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Hordes Of Chaos
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2009
I've been following Kreator ever since Terrible Certainty and have always been seduced by the passion Mille Petrozza and his cohorts have put across in each release. Mille - like Machine Head's Rob Flynn - is first and foremost a metal fan as well as a musician. He lives, breathes, sleeps and eats metal. This release is full of the usual conviction and intensity but also has more 'hooks' or catchy melodies than its predecessor Enemy of God. This is no Opeth or Agalloch. Progressive is not a common word in Kreator circles, although the terrific Outcast and Endorama albums show that Kreator can dabble in the subtle and melancholic if it chooses to. But this release absolutely smacks of freshness and virtuosity and will make you want to bounce off walls when you hear it. Well it does for me and I'm a 38 year old father of two. So there. This is probably their strongest album since Extreme Agression and for those of you enjoying the current thrash revival, this will remind you what we've been missing all these years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2009
It is well recorded, and was recorded more or less 'Live' as portrayed in the DVD, with all the musicians playing the base of the songs together. It isn't nearly as crisp and clear as 'Enemy of God'. But it works. It sounds a little looser and I will say the riffs are nothing new, but very well executed. I love this bands sound, especially in the 'Extreme Aggression' , 'Coma of Souls' era. Therefore, the sound on this disc is to my liking as well as the flow of the disc. Has a good punch.

The tracks themselves line up well with 'Enemy of God'.. If you like Kreator overall you will like this CD. Nothing you haven't come to expect. The best tracks are 'War Curse' and 'Absolute Misanthropy'. Contagious riffs. 'Escalation' is very catchy, great riffing. Just a killer track as well. 'Destroy what Destroys You' is the most accessible song on here, but it is excellent nonetheless. The others fit with the rest of Kreator's catalog. Nothing brand new, They stay in their comfort zone. Mid paced thrash with a solid foundation. Though they do thrash it up in spots pretty hard. Almost (very) Slayer-esque in the Guitar Solo's and vocal delivery. especially on 'Destroy...' The 3-4 minute length of most songs makes them even more lethal. Not much room for the over-melodic stuff.

The reason for the 4 stars? The vocal! Very raw and at times annoying. Mille really gets to the bottom of his gut on this CD. I like it for the most part, but sometimes it just hits those notes that make you shriek! Uncomfortable almost. Sounds like he went for the 'Tom Araya' style with the yelling choruses. I will say I am curious as to why he opted to take this tone throughout 80% of this disc. Makes for a more difficult listen.

But I am a seasoned Kreator fan and other than the vocal, its an A+.
There is a lot of energy. The DVD is decent as well. Shows behind the scenes of the making of this CD. Just a bit tough to keep track of the subtitles! A great value for the price.. Don't pass it up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2009
If you're reading this, you're a Kreator fan. If you're a Kreator fan you most likely enjoyed their last release "Enemy of God" and classics like "Coma of Souls" and "Terrible Certainty." If you like those, you'll like "Hordes of Chaos."
This is traditional thrash metal, from a band that was there in the beginning. The fact that this CD was recorded as a band, and not one track at a time comes through as a more raw, powerful sound.
Mille's voice is the same and the riffs are all killer.
As for the DVD, it's pretty cool. Nothing ground-breaking, but it gives you a snippet (the "making of..." DVD is about 20 minutes long) of what the band is like behind the music. The end of the DVD is, however, the coolest.... but that's cause an internet posting I made on [..]about the band is shown. How sweet is that!
Again, if you like Kreator.... buy this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2010
Kreator's Hordes of Chaos is a masterpiece. It's as simple as that. As soon as the intro to the title track concludes 43 seconds into the song, Sami's riffing will take you. When Mille opens his mouth a few seconds later, you're gone.

More speedy riffs follow and lead right into an extremely catchy chorus, eventually culminating in the chilling "everyone against everyone against everyone" team scream at the end of the song. This impressive track includes some of the best lyrics on the album, and I wouldn't be surprised if it remains a live staple for years to come. It ends on the same mellower riff with which it began, but don't relax yet. "Hordes of Chaos" gives way to Ventor's hammering of the bass drums. Another rapid riff follows, and before you know it Mille is shrieking "Warcurse" into your ears. "Escalation" takes over where "Warcurse" leaves off and leads into the eerie intro of "Amok Run." Mille attempts to sing over the intro, reminiscent of his vocals in the middle of "The Ancient Plague" on Enemy of God. The song gradually builds itself up into the most intense on the album. During the chorus it is IMPOSSIBLE not to thrash. I've yet to listen to this song without kicking something over.

