Kreator – Violent Revolution

Kreator – Violent Revolution

Old school thrash meets the new millennium.  Kreator’s “Violent Revolution” recalls a time when bands like Testament, Slayer, Overkill and Exodus had a firm grip of the American underground.  At this time, Germany was being slaughtered by the likes Kreator, Destruction, Sodom and Living Death.  “Reconquering The Throne” is an appropriately title song as all the elements of a great thrash song are present.  The title track mixes thrash-styled double bass drum beats and vocals with power metal guitars.  “All Of The Same Blood” is reminiscent of pre CBS Records Kreator, almost similar to the “Flag Of Hate” era.

”Servant In Heaven – King In Hell” is an epic metal track that finds Mike Petrozza’s vocals sounding quite similar to Jon Oliva from Savatage (which is true throughout the disc).  The intensity of “Ghetto War” segues into the subdued intro of “Replica Of Life”, a 7 ½ minute track that evolves into a raw, early 80’s styled attack with its ominous sound.  “Slave Machinery” is a no-nonsense extremely heavy composition that is serious head banging material.

Sami Yil Sirnio’s and Petrozza’s guitar work is to be commended.  The dual machine-gun riffs give the CD a full sound that should keep the pit moshing.  Ventor is to be complimented on his furious assault on the drum-kit and hard hitting sound.  It is great to hear drums that actually sound full as opposed to a weak flat snare sound.

While most of the disc is high speed in intensity, “Violent Revolution” never wanders into the territory of too fast for its own good.  Considering the volume of the power metal releases available, Kreator’s “Violent Revolution” is an excellent change of pace.  Well-crafted and attentive to the roots of the genre without sounding dated or recycled.