This album is raw, catchy, fast, furious, more raw than the album after “Extreme Aggression” Mille’s bark on this one is frightning, and rules, theres not much to say about this one, every song is a keeper, not one bad tune, 36 minutes of pure mayhem, buy it!
Hailed as the best Metal Album of 2007 by journalists and fans alike. The Blackening Special Edition features rare bonus tracks, over 2 hours of live performances spanning the globe, music videos, the making of each video, the making of The Blackening , expanded artwork and more.
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“Terrible Certainty” is a landmark thrash metal cd. A death-defying display of speed, anger and adrenaline, Kreator’s savage style was indicative of the new breed of thrash bands coming out of Germany (i.e Destruction, Sodom). The disc starts off with the thrash masterpiece “Blind Faith” and rips along with a frightening intensity and establishes a new level of malevolence matched only by Slayer’s “Reign In Blood”. If there is one drawback to this ferocious disc is the production. It severely weakens the disc in overall power, but the band manages to rise above it with their sheer rage and destructive velocity. “Toxic Trace”, “Behind The Mirror”, “One Of US” and the moshpit classic “As The World Burns”, obliterate with riff after riff of blazing ferocity. Kreator’s next cd’s were more restrained, more accessible and better produced, but the fire power they display here, makes this their best work ever. One of the 10 Best Thrash Metal albums of all time. BUY OR DIE!!!
Kreator’s early beginnings showed the band as a reckless musical unit, inspired by dark groups like Venom and Mercyful Fate, and heavy fast rock acts like Motorhead. their first few albums were crude, but showed a great technical skill and a flair for writing some pretty cool riffs. well, one listen to Terrible Certainty and it becomes perfectly clear why this band has earned it’s place in the pantheon of classic thrash! this album is full of non-stop blistering songs that attack the listener with calculated speed and plenty of whiplash tempo changes. the vocals sound fierce and fit the flow of the speed perfectly. the band sounds tighter than ever before and the production is great! the guitar solos are still kind of raw and don’t always add the kind of depth and melodic drama that most of their American contemporaries would pull off; but the Terrible Certainty solos sound a little bit better than on past albums. one thing i have also always loved about this album is the creepy cover art, showing two rows of skeletal religious figures along a bridge that leads to a towering demon figure with glaring eyes. awesome concept and this cover was the main reason why i bought this album in the first place (well…it was a cassette tape when i first bought this back in the day). this was actually the first Kreator album i ever bought and it remains my favorite to this day. a totally essential and monumentally inspiring thrash album of very high calibur!
I’d never heard of Kreator when I bought “TC” in 1989. Hell, I liked the jacket artwork. A couple spins of the vinyl was all it took to make me a devote to this day. This is a non-stop procession of speed, skill and unbridled metal prowess, withering anything by hair bands of that era ie. “Poison”, “Def Leppard” (yawn), etc. Kreator’s driving, menacing product paints an intricate picture across a canvas of civil unrest, environmental disaster and political corruption. Listen to “Toxic Trace” and I dare you not to bang your head. Go deeper into “No Escape” and “One of Us” and you may be ready for a fist-fight. The record never lets up with its angular guitar progressions, thundering, fluttering kick-drumming and Mille Petroza’s harsh, spitting vocals. If thrash and thunder are your bag, you can not go wrong here. A defining moment in thrash/speed.
After destroying eardrums worldwide with Endless Pain and Pleasure to Kill, Kreator unleashed Terrible Certainity, a record which quite possibly is Germany’s quintessential thrashterpiece. All elements are represented here… chaotic drumming, precise riffage, apocalyptic lyrics and Mille’s razorblade vocal delivery… not to mention great cover art and excellent songwriting.Much more refined and smoothed over than previous releases, Terrible Certainity still remains caustic, with songs like Storming With Menace and the title track thrashing hard enough to rip any wayward metalhead a new one. The fretwork is technical without being pretentious and every song is a keeper. Basically this album sums up what late 80s thrash is all about and belongs in any professed metalhead’s collectin.