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Kreator - Phantom Antichrist

Published June 03 2012

=Staff's pick

Mars Mantra
Phantom Antichrist
Death To The World
From Flood Into Fire
Civilization Collapse*
United In Hate*
The Few, The Proud, The Broken
Your Heaven My Hell
Victory Will Come
Until Our Paths Cross Again

Genre Thrash Metal
Mille Petrozza
Tracks 10
Mille Petrozza
Running time 45 Min.
Sami Yli Sirniö
Label Nuclear Blast
Christian Giesler
Release 01 June 2012
Jürgen "Ventor" Reil
Country Germany
Producer Jens Bogren
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German thrash veterans Kreator are back after three years with their thirteenth full length studio album. With the release of Violent Revolution just over a decade ago, they found a new sound, which have been almost consistent through all releases since then. Phantom Antichrist follows that path and takes it one step further or perhaps even a small step backwards and works as the natural follow up to Hordes Of Chaos. In fact, most people I talk to are happy with the newer Kreator sound, even if they say they still like the old albums.

Mille Petrozza's rage and aggressiveness are still present to this day and he feels as angry as ever when he ravages through most of these 45 minutes of intense thrash metal. Most lyrics are us usual not especially uplifting and are a mix of havoc, religion, hatred, society and the end of the world, etc. The significant differences between Phantom Antichrist and their other three records released in the 21st century are that it has more similarities to earlier Kreator and the guitar play has more of a solo vibe.

The title track is a furious opener, as we all could figure out even before listening to it. After the intro it feels like all hell's breaking loose when this thundering composition sets the mark for another chapter. It's new Kreator, yet with elements from their eighties work. Same with Death To The World, but definitely not with From Flood Into Fire. Kreator wise, if I dare say, a semi-ballad and a pompous track with a lead guitar that speaks for itself. Next up is Civilization Collapse and United In Hate, who have similar arrangements with furious verses and catchy choruses and I feel like being hit by a ton of bricks.

The Few, The Proud, The Broken is a solo guitar led track and gets better for every time I listen to it. Mr. Petrozza also seems to remember the late nineties as the intro to Your Heaven My Hell has resemblances to the once spitted on, yet by many acclaimed album, Endorama. It also has a cool guitar solo and so has Victory Will Come. The two latter songs however have no significant impact on me. The album's last song, Until Our Paths Cross Again is epic with a heavy riff. A slow song with an accelerating bridge and a cool closer to one of Kreator's best albums.

The songs have a solid steady flow with no major dips and they keep you interested and on your feet almost from start to finish. It's a very good record and in my opinion worth 7 chalices.

See also review of: Gods Of Violence , Hordes Of Chaos , Enemy Of God , Violent Revolution , Live Kreation , Enemy Of God Revisited








7 chalices of 10 - Tobbe

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