MetalBite Review by Adam M on 4/28/2017 11:40:46 AM
Kreator employs a thrash attack of vast proportions on Gods of Violence. What is neat about this recording is that it balances aggression and melody nicely. There is the harsh aspect that brings to mind the teutonic thrash genre. But then there is also a melodic aspect that brings to mind the best in the melodic death metal genre.
As such, I believe the band has evolved nicely and is keen on making their new album as powerful as possible. The songs often alternate between the harsher segments and moments of harmonious bliss. The album is thus nicely balanced. Make no mistake, however, when the album wants to shred it is perfectly capable of doing so. The first real song on the disc World War Now blasts out of the gates for example and brings a vicious attack presence to the disc. There are a large number of moments that bring the aggression in a similar fashion. The nice aspect of this disc is its injection of melody to other portions. It makes for an album that has more depth than a typical thrash release. It also elevates this disc to the top of the heap for the 2017 thrash releases thus far. The musical performances are all solid. Nice guitar riffing complements the solid drumming performance. The vocals are rough, but fit the jagged edges of the guitar riffs nicely. The problem with the disc lies in the fact that it really provides nothing new. The music has been traversed in both the thrash and melodic death metal genres and it is very similar to albums already present there.
Other than this minor issue, Gods of Violence really is a rousing affair. Thrash fans need take notice and pick up this album at all costs.
Rating: 8 out of 10