With the retribution return to form that was “Violent Revolution”, KREATOR made a statement that their ‘brave’ album days were over. It was a glorious moment and an album that brought the German band back to par with its peers as monsters of modern Thrash Metal (see SODOM’s “Code Red” and DESTRUCTION’s “All Hell Breaks Loose”). It’s not enough though to bring themselves back into the game though, KREATOR must have decided it was time to reclaim their throne. Thusly, four years later, we have “Enemy Of God”.
Now “Violent Revolution” was anything but flawed, but after listening to “Enemy Of God” multiple times, its hard not to think that KREATOR not only topped their previous effort but somehow improved on near perfect.
This eleventh album from these German titans, takes modern Thrash to a new level of intensity thanks mostly to a more cut form of their work. This album seems to have trimmed the fat, if you will, on what they had previously done and slashes its way to the heart of the matter. The songs are shorter. The album is shorter. Yet, it’s just as intense and probably just as diverse in those shorter spurts of snarling energy. Something that only benefits Thrash Metal albums.
“Enemy Of God” also retains the same impressive line-up from their ‘redemptive’ album, making the general sound and style of this album in the same vein. Right from the kicker of the title track, one can instantly hear the razor sharp riffs mixed with almost groove like tendency of the modern writing. The band’s new found love of melodic splices also makes a much appreciate appearance in the form of the soloing, leads, and even the occasional vocal line (“Voices Of The Dead” starts off almost with a Gothic tone reminiscent of something from “Endorama” forewarning). Of course, having Ventor behind the kit and heavily mixed bass line adds to the almost groove like sound of the album despite the snare heavy and diverse playing of our favorite German drummer. It’s not a KREATOR album without Mille Petrozza’s sharp witted social tongue and harsh delivery either, both of which make their impressive appearances too.
Although it’s been said many a time before here on The Metal Observer, “Enemy Of God” is simply one of the best Thrash Metal records to have been released in many, many years. It’s about as close to perfect as a modern Thrash record can get and something KREATOR is going to have a tough time matching anytime past. It’s ballsy, intense, stripped to the bone of filler, and a perfect balance of beast and beauty. “Enemy Of God” is a new standard.
Songs to check out: “Enemy Of God”, “Voices Of The Dead”, “One Evil Comes – A Million Follow”.
(Online June 17, 2010)