Nearly five years since ‘Phantom Antichrist’, the Teutonic thrash legends give us ‘Gods of Violence.’
Quite a bold title, which conjures up visions of unrelenting brutality. Does this match what’s on record?
‘Apocalypicon’ is the instrumental intro that will undoubtedly open the live shows from now on. A militaristic drum beat with a elevated guitar lead and choir voices, it is both ludicrous and somewhat stirring. Not quite ‘Choir of the Damned’, but does the job.
‘World War Now’ is very much in the same mould as the last few Kreator releases: still clearly rooted in thrash, but polished to perfection and the Gothenburg Sound influence very much evident (indeed, the middle eight sounds like Arch Enemy). While undoubtedly exciting to those who like their metal clean, crisp sounding and melodic, to these ears it’s unmemorable and rather derivative.
‘Satan is Real’ is a real juxtaposition: melodic thrash over lyrics like “Let the clarion listen / Among the wolves / We’ll eat the pack / There’ll come a day / When no man shall survive / In this graveyard of desire / In due time you’ll realize.”
If sound tracked with a riff along the lines of ‘Total Death’ or even ‘Burst Command ’til War’ by Sodom, we could be talking about a real beast of a song. As it stands, it’s another song for Metal Hammer readers.
And, truthfully, that’s all you need to know about how the songs sound.
I have played the album five times while writing this review and, every time, I find myself being unable to distinguish tracks. Which makes writing a review difficult: if there were awful moments, it would be easier to write about. But an insipid stupor of nothingness? That makes the task more challenging.
Undoubtedly, the playing and production are top notch, but there is nothing memorable about this record at all for listeners of a certain age and/or interest in underground music.
Taken purely at face value, it’s a sturdy, no frills modern metal album that will undoubtedly appeal to younger metal fans and people who picked up on Kreator via 2001’s ‘Violent Revolution’ who will argue that this is a natural progression from the albums that followed it. Which it clearly is in that the albums have become progressively blander since then.
For others, just stick with the 80’s output.
1.5 / 5 -Christopher Owens ::: 22/01/17