Kreator - Phantom Antichrist review


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Band: Kreator
Album: Phantom Antichrist
Release date: June 2012

Disc I
01. Mars Mantra
02. Phantom Antichrist
03. Death To The World
04. From Flood Into Fire
05. Civilisation Collapse
06. United In Hate
07. The Few, The Proud, The Broken
08. Your Heaven, My Hell
09. Victory Will Come
10. Until Our Paths Cross Again
11. Iron Destiny [Japanese bonus]

Disc II [DVD] [Limited edition bonus]
+ Conquerers Of The Ice - The Making Of Phantom Antichrist
+ Harvesting The Grapes Of Horror

Live At Wacken 2011
01. Choir Of The Damned
02. Hordes Of Chaos
03. War Curse
04. Coma Of Souls / Endless Pain
05. Pleasure To Kill
06. Destroy What Destroys You
07. Phobia
08. Terrible Certainity / Reconquering The Throne
09. Flag Of Hate / Tormentor

+ Live At Wacken 2008
10. Violent Revolution
11. People Of The Lie
12. Europe After The Pain

Kreator! Aaaaaaahhhhh! That is all I need to state to introduce this review. 13th studio album from the reigning kings of Teutonic Thrash Metal and rightfully regarded as one of the most respected Metal bands of all time. Anybody wants to disagree with that? I thought not. It is refreshing to see a musical style best known for its impact on the 1990s still being alive and well in 2012.

Phantom Antichrist is a Kreator album alright. In-your-face thrash riffs dominate everything, the trademark Mille Petrozza's vocals are all over, the opening song packs more energy than half of the nuclear weaponry currently available worldwide. From the get-go, we have a grandstanding performance with little surprise. But little by little the band distills some song-writing magic and includes some unusual variation to spice up the tracks. Incidentally, it sounds like guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö is reaching his full potential and bringing all of it in. A perfect example of this expanded artistic freedom can be heard in tracks like "From Flood Into Fire" and "The Few, The Proud, The Broken" where the breaks towards the end of those songs are simply brilliant and innovative. What could be called a false ballad concludes the record gracefully. I am indeed referring to "Until Our Paths Cross Again". Some people are reading this and trying to compute Kreator + ballad while their head is about to explode but yes in my opinion this one is a ballad. Again, by Thrash Metal standards that is.

As with the previous albums released under contract with label Nuclear Blast, production is bombastic. I guess you would not expect anything less when your label is called Nuclear Blast.

So there you have it. With the same base formula and the same intensity, we end up with a slightly different end product than before. But in the end it matters very little. As yet again this is one hell of a Thrash Metal album from Kreator. Phantom Antichrist is a ravenous beast of a release ready to shred everything in its path with aggressive riffs and smart hooks as weapons.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 10


Written on 16.06.2013 by Bringing you reviews of quality music and interesting questions such as:

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Guest review by
Prior to the release, frontman Mille Petrozza claimed that Phantom Antichrist would be the "most epic" Kreator album ever. He went further saying that Phantom Antichrist is better than anything released by the Big Four in recent years. These words seemed to be empty rhetoric at first, but after being taken on the "epic" journey through Phantom Antichrist, the impression is that Petrozza and Co. have succeeded in fulfilling their promises.

published 02.12.2012 | Comments (10)

Guest review by
A masterclass in mixing the aggression of thrash with the production quality of the 21st century.

published 18.03.2019 | Comments (1)


Comments: 4   Visited by: 125 users
16.06.2013 - 10:28
I was in a show from the tour in support of this album and it was great. A great album it is.
16.06.2013 - 11:37
The Nothingth
Most disappointing album of 2012 for me. I only liked about three songs. I thought the three preceding records were vastly superior.
And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
17.06.2013 - 09:27
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Good review. I thought this was a top album - one of my favourites from 2012.
The sun shines over The Fool...
25.07.2013 - 13:58
Nemo Atkins
I love this record. Heck, it brought me back into the thrash scene!

(Not making that up: I'd pretty much given up on thrash metal by about Christmas 2011, as I'd pretty much listened to most of the recent thrash records that people were loving (Overkill being chief among them: I've never got why people consider Ironbound and The Electric Age to be modern thrash classics...) and found myself bored stiff by them (although, admittedly, Lulu also made me give up on Metallica, one of the bands who got me into metal, so maybe that jaded me to thrash a bit...), so I just stopped trying to keep listening to thrash and dug deeper into power metal. A bit after this record was released, I was chatting with a friend of mine about looking for thrash records that had the intensity of Slayer, but still had a sense of melody, and he happened to recommend Kreator, so I picked this up when I had the chance. It blew me way on first listen and encouraged me to start listening to thrash metal again!)

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