Kreator
Phantom Antichrist


3.5
great

Review

by lostforwords USER (36 Reviews)
August 27th, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Flags of Hate and Powerslaves

It seems pretty amazing that Kreator are still so popular among thrash fans, especially when you think of all the changes in direction they’ve been through over the years. From the extremity of Pleasure to Kill to the more complex Coma of Souls, from the industrial-influenced Renewal to the gothic tensions of Endorama and back to the old school thrash of Hordes of Chaos, Kreator always had an open mind towards the current trends in extreme music. This in fact proves how big they really are, given that even though with each change in direction a part of their fan base was naturally alienated, they still remain the most successful thrash band to come from Europe.

The new Kreator record is aware of the fact that today’s thrash acknowledges melody as an equally important ingredient as aggression. And even though they’ve used melodies extensively in the past, Kreator always did it in a way that accentuated their general poisonous vibe, competing even with Slayer in terms of bitterness and disharmony. For this record however, Mille admitted that he was influenced by classic metal acts such as Iron Maiden and this is evident throughout Phantom Antichrist, especially in the sections that involve twin guitars or acoustic breaks and intros.

This classic metal influence is in fact the most daring element in this record and, for better or for worse, that’ s what makes it different from the rest of their discography. Their trademark toxic riffing is here again, but it doesn’t dominate; there are multiple parts where Kreator’s unexpectedly gifted guitar duo, Mille Petrozza and Sami Yli-Simio lets itself loose and performs long melodic passages (in the form of instrumental sections, intros and choruses) before they explode with maniacal, hateful riffs. The result is quite interesting, but it doesn’t always pay off.

In songs like the title track, this interplay between aggression and melody delivers because it is restricted to the absolutely necessary. Death to The World delivers as well, but for the exact opposite reasons, since this song is typically venomous thrash until the end of the second chorus and then it gives way to very beautiful, long harmonized sections. Your Heaven in My Hell, Phantom Antichrist’s most adventurous track, is also one of the best cuts here and so is the highly energetic Victory Will Come. From Flood into Fire is a very pleasant surprise , with its slow, marching riff and the quasi-power metal chorus. Then again there are moments, like in Civilization Collapse or in Until our Paths Cross Again, where the equation aggression-melody is not well calculated; the one gets in the way of the other (and vice versa) and as a result, both the aforementioned tracks as well as United in Hate, ultimately sound totally ineffective. The fact that the combination “thrashy riffs for the verse/mellow guitars for the chorus” is used in the form of a recipe, makes these tracks sound also a bit too repetitive and uninspired. By the time the last track kicks in, you may have come to a point where you wish for more Mille going berserk the way he did in Hordes of Chaos.

Phantom Antichrist is by no means a step in the wrong direction. If anything it is very impressive initially because it is the first time the band sounds so rich and interesting musically. For their own good, Kreator never cease to experiment with new ideas and challenge themselves, and honestly, for the most part, they do it quite successfully. Having progressed technically, they’ve added dynamics to their music and refused to settle or play it safe. The fact that there are a few mishaps along the way only indicates that Kreator just haven’t mastered their new found style yet.



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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
August 27th 2012


1878 Comments


I've only listened to this album once, but when I was at Bloodstock festival waiting for each band to come on, the music video to 'Phantom Antichrist' was being played over and over again. Really good review as well.

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BodomThrashMachine
August 27th 2012


316 Comments


"old school thrash of Hordes of Chaos"

lol wtf are you smoking bro

other than that, good review. pos.

lostforwords
August 27th 2012


446 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"old school thrash of Hordes of Chaos"
lol wtf are you smoking bro

Why do you say that? Wasn't it old school? I felt it was their most aggressive stuff in years, I liked that it was recorded almost live (save for a few overdubs) it really made it old school.

Now I don't know I might be wrong

BodomThrashMachine
August 27th 2012


316 Comments


Enemy of god rapes Hordes... hard and it's not even funny. Hordes... is definitely where they started going melodic and it didn't work out as well as on this new record.

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
August 27th 2012


1790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent review man, pos from me.

I still haven't checked this out. I have it downloaded but I haven't given it a listen yet. Like most other 2012 thrash releases.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2012


6114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review, I agree with everything, pos.

"Victory Will Come" is the tits.....

This album lies right in the middle between a 3.5 and 4.0, really good stuff.



Some suggestions:

given that even though with each change in direction a part of their fan base was naturally alienated

despite the fact that each change in direction was disapproved by some of their die-hard fans.


pleasant surprise , with its slow,

fix the spacing around the coma.

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BlackLlama
August 27th 2012


1669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I was a big fan of Hordes as well, and I'm still listening to a few tracks of this one at least once or twice a week.

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KILL
August 27th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice review

GiaNXGX
August 27th 2012


4867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review

I never liked this for some reason, it had the energy but lacked the "punch" and most of the time I felt like listening to a clean vocals version of Amon Amarth instead of Kreator.

Titan
August 27th 2012


4884 Comments


nice review

phantom antichrist (the song) may be the best thrash song of '12

lostforwords
August 27th 2012


446 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Victory Will Come" is the tits.....

My favorite here is either Death to The World or My Heaven... (ζισ ιζ tras metal reeeee!!!!)

"I felt like listening to a clean vocals version of Amon Amarth instead of Kreator."

Haha, yeah, From Flood into Fire, epic metal FTW!!!

"phantom antichrist (the song) may be the best thrash song of '12"

I vote for Native Blood (you should make a list about that man!)

Thanks for the feedback guys!

lostforwords
September 24th 2012


446 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Love this album, but still not quite as good as Hordes Of Chaos. IMO, that is the best thing the band has done since COma

I too am obsessed with Hordes, so I fully understand you.

lostforwords
September 25th 2012


446 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a "no fuck around" thrash album

Like


InbredJed
October 21st 2012


5905 Comments


another great review, I somehow missed this band. shhhhhhhh

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