Kreator – Phantom Antichrist

In my view Kreator has been on a career high ever since Violent Revolution. This line-up with Sami and Geisler to fill up the ranks is the most solid in the bands history. Their masterpiece was, by far, Enemy of God, this album is in the same direction. The songwriting is solid and the mesh of brutality and melody is excellent.

Mille sounds great; his voice has an energy that is very much contagious. It’s one of the important elements of Kreators sound, and one of the things that make them stand out from the pack.

The record opens with a short instrumental, Mars Mantra, before it blasts into the title track. Like the best Kreator songs, the song is massive, fast, exciting and has a killer chorus.  Unfortunately the three tracks that follow lack one or more of the above mentioned elements of a great Kreator song.

Death to the World has a nice main riff, other than that it just passes by unnoticed. I don’t really care fore the next three tracks either. Then the return of greatness comes in the song The Few, The Proud, The Broken.  This track is right on the money for me, it’s not as fast as Kreators typical works, but it’s super heavy and has a real driving momentum, not to forget how the chorus makes me scream my lungs out. The next stand out track is Your Heaven My Hell. The pace is back up and the energy is unbelievable.

The record sounds great. The sound is definitely Kreator, easily recognizable. Every instrument has a clear and distinct tone, the bass sound is unbelievable, out of this world. The one thing that was kind of a bommer about Phantom Antichrist is Ventor. He is usually a loud, busy  drummer. This album has a lot of drumfills, but not nearly as much or as prominent as he usually is. Which I like, and kind of missed.

 

Recommended download: Phantom Antichrist, The Few, The Proud, The Broke, Your Heaven My Hell

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