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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!, 22 Mar 2013
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Great album from an enormous band, but underrated thrash band. Not one song is lacking in quality! A great comeback!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Flame Upon The Ice., 25 Dec 2012
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abasu1979 "abasu1979" (Doha, Qatar) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Phantom Antichrist (Audio CD)
'Music is the purest form of communication.' - Mille Petrozza.

The supreme exponents of Teutonic thrash unleash their thirteenth studio album upon the world. The apocalyptic cover provides the first hint of the synthesis of power and artistry that lies within. A glance at the lyrics reinforces the initial impression. A few rounds of listening suffice to remove all doubt: this is one of the finest metal records of this century.

Upon first hearing Phantom Antichrist, I was struck by the general consistency of the album: not a single track was disagreeable either lyrically or musically. This is perhaps a testament to Kreator's devotion to quality - and also a sign of how a quarter-century of relentless thrashing have made the band masters of their art. To do justice to the album, a track by track overview follows:

1) Mars Mantra: An instrumental is an excellent way to introduce an album. Even if it does not attain the sublime heights of 'Choir of the Damned', this piece successfully sets the stage for what ensues.

2) Phantom Antichrist: Kreator's title tracks are always solid: this is no exception. From the outset, it becomes evident that the lyrical quality of Mille's songs keeps rising; musically, it is frenetic from start to finish.

3) Death to the World: A quintessential Kreator song. combining the emphatic with the melodic to create a morbid masterpiece. The strident vocals that characterize the first line of the chorus, are particularly noteworthy.

4) From Flood into Fire: Initiated by a memorable riff, this song strikes me as a tribute to the fans. The development of solidarity.

5) Civilization Collapse: A lyrical and musical detonation that both radiates and reflects the zeitgeist. Ventor's drumming in this track is phenomenal.

6) United in Hate: It seems to me that the last decade of Kreator's efforts were building up to this song: a clarion call to revolt. From the melodic intro, to the incisive lyrics and the ominous chorus, the track fulfils its purpose admirably. The unleashing of solidarity.

7) The Few, the Proud, the Broken: Upon first hearing the album, this track stood out - and for good reason. With a rousing opening riff, this intense yet caustic antiwar anthem is a mighty condemnation of the degradation of man by the State: its second verse is one of the finest I've ever heard. The furor teutonicus that suffused songs like 'Warcurse' and 'Demon Prince', rages again.

8) Your Heaven, My Hell: No Kreator album would be complete without an assault on organized religion, and with its finely crafted beginning, its splendid solos and its impassioned conclusion, this one does not fail to impress. I felt some of the verses in the middle could have been improved though.

9) Victory Will Come: To compose an upbeat metal song must be quite a challenge; to create one that does not sound shallow and panglossian, is surely even more difficult. Yet that is what Mille and co. have achieved here - with some exceptional riffs as well. One of my favourites - complete with an inspiring German phrase that translates as 'The torture never stops, yet we will win.'

10) Until Our Paths Cross Again: The track I liked least on the album. This piece is quite different from what one typically expects from the band, being slow, mournful and somewhat fatalistic - almost a dirge. Nonetheless, a riff reminiscent of 'Coma of Souls' half-way through, and the poignant final verse, rescue it from mediocrity.

If the album ended on such a melancholy note, I might not have bothered to write this review. Fortunately the Japanese edition, (which is the one I strongly recommend purchasing) contains one more song:

11) Iron Destiny: This triumphal track - the amor fati of the radical spirit - polishes off the album. With an inspiring opening, a superb choral riff, a solemn statement of faith ('This is what we stand for'), it culminates explosively in the line:

'I WOULD NEVER BELIEVE IN THEIR LIES!'

If those words strike a chord deep inside - then this album is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kreator totally kicking arse with this one., 14 Dec 2012
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Kreator - Phantom Antichrist is a truly splendid album which deserves to be a contender for album of the year. AWESOME!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars killer record, 1 Dec 2012
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after listening it i cant stop banging my head , probably the best album so far, or atleast one of the best, every metalhead should hear it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Woah!, 12 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Phantom Antichrist [Limited Cd+dvd] (Audio CD)
I love the album so much I had to comment.

First...don't expect anything new, it follows the last few releases doggedly and don't be expecting a 80s throwback either, this album is fast, fresh and thrash all over.

Second...there are plenty of influences both new and old on show but the band have been around long enough to create their own unique style, the vocals being the most obvious reference point, and while elements may seem a bit naff don't be fooled Kreator do metal with sincerity.

The title track sets out their stall...rolling drums, galloping guitars, catchy shouting choruses and speedy solos. It doesn't let up and while the lyrics are all god, heaven, hell, evil, war, death and um...the environment, its not going to matter that much to you because you will be too busy smiling and kicking doors in...or whatever.

To sum up if you like thrash or any of the last 3 Kreator albums you have to get this it's fast, furious and highly accomplished. Be warned though don't go expecting skull crushingly heavy metal...think harmonious speed.

Apart from the title track check out `The Few, The Proud, The Broken' it's a good snapshot of the album and has the most amazing solo in the chorus...I love it and the best thing is to my ears Kreator are actually getting better and better.

I brought the standard edition so cannot comment on the DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kreator - TOTAL ATTACK!, 30 Jun 2012
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I don't normally care to review albums because sometimes the comments are either biased or just plain stupid. But I thought I'd review this record because Kreator have finally released another album in the same vein as Violent Revolution. Better than 'Hordes' & 'Enemy of God' in my opinion. Doubt you'll regret purchasing this one. I didn't.
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