After KREATOR had released five pure Thrash albums between 1985 and 1990, they decided to incorporate some Industrial elements into their sound and try something new in 1992. Though this doesn’t mean that the band has compltely left their roots: Mille’s vocals are still very aggressive (but different), the riffs are slower, but more menacing, and drummer Ventor, who was also responsible for the programming here, does a fine job, even though he does not overtax hisself as much as he does on the old albums.
Nevertheless I can understand that some old fans were not that happy about the band’s new way, as “Renewal”, despite all that, sounds quite different than its predecessor “Coma Of Souls”, not to mention blast albums like “Pleasure To Kill”. I have to add that the video for “Renewal” was my first contact with KREATOR und consequently I was confused when I first heard a whole album by the band in “Coma Of Souls”. So to me KREATOR have always been a band that had several sounds to offer, and I think if you approach their experimental albums (“Renewal”, “Outcast” and “Endorama”, that is) with this attitude, you will also like them.
That’s why every Metal fan should give this album a listen, it has a lot to offer, from the menacing riff on “Winter Martyrium” to “Brainseed”, which was refined (!) by some Industrial samples, to the Thrash grenade “Europe After The Rain”, which even old school fans should not complain about. (Online March 30, 2005)