Cause for Conflict



by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
December 19th, 2006 | 21 replies

Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

A band that had an affect on the death-metal genre and was a huge inspiration source other metal bands as well, Kreator is one of the legendary thrash-trio from Germany which also included Sodom and Destruction. They made themselves huge by releasing their raw straight-ahead thrash blast called Pleasure To Kill, and with time the band would become a more lighter but very technical, aggressive and advancing thrash-metal band. But after their release of Coma Of Souls the band really fell into a swamp of failure. Some people will still look at their career and say that it was flawless but if you have heard all of Kreator's albums and if you are a metal-fanatic you will notice that there were some huge and critical flaws during a period of time. All albums after Coma Of Souls and Violent Revolution were a hard time for the front man Mille Petrozza, because while the band was moving on great with their very aggressive and technical thrash but then Mille started to experiment with their sound. Renewal is one of the best examples of Mille's attempts to broaden their sound, because instead of raw thrash it had more industrial elements in it. The rest did have some thrash, but it couldn't take back the fans that left the band because of Mille's experimenting. Luckily, the band returned to their past and succeeded to create a fusion between their old frenetic thrash sounded, the band's technical abilities and some of the left overs from the experimental period, making Violent Revolution to one of their best albums and Enemy Of God being an accomplished follow-up. Kreator still reigns alongside with Sodom and Destruction in this current day and all of them are releasing high-quality and refreshed thrash-metal.

Renewal may be industrial metal plagued, but it is not the most hated or disliked album in Kreator's career. Cause For Conflict was released in 1995 and is to be considered as their most disliked album according to the fans among others. Totally understandable, as some of you might have heard of the "Chaos Theory", a theory that explains that even in chaos there is a certain order. This album could've been compared to the Chaos Theory but this is more like disorder in chaos. Thrash-metal is the main course in this album but it is horribly disjointed, and there are many things that really turns off the listener. Some songs have something that I like to call "Invocator fever", as Invocator is a retro-thrash band from Denmark and they played a strange style of thrash. There were lots of standard riffing, lack of lead work and the drumming didn't fit the songs, and Kreator happens to have that problem on this album. Kreator does not live up to their reputation in this album, with some songs having an overload of speed while others have problems with the guitar work. Mille's vocals are also a factor that disturbs the songs, as usually he sings with a slight sinister and aggressive scream, but on this album he basically just hollering which feels quite out of place compared to his other vocal performances. Kreator often uses lyrics based on religious themes, hatred, violence and terrorist based lyrics, and that might be one of few things that actually works for this album. There are though some nice moments that would please the ear of a thrash-metal fan. Sculpture Of Regret and Lost would be a couple of candidates worthy to be called successes in this album. Lost appears to have a some sort of rip-off in the riffing though, as it sounds like Metallica'sDisposable Heroes. Men Without God would also be a worthy successor, as it is a quite straight-ahead thrash-blast but its intensive and rushed moments still makes it a bit un-attractive.

There are no ways in the name of possibility that this album could stand up against their other albums. Like Invocator, Kreator tends to use lots of ordinary riffing that has already been used, and they also tend to use huge amounts of double bass kicking to save the songs from belly flops. There were many things that bothered me, such as Mille's vocals, the guitar work, the drum work; everything on this album felt so rushed and too wound up. One thing I slightly liked was that I think I have never experienced so much bass frequency in a Kreator album before. But I still can't enjoy it because of the uninteresting guitars with Mille's annoying vocals. To be honest with you I have only two songs here that I feel brings back their past in such shape that they could be called as thrash-metal songs, but where is the technical and innovate guitar work!" Mille Petrozza is indeed a skilled guitarist but this performance does not cut it, as most riffs are basically recycled and most of the guitar solos are short, still chaotic but nothing groundbreaking. And what's up with the drums"! Most drum sections don't really fit in the songs, but people who love lots of double bass kicking might be pleased by this album but for listeners like myself, it was just too much.

