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Kreator: Enemy Of God

Pretend for a moment that you nodded off somewhere around Out Of The Dark ... Into The Light or maybe even as late as Coma Of Souls, then Enemy Of God is the Kreator album for you, the one to restore not only your interest in this band but also your faith in the fate of metal itself as Mille and the boys sock it to you with 12 solidly solid slabs of classical-formed metal, ranging from "Impossible Brutality" (dig Mille's slightly disaffected delivery of the hook in this tune) to ""The Ancient Plague" (dig the opening guitar harmonies here).

In the end, imitators may come and go and Kreator may have taken a beating in the last decade from the straying slightly from the sound that made it what it was back in the day but it's returned to form with Enemy Of God, ready to receive the keys to the metal kingdom. Let's give those keys to the band, boys. Though we haven't even dipped our toes in the new year yet, I can promise you that this is one of the best metal releases of 2005. Hail Kreator.

Track Listing:
1. Enemy Of God
2. Impossible Brutality
3. Suicide Terrorist
4. World Anarchy
5. Dystopia
6. Voices Of The Dead
7. Murder Fantasies
8. When Takes Its Dominion
9. One Evil Comes––A Million Follow
10. Dying Race Apocalypse
11. Under A Total Blackened Sky
12. The Ancient Plague
Total Time: 55:42

Added: December 8th 2004
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
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Kreator: Enemy Of God
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-10-29 06:29:13
My Score:

Like a blast from a volcano Kreator has returned to us with a potent dose of pure and intense Thrash Metal and it proves to any unbeliever that this genre can most assuredly improve over the course of time. "Enemy Of God" is a blistering release that packs a leather clad fist punch to the face of "Nu-Metal", and it demonstrates very clear to their ilk on how it was gone in the old days. However, despite its powerful opener of "Enemy Of God", the album also takes time to showcase the influences of some of the music we see happening in today's extreme scene. Kreator blends elements of Melodic Death to their song structures and as result we find songs like "When Death Takes It's Dominion" on the release. Mille Petrozza has not lost any of his commanding delivery and seems to be a more evolved Metal presence today in the face of far too much of the same kind of music. The release has moments where it can be able to be viewed as a Metal history lesson based on the Thrash genre and where it comes from originally. Mille as a singer also offers levels of musical growth which adds to the appeal of the release and the band once again. It's not all a shred fest or pummeling for there are some experimentations into slower more ballad type forays which might surprise you. Such a track is "The Ancient Plague" and while not a ballad like "Home Sweet Home" (Motley Crue), it does make use of more melodic guitar harmony and softer vocals than you often hear this particular band delivering. Of course most of the album is an assault on the senses and you will find this most prominently displayed on "Impossible Brutality", and "World Anarchy".

It's an album that shows you how pure the Thrash Metal genre was and how relevant the sound remains in the eyes of Metal. This is perhaps the best Kreator album to come around in several years and belongs in your collection. The CD also comes with a bonus video clip for "Impossible Brutality". Check it out.


» Reader Comments:

Kreator: Enemy Of God
Posted by Hugh Dark on 2006-12-09 18:58:27
My Score:

It may have landed a punch to the face for nu-metal, but it falls to its knees for Core and those Gothenburg harmonies. There is nothing classical about Kreator and there never will be. Do not mistake this band for anything progressive. They are not! This is sell-out Kreator and this has received way to much attention. Enemy Of God is the one good track here and the rest are uninspired and tired. A compressed wall of noise production courtesy of Sneap and you have a real bore.




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