Author : Laura Cosheril
It’s always a good day when a band you have respected from the very first day that metal music graced your ears releases a new album, it’s an even better day when said band have been going non-stop for three-fucking-decades. The past few years have seen some Thrash Metal greats release new material, even METALLICA popped in for a quick hello. So it’s about time KREATOR grace us with their fourteenth studio album “Gods of Violence”. Now normally bands will kick back and relax after over thirty years of hard work, maybe plan a goodbye world tour, but that’s not how KREATOR roll, it’s 2017 and they’re still going as strong as ever.
The first track serves as the epic welcoming to the journey, it’s cinematic, it’s empowering and it’s melodic, it prepares us for the absolute onslaught to come, giving us one last chance to catch a breath. The first proper track “World War Now” is fast, unrelenting, whiplash-inducing pure Thrash. There are signature galloping riffs and blasting drums that are sure to leave a mark.
The guitar work on this album is (as always, in true KREATOR style) absolutely spine tingling. A trap that a lot of Thrash Metal bands, especially ones that have been going for as long as KREATOR have, is that they tend to rely on past success and release shit that doesn’t flow and sounds like it was written by amateurs. This is not a trap that KREATOR fall into, every single song is catchy, melodic yet brutal and downright infectious. This is especially evident in the guitar work, the solos are absolutely killer and you can hear the care that was taken into writing each one.
KREATOR are also aware that there is no need to write tracks at 1000bpm to keep the Thrash sound They’ve blended melodic and merciless onslaught perfectly and still keep the signature “Teutonic Big 4” sound.
Petrozza’s vocals on this track are outstanding. He nails the high shrieks, the ominous growls and on the track “Totalitarian Terror” the “Thrash Metal Rap” as I now refer to it as. Not many vocalists are able to nail such a varied vocal range with (what sounds like) minimal effort and still have the emotion driving it.
This brings me to my absolute favourite track of the album; “Satan is Real”. Now, some might consider this track cheesy and overdone but not me. It features an eerie bell into with barrelling drums and relentless riffs, the lyrics are catchy and still I am finding myself saying the lyrics over in my head or out loud, this will be my anthem for months to come, I adore it.
I really and truly tried to find something that I didn’t like about this album, I gave it several listens and it just got better. “Gods of Violence” is the perfect blend of modern and old school thrash filled with addictive riffs, spine tingling solos, savage drums and relentless bass and vocals. KREATOR will truly storm the world with this release, it’s been almost five years since their last release and it was worth the wait. KREATOR show the world that they’re still here and they’re still a force to be reckoned with.
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
Mille Petrozza – Guitars, Vocals
Christian “Speesy” Giesler – Bass
Sami Yli-Sirniö – Guitars
Ventor – Drums