KREATOR — Terrible Certainty (review)

KREATOR — Terrible Certainty album cover Album · 1987 · Thrash Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
Terrible Certainty is the 3rd full-length studio album by German thrash metal act Kreator. The album was released in October 1987 by Noise Records. Jörg Tritze has been added to the lineup as a second guitarist.

The music on the album is in the trademark Kreator thrash metal style. Aggressive and intense thrash metal tracks with frontman Mille Petrozza´s caustic vocal delivery in front. Drummer Ventor delivers his last vocal performance on a Kreator album on the track As the World Burns. Which is only for the better IMO. His raw barking vocal style isn´t nearly as rewarding as Mille Petrozza´s intense vocal delivery. Songs like Blind Faith, Storming With Menace, Behind the Mirror and especially the great Toxic Trace are excellent thrash metal tracks and while the raw nature of the tracks on Pleasure to Kill (1986) might appeal a great deal more to some people, I enjoy these tracks far more than the tracks on the more famous predecessor. The soloing is a bit underdeveloped and while it´s not as major problem, they could have been a bit more varied and also better played.

The production is raw and actually very cold. I kind of enjoy it though, but I´m sure it´s an aquired taste.

Listening to the album again after many years have actually left a positive impression on me. I remember I never really enjoyed Terrible Certainty much back when I started listening to Kreator. It was always the two albums that bookended the album that I found most interesting. I guess my taste has changed in the 20 years in between though because now I think most of Terrible Certainty is a great album. Somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4 star rating is warranted, but there are weaker points on the album ( I don´t enjoy the blatant Fight Fire With Fire staccato rip-off in the title track and Ventor´s vocal delivery on As the World Burns doesn´t do much for me either) so I´ll go with a 3.5 star rating. A great album though.
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