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Release From Agony

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  • Audio CD (May 8, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Steamhammer Us
  • ASIN: B00005B1D7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,558 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas P. Ault on February 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I finally found this album. I remember my old friend had the LP and got me into it. I had it on cassette when it first came out. I have been looking for this for years. This by far my favorite Destruction release. In my opinion it is their most technical. Odd rhythms and drum beats. They were originally a 3 piece,But on this album they have two guitar players and it definitely added to their sound. Every song is Top Notch Thrash! If you were around the scene in the 80's you must have heard this. If not you had better listen to it. This is one of my favorite thrash albums of all time. This is different than anything else they have done. The guitar solos are up there with Yngwie, sweep picking and arpeggios backed by a complicated rhythm section. It is hard to desribe the vocals, their definately unique. Schmier doesn't sing like this anymore and I have never heard anyone do the high-pitch parts he does although it is not really high pitch singing on this album. If you are a real thrasher check this one out!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Antony on January 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Well.Here we are..This Lp is one of them that someone who really apreciates thrash metal should have..Unbelievable what these guys do with their guitars..And Schmier's vocals are perfectly dressing the music..Not any music..I mean they must have studied Wagner or Beetwoven..but not like copying it..There is a frightening atmosphere that surrounds this lp.Fascinating i would say..Highly underated like all true masterpieces are.It's so personal.This is not a USA metal album..It is european..and it kicks ass..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PeaceSells215 on August 1, 2013
Format: Audio CD
And I say that in a good way. Destruction, the axe men from Germany. Like their other counterparts, Sodom, Kreator, Tankard, these fellas have great guitar work. Speed (that was found on Eternal Devastation)and pure technical ability. Release From Agony, is the greatest thrash album of 1988. Face it, in America, Megadeth was strung out on drugs "So Far So Good So What" Overkill had a good album, but ruined by horrible production "Under The Influence" Forbidden had "Forbidden Evil" in my mind, wasn't that spectacular. And countless others played the mediocrity card well in '88. The only albums I really like from that year, Release From Agony, Testament's "New Order" and Razor's "Violent Restitution" Here is why this album is one of the bests...On every track the guitar work is flawless. The production is actually great compared to other albums of 88.

"Beyond Eternity" this is your intro into this violent and technical album. Sets a heavy atmosphere like an old west showdown. (Seriously, imagine a showdown in an old western setting, good guy meets bad guy...) anyway. "Release From Agony" some killer drumming gets your attention. The riffs hit and then the lead vocals! I've never heard such a sadistic and violent voice. He doesn't need to scream or shout, Schimer is great. By the way, the solo destroys. "Dissatisfied Existence" the lyrics are good and the riffs, pure thrash riffs. The drumming is technical and great. I feel sorry for the drum kit. "Sign Of Fear" One of the best thrash metal songs ever. The guitar work, some of the best. Drumming, powerful, keeps pace. Vocals, creepy. And THE SOLO!? Listen!! "Unconscious Ruins" The opening guitar work is promising, then it just becomes an average thrasher. The overuse of the words that make up the title kill me...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. E. Miller on November 26, 2006
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This CD was the beginning of better production for this band. Some people like it and others don't; I happen to like it. Every song on this CD is good and in my opinion, it would be a good choice for someone who has never bought a Destruction album before. Follow it up with Mad Butcher/Eternal Devastation.
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Like their fellow German thrash counterparts Sodom, Tankard, and Kreator, Destruction too have also earned their reputation of carving out pure Teutonic old school thrash metal that shreds and hammers like a beast and continue to do so to this very day. Their classic 1988 release entitled "Release From Agony" is an absolute must have for any true thrash metal fan young or old. I just absolutely love this album from beginning to end, I mean it just absolutely rips, shreds and hammers like a beast throughout, trust me this is an album that truly speaks thrash. The sound throughout this album is just raw and brutal yet it also has a technical and progressive approach as well. Every song on here is a true thrash classic, and the songwriting and musicianship is so very well executed throughout. Vocalist/bass Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer leads the way with his sadistic and intense Judas Priest-like high pitched vocal hooks, and he also provides some great heavy bass work throughout the album as well. The drumming on here is just fast and furious as Oliver "Olly" Kaiser furiously hammers his way throughout with his rapid fire double bass thuds, and the guitars of course really stand out here as the duo of Mike Sifringer and Harry Wilkens both duel it out with an arsenal of intense, heart racing, hot smoking, thrash induced riffing and excellent shredding and careening yet technically melodic guitar solos.Read more ›
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