It is well recorded, and was recorded more or less ‘Live’ as portrayed in the DVD, with all the musicians playing the base of the songs together. It isn’t nearly as crisp and clear as ‘Enemy of God’. But it works. It sounds a little looser and I will say the riffs are nothing new, but very well executed. I love this bands sound, especially in the ‘Extreme Aggression’ , ‘Coma of Souls’ era. Therefore, the sound on this disc is to my liking as well as the flow of the disc. Has a good punch.
The tracks themselves line up well with ‘Enemy of God’.. If you like Kreator overall you will like this CD. Nothing you haven’t come to expect. The best tracks are ‘War Curse’ and ‘Absolute Misanthropy’. Contagious riffs. ‘Escalation’ is very catchy, great riffing. Just a killer track as well. ‘Destroy what Destroys You’ is the most accessible song on here, but it is excellent nonetheless. The others fit with the rest of Kreator’s catalog. Nothing brand new, They stay in their comfort zone. Mid paced thrash with a solid foundation. Though they do thrash it up in spots pretty hard. Almost (very) Slayer-esque in the Guitar Solo’s and vocal delivery. especially on ‘Destroy…’ The 3-4 minute length of most songs makes them even more lethal. Not much room for the over-melodic stuff.
The reason for the 4 stars? The vocal! Very raw and at times annoying. Mille really gets to the bottom of his gut on this CD. I like it for the most part, but sometimes it just hits those notes that make you shriek! Uncomfortable almost. Sounds like he went for the ‘Tom Araya’ style with the yelling choruses. I will say I am curious as to why he opted to take this tone throughout 80% of this disc. Makes for a more difficult listen.
But I am a seasoned Kreator fan and other than the vocal, its an A+.
There is a lot of energy. The DVD is decent as well. Shows behind the scenes of the making of this CD. Just a bit tough to keep track of the subtitles! A great value for the price.. Don’t pass it up.