KREATOR

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

THE GREAT­EST mark that Ger­man thrash­ers KREATOR have left on the world was with their 1986 master­piece Plea­sure To Kill. It was an al­bum that proved that a) Amer­ica didn’t nec­es­sar­ily have all the best thrash bands, and b) pre­ci­sion is ab­so­lutely no bar­rier to suc­cess so long as you sound like a war played through over­driven amps. But their back-cat­a­logue is also chock-full of thrashy good­ies that may have tight­ened up the fu­ri­ous mu­si­cian­ship of that de­but some­what, but that’s helped them de­velop a more fine­ly­honed at­tack that’s just as deadly.

To wit: singer­gui­tarist Mi­land ‘Mille’ Petrozza and his thrashy co­horts have reis­sued their quar­tet of al­bums from the ’90s, re­mas­tered and with ex­tra goods

on them. RE­NEWAL (KKKK), CAUSE FOR CON­FLICT (KKK) and OUTCAST (KKK) are all ace slices of speed and ag­gres­sion, with an ever-creep­ing sense of melody that ac­tu­ally sharp­ens, rather than dulls their blade. But it’s their fifth al­bum, COMA OF SOULS (KKKKK) from 1990, which truly takes the crown here. The ti­tle-track is like a bulldozer strapped to the front of a Eurofighter, with de­struc­tive power by the bar­rel-load, while Hid­den Dic­ta­tor, World Be­yond and the aptly-named Agents Of Bru­tal­ity far out­strip any­thing their Amer­i­can con­tem­po­raries were com­ing out with at the time for speed and sonic vi­o­lence.

The bonus live and rare tracks on all the reis­sues are killer too, and as pack­ages, these make for a re­minder of quite what an in­cred­i­ble beast Kreator are. Their set at Down­load Fes­ti­val in June this year re­ally can’t come soon enough.

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