Gods of Violence
Company: Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: Eric Compton
It only took 14 albums and 32 years for Kreator to reach their pinnacle of success in Germany – a number one record. ‘Gods of Violence’ captures the Flag (of Hate) for the successful thrash pioneers. Naysayers can continue to point their fingers at the band’s partial dismissal of their early sounds (1985-1990), but damnit if the band doesn’t make up for the lack of technical thrash with accessibility. These new songs (and their albums) are quick to seed and fertilize subconsciously. Kreator have almost become Blind Guardian, evidenced by Mille’s much improved vocals which are harmonized to infinity with epic chorus pieces. God bless technology as Kreator are very much alive and in command this late into their career. Well produced and mixed cuts like “Satan is Real” and “Gods of Violence” are over-the-top slobber knockers that embraces extremities and prove to be album highlights. “Hail to the Hordes” could be a top-five cut for me in 2017.
About this Writer:Eric Compton
// Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.