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Release From Agony
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 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
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
on August 1, 2013
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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... "Incriminated" picks things back up again. Technical guitar work and flat out great drumming. I like how it ends on a solo very few tracks ever do that. "Our Oppression" a bit like the track two songs before. Guitar work starts off great. Then practically just levels off. Still a great track. "Survive To Die" This is a brilliant track. Starts off with a breakdown similar to "Persecution Mania" era Sodom, then all hell breaks loose. Schimer's vocals are absolutely insane. Olly Kaiser is a mad man on the drum kit. The Germans have great everything for thrash. The last twenty seconds...possibly the greatest way to end that album. It was fun, creative, and for 1988...it was rare, it was...enjoyable.

Overall, Release From Agony is a thrashterpiece. And delivered on so many levels compared to other bands of '88. I don't find this AS GOOD, as Eternal Devastation, but, this album is one of the best the band has ever put out and will continue to be a thrash cult classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
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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on October 13, 2014
Format: Audio CD
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.

We kick things off with "Beyond Eternity" which is a nice short and melodic instrumental intro that leads right into the title track "Release From Agony" which wastes no time pummeling the listener's eardrums with an all out brutal, pounding and punishing full throttle thrash attack of blisteringly hot shredding and heart racing riff along with pounding drums and menacing vocals, plus some sick, blazing solos as well. Next up is "Dissatisfied Existence" which is another classic as well as my favorite track on here that keeps the attack going and is highlighted by more pounding thuds and energetic riffs, plus a killer dual solo section and an awesome chorus, meanwhile "Sign of Fear" is a near 7 minute dark, crushing metal epic that is highlighted by some gorgeous Spanish/flamenco guitar plucking mixed in with it's dark, ominous and crushing electric guitars in the beginning, and is also highlighted by an excellent melodic solo section. Moving on, "Unconscious Ruins" is another mad fast scorcher that brings back the punishing thrash with more heart racing riffs and shredding solos, and pounding drums, as well as "Incriminated" which features more pounding thrash beats along with some hefty, stomping mid paced double bass thuds added, plus more lacerating riffs and ripping solos to boot. "Our Oppression" is yet another ripping thrasher that boasts yet more fiery, blistering, hot smoking riffs and hammering, thrashing thuds, plus more careening solos, and a catchy gang vocal chorus chant of "OUR OPPRESSION" as well, and of course "Survive to Die" is a classic ripping and pummeling album closer that gives the listener one last rush of thrashing adrenaline as it features another round of full throttle drumming and mad, fiery churning riffs, plus there's also some melodic yet shredding solos, as well as a gang vocal chorus chant of "SURVIVE TO DIE" with a great riff included in the chorus, and the song also includes a cool tribute to Glenn Miller in the end too.

All in all, Destruction's "Release From Agony" is a serious must have whether you're already a fan of thrash metal or even if you're getting started, it really doesn't matter whatsoever. This is definitely some of the absolute best German thrash metal that you'll ever hear. Believe me, this album has got the word Thrash written all over it. Buy this album now...THRASH TIL' DEATH!!!

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on May 18, 2013
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
The third album from Germany's Destruction packs in all of the usual Eighties thrash metal hallmarks, including white hot guitar licks, cut-throat fast tempos, insistent double bass thudding, heavy bass lines, and Judas Priest-like high-pitched vocals. But 1988's "Release From Agony" differs from most of the rest of the records in the band's discography in that it enlists a surprisingly high level of technicality. This is partially proven by its technically impressive riffage and leads, but is mostly true in its slower and more involved (and often almost startlingly melodic) guitar solos. It all makes for one rather brief, but nonetheless thrilling listen.

After a brief, dreamily melodic instrumental intro ("Beyond Eternity"), Destruction wastes no time in getting right down to a brutal, pounding, full-throttle thrash attack with the album's title song, which explodes with blistering guitars that race and whoosh by in tandem like some kind of destructive (pun intended), level-five tornado. Things then settle down briefly for "Dissatisfied Existence," a slightly more mid-tempo, but no-less crunchy riff-fest that is highlighted by an excellent, dueling guitar solo section. Later on come tracks like "Unconscious Ruins" and "Incriminated," both of which are very fast and scorching thrash metal melees with strong, falsetto vocal hooks and ripping solos. And, following "Our Oppression," a very blistering and ripping speedster with a pair of Slayer-ish careening shred solos, comes "Survive To Die." This song, the album closer, would probably have been better named "Crunch City," though, as it boils over with ultra-chunky, churning riffs. And some Anthrax-approved call-and-response vocal patterns, another exceptional, melodic guitar solo, and a muscularly grumbling bass bottom also highlight it. But with all of that having been said, it is track four, "Sign Of Fear," that takes the cake for being the album's epic. It is a much more mid-tempo and groove-oriented number that begins by weaving in some beautiful, flamenco/Spanish guitar-sounding plucking into its mix of ominous electric guitar riffs. And this centerpiece, which nearly clocks in at a relatively uncomfortable seven minutes in length, is also of note for its extended melodic guitar solo section.

I would say "Release From Agony" is an overlooked classic except that it isn't quite great enough to achieve true "classic" status. Even so, it is an excellent -- and, yes, criminally underrated -- Eighties thrash release from Destruction, a band that can play right there alongside the best of `em. So while it might not be deemed an essential purchase, it is definitely a record that everyone who has a sweet spot for thrash and/or speed metal should pay attention to.
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on February 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have been a big fan of "Destruction" for almost a decade. The fist album I listen to was "Cracked Brain". I just loved it. Release from Agoney is a great album. As usual I liked the whole album especially the splendid guitar riffing. Their guitar has a very nice structure. It almost feels like it has it's own language. I would recomend anyone who liked good old Thrash metal, to listen to it. It's a great album.
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on March 28, 2011
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A must have for true thrash metal fans worlwide. Release back in 1988 when thrash was still at is best. Then the 90's came in when thrash when into obscurity been overtaken by what is call nu metal which in my opinion really sucks and doesn't compare to thrash. Anyway to keep the spirit alive this is a great album must have.
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on May 17, 2014
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When a great band has their equipment set up "just right" it presents an awesome sound like this whole album. This is one of my favorite releases from DESTRUCTION. Strong suggestion to pick this great album up, can't disappoint a true metal fan. Outstanding purity from the band on this very solid release.
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on January 19, 2013
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Destruction deliver bigtime with this release. The sound is brutally raw, the songs are very well constructed and this is an album for me anyway that I can play the whole thing right through over and over without skipping a single track. Awesome Destruction metal \m/\m/
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