I don't want to say this but this was the worst Kreator album I have heard yet, as everything felt so rushed and there were very few songs that I enjoyed. Usually you hope to experience some progression and stuff like that when you listen to a new album from an artist or band that has technical skills and can deliver difficult and advanced music, and while Kreator still shows the listener that they can deliver precise music in Cause For Conflict, there are still too much flaws in this album. I will not recommend this album, as this is an album that you have to decide yourself if you want to hear it or not. If want a experience the real spirit of Kreator I suggest that you look for albums like Coma Of Souls, Extreme Aggression or Violent Revolution.

+ At least it sounds like thrash-metal
+ There is after all a bit aggression in this album

- The overall material feels so horribly rushed
- To much double bass drumming
- Few catchy moments
- Mille's loud hollering is a real turn off
- Everything feels so recycled, nothing ground breaking from this album

Recommended Tracks
-- Sculpture Of Regret
-- Lost

This album will receive a poor 2/5

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December 19th 2006


Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, the riffage on this album isn't that spectacular. Sculpture of Regret is really cool though.

Invocator actually isn't "retro-thrash" though. I have an album of their's from '91, which is when thrash started dying.

south_of_heaven 11
December 19th 2006


Good review Deth. This sounds horrible, though....

December 20th 2006


Album Rating: 2.0

Invocator isn't retro-thrash? I thought they were, I also saw somewhere that the band was labled as a retro-thrash band. Guess I made a small mistake there.

I don't know if you have heard ''Violent Revolution'' South but you should check that album out, I have been digging it for a long time now and it sounds awesome.

January 26th 2007


Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty awesome review. Vote yes.

Can't say I'm interested for anything trash though...

May 3rd 2007


Album Rating: 3.5


Renewal is crap....1/5

Cause of Conflict....3.5/5 --was way underrated (UPDATED)


All the other albums are very good

good review, pos vote

February 14th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

I quite enjoyed this album. Solid as.

June 8th 2009


Album Rating: 3.0

Just got this album the other day and it is right on "okay" in my opinion. Some good songs, some forgettable songs and a good ending track that fades out with one of the most disturbing outro's I have ever heard.

June 8th 2009


I almost bought this earlier but I past it up for SWWAATS new cd, guess I'm better off without getting this one at all, I love Kreator though.

June 8th 2009


Album Rating: 3.0

It's definitely quite an unoriginal album. However, it has its Thrash goodness at time, which I enjoyed. Still, that's not enough to warrant a great rating.

June 8th 2009


wow there's too much bolding. Pleasure to Kill is still one of my favorite thrash albums

August 31st 2010


kreators mid-period stuff really isnt that bad. its better than most big thrash bands bad periods anyway

August 31st 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

true, i think sodom had the best stuff in the mid 90s

August 31st 2010


the only 90s sodom ive heard is Better Off Dead (ok) and Tapping The Vein (slays). gonna get the rest

March 14th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

Re-listening session of the old Kreator album.

This one is better than i remembered.

Rating higher, from 2 to 3.

Renewal album is still rated very low at 1.5 and it will stay very low because its an horrid music album by an excellent band.

March 14th 2013


This was the thread, damn

Digging: Azusa - Heavy Yoke

March 14th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

This is funny...and also ,maybe, it shows my old 47 years slow dataprocess age weird-threading pattern.


Have a cool evening.

January 18th 2016


Album Rating: 2.5

Drumming on this album is probably the band's most fearsome in their whole career, even if the album itself is a bit bland.

November 23rd 2017


Fuck prevail goes hard
Loving the drum sound on here

November 23rd 2017


Album Rating: 4.0

Hearing it again after a while. Drumming is faster and more chaotic compared to Renewal, and Ventor wasn't even here. Too much double bass.

Prevail and Bomb Threat really kill.

April 29th 2018


Album Rating: 4.0

Maaaaan State Oppression is such a jam.

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