the second album i got from the re-mastered series of the classic kreator records was "pleasure to kill". the young band released their second full length in 1986, just one year after "endless pain". after thirty two years of its initial release, the resurrected noise records gave the album a worthy re-press. among the four re-issued first full lengths of kreator, original copies of "pleasure to kill" seem to sell for higher prices than the other three. maybe because of the impact the record had on the german thrash scene. therefore i am happy to call this new edition my own.
i mean, i didn't pay for it because it was a present but a lot of thought and care went into this edition. the best thing are the extended liner notes by vocalist and guitarist mille petrozza. the interested reader learns about the recording process, the realtion ship to the label boss karl walterbach, how the album title came to be or how the cover artwork was chosen. love these extra informations, a great way to dive headfirst into the complexity of the record.
the gatefold sleeve and the printed dust sleeves are graced with loads of old photos, concert tickets, old reviews, merchandise from back in the day and vinyl centre labels. another great gimmick is the second disc which comes with the u.s. version of the "flag of hate" e.p. (got that already, though). so all in all this a fantastic fanboy release. again i could have done without the "re-mastered" logo on the cover, though. anyway, i am really looking forward to the continuation of the series with kreator's nineties records. noise records. 2017.