Miland 'Mille' Petrozza - vocals, guitar
Sami Yli-Sirnia - guitar
Christian 'Speesy' Giesler - bass
Jurgen 'Ventor' Reil - drums
Rivaling american thrash metal bands such as Megadeth, Exodus, and Slayer despite being less well known, Kreator along with Sodom and Destruction are considered to be "the big three" of german thrash metal and an important and influential band in the world of metal in general since its inception in 1982.
Kreator's latest offering "Hordes of Chaos" (Jan 13 2009) was released which much anticipation amongst fans but seemed to have recieved mixed reviews especially after the amazing success of their previous album "Enemy of God" released in 2005. While this is standard Kreator fanfare, one feels that this album could have been a much stronger one, leaving much more to be desired.
Having said that however the album is definitely well crafted from a production and a songwriting perspective. The collection of catchy and aggressive laden tracks on this record definitely set the tone for the fast adrenalin pumping onslaught of music. "Demon Prince" and "Warcurse" are easily the best songs on the whole album. "Demon Prince" opens with a steady double guitar driven harmony reminiscient of Iron Maiden which then instantly dives into a mix of speedy and aggressive riffs including the catchy melodic solo interlude towards the end. "Warcurse" while also exhibiting catchy riffs and hooks manages to keep things fast paced with frontman Mille Petrozza ripping out some spiteful lyrics over the high speed tempo.
Not far behind is "Radical Resistance" a great call-to-arms song against Nazis and fascists and shows that Mille has really mastered the art of writing great guitar melodies. Other highlights are burners like "Absolute Misanthropy" and "To the Afterborn" and "Amok Run" with its ballad-type intro which has become a standard for every Kreator album since 2001's "Violent Revolution".
The only song I personally did not like was the title track "Hordes of Chaos". While it has the thrash melodies you would expect in a song of this kind and an amazing intro to boot, it exhibits a confusing mix of both catchy and strange riffs that sounded like they were composed more to fill the spaces rather than being integral to the whole song. This along with its conan/warrior themed music video (which could rival any black metal vid I've ever seen for extreme corniness) make this one my least favorite thrash metal songs.
While this 38 minute album is good, its not great especially when compared to some of Kreator's previous works. However there's still a lot of old-school style riffing that is perfect for front-row headbangers, as well as tons of classic german-style thrash riffs for the people who love to tear up the pit. All in all not a bad effort from germany's mighty teutonic thrash metal kings.
01. Hordes Of Chaos (A Necrologue For The Elite)
04. Amok Run
05. Destroy What Destroys You
06. Radical Resistance
07. Absolute Misanthropy
08. To The Afterborn
09. Corpses Of Liberty
10. Demon Prince
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