Thursday, 7 June 2012

Review: Kreator - Phantom Antichrist.

Once again the godfathers of Teutonic Thrash Metal bring us yet another beautiful onslaught of bone crushing blasts. Having been on the world’s stage for nearly 30 years, Kreator certainly haven’t mellowed – even in their mid period of experimentation they have stayed true to their agenda of making the miseries of modern life into some of the greatest Metal ever conceived.

Phantom Antichrist is Kreator’s 13th studio album and follow up to the misanthropic awesomeness that was 2009’s Hordes of Chaos. Opening this gem is the beautiful Iron Maiden-esque instrumental: “Mars Mantra,” then the chaos is unleashed with the violent title track. What made this album stand out for me was the sheer diversity of the openings which include a set of tribal war drums and high pitched tremolo picking. I found such an approach spine tingling as it reminded me of the experimental days when Kreator used Gothic and Industrial influences on releases such as “Outcast” and “Cause for Conflict.” But this time, the thrash fathers have pulled out all the stops to give us some of the most technical thrash metal I’ve heard in years.

The agenda of the album remains true to its roots. Topics covered include the oppressive omnipresence of organised religion in “United in Hate;” apocalyptic visions of the future: “Civilisation Collapse;” but most importantly – a truly Germanic anti-fascist anthem of “The Few, The Proud, The Broken.” A perfect combination of Punk Rock style politics with traditional metallic nihilism and delusion.

The songs are anthemic and capable of blowing your mind enough times to give your walls a “hint of brain” redecoration (thank you Lord Flasheart). With summer brewing, this is certainly a release you will hear blasted from speakers at every festival, picnic, barbecue or whatever drunken gathering you’ll embrace in the time you’ve got to spare. Kreator earned their place as the idol of European thrash metal and they certainly haven’t been lagging behind on the job these past few years.

Rating: 4/5


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