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.