Kreator – Hate über alles

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Reviewed: July 1, 2022
Released: June 3, 2022, Nuclear Blast
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Reviewer: The Elitist Metalhead

KREATOR has had an incredible career since first forming as TORMENTOR forty years ago. Their early albums were some of the best thrash ever written, being one of the earliest bands to include hints of death and black metal in their sound. After the 1990 masterpiece Coma of Souls, they spent the remainder of the 90s experimenting with their sound. While this experimentation may have alienated some of their core fans, this was all temporary with their return to form with 2001’s Violent Revolution. And even with this return to form there are still those who are not satisfied unless KREATOR regurgitates Pleasure to Kill every three to five years; going as far as saying ridiculous things like their sound went Gothenburg.

So 2022 KREATOR unleashes upon us Hate über alles, their sixth album from the era I call modern KREATOR; not to mention this is their fifteenth full length release overall. Modern KREATOR is, to me, its own subgenre of metal. Not sure where the Gothenburg tag came from but their brand of modern melodic thrash is some of the best metal being released these days. Not being confined to a box they combine thrash with melodic heavy metal to create a unique sound that can only be described as….KREATOR. The title track burst forth from your speakers with fury, speed, and riffs that will melt your face. Their hook is their inclusion of catchy choruses that will have you shouting along. There are many layers to a KREATOR song. “Killer of Jesus” starts off as thrash but then they add the traditional and melodic metal layers the song becomes much more than just a thrash song. “Crush the Tyrants” is not a thrash song at all but it’s one of the best modern metal anthems released in a while.

The rest of the album is the same, crushing modern metal anthems that you can’t help but break your neck to. “Become Immortal” is almost an epic metal song, and not the only one on the album. This song is more mid paced and anthemic with some epic touches in the huge chorus where as “Conquer and Destroy” comes a you like a freight train but add a really melodic chorus; even adding some extremely melodic backing vocals when the chorus comes around the second time. “Midnight Sun” adds another twist as it includes German new wave/pop singer Sofia Portanet on part of the verse and on the chorus. The video for this song is quite interesting. Then you have the beast that is “Dying Planet.” This is epic Kreator. This song is huge on all levels; from it’s lyrical approach to the songwriting. This is not your typical Kreator song because it is not a thrash song at all. This is epic metal with some thrash, doom, and traditional metal influences. Surely one of modern Kreator’s best songs.

Kreator has been one of my favorite bands ever since hearing Extreme Aggression all those years ago. The fact that they are still making killer albums after all these years is quite an accomplishment. With each album, Mille Petrozza and company let us know that they still have a lot to say; and I am good with that as long as they continue this trend of being the Kreator of killer metal!


Line Up:
Mille Petrozza – Guitars, Vocals
Sami Yli-Sirniö – Guitars
Frédéric Alexandre Leclercq – Bass
Ventor – Drums

Track Listing:
1. Sergio Corbucci Is Dead
2. Hate über alles
3. Killer of Jesus
4. Crush the Tyrants
5. Strongest of the Strong
6. Become Immortal
7. Conquer and Destroy
8. Midnight Sun
9. Demonic Future
10. Pride Comes Before the Fall
11. Dying Planet