Kreator
Hate Über Alles


3.0
good

Review

by Fernando Alves STAFF
June 20th, 2022 | 33 replies


Release Date: 06/10/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When violence is the (only) answer.

It's hard not to dive into superlative clichés when talking about Teutonic powerhouse Kreator. Their impact on the European thrash scene of the 1980s and legacy left to subsequent generations is unparalleled in the old continent, placing them on a prominent spot in Heavy Metal’s Olympus. Albums such as Pleasure to Kill, Extreme Aggression or Coma of Souls not only remain iconic references of the genre but also mirror the spirit of an era when Euro bands like Sodom, Destruction, Tankard or Coroner rivaled the mighty American armada that was taking the world by storm at the time. And although Petrozza & the boys have lost some steam since their experimental 1992 foray - Renewal, they kept moving forward, wandering into more adventurous (yet uninspired) territory over the nineties to later return to their roots, albeit with somewhat more melodic nuances. Be that as it may, the lads' perseverance has been paying off as most of their following are still on board, making Kreator one of today's most successful veteran thrash bands outside the Big Four.

As with all albums of the genre, particularly those by old-school acts, I waited for Kreator's fifteenth full-length with moderate expectations, as, with a few rare exceptions, these old dogs can no longer surprise me. It's all been done, redone, and tried out, so it all boils down to the entertainment value that each band or release can offer me; and when it comes to Kreator, the heavier the better. Mille Petrozza's musical and vocal peculiarities advise a focus on aggression, or at least that it be a paramount layer, even when surrounded by melody. Petrozza was never a gifted singer, so one must be careful not to take a step longer than the leg. A common mistake, when you fail to (or choose not to) acknowledge your own artistic limitations. In this sense, the title track and 'Killer of Jesus' are where the band shows its truest, most genuine colors, alongside the speed metal(ish) 'Demonic Future' that somehow reminds me of vintage European underground acts such as Mandator or Apocalypse. While it might seem a bit reductive, Hate Über Alles spreads its wings when it stays simple, closer to its straightforward thrash roots. The title track's imposing yet catchy chorus or 'Killer of Jesus'' ferocious verse are among the finest examples of a successful formula that should have been replicated more often. I certainly understand the aim to diversify and enrich the sound palette, it’s a desirable aspiration, yet I don't think, for example, that 'Become Immortal's' Running Wild-esque approach or the gothic-ish 'Midnight Sun', despite their virtues, add quality to the whole. They do indeed diversify but provide no real value to Hate Über Alles, as do the uninspired choruses of 'Crush the Tyrants', 'Conquer and Destroy' or 'Dying Planet', which even exude some creative mediocrity. Polychromy isn't necessarily synonymous with artistic richness or multidimensionality. Nevertheless, despite its ups and downs, Hate Über Alles does not fail to entertain, if only for being what it is - an echo of times past that keeps us connected to one of the most iconic entities the genre has ever offered. The introductory homage to Sergio Corbucci is also worth mentioning since it lends an unexpected but pleasant cinematic tone to the album's overture while adding an extra European flavor to the mix. And some geographical context, when genuine, enhances any artistic expression.

At this point, we have to ask ourselves what to expect from Mille, Ventor & Co. Some kind of Extreme Aggression or Coma of Souls 2.0? And if that were to happen, would it be truly authentic? Expectations surrounding historic bands are almost always a double-edged sword; while on the one hand we yearn to capture a bygone era, on the other, we seek a degree of freshness that might lend relevance and entertainment value to the music. Hate Über Alles lies somewhere in the middle, swinging between good, average, and even mediocre territory, failing to fully embody either its title or vicious artwork. Because sometimes, violence is the (only) answer or at least stands as the most fitting output for some legendary Teutonic squads.




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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2022


17707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The album has its moments, despite its ups and downs. I like it when the guys keep it simple.



Bandcamp's stream:

http://kreator.bandcamp.com

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TheAntichrist
June 20th 2022


3649 Comments


kreator takes lyft instead of uber

FR33L0RD
June 20th 2022


6191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Top quality review Fernando. Agreed m/

The album has its moments, despite its ups and downs. [2]

deathschool
June 20th 2022


27722 Comments


California

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2022


17707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Biafra's in the house



Thanks FR33L0RD ;)

Pikazilla
June 21st 2022


23181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hate uber drivers



hate uber drivers



fucking taxists on the roads

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2022


28294 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Not the biggest Kreator fan but I quite enjoyed this one. Love Midnight Sun especially.



Great review as always Notrap.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2022


9621 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Good review, TheNotrap.



The only disappointment here is the sound work, especially the rhythm guitars; with a crisp, livelier sound, this would wind up much higher, rating-wise.



As for the songs, their strongest point seems to be the chorus, while everything else merely serves as a bridge to it.



In terms of diversity, the album is reminiscent of Phantom Antichrist, which fares far better in every sector imho.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2022


17707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cheers guys



Yeah, Phantom Antichrist is significantly better, Voivod, in fact it's my favorite post-Coma release.



I knew you'd have a soft spot for Midnight Sun, Dewinged, especially for that goth chorus ;)



ChaoticVortex
June 21st 2022


1317 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

As others said: The album has its moments, despite its ups and downs (3). Personally I dug it more when it did a good combination of the older thrash sound and the newer more melodeath one. Has some moments of experimentation but still very much Kreator. I feel like the air of disappointment comes from the fact that these guys were the most consistent German thrash band post-2000, so a lesser album feels a much bigger stepdown than one for Sodom or Destruction. Great reiview.



Favorite tracks: S/T, Become Immortal, Midnight Sun

lucazade22
June 21st 2022


692 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm enjoying Become Immortal, Strongest of the Strong and Midnight Sun!

bloc
June 21st 2022


68651 Comments


Surprisingly, a pretty great album

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DarkSideOfLucca
June 21st 2022


16170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was really looking forward to this, but tbh this feels insanely uneven to me. I dug Phantom and Gods of Violence way more on first listen.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2022


17707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I enjoyed Gods of Violence more when revisiting it now than I did in 2017.

sonictheplumber
June 21st 2022


14704 Comments


I bet this sux

TheAntichrist
June 21st 2022


3649 Comments


violence is always the answer

Rowhaus
June 22nd 2022


4534 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

band is such ass lol

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Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2022


28294 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

"I knew you'd have a soft spot for Midnight Sun, Dewinged, especially for that goth chorus ;)"



Hahaha i'm such a simpleton.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2022


17707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I know you have a soft spot for goth ;)

Deathconscious
June 22nd 2022


26886 Comments


You really only need their first two and Coma of Souls. I also like Hordes of Chaos.



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