This album truly is a triumphant return for these German thrashers, Mille and the boys have been releasing very high quality European melodic thrash metal with absolutely no signs of slowing down. That’s nearly 25years of playing extreme no nonsense thrash-metal. Mille still sounds as pissed as a drunken hornet, and Hordes of Chaos is testament to exactly that. Hordes of Chaos represents what I’d call a seamless connection between the more melodic Kreator of this decade and the raw as hell Kreator of the 80’s and some from the early 90’s. The key is the way this awesome record was produced, this time around the boys used a producer (Moses Schneider) who had the band simply play the songs live in the studio as the foundation for the recording, giving Hordes of Chaos a very live and personal feel to the songs. What Millie said about the new album was that it was a 100% realistic reflection of Kreator’s live qualities, and I must say that I totally agree with every single word he’s said he’s a very wise dude . It works really, really well I mean thrash is supposed to be dirty, raw and unforgiving and not sound wussy and this album from start to finish will rip your face off with it’s raw aggression. But it’s obviously not just the production that’s amazing, Kreator has gotten back to the basics this time around and the songs are short, mean and mostly stripped of unneeded bells-and-whistles. As I mentioned earlier the melodic side of Kreator is certainly still there especially with songs like To the Afterborn, Demon Prince and portions of the title track, but the bursts are mostly shorter and certainly don’t stand in the way of the immensely vitriolic feel of the record.
The album is a mix of the old with some modern production work which has a live feel to the songs which brings out the best from them especially on Hordes of Chaos and my favorite Warcurse which is hurtled along at such speed by the great vocals of Millie Petrozza, it feels as if you were falling down a bottomless pit without even time to catch some breath!. This album is in a class of its own which shows why they are part of the infamous German thrash trio of SODOM and DESTRUCTION since there are other songs apart from just the two to enjoy banging your head to especially on the pounding Radical Resistance and Absolute Misanthropy and To The Afterborn whilst a short instrumental, leads into a riff frontal assault on Demon Prince. This is the most aggressive and catchy album Kreator have ever released since Extreme Aggression, at least for this reviewer. Hordes of Chaos is an absolute must-buy for Kreator fans and thrash fans alike, if your a Kreator fan then you should get this immediately, no questions asked!.