In essence there are two distinct camps within Thrash Metal, on one side the US branch with Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Exodus to name just a few. On the other side the coin is German thrashers in particular Destruction, Sodom and Kreator. Now, other countries certainly have had their share of thrash bands but these two countries ultimately forged the path for modern thrash.
Very few of the original thrashers still remain in such strong stead yet Kreator have been stalwarts of the thrash movement and to this day are pushing the boundaries of what we know as thrash metal.
Opening up the 11 track thrashathon is `World War Now`, well ok `Apocalpyticon` comes first but really that’s just there to build up the album to fever pitch, this one will certainly be used as the intro when the band hits your town. I’m blabbering now, `World War Now` is exactly what you expect from Kreator, fast, relentless and furious. The guitar slashes through the mix with utter intensity and really does show their credentials as one of thrashes greats. However, where Kreator do differ in my humble opinion from say `Destruction` or `Sodom` is in their use of melodic phrasing. Mille is what you need in a thrash vocalist or rhythm guitarist, gritty and full of punch. However, it’s in the guitar work his Finnish counterpart Sami where the melody shines and creates guitar lines that you can remember and hum along to as well as thrash around to.
Taking another track `Lion With Eagle Wings`, it opens with a chiming bell guitar tone which has a definite Finnish tone to it although with Sami as part of the outfit you can see his influence come in on this track. The rest of the track really solidifies and follows suit to what Kreator’s ethos has been and always remain relentless thrash with a smattering of melodic toppings.
A slight tangent and it’s used only briefly on one track `Fallen Brother`, Mille conducts part of the song in German. Personally, I do enjoy when bands do this, it adds a nice national touch to each band and helps us as listeners know who this band is, where they are from and adds certainly more flavour to our own musical tastes.
Kreator’s new album `Gods of Violence` and their 14th definitely shows them not slowing down for an instance. Mille Petrozza and crew over the course of the album chuck in all the recognisable tropes of what we love about Heavy Metal, I mean we all love a good song about Satan being real right?
11 tracks of pure thrash metal, mixed in with a heaping of melodic expression. `Gods Of Violence` is a perfect addition to Kreator’s vast repertoire. Clearly from just this one effort you can see why Kreator are one of the big 4 of German Thrash Metal, yes those 4 are not to same level of exposure as their American counterparts, you can clearly hear the influence that was had on them by bands like Iron Maiden and Saxon but you also can hear how important they’ve been in putting mainland Europe on the map for metal and to their influence on their Scandinavian cousins especially those of a death and black metal persuasion.
Purely, this is what you want from a thrash album.
9/10- Kreator kicking down 2017’s door with a jack hammer.
Stand out tracks:
`Satan Is Real`, `World War Now` and `Lion With Eagle Wings`.
2. World War Now
3. Satan Is Real
4. Totalitarian Terror
5. Gods Of Violence
6. Army Of Storms
7. Hail To The Hordes
8. Lion With Eagle Wings
9. Fallen Brother
10. Side By Side
11. Death Becomes My Light
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