Kreator – Gods of Violence (2017)
Gods of Violence is the fourteenth studio album by German thrash metal band Kreator, released on January 27, 2017. It is the band’s first studio album in almost five years since 2012’s Phantom Antichrist, marking the longest gap between two studio albums in their career. A music video for the album’s title track was released on November 18, 2016. Special editions of the album were released with a bonus Blu-ray/DVD of Kreator’s performance at Wacken 2014.
‘Gods of Violence, Kreators newest album is the most anticipated album for 2017 and was released on January 27, 2017, the album has the collaboration of Fleshgod apocalypse in the orchestral arrangements of the intro “Apocalipticon”.
There will also be a trilogy of videos the first is “Gods of Violence” which is about the birth of the demon in the Greek era, the second is the song “Satan Is Real” that takes place in the middle and third ages that is is in the process of recording will be “Totalitarian Terror” that is currently developed. The album also has two covers; one for America and one for Europe, and them with the option for t-shirts. They liked a design so much that they decided to launch it as a second cover.
A short, darkly cinematic intro appears in the form of ‘Apocalypticon’, which sounds like Hans Zimmer playing around with Therion and Holst before the band kick into action with the searing ‘World war now’ (a title that is feeling alarmingly prescient right now). A full-tilt thrash monster, ‘world war now’ is unleashed like the dogs of war, whilst Mille Petrozza dispatches his lyrics like machine gun bullets, spitting them out from between gritted teeth over a series of shock-wave guitar riffs that are given greater force by Ventor’s unforgiving drums.
It’s a vigorous opening statement, but the band has maintained the taut grasp on melodies that crept into ‘Phantom Antichrist’ and the latter half of the song is dominated by sweeping, harmonized lead guitar work that adds greater depth to the band’s assault. ‘Satan is real’ is a fun, mid-paced track with plenty of brutal riffs and a healthy dose of melody bought together around a subject matter that cuts to the core of metal at its fantastic best.
It’s a mosh-pit friendly anthem destined to be a future singalong at festivals whilst the guitar work that scars the bridge is second to none. ‘Totalitarian terror’ is rather more serious in subject matter and tone and the harrowing scream that opens the track has to be heard to be believed. Full-tilt, this is thrash at its violent, skin-shredding best and an easy highlight of the album.
In stark contrast, the intro for the title track is a moment of stunning beauty with hints of ‘fade to black’ washed through with eerie, Eastern elements before it emerges as a stadium destroying thrash masterpiece the like of which should propel the band to the top of festival bills the world over.
Melodic yet powerful, ‘Gods of Violence’ is everything you want from an epic thrash band and it is easy to see why Kreator has so dedicated an army of followers. The first half of the album concludes with the perfectly named ‘Army of storms’, a veritable tsunami of feral riffing and militant rage.
Lyrically Mille got his inspiration from the terrorist attacks that happened in Europe and the growing importance of religion. “Currently, religion has regained a level of importance that I would have never considered possible 20 years ago, An extremely dangerous polarization is taking place, giving rise to growing hate among us all. That‘s what I wanted to write about.” The leader of the band Mille, also commented: “Gods of Violence was the very first song I wrote for the album and it’s been the title. It contains everything Kreator knows and shoots your sticks. I promise!”
For the first time about the fourteenth album, Millet Petrozza mentioned in an interview in November 2013. He said that the album will be released after a tour in support of Phantom Antichrist, sometime in 2016. However, he later said in an interview that the album will be released in 2017, not before. October 14, 2016, was revealed the name of the album, Gods of Violence, and an approximate release date – January 2017. October 28 was the exact release date – January 27, 2017.
The music video for the title track was released on November 18, 2016, on December 16, a video was released for the song “Satan is Real”, and on January 27, 2017 – for the song “Totalitarian Terror”. Special editions of the album came with a bonus Blu-Ray / DVD containing the band’s performance on Wacken 2014. On January 30, a video was released for the song “Fallen Brother”.
In support of the album, the band participated in the European tour in February and March 2017, in which they were headlining. In support of the band were Sepultura, Soilwork, and Aborted. Also in March and April, they participated in the Decibel magazine tour with Obituary. On November 22, 2017, a video was released for the song “Hail To The Hordes”!
Album: Gods of Violence
Released: January 27, 2017
Label: Nuclear Blast
Producer: Jens Bogren
Genre: Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal
Website: Official Website
Discs: 1 disc/1 DVD
Reviewed by: Dr. Butcher
Our Rating: 3.8 /5
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