Kreator have been around since 1985 & were probably recognised (along with Celtic Frost) as flag bearers for European Thrash when it exploded into mainstream life during the second half of the 80's. Thanks to a fabulously loyal home support in Germany they survived the (proverbial) extinction of thrash when it was eaten alive by Death Metal. As the 90's wore on they released some excellent (but largely overlooked) albums, but now seem to be at last gaining some sort of recognistion for their fantatstic lifelong acheivements. Make no mistake, Kreator are the best pure thrash band Europe has ever produced. Enemy of God is touted as Kreator's best offering since "Coma of Souls" and is certainly on a par with anything they've released to date. They have always been heavily influenced by Slayer, but are far to talented to be derided as just clones. Slayer influences are apparent all over this record but the melodic apporach which appeared in "Violent Revolution" is even more prevalent here and gives "EOG" much more depth than one might expect. The production is crisp, concise and most important of all, pulsing with energy. Songs like "World Anarchy," "Voices of the Dead," "When Death Takes its Dominion" and the skull crushing title track are textbook examples of how thrash should be played: Brutal, down tuned riffs, precision drumming (courtesy of the superb Ventor), beautifully textured harmonies and guitar shreds galore! Onca again, the hugely underrated Mille Petrozza has fronted an awsome Kreator album that is well worthy of the acclaim it is beginning to generate. Why not find out why and add it to your collection.
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