Following a slower, more melodic outro to "Amok Run" (but still with Mille yelling), Kreator hammers the listener with the brutality of "Destroy What Destroys You," another track I can definitely see them playing live for the next decade. Next up is "Radical Resistance" and "Absolute Misanthropy," the two weakest tracks on the album, but still swift thrashers that fit in nicely. "To the Afterborn" slows things down a little bit. It makes up for speed and brutality with a chilling chorus and some scattered shrieking by Mille. "To the Afterborn" spills over into "Corpses of Liberty," a dark instrumental clocking in at just under a minute. It acts as a fine segway into "Demon Prince," which is a solid closer comprising a handful of melodic riffs and an equal number of fast ones. The chorus, again, is extremely catchy.

While the album only contains ten tracks and clocks in at just under 40 minutes, I can't say I felt like it should have been longer. Kreator keeps things moving quickly (and brutally) on Hordes, but they also slow it down in all the right places. As other reviewers have already pointed out, there are many more melodic riffs and hooks utilized here than on previous releases, but they don't take away from the music at all. Instead, they complement the faster, meatier portion of each song excellently.

Hordes also feels very natural. This can be attributed not only to the refinement of each track musically, but to the recording of each instrument simultaneously as opposed to individually (I LOVE when bands do this). The lyrics are solid, as I've come to expect from Kreator, and Mille's vocals are still devastating. While some fans have voiced complaints about his more high-pitched approach on this album (mainly, the screaming/shrieking), I prefer it to his traditional style. It helps keeps things fresh and adds to the intensity of each track.

Of Kreator's three "return to form" albums, Hordes is easily my favorite, surpassing both "Violent Revolution" and "Enemy of God." For any skeptical Kreator fans, hear me now: The critics are wrong. Hordes is pure gold. Don't miss out on a good ass-kicking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2009
If you, the reader, check out my other reviews, you'll see I'm primarily a metal head, but I delve into lots of different stuff. Hence, I can be a Johnny-come-lately in discovering bands, because nobody my age (48) listens to the heavy stuff, so I'm a lone pioneer.
Why, then, would one still love the heaviness that is Kreator, when some would think it's time to tone it down a bit? Well, because ever since I was a young pup, I've loved hard music, starting with KISS and Aerosmith's "Rocks" and going from there. Bear in mind that in the late 1970's this was very heavy stuff, along with Black Sabbath and Zeppelin.
I play guitar, and I love the instrument and its amazing versatility. With metal in all its variety, you get power, enthusiasm and chops. It still gets my blood pumping. I stumbled on Kreator from a sample CD from Britain's "Metal Hammer" magazine, and bought "Hordes of Chaos" as a cut from that CD was included, and they stood out over the rest of the samples.
Some call this pure thrash, hybrid death/thrash, or whatever. What I hear is a band that sonically is in the same league as Exodus, as fine a purveyor of thrash as there is, and my favorite thrash band, easily out-doing Metallica. So, while not an Exodus derivative, the slashing guitars, the pounding drums and requisite wounded puma vocals make for a great headbanging session.
I don't usually break down each cut, as I tend to view the CD as an overall package. That said, I find the only real fault is the brevity of the CD, at just 38 minutes. I could easily dig an hour's worth of this prime assault. Time to check out some of their other stuff (and I did get the seminal "Pleasure To Kill", which is sonically innovating, but suffers from a poor production). Us old farts gotta keep the blood pressure up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Kreator have really outdone themselves this time, with `Hordes of Chaos,f the German Thrash legends have taken everything that made `Violent Revolution,f and `Enemy of God,f so good, and put it together to form one of the best metal albums of the decade.
Combining a return to roots Thrash Sound with hints of Gothenburg and the odd trace of Metalcore Kreator hit out with riff after riff of breakneck speeds, pounding grooves and dreamy melodic moments, with dual guitar harmonies thatfd put Iron Maiden to shame giving way to all out Thrash metal riffing with catchy double kick drum patterns underneath at a momentfs notice.
The sound is ferocious, heavy at all the right places, clear and crisp when necessary and Millefs voice sounds the best it ever has. Combine this with amazingly catchy choruses like those of title track `Hordes of Chaos,f or `Radical Resistance,f and Kreator are really on to a winner.
Standout tracks like `Amok Run,f and `To The Afterborn,f rival classic era tracks in terms of quality and even outdo them in a number of areas.
`Hordes of Chaos,f feels important, it doesnft feel like just another album, I can easily see people listening to it ten years from and now calling it a classic. It may be a much overused expression but I honestly believe that `Hordes of Chaos,f is genuinely the best thing the band have released since their 1980s heyday.
The special edition comes in a very elaborate fold out package with a DVD which goes into the background of the album, its not exactly essential stuff but its nowhere near the worst making of DVD Ifve ever seen.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2009
2.5 Stars

