer, a murder by a zombie, the "ripping corpse", is described, who first eats his wife's heart and then mutilates her. At the end the listener is alone, the zombie comes up to him ("Now he's close to you; His eyes are cold and cruel; Fear is in your heart"), but it is left open whether he will be killed or not.

Death Is Your Savior

The text is about a god of war who “hunts” people and “leaves them no peace”.

Pleasure to Kill

The song is played almost every time Kreator performs. It is about a zombie who “rises” from his coffin with the sole aim of “taking many lives”. It contains detailed descriptions of the murder and the state of mind of the zombie ("Nothing will set me free; And so I kill until excess").

Riot of Violence

The moral decline of the world is described: A fatally injured man lying on the street is not helped because people walk past him and ask themselves why they should help him (“Why should we care about him? He will die today "). A flower in a field full of the dead still reminds us of "the world as it used to be", but it too was "kicked away by force".

The Pestilence

The song is about a society destroyed by the plague. The "end of all cultures" is near, even the gods have already given up the world. Virus-infected undead only aim to kill (“Terror is their only aim”), while others watch them do nothing.


For the first and only time on the entire album, Satan is mentioned. Along with death , it brings ruin to the world and zombies terrorize the still living. There is “no way out”, you can wait for “God if there is one”, but even he “doesn't care”.

Command of the Blade

In this song, the demon after whom Kreator is named is mentioned for the first and only time. The "creator" has the task of killing the listener, as soon as he has carried out this, he rides back to receive a new one. The demon is described in detail, he has "black hair and red-hot eyes" ("His hair is black, his eyes are glowin 'red").

Under the guillotine

The short text is aimed at the listener lying under the guillotine . He is "too proud to scream or beg for mercy" but when he sees the "ax of death" "tears roll down his cheeks" and he realizes that he now has to "pay for his foolishness".

Flag of Hate

The song is about an army that wants to destroy the world ("destroy the world is our only aim"). The only way to stop them is to raise the "flag of hate" and knock them down.

Take Their Lives

It's about a man who wants to break out of his normal life. ("Normal man of the civilization; Is that what you wanted to be?") He locks his children in the basement, chops off their limbs with an ax and kills them finally. He knows that he will have to pay for what he is fleeing for. ("Your crimes complete and you will pay, they'll hunt you to the ground; Your days are counted now you have to run")

Awakening of the Gods

This song denounces religion. The gods are full of lies (“See their eyes filled with lies”), they wouldn't care about a nuclear war (“watching their terror and care in no way”). The injustice is emphasized by the emphasis that the meaning of life cannot be found and therefore one “accepts everything that happens to one”.


  • Varg Vikernes von Burzum wore a Pleasure to Kill sweatshirt on the way back from Øystein Aarseth's apartment after his murder , as his other clothes were bloody.
  • The song Flag of Hate is also featured on Kreator's debut album Endless Pain .
  • In the German Netflix series Dark (2017), the song Pleasure to Kill by the character Ulrich Nielsen is quoted several times.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Band history on the official website ( Memento from January 22nd, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) (English)
  2. "Sometimes you have to hate" ( Rock Hard , February 2009, p. 23ff.)
  3. Mille Petrozza Interview (accessed April 8, 2010)
  4. a b Review at (accessed April 9, 2010)
  5. ^ Kreator biography at (accessed April 9, 2010)
  6. :'s Top 50 Thrash Albums Of All Time ( Memento from February 11, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) (English)
  7. Review at (Retrieved April 9, 2010)
  8. Pleasure to Kill Review at Allmusic . (Accessed April 9, 2010)
  9. Review at (accessed April 9, 2010)
  10. A Burzum Story: Part II - Euronymous (accessed April 8, 2010)

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