KREATOR — Enemy of God (review)

KREATOR — Enemy of God album cover Album · 2005 · Thrash Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
"Enemy of God" is the 11th full-length studio album by German thrash metal act Kreator. The album was released through Steamhammer/SPV in January 2005. "Violent Revolution (2001)" marked a return to a more "straight" thrash metal style for Kreator, who had spend most of the 90s experimenting with their sound. It turned out to be a career wise move as their popularity again rose to heights they hadn´t experienced for a number of years. Therefore it didn´t come as a surprise that the band milked the album and their new found popularity to the maximum, touring extensively and releasing both a live album and a DVD in 2003 ("Live Kreation") before starting work on a new album...

...and Kreator take no chances on "Enemy of God", which pretty much continues the same melodic oriented thrash metal style of "Violent Revolution (2001)". A music style with strong ties to their 1990 album "Coma of Souls". So in many ways "Enemy of God" is the sibling album to "Violent Revolution (2001)", and those who enjoyed the latter will pretty surely appreciate the former too. Stylistically the music is thrash metal with a great melodic sensibility which occassionally touches melodeath territory, but always sounds unmistakably like Kreator. The beat is steady mid- to fast-paced, the riffs are solid, the guitar solos/harmonies are well played and melodic, and Mille Petrozza sounds pretty much as raw and aggressive as ever. He does spice up his vocal performance with more melodic tinged parts than he did on the "classic" 80s albums though, and "Enemy of God" generally sounds like a mix of contemporary and more derivative influences.

Like it´s predecessor, "Enemy of God" features a powerful and detailed Andy Sneap production, which suits the music well. The 12 tracks on the 55:48 minutes long album are all well written, but it´s hard not to notice that there´s been virtually no development of sound and style since "Violent Revolution (2001)", and although it´s understandable that Kreator wanted to ride the wave of success which was initiated with that album, I can´t help feel that "Enemy of God" isn´t an album which exists on it´s own premise. It simply feels a bit formulaic and written this particular way because Kreator knew that this was the sound the fans wanted and expected from them. When that is said it´s still another high quality release by Kreator and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.
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