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On disc: Kreator



Violent Revolution - Peter Haber - 9 stars
Enemy Of God - Jrg Petersen - 9 stars
Hordes Of Chaos - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars


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Hordes Of Chaos

Hordes Of Chaos
(Steamhammer - 2009)


In 2005 the German thrashers Kreator presented Enemy Of God and now it's time for the next strike! They open up with the title track and right away it's the sound which blows you away! This is authentic Kreator like you know them from shows and it's pretty easy to explain, coz the band recorded in a live situation - beside the vocals - and also used analog equipment. And so especially the vinyl version will bring back the sound of the 80's. The opener shows them full power and with lots of aggression! Heavy riffs dominate the tune and the anger in Mille's voice. The melodic guitar leads stick out even more between the heavy thundering riffs. The expectations been high and it seems that they can even top them! An ultra-fast one is Warcurse and it shows that Kreator are still be the top band of the German thrash elite. They ease up a bit at Warcurse and so the track gets some catchiness - btw, great lead guitar part. Check out this 2 tunes and you will know to buy this album is a good investment! If you need more proof, then let just spin the CD and check out Escalation - an ear catcher and neckbreaker at once! Slowly with guitar and clean vocals kicks off Amok Run, but then it becomes a heavy groove monster with thrashy riffs and desperate vocals, just to change one more time. If you listened so far it will dawn you that this album has only highlights! No fillers, just killers! And so I won't go into details anymore! You might wonder, why the album only gets 9 out of 10... Well, its just shy of 40 minutes, so a bit short.. And they should have to chance to top this one next time! In a nutshell: Kreator is still alive and kicking! A must-buy for thrash metal fans!


9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Enemy Of God

Enemy Of God
(Steamhammer - 2005)


It's been 20 years since their debut Endless Pain was released, now 3 years after their last release they are back with Enemy Of God. Producer Andy Sneap gave the songs power. At the same time the songs sound dirty and the production is crystal-clear. Musically the quartet could combine their thrash roots and modern sounds. On the last album Violent Revolution it was obvious that guitarist Sami just joined the band, he wasn't 100% integrated it seemed. Now he is an important part of the band and his guitar play is fantastic. His lead guitar lines are powerful and melodic. His solos are emotional. This time the songs have a larger variety and so are interesting to listen, even if you listened a hundred times.
The title track Enemy Of God is a really fast thrasher. Neckbreaking ones are World Anarchy and Suicide Terrorist. To say that a thrash band has recorded a hit is a bit far-fetched, but mainman Mille and his pales recorded some songs which - in this genre - fit that description... The catchy Voices Of The Dead and Under A Total Blackened Sky. Lyrically Mille mainly dealt with the more and more fundamental world politics.
A great album, perhaps this is already the thrash highlight of the year... Definitely Kreator delivered a top 3 thrash metal album of 2005!


9 stars

Jörg Petersen
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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Violent Revolution

Violent Revolution
(Steamhammer - 2001)


I've been a fan of the thrasher's in their early days, but when they started experimenting, I couldn't stand it. But now they are back! Not old school thrash, but less experimental. They are brutally come over you. Relentlessly they play their thrash metal which has a modern sound, but can't be compared with modern thrashers. Mainman Mille and his stormtroopers present themselves powerful on tracks like Replicas Of Life. Violent Revolution is like crashing into a wall of sound. From the first second it feels like every note is smashing your head. This album is in the tradition of their old albums and so Mille is shouting again. Not that he's a bad singer, but people want to hear him shout.
Violent Revolution is what the fans of their early days been waiting for awhile. Yes, they are back full force!


9 stars

Peter Haber
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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