Hordes Of Chaos

Written by: EW on 01/02/2009 11:10:24

The mixed blessing of a new Kreator album arrived at our offices (yeh right) recently, eventually finding its way to me. You may be wondering why I didn't grab it with both hands as after all I am the 'Thrash maniac' on the forums, but the sad truth is that recent Kreator has bored me. The majority of "Violent Revolution" (2001) and the entirety of Enemy Of God (2005) had the misfortune of being good records, but mostly uninteresting and revisionist in nature. In recent years Kreator have sounded a little tired in the generation of the classic riffs of yore, with crucially, given how pissed off the band has always intended to sound, the anger coming across more contrived than I would like it to be. I s'pose like Slayer, Metallica and others have proven, thrashing in your 40's like you're 22 again is difficult enough; having the same issues with the world as you did back then is an entirely different proposition.

As much of my recent dissatisfaction with Kreator has been down to their sound and production as the songs themselves. Whereas old classics benefitted from the sound of Endless Pain and some Extreme Aggression, not to mention a very real Pleasure to Kill, 21st century Kreator lacks the cutting edge of these behemoths despite the extra muscle afforded with more advanced recording techniques. While "Hordes Of Chaos" was billed was as being a return to a more organic sound, I for one struggle to hear much discernible difference from the glossy Andy Sneap-produced era they have only just left. The element of Scandinavian melody that has grown to be key to the Kreator sound today has resulted in the majority of songs sounding broadly similar, and disastrously, a struggle to remember at the album's conclusion. Show me a "Ripping Corpse" or "Under The Guillotine" on "Hordes Of Chaos" and I'll show you my pet leprechaun.

Thankfully grandaddy of thrash (he's earned by that title by now right?) Mille Petrozza still sounds startlingly unique - don't ask me how for he's never been a Warrel Dane (Nevermore) or Blitz Ellsworth (Overkill). As soon as he opens his mouth you know who you're listening to, which is reassuring given how much of a snarl he has always employed. Given previously made comments picking stand-out tracks is difficult for I find it difficult to pick out unique moments from this palette, though "To The Afterborn" boasts the catchiest chorus of the lot with also a more relaxed pace. "Destroy What Destroys You" and "Radical Resistance" are reminiscent of the album at large, set at speedy tempos featuring blistering solos and feral choruses that will of course be entertaining live but they aren't going to do much to ensure "Hordes Of Chaos" replaces "Pleasure to Kill" as my no. 1 Kreator album. By no means bad, but an album for fans of modern sounding thrash over those passionate for the brutality of our beloved 80's classics.


Download: To The Afterborn, Radical Resistance
For The Fans Of: Destruction, The Haunted
Listen: Myspace
Buy: iTunes

Release date 19.01.09
SPV Records
Provided by Target ApS


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