KREATOR — Phantom Antichrist

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4.00 | 27 ratings | 3 reviews
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Album · 2012

Filed under Thrash Metal
By KREATOR

Tracklist

1. Mars Mantra (1:18)
2. Phantom Antichrist (4:31)
3. Death to the World (4:53)
4. From Flood into Fire (5:26)
5. Civilization Collapse (4:13)
6. United in Hate (4:31)
7. The Few, the Proud, the Broken (4:37)
8. Your Heaven, My Hell (5:53)
9. Victory Will Come (4:14)
10. Until Our Paths Cross Again (5:49)

Total Time 45:25

Line-up/Musicians

- Miland "Mille" Petrozza / Vocals, Guitar
- Sami Yli-Sirniö / Guitar
- Christian "Speesy" Giesler / Bass
- Jürgen "Ventor" Reil / Drums

About this release

Release date: June 1, 2012
Label: Nuclear Blast Records.

Limited edition contains alternate artwork and a bonus DVD with a "making of" documentary on the album and footage from Wacken Open Air 2008 and 2011.

Thanks to Diogenes for the addition and diamondblack for the updates

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Warthur
Kreator deliver a hard, aggressive brace of Satanic thrash metal tracks on Phantom Antichrist. Clearly not content to rest on their laurels, Kreator sound just as enthusiastic for their art as they did back in the 1980s, as though their hunger for creative breakthroughs and critical success has never abated. It's unusual for a band who've played this long and enjoyed the high profile and success that Kreator have to still retain this level of enthusiasm, and Phantom Antichrist benefits from it magnificently. With their sound continuing to evolve, Kreator make a powerful case that they remain a band to watch.
UMUR
"Phantom Antichrist" is the 13th full-length studio album by German thrash metal act Kreator. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in June 2012. When the arguably most successful part of the unholy teutonic triumvirate (read: Kreator, Sodom, Destruction) release a new album it always creates quite the stir. Kreator are a highly respected band both among critics and fans, which has been especially evident after the return to their thrash metal roots with "Violent Revolution" in 2001. If the more experimental albums of the nineties seriously challenged their position, "Violent Revolution (2001)" and every album released since have received praise and have ultimately restored Kreator´s reputation as the leading German thrash metal act.

..."Phantom Antichrist" doesn´t do anything to challenge that position either as the music on the album pretty much follows the same formula that was initiated on "Violent Revolution". A return to the speedy thrash metal riffing of the eighties but with a more melodic almost melodeath like approach. In other words a mature form of thrash metal, that while it certainly is aggressive and hard edged, is also varied and as mentioned melodic. Tracks like "From Flood into Fire" and "Until Our Paths Cross Again" show the more varied "mature" songwriting that Kreator are also capable of while tracks like "Civilazation Collapse" and the title track are full throttle yet sophisticated thrash metal like we expect from the band. I´m well entertained throughout the whole album though, so we´re talking high quality all the way.

Lead vocalist/guitarist Miland "Mille" Petrozza almost exclusively sings using his characteristic sneering raw voice, but there are a few excursions into clean vocal territory on the album too.

The sound production is powerful, the musicianship is solid and at moments even excellent (take a listen to the skillfully played and melodic guitar solos by Sami Yli-Sirniö) and the songwriting strong and varied. In terms of standing out in the discography, I wouldn´t say "Phantom Antichrist" is a revelation of the band´s signature sound but rather a continuation of the style of the last couple of albums. Probably to the great joy of most fans of the band. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.
Diogenes
Like clockwork, German thrash metal kings Kreator are back with another slab of Teutonic metal for the masses. While their latest album, Phantom Antichrist, breaks a streak of album covers with malignant and disfigured faces on them (sort of; the dude’s pretty ugly, but it’s not an extreme close-up), the music features no such dip in quality. Of course it’s good!

Phantom Antichrist continues to develop the well-balanced, clean, and melodic thrash metal sound Kreator first adopted on their 2001 “revival” album, Violent Revolution. While there isn’t anything as melodic as, say, “To the After Burn,” Phantom Antichrist is not short on slick guitar harmonies, and they’re beautifully blended with the band’s trademark aggression and Mille Petrozza’s raspy vocals to form the modern Kreator style we know and love. Indeed, if you’ve heard the band’s past few efforts, there’s probably not much on this album that will surprise you, but that tends to fall by the wayside when the music is as tight and well-produced as it is here.

Frontman Petrozza has mentioned that Kreator went into the writing of Phantom Antichrist wanting to make their greatest album ever; while their landmark albums of the ‘80s will probably never be topped, it’s obvious that a lot of effort went into this. The transitions within the songs are absolutely sublime, as tracks like “Civilization Collapse” and “Until Our Paths Cross Again” trade melody for aggression so seamlessly that you actually have to, you know, pay attention to the music! There’s also a definite sense of urgency in the band’s playing, almost as if they know it’s their last album or that the world is ending this December (who actually believes this?) and they want to put one more solid notch in the thrash totem before they go out. This, again, goes back to the care put into Phantom Antichrist; just listen to the climax of “The Few, The Proud, The Broken” and tell me you don’t just feel every note in that anthemic guitar lead. Kreator have never been a band to mail in a performance (even when they didn’t really know what they wanted to play in the ‘90s), so this isn’t necessarily anything new, but they really hit the songwriting nail on the head this time around. The only thing on this album that I could definitely do without is the addition of clean vocals; for all his greatness as a harsh vocalist, Petrozza ain’t that good of a singer (at least, not anymore-who knows if he could have pulled it off 15 years ago), and the way they’re used seems awfully In Flames-ish. Please, keep the mumbling out of my thrash metal!

Thirteen albums into their career, Kreator shows that they can still bring it with the same intensity as their peers, even after going through enough sonic changes to put most other bands down for the count. I’d be lying if I said Phantom Antichrist is anything groundbreaking or surprising, but at the same time, it’s highly professional and executed well enough to appeal to almost anyone with ears. It should shock no one that this album is recommended, and will probably go down as one of the top thrash releases of the year.



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