This latest effort from the Germanic guitarsmiths may be an “Enemy Of God”, but it is an ally to the ears of many a Metalhead around the world. KREATOR are certainly a band that have pulled themselves back from the brink with releases of some less than stellar albums compared with classics such as “Extreme Aggression” and “Coma Of Souls”. “Enemy Of God” is a step in the right direction to keep KREATOR at the top of the heap of the Thrash genre considering the current resurgence of Thrash. This summers Ozzfest lineup is testament to that with bands like THE HAUNTED, LAMB OF GOD, ARCH ENEMY and SOILWORK on the bill.
When Mille the frontman was on a German television show for kids last year to explain what Heavy Metal was to a bunch of 8 year olds I asked myself “boy if they’re working it into the mainstream over there, why not everywhere else in the world?”. At any rate my personal pipe dream of seeing Metal becoming mandatory on the radio is probably still a ways off but for the meantime we can still rely on solid bands that deliver the goods time after time like KREATOR. The riffs and harmonies on “Enemy Of God” are powerful and forceful as always on KREATOR’s classic albums and their previous effort “Violent Revolution”. The “Live Kreation + Revisioned Glory” set might have really revamped and re-energized KREATOR and brought them back into the light of Thrash.
Additions of guest tracks by ARCH ENEMY’s axeman Amott add a real unique twist to the flavour and gives the album a non-chromatic solo compared to many of the regular Thrash solos you might hear on other albums. The tracks rumble on like a standard KREATOR staple and doesn’t disappoint with the long awaited release. Let’s all just hope that the mighty SLAYER can deliver and keep pace this year with their upcoming as yet unscheduled release but for the time being KREATOR’s “Enemy Of God” fills the void nicely (Online April 29, 2005)