ALBUM: Kreator – Gods Of Violence

Release Date: January 27th 2017
Label: Nuclear Blast Records


Coming from the German thrash metal scene of bands such as Destruction, Sodom, and Tankard, and being a band since 1982, it’s little surprise to what the new Kreator album would be – big, powerful, and heavy thrash metal. Thankfully, ‘Gods Of Violence’ doesn’t disappoint.

From opening track ‘Apocalypticon’ bringing in quite a bombastic opening, this is quickly followed up by ‘World War Now’. The drums from Jürgen “Ventor” Reil give a blast-beat delivery which the band is accustomed to by this point, within this, however, the band balance the modern death metal with old school thrash. The solo from Sami Yli-Sirniö and Miland “Mille” Petrozza build on top of each other to give a crushing Teutonic thrash sound. This is an album which doesn’t relent, and the build-up of these first two songs only strengthens this statement.

What can be noted is vocalist Mille‘s comparison to Cronos (Venom) vocal style, which is nothing new. Bringing a much needed DIY scream and yell towards the group’s phenomenal musicians is needed for grounding Kreator into a controlled creative force. This is most obvious on the galloping ‘Hail To The Hordes’, though the connection on choruses of the track to heavier power metal bands like Gamma Ray is noticeable. “We are one hail to the hordes” is a lyric that couldn’t escape the power metal influence, even if it tried.

‘Death Becomes My Light’ feels like the band’s anthemic Metallica moment due to the sombreness of the lyrics. This is the track that fans could compare to ‘One’ in terms of the intro being clean sung and the screams being much lighter than the rest of the album, the length, and the progressive qualities on the track. The only real difference is the intensity of the track in comparison to anything of a much lighter quality. Christian “Speesy” Giesler plays quite a direct bass line on the track, which feels like a march to war.

In reality, this is not an album that has reinvented what it means to be a thrash metal band because it has all been done before. But, if you want to see what one of the best bands in the history of the genre can deliver, particularly if you’re not familiar to their music, ‘Gods Of Violence’ is a great entry point, and for a band to sound this fresh 35 years after their formation is a huge accomplishment on its own.

Written by Bradley Cassidy (@bradcassidy170)

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