Reviewed By Simon Milburn
Published 23 March, 2009
German thrashers deliver another quality thrash fest
Two thousand and five's Enemy Of God was a significant release for long standing German thrashers Kreator. As they slowly showed that there was plenty of thrashing life left in the old dog after flirting with more experimental elements in the later part of the '90s, vocalist/guitarist Mille Petrozza, guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö, bassist Christian Giesler and drummer Jürgen 'Ventor' Reil have returned with their latest slab, Hordes Of Chaos, and it's another milestone that will ensure the group's return to the pointy end of European thrash acts.
There's no mistaking the band's furious intent with the blistering title track, Hordes Of Chaos, that kicks things off. The thrashing pace of the album is almost up there with the brilliant title track of their previous effort, Enemy Of God, and fans of Coma Of Souls (1992) era Kreator might also feel out the Hidden Dictator vibe that appears during the chorus. Continuing on, Warcurse is on par in with the opener in every way and further evidence that Kreator are once again becoming a significant thrash force to be reckoned with. Escalation may slow things down a notch but one listen to its excellent chorus and you know it'll be a crowd favourite for some time to come. In a complete turn around, the clean strains of Amok Run coupled with Petrozza's dark, spoken words are reminiscent of modern day The Haunted before it too becomes a full on, typical Kreator thrash fest.
Destroy What Destroys You may be short but it still packs an unrelenting barrage of punches before Radical Resistance and the building Absolute Misanthropy continue the band's thrash fuelled resurgence. The sinister, semi-Slayer sounding To The Afterborn wouldn't be out of place on the aforementioned Come of Souls even if it is slightly more melodic in parts. The sub one minute clean instrumental Corpses Of Libtery is a simple and effective interlude (or intro depending on how you see it) to the album's climactic finale, Demon Prince, which delivers yet another quality thrash fest that is sure to appease fans.
Hordes Of Chaos is every bit the quality album that Enemy Of God is. Not only is it a worthy follow up, it's also another quality release that is sure to cement the band's status in today's thrash scene.