American thrash metal has always been regarded as the leader of the genre with the “Big 4” of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax leading the way along with countless others (with Testament, Exodus and Death Angel the pick of them) but Germany are never forgotten when it comes to thrash metal with their own “Teutonic Big 4” as they have been dubbed. Along with Sodom, Destruction and Tankard, the mighty Kreator made up this thrash foursome and rank right up there with the best US bands and continue to make formidable music today and their latest album Gods Of Violence is certainly that.
The rousing intro on the albums opening track gets things off to a particularly inspired start and this signals the commencement of ten tracks of pure and violent thrash. Tracks such as World War Now, Totalitarian Terror and Lion With Eagle Wings hark back to the bands early days of the albums Endless Pain and Pleasure To Kill as they have the same urgent spirit and it seems like the band are even more energised these days and these tracks sound completely fresh and vital with the subject matters that are tackled here being sadly more relevant these days.
Its not all about the speedy thrash that the band are renowned for on Gods Of Violence though as tracks like the mid paced groove of Hail To The Hordes (a track that features a typically commanding vocal performance from frontman Mille Petrozza) and Fallen Brother (which does too) prove and this mixture of the differing metal styles work well with each other to create an album that epitomises all that is good about Kreator.
Epic closing track Death Becomes The Light rounds things off with its coupling of catchy thrash riffs and its anthemic nature works well to create a triumphant atmosphere that is a great way to sign off Gods Of Violence and closes another chapter of Kreators vast discography. With this album Kreator prove again why they are so highly respected as one of the greatest thrash metal bands of all time with their brand of reliably violent thrash metal.
German thrash masters continue their run of form with this heavy and focussed new album.