Had a conversation couple of months ago with a friend who happens to be an old metalhead like me. Really cool guy but refuses to hear anything post ‘94 regarding metal music. Saying things like the genre is dead and gone and current bands suck or are incapable of writing any good music. As for older bands still around “they’re just milking their fans for everything they can by playing same old stuff over and over again, portraits of a time that’s long dead and gone”. Come to think of it this isn’t the first time of listening to opinions like that. Well like someone long ago said “opinions are like assholes, everyone has one”.
How can anyone feel like that when albums like “Gods of Violence” come out?? Ain’t got a clue! The forefathers of European thrash scene strike back with their 14th album. After the brilliant 2012 release “Phantom Antichrist” (followup for the superb “Enemy of God”) I had serious doubts if they had in them surpassing it. Apparently I was dead wrong.
“Gods of Violence” is an album bursting will all Kreator’s trademarks and more. The furious venomous vocals of Mille’s are dominating throughout the entire album, thrashy razor sharp riffs cut through the bone like butter, leads are beautiful melodic and tasty and drums are frantic and powerful as ever.
From the atmospheric intro “Apocalypticon” which is a wonderful mix of orchestral cinematic music mixed with heavy guitars, to kick ass tunes like “Satan is real”, “Hail to the hordes”, “Totalitarian Terror”, “Army of storms” just to mention a few. This album is the perfect balance between power/heavy metal and thrash in such a manner that lines separating the genres are indistinguishable. Tunes like “Gods of violence” would make Gamma Ray or Blind Guardinan head to spin and headbang out of their shoulders while it’s undeniable they would give an arm and a leg for Mille Petrozza’s furious songwriting skills.
I can’t complement enough the insane lead courtesy of Sami Yli-Sirniö the man is simply a genius in creating superb leads with structure, dynamics but above all melody! Leads you can sing while at the same time bursting with character. If there’s a criminally underrated guitarist out there Sami is the one. Add to all of the above a fantastic crystal clear and modern production courtesy of Street Studios that amplifies all of Kreator’s qualities and you have yourself one dynamite of an album.
“Gods of Violence” is one of these rare albums falling in the buy or die category with ease. Kick ass energetic music that sounds modern and up to date without the need of becoming cheesy or ear friendly.
Kreator all the way, up the fucking horns!
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