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Kreator: Gods Of Violence

It has been five long years since the release of their last killer thrash album Phantom Antichrist but the wait is no more as the new album by the legendary thrash metal group Kreator album is out now. 2017 is a significant landmark for the German group as it marks thirty five years and they are one group that has certainly played a large role in keeping thrash metal so appealing. This year also sees the release of their fourteenth album Gods Of Violence which while still brutal and heavy it's also a more melodic and varied release, a mixture of both old school and modern Kreator, there's even a harp playing on the title track and bagpipes on the mighty "Hail To The Hordes". There's no mistaking this band especially with Mille Petrozza's snarling vocals, my only gripe with Gods Of Violence is that the song "Earth Under The Sword" which was released elsewhere wasn't included right here as it's a such a top track.

Over the years many other groups have dropped off my radar but I always eagerly returned for more Kreator style thrash metal. Kreator eclipses so many others both at home and abroad with each release and Gods Of Violence is no different. The brief instrumental orchestral opener "Apocalypticon" gives way to the heavy metal fury of "World War Now" as Kreator shows there's plenty of venom left in the tanks. Next Kreator informs us that "Satan Is Real" with a chorus that gets stuck in your head, there's the ballistic metal of "Totalitarian Terror" complete with the always welcome addictive slower headbanging section, and there's more of that on the excellent title track "Gods Of Violence" where that dual guitar work of Mille Petrozza and Sami Yli-Sirnio really shines as it does all over this great new metal album. As I mentioned above this a varied release and listening to the start of "Fallen Brother" I was reminded of groups like Rammstein and Pain, whilst closing track "Death Becomes My Light" has me thinking of Iron Maiden or a thrash incorporated version. With Gods Of Violence Kreator continues to deliver the kind of material that metal fans will get so much mileage from, Gods Of Violence is surely an early candidate for thrash metal album of the year.

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Track Listing
1. Apocalypticon
2. World War Now
3. Satan Is Real
4. Totalitarian Terror
5. Gods Of Violence
6. Army Of Storms
7. Hail To The Hordes
8. Lion With Eagle Wings
9. Fallen Brother
10. Side By Side
11. Death Becomes My Light

Added: January 27th 2017
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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