Extreme Aggression

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.[1] 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 that 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.[2]

Extreme Aggression
Extreme Aggression
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[3]
Blabbermouth.net 10/10[4]

Critical reception

Extreme Aggression was generally well received by critics. AllMusic writer Jason Anderson gave the album a rating of four-and-a-half stars out of five, and wrote, "The results are fierce and noisy on this 1989 Epic release -- the first major-label effort for the band. Petrozza and Fioretti's guitar work is as punchy as ever, and Reil's massive drums are unrelenting and continually improving."[3]

Public reception

Extreme Aggression was well received by the public. On Rate Your Music the album has an average rating of 3.82 of 5, based on more than 2,000 ratings,[5] and on Sputnikmusic the album has an "excellent" average rating of 4.2 of 5, based on more than 650 ratings.[6]

Commercial performance

Coinciding with the 2017 remastered issue, Extreme Aggression charted for the first time 28 years after its release, and peaked at number 90 on the German Charts. The remastered edition of the band's 1986 album Pleasure to Kill charted on the same day.[7]

Legacy and awards

Extreme Aggression was ranked at number three on Loudwire's top ten list of "Thrash Albums NOT Released by the Big 4".[8]

Track listing

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
  • 2017 CD Remake was released with a two disc bonus Track of "Live in East Berlin 1990."


  • 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.


Chart Peak
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[9] 68
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10] 90


  1. ^ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7YNfYFZiPf4
  2. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Kreator/Extreme_Aggression/417562
  3. ^ a b Anderson, Jason. Extreme Aggression - Kreator at AllMusic
  4. ^ Van Horn, Jr., Ray. "CD Reviews - Extreme Aggression - Kreator". www.blabbermouth.net. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  5. ^ "Extreme Aggression by Kreator (Album, Thrash Metal)". rateyourmusic.com. Sonemic. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  6. ^ "Kreator - Extreme Aggression User Opinions". www.sputnikmusic.com. Sputnikmusic. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "Kreator > Longplay-Chartverfolgung" (in German). PhonoNet. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Top 10 Thrash Albums NOT Released by the Big 4". Loudwire.com. October 8, 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kreator – Extreme Aggression" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Kreator – Extreme Aggression" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.

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