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. 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.
|Studio album by Kreator|
|Released||19 June 1989|
|Recorded||January-February 1989 in Hollywood, California|
|Label||Noise Records/Epic Records|
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."
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, and on Sputnikmusic the album has an "excellent" average rating of 4.2 of 5, based on more than 650 ratings.
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.
|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|
|8.||"Bringer of Torture"||2:15|
|Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)||68|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||90|