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Kreator - Violent Revolution

=Staff's pick

Reconquering The Throne
The Patriach
Violent Revolution*
All Of The Same Blood (Unity)
Servant In Heaven - King In Hell*
Second Awakening
Ghetto War
Slave Machinery*
Bitter Sweet Revenge*
Mind Of Fire*
System Decay

Genre Thrash Metal
Mille Petrozza
Tracks 12
Mille Petrozza
Runningtime 57 Min.
Sami Yli-Sirniö
Label SPV
Christian Geisler
Release 24 Sep. 2001
Jurgen "Ventor" Reil
Country Germany
Similar artists Destruction, Sodom

After quite a while in the outerlimits of metal with such albums as Renewal, Outcast and Endorama, which was bad attempts to try to broaden the band's horizon for whatever reason they might have had for that, I had since long sadly but logically placed Kreator in the group of has-beens. And I for one thought that was a shame, since I am of that age that Kreator is one the bands, along with Sodom and Destruction from the same genre, that once got me into the metalscene with classics such as Endless Pain, Pleasure to Kill and Terrible Certainty.

But relax, people; Kreator are back, and they are back with a vengeance. With this album they are really back to the roots, but yet with the right amount of modern sound to make it a perfect thrashalbum of today. I'd like to draw parallells to Slayer in the slower, more groovier parts - but in the uptempo tunes there is really only themselves to compare to - this is good, old Kreator.

Marvellous riffing, and Mille is singing with the enthusiasm only a satisfied songwriter can possess. There is an overflowing maturity on this work, but yet with the early days aggressive riffing intact. The three big aces from the mid-eighties are still all going strong - Sodom, Destruction and Kreator - but there are no real doubt about who among those that are the leading constellation at the moment. Kreator win by a few points.

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






8 chalices of 10 - Tommy

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