Shockingly inferior to the nearly *perfect* (there's literally nothing that can be criticized) "Enemy of God," probably the best thrash album since the 1980's, "Hordes of Chaos" is basically nothing more than rehashed, "chaotic" riffs thrown together that accomplish very little in the way of melody, structure, or harmony, and unfortunately there's not a whole lot more than can be said about it. It simply sounds like a warmed over retooling of their earlier work, subtracting any songwriting effort while "adding" vocals the poor quality of which Kreator has never before managed, and there isn't a single track on the album I remember after giving it three listens (and you're not going to find them memorable, either, no matter how hard you try). Additionally, the "live" studio production (basically a gimmick to add an incentive to these very unworthy tracks) does very little to aid the "image" the album is trying to present (apparently, it's supposed to be an "attack," the intention of which I still can't decipher), and simply masks the obvious fact that the band didn't put a trace of effort into the songwriting (in comparison to "Enemy of God," one wonders whether or not these tracks were even "written" by the same people). There's simply nothing on this album that's going to grab your attention, and you'll be rolling your eyes at its banality by the fourth track. Boring, rehashed riff meets boring, rehashed riff, and this goes on and on until it's over, after a measly thirty minutes (give or take), and by the end, you'll simply be *stunned* that it was produced by the same incredible band that created "Enemy of God." I don't know what went wrong, or why they devoted such little effort to the songwriting process this time around, but there's little excuse for it, given that it's been four years since their last album (which was released five years after "Violent Revolution," and the extra time, in that case, was highly beneficial, as the band was able to construct twelve standout tracks and compile them into "Enemy of God" (any one of which is far superior to anything on "Hordes of Chaos")).

Ultimately, I doubt that even diehard fans (minus the very small percentage that will inevitably chime in here) of this band will find anything here that validates their devotion to the group (*publicly* defend it as they might (though actually not listening to it more than once or twice)), and will likely find this to be one of the band's least impacting albums (and I'd be surprised if anyone listens to it more than two or three times before forgetting about it entirely). That said, it's probably near par with the average modern thrash album (garbage), but below par for the band, especially after their (again) phenomenal prior release (which completely, single-handedly reestablished thrash as *the* superior sub-genre of metal). We knew that matching "Enemy of God" would prove to be impossible, but the bottom line, again, is that much more effort could have put into the songwriting on this release, and I've got to state that this album isn't merely a letdown, but an insult to their finally-proven talent. My advice to Amazonian metal-heads: forget this album, and buy Kreator's 2005 masterpiece if you don't already own it...it's a truly brilliant album that *must* be acknowledged as such by any true thrash devotee.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2009
After two successful albums, the trend continues with Kreator's newest release Hordes Of Chaos. Rather than rely on Andy Sneap (who helmed their last two albums, as well as a few live releases), the album was produced by Moses Schneider (Beatsteaks, and Tocotronic), and mixed by Colin Richardson (Machine Head, Trivium, Overkill). The entire album was recorded live on a 4-track analog tape recorder for a totally organic sound. This may be a turn-off for those who prefer the clarity of Violent Revolution and Enemy Of God, but they used the same techniques when they recorded Pleasure To Kill in 1986. The results pretty much speak for themselves. It's raw, energetic, and pissed off. If you're new to Kreator, this isn't a bad album to start with. Also check out Violent Revolution, Enemy Of God, and Coma Of Souls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Kreator has come a long way from their early days. I liked their progression, particularly through the Outcast/Endorama era, with Tommy Vetterli(Coroner) on guitar. They've gone back to the Extreme Aggression/Coma of Souls style since pretty much. The last 3 cds are relatively similar. I probably like Violent Revolution best of those. Petrozza continues to do solid work, its well worth having.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2009
Kreator said some time ago that they wanted to make a record that was more brutal, a-punch-in-the-face kinda record. This album does not disappoint, clocking in around 38.4 minutes...this is Kreator at its best! Enemy of God was a high standard achievement but this record doesn't fall short of that. Best song on the album, "To The After Burn".
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