Kreator - Hordes of Chaos (SPV/Riot)

It's taken me a long time to review this release - as it does with any release that I really like - simply because I've had a hard time listening to it critically. That alone is a good indication that this is a killer release.


There is a fuckload that is great about this Kreator album and not much at all wrong with it. The production is excellent. the structure is good. The music is great. It's full of hooks, it gets stuck in your head, it's just all-round excellent. Perhaps the only downside for me is the title track, Hordes of Chaos, which felt a little bit forced, like Kreator had totally done their utmost to create this type of track and then not quite hit their target.


Stand out tracks - amazing I can choose any - for me were Destroy what destroys you, for its catchy chorus lines and its rawness; Radical resistance for its absolute furiousness, and seriously driving construction; Absolute misanthropy for its buzzing chunkiness in the intro and the build-up of anticipation through to nearly one minute in. 


There is a lot for Kreator to be proud of with this release. Purists will argue that it's not so good as seminal releases like Extreme Aggression, for example: but those same purists need to recognise that we're ten years on from that release. If Kreator hadn't evolved, however much or little you enjoy their movement away from classic albums, then, put simply, they wouldn't exist today.


Go get this release if you like your thrash. You won't regret it.


Kreator's Hordes of Chaos is out now on Nuclear Blast/Riot.