Friday, September 8, 2017
Kreator: Gods of Violence (2017)
Kreator's sound has changed a little bit over the last few albums, since their more experimental period came to an end. Their sound has embraced more melodic death metal elements over the last few releases, and this has become a major part of their sound on this album in particular. Some long-term fans have cried foul over this, but the band pulls it off fairly well. It is simply a fact that the take-no-prisoners brutality of their 1980's material is not going to be revisited. The band has matured and keeping up that level of aggression is not easy.
The band still has songs that bring to mind the Kreator that released "Endless Pain" and "Pleasure to Kill". "Satan is Real" and the title track certainly have that kind of anthemic, fist-pumping, neck-wrecking energy. Vocalist/guitarist Mille Petrozza has been the band's MVP for a long time now and his vocals sound just as pissed off as they always have. His snarling has long been the band's most identifiable characteristic and it retains its power here.
Kreator is never going to release another "People of the Lie". We need to learn to accept that and embrace the band that they have become. They are more melodic these days, but they can definitely still break some necks. This is a damn fine album for a band that has been going for nearly 35 years.