Kreator
Outcast


4.0
excellent

Review

by skeletorissatan USER (142 Reviews)
August 29th, 2012 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hugely Misunderstood

Kreator's legacy is not one to be sniffed at. This is the band that's discography includes the mighty Pleasure To Kill, Coma Of Souls, Hordes Of Chaos, Terrible Certainty, amongst others. However, this is also a band that fell into obscurity with gothic and industrial metal albums during the 1990's, including the album I am reviewing currently, Outcast. Outcast, in my opinion, is a hugely misunderstood album, and is one of my personal favourite Kreator albums.

Kreator abandoned their thrash days on Renewal, and continued it on 1995's Cause For Conflict, both of which were mediocre releases that were never really going anywhere. They had some tracks of not on, but were mainly just snorefests. Whilst Kreator have once again stayed away from the thrash with their 1997 release Outcast, they have created an album that has enough going for it to be considered a fantastic release.

Kicking things off right away, we have the dark, haunting song Leave This World Behind. Whilst this is clearly a commercial, catchy effort, it retains a heavy edge to it, and does not fail to sound evil. This song really is a morbid track, and stands out as possibly the best Post-Coma of Souls song until Violent Revolution's title track, other than one that comes a little later on the album. It's a slow song, but one that commands a certain amount of respect.

Phobia follows this, and manages to be possibly the catchiest song on the album, whilst still being semi-decent. It is not a patch on Leave This World Behind, but still manages to be a fun song. The pattern continues with Forever, which has a lot of studio effects added into the chorus, but retains that catchy but dark atmosphere. This is pretty much the template for every song for the album-catchy and dark.

Probably my favourite song on the album would be Black Sunrise, which features some lovely clean vocals, and a nice soft to heavy dynamic that, in my opinion, was perfected on Hordes Of Chaos a few albums later. This song really is rather different to most of what this band has ever put out, and is clearly better than much of their later work. The solo to it is rather nice, the drumming is decent, and Mille's vocals are some of the best he has ever done. My one minor pickle with this song would be the lyrics, but more on that later.

Enemy Unseen starts promising, but rather outstays its welcome, lasting about a minute too long, which isn't bad for saying that its only 3 and a half minutes. Stronger Than Before has the same problem, in that it starts off sounding rather good, with some nice guitar work, thundering bass, and nice drumming, but it throws it all away. However, this is balanced out by the all-round awesomness of the last three songs, Alive Again, Against The Rest and A Better Tomorrow.

Alive Again is a fun song to listen to start to finish and Against The Rest has some of the best guitarwork on the album and some truly pissed off vocals by Mille Petrozza, with a perfect chorus for the song. However, it is album closer A Better Tomorrow that really is the best out of the three. This song makes up for any weaker moments throughout the album perfectly, with a full song that never once lets up.

Musically, this album really does manage to standout. The riffs are all fun and catchy, but hold a dark atmosphere. They are nothing on Coma Of Souls, where it was ultra-technical. Instead, here, Mille has managed to create a sense of dread on an album unlike anything the band had ever done before. The riffs manage to stay away from being generic, and actually do hold up compared to their other works.

Ventor's drumming is, as usual, top notch. He sacrificed speed for groove here, and it worked perfectly. He keeps a solid rhythm going in the background, for the guitars and vocals to roar over the top of it. Speaking of the vocals, Mille petrozza really has come a long way here. He experiments with clean vocals, and has his barking vocals, and he really is all over the place in the best possible way. He spews venom, and he also has emotional moments, where he sounds rather soothing.

The lyrics to this album are its one major failing point. On songs such as the title track and even Black Sunrise, they are really terrible, and sound too forced. They are nowhere near as pissed off as early Kreator's lyrics. However, this can be put aside when you listen to the music backing it.

This album overall is one of the band best works, containing enough in each of the songs to give the listener an enjoyable experience. It comes highly recommended for those with an open mind. However, anyone who thinks Pleasure To Kill is the finest thing since sliced bread and everything after it was ***, kindly stay the *** away from this album. 4/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2012


8050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well written review, pos.





some suggestions:



This is the band that's discography



This is the band whose discography





They had some tracks of not on



Not sure what you are trying to say in that sentence.





They are nothing on Coma Of Souls, where it was ultra-technical



They do not resemble to Coma Of Souls, which was ultra-technical in that respect.











This is indeed an underrated Kreator album.



The same goes for Renewal as well, although I know many will disagree with my point of view.





Phobia follows this, and manages to be possibly the catchiest song on the album, whilst still being semi-decent



Phobia is nowhere near semi-descent, it is an awesome song that has a permanent place in Kreator's live gigs.



I also dig "Nonconformist" and "Ruin Of Life".

Digging: Reign - Destitute

BodomThrashMachine
August 29th 2012


316 Comments


this isn't very good at all

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2012


8050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Plus Outcast has a great flow and groove, the track list is really optimized.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2012


8050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a few of the tracks did drag on a little too long



Agreed

LudsWig
August 29th 2012


254 Comments


This review kind of reads like a track by track.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2012


8050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I havn't actually delved far into this band



Get Extreme Aggression and Coma Of Souls asap.

BodomThrashMachine
August 29th 2012


316 Comments


What the fuck are you talking about. Pleasure to kill is the best thing they've ever done and Endless pain is quite good. Hordes of chaos is decent but far inferior to Enemy of god or even the new one.

BodomThrashMachine
August 29th 2012


316 Comments


double post ._.

BodomThrashMachine
August 29th 2012


316 Comments


Oh wait I remember you're that kid who gave black veil brides a 5. Neg time. Learn to real metal plz

BodomThrashMachine
August 29th 2012


316 Comments


also sup riff

BodomThrashMachine
August 29th 2012


316 Comments


sevenfold is not metal lol

BodomThrashMachine
August 29th 2012


316 Comments


this is either a troll or 13 years old.

KILL
August 29th 2012


81231 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

sucks

sputnik1
September 1st 2012


341 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually like this, fave being Noncomformist. Hordes of Chaos is boring.





Flugmorph
January 4th 2016


19921 Comments


phobia is suvh a killer tack

RippingCorpse1986
December 22nd 2017


2902 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

IS THERE SOMETHING AFTER YOU



SOMETHING AFTER YOU



Very underrated album.



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