If you are a Kreator fan, then you should be aware of the hype surrounding this release. As promised by Mille, Violent Revolution would be a return to the Coma Of Souls era. Does it deliver? Hell yes! There is a nice balance of aggression and melody on Violent Revolution. I haven’t heard a thrash metal album this great in a long time. I personally like all of Kreator’s albums and have never been disappointed. It’s difficult to pick out specific tracks on this one because they are all killer and no filler.
In the sixteenth year of their career, Kreator continue to assert their long-standing position as spearheads of the German thrash metal scene. Kreator aren’t what you’d call a purely German phenomenon, they are a prime Teutonic export article with an impressive track record of over one million albums sold worldwide, their touring history includes seven tours in the US ! After a temporary foray into more melodic fields, band mastermind Mille Petroz and his recently restructured group present an up-dated version of their metallic origins on their new album Violent Revolution: thrash metal, forged with as much precision as you can get in 2001. The tracks on Violent Revolution sound like the album title: unyielding, rigorous, and powerful.
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The year of 2001 is a year of comebacks of sorts. Speaking of KREATOR who stayed in the scene throughout metal-unfriendly 90s, this album marks the return to their late 80s roots. But, instead of the half-hearted imitation of the past days’ glory, KREATOR put out a solid piece of work which will satisfy a hunger for quality thrash in any fan of the genre. When speaking of the return to their roots, Mille Petrozza and Co. meant it – the album sounds alot like their immortal classic “Coma of Souls”. Still, it’s not a “Coma of Souls-2″, although the similarities are obvious. The album relies more on heavier rhythms, and the guitar solos do not stick out of the mix but rather interwoven into the rhythm guitar context (this is where I miss Frank Godzik, although the guitar work here is superb and is head and shoulders above that of the recent retro-thrash bands), the album is a bit less speedy than their output from the decade ago, but still a full gear ahead of two previous records. Songwrighting is top notch, the songs are consistent in quality but flow without sounding sameish. My favourites here are “Reconquering the Throne”, “Ghetto War” (which strangely reminds of Renewal), “Replicas of Life”. Mille’s vocal sounds as if the whole 90s decade has never happened, with one or two exceptions (a clean part in one song and industralized passage in “Ghetto War”). The album is solid and flows smoothly from start to finish. My only gripe here is the production which is too clean. I would like to hear sharper guitar sound (but not to the degree of Abyss studio) and more emphasis on drums; but these are quite minor complaints which are not enough to rob this album of 5-star rating.
I’ve been a huge Kreator fan for a long time. Since “Pleasure to Kill” was their newest album. And I love most of their albuns with the exeption of “Renewall” which is good but not great. I am one of the few Kreator fans to have really enjoyed “Endorama”. However I could not help feeling really thrilled when I put this album in my CD player. KREATOR IS BACK WITH A VENGENCE !!!!!! It’s Kreator doing what they always did best, being agressive. Mille’s vocals still sound just like what they did in Extreme Agression or Comma of Souls, Ventor shows why he should never have left in the first place and he pounds his drums with amazing speed and skill. The guitar work is impecable and Kreator’s trade mark catchie riffs are everywhere. An instant classic, and a must have for any one who is a Thrash fan. You will not be able to keep your head still.
This is an absolute must for any Kreator fan. It’s just like the good old days. True thrash like some of their older albums. Everything I’ve heard by Kreator I like some more than others, this up there with my favorites Terrible Certainty, Extreme Aggression. Check out their new one too(Enemy of God) its just as good as Violent Revolution. Mille is still pissed off at the world and still very aggressive. If you are a true thrash fan you will not be dissapointed in this album, especially if you are a Kreator fan.
After how long they have been around how can they possibly find it within themselves to put out something this good? If you are a thrash metal fan BUY THIS. Topical, angry (surprise), pointed lyrics along with engaging (not worn out) jackhammer riffs. Just when I think metal is out of new riffs this comes along. The guitar leads are crisp, melodic. I’m not a fan of melodic metal but the leads are an interesting change on the powerful rhythms. And it is just one pounding song after another – and without sounding alike. The songs are not boring (like, oh, I’ve heard this a thousand times); quite the opposite. Each one grabs your attention. An outstanding thrash metal cd. I am SO glad I trusted the other reviewers and bought this one. CHEERS!