Kreator - Violent Revolution
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.