MetalBite Review by Alexi on 5/6/2005
In recent recordings, groups such as Dark Tranquillity
, Strapping Young Lad
have combined the best of aspects of their earlier music together with modern-day production and sound. This renaissance will continue throughout the year, as new releases from In Flames
are on the horizon. The end result is a new style of music which pleases fans of both old and new material.
’s latest effort, Enemy of God
, is at the center of this new movement. Their music combines elements of all eleven of the band’s previous releases. Songs such as, “World Anarchy” and “Murder Fantasies” pay homage not only to their early sound, but also to the German thrash movement – a scene Kreator helped form twenty years ago.
Enemy of God
gives the listener a taste of the unique sound Kreator perfected on their last record, Violent Revolution
. While songs such as the title track and “Dying Race Apocalypse” have very groovy parts to them, Kreator maintains the traditional heaviness only they can pull off. Mille Petrozza
’s vocals have come a long way since Violent Revolution
. Petrozza’s effective experiments with vocal harmonies in the song, “Voices of the Dead” are complimented by the complex guitar and clean drum work of Jürgen "Ventor" Reil
. Enemy of God
is almost a microcosm of the renaissance we are seeing in 2005.
If you are a fan of thrash metal, or heavy metal in general, you need to invest in this record. In twenty years we will be proudly cradling our beer bellies, trying to imagine what thrash was like before Enemy of God
Categorical Rating Breakdown
out of 10