While the early days of Thrash were more or less dominated by the big American acts, it didn't take long before the Teutonic scene soon arose as a strong rival in Germany (the good Germany, that is, not the bad, commie one), and Kreator's sophomore effort Pleasure To Kill quickly established the band as THE undisputed kings of German Thrash (sorry Sodom!). I mean, just think about it; after all, this record came out in '86, but you wouldn't know it judging from its incredibly rough, brutal production, the bloodthirsty, Faces Of Death-inspired lyrics that all graphically detail a different way to die on each and every song, Mille & Ventor's throat-shreddingly harsh grunting, and the relentless, chaotic, merciless riffs that are as face-smashingly blunt as they are blisteringly fast, which means that Pleasure might just be the first classic Death/Thrash record ever released, combining the latter style just as it was peaking with undeniable elements of the former, back when Death Metal barely even existed! If that isn't trailblazing, I don't what is, and as mind-blowingly extreme a Thrash record fellow '86 classic Reign In Blood still is to this day, Pleasure To Kill still manages to outdo that classic in that regard, as far as I'm concerned (but, more on that later). So, if the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Kreator are their later, more restrained (though equally awesome) records, then you're in for a pleasant shock with Pleasure, as, from the eerily placid synths and hellish whirlwhinds of "Choir Of The Damned" to the final eardrum pulverizer that is "Under The Guillotine", listening to this record is like being sucked for 30+ minutes into the blinding, nightmarish vortex of blood & gore that constitutes its coverart, with absolutely no relent or mercy at all. Pleasure to meet you, Kreator!