OK… I have finally heard it all, although I haven’t bought it yet. I surely will be spending my money soon as well as planning a road trip to either Washington, D.C. and/or Columbus to see them. Being in Florida sucks as it looks as if Kreator will skip us this time around. I can’t say that I blame them too much as their last time here had a very small turnout. If they hadn’t come last time around though, I wouldn’t have gotten to meet Sami and