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.