Album: Gods of Violence
Release Date: 27.01.2017
Label: Nuclear Blast
Arguably the kings of thrash metal, Kreator always deserved more attention, more fame and more respect in my book. Not that any thrash head would ignore the success and place of these uncrowned kings, they simply deserve more in my book and Gods of Violence is a perfect showcase of why.
With their fourteenth studio album, coming five years after Phantom Antichrist, Kreator does not need any introduction to metal heads. If you are angry with today’s world politics, economics, environmental horse shit and the way we fuck up the planet it is impossible for you not to headbang and sing along with Kreator tunes as a metal head. Agreed, some of Kreator’s works are on the fringes of thrash metal, shifting to the extreme, but for Gods of Violence, I found myself repeating “this is the ideal balance” for Kreator. The aggressive guitar work is here, thanks to ever underrated guitarist, Finnish monster Sami Yli-Sirniö and together with the lead of Mr. Petrozza, they have created a great blend of classic Kreator vibe merged with awesome heavy metal touches. Melodies man, melodies are the key. I enjoy Enemy of God or Coma of Souls as much as the next Kreator fan but Gods of Violence offers a perfect mix of aggressive behavior and melodic soothing. Something fresh to my ears. I am hearing that German melodic touch in Kreator’s music as clear as daylight for the first time. Perhaps it is me, but judging from reviews around the net, it seems I am not the only one.
Jürgen Reil is still handling the drums, like he did since the beginning with only two years of pause and his harmony with Christian Giesler creates the perfect infrastructure for the songs as the bass-drum duo. I cannot but smile listening to the melodies. As a thrash head / heavy metal lover, this was what I was looking for for a long time. The last time I had this taste was when I first heard Evolution Purgatory of Persuader. Nope, not Nevermore, not Sodom, not Megadeth, etc. Sorry, I know, opinions are like assholes. We all have one.
I suggest you listen to the disc from start to finish, no favorite songs here as I am enjoying them all. Eventually, there will be favorites, I know, but I am enjoying the total pleasure for the time being. If you (and my editor Ross) insist on suggestions, Gods of Violence, Satan is Real, World War Now, Hail to the Hordes are all nice choices. Aggressive guitars, my-feet-on-your-face drumming and bass blended perfectly with German understanding of melody is what this album is. For metal, that is AWESOME as you know; the German touch. Not sure about pop as we all probably saw Günter’s – Ding Dong Song and it touched our hearts as well as our tralala, our ding ding dong.
Probably in my top 10 releases of 2017, and we are still in January. God, I have missed Petrozza’s voice.
Miland “Mille” Petrozza – vocals, guitar
Jürgen “Ventor” Reil – drums, vocals
Christian “Speesy” Giesler – bass
Sami Yli-Sirniö – guitar