I question somebody's credentials with thrash metal if you don't consider this one of the greatest albums in the genre, i'm sorry. This is a no-holds-barred masterpiece; unrelenting fury at insane speeds before dropping in a thrash break that is the musical equivilant of a spike slamming into your skull. Essential.
Just because this is their most influential does not make it their best-coma of souls and extreme and hordes raped this in every way but this really is a strong album with a lot of good songs that unfortunately seems to focus on playing as fast as possible without ever focussing on actual song craft. Its a shame as this really is good when it wants to be and Riot Of Violence shines and shows what this album should have been like all the way through. Still a marvelous thrash album and a great sophomore album that built off everything their debut did
Kreator are often hailed to be the best European metal band ever. Well thrash metal that is, I think Iron Maiden and Judas Priest have just a bit more on Kreator.
Well the album kicks of with the majestic opener track "Chior of the Damned" which is actually a really kool track in my mind. The melodic intro soon turns into the brutal "Ripping Corpse" which is my fav Kreator track. The vocals may not be they best but hey there's worse out there... a lot worse! One quick note is that the drumming on this album is fast, very fast and sometimes may sound like a mad gorilla is just beating the pulp out of the drum set that is not the case. The drumming is very good but the speed that is played gives the illusion of random noise. The next standout track is the title track. This is yet another brutal song and is done very well. I really like the middle where they slow the song down it give you a break from the blinding speed of the album. Last but not least is the mid tempo song "Riot of Violence" I use the mid tempo term loosely because it is still a fast song but compared to some of the other tracks it seems slow. The track is well crafted and the solos are amazing. This song really grabs your attention because it sounds like it's going to end many times during the song and you left wondering when it will end.
This is the second best extreme metal release of 1986 ( Reign in Blood is the best). If you can find this buy it you won't be dissapointed!