Hordes Of Chaos
13 January 2009
by Ryan Williams
The so-called thrash revival may have seen Metallica bringing metal back to the masses with stadium-filling ease last year but they’re not the only one doing it. German stalwarts Kreator may not be headlining arenas anywhere but Hordes Of Chaos delivers a more classic and raw-sounding package.
This might be because they recorded this, their twelfth album almost live on four-track analogue tape. Laid bare, with all their mistakes there for all to hear, there’s nowhere to hide. Clearly it takes a band of great pedigree to pull this off.
The galloping Maidenisms of the opening title track soon give way to the prevailing theme of the album – THRASH METAL. ‘Warcurse’, for instance, puts a lot of Slayer filler to shame but there’s much more to this album than simple aping.
Watch a trailer for the DVD of Kreator – Hordes Of Chaos
With its virtuoso musicianship (‘Escalation’) and Megadethy politico/war lyrics (‘Amok Run’) added to the careering compositions, swerving around with fantastic creativity, this album takes you on an unrefined journey within which you find something new on every listen.
This album not quite as definitive or as distinctive as anything from their peers, but taken as a gradual progression for the Teutonic titans, this cannot be beaten. Take note, Exodus, Megadeth and Anthrax because with a high early benchmark, this could be the thrash metal album for the legends to beat in 2009.
Kreator – Hordes Of Chaos tracklisting
Hordes of Chaos (A Necrologue for the Elite)
Destroy What Destroys You
To the Afterborn
Corpses of Liberty