Enemy Of God
German metal legends still metal thrashing mad
Throughout the most of the '90's, Kreator fans had a hard time getting remotely excited by the prospect of a new album. Following the release of 1990's Coma Of Souls, the German band took on a more of an experimental route for albums such as 1992's Renewal, 1995's Cause For Conflict, 1997's Outcast and 1999's Endorama. But with the new millennium came a renewed sense of identity, and in 2001 Kreator seemed to rediscover their thrash roots once again with Violent Revolution.
Of course, the album wasn't the classic most had wished for, but with the release of the live album Live Kreation in 2003, the prospect of a full blown revival was more than hinted at with an impending new album. Two years later and Kreator (Who have now maintained a consistent line up of vocalist/guitarist Miland 'Mille' Petrozza, guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö, bassist Christian 'Speesy' Giesler and drummer Jürgen 'Ventor' Reil for the last the last four years) have returned once again for the highly anticipated Enemy Of God.
Utilising the professional production skills of Andy Sneap once again (Who produced 'Violent Revolution'), Kreator have taken what was hinted at on their last album and delivered what most of the bands fan base have hoped for - A true return to thrash. From the opening manic riffing in the title track Enemy Of God, Kreator are hellbent on announcing their return back to their original incarnation. Petrozza is as rasping as ever with his venomous vocal delivery, while the guitar work between Petrozza and Yli-Sirniö is razor sharp with plenty of distinctive riffs and memorable melodic soloing. Reil puts in a fantastic performance in the classic number Impossible Brutality (Of which the promotional video clip is also included on the album), while Suicide Terrorist (With it's obvious lyrical stance) caps off the opening trio of thrash in true Kreator style.
World Anarchy touches upon some slight Slayer influences throughout the verses and the songs accompanying solo, while Dystopia, Voices Of The Dead and Murder Fantasies (Featuring a guest solo from Arch Enemy/Spiritual Beggars guitarist Mike Amott) are good example of Petrozza's ability to combine strong melodies while keeping things positively aggressive. When Death Takes It's Dominion, One Evil Comes - A Million Follow and Under A Total Blackened Sky return back to the mid paced thrash sound that is commonly associated with the band, while the acoustic introduction to Dying Race Apocalypse (As does the misleading harmonised beginning of The Ancient Plague) provide a slight diversion before joining the familiar ground of the previous numbers.
It's twenty years since the band began, and Petrozza is still as biting as he ever has ever been (In both the lyrical and musical sense) with the bands new thrash masterpiece Enemy Of God.