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Kreator
Gods of Violence
Type: CD
Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2017
Genre: Thrash
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 3/23/2017
Kreator are very much alive and in command
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.
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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.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: KREATOR
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At the Pulse of KapitulationKreator
2008
Vinaya Saksena11/20/2008
Gods of ViolenceKreator
2017
Eric Compton3/23/2017
Hordes of ChaosKreator
2009
Raising Iron2/20/2009
Phantom AntichristKreator
2012
Greg Watson6/20/2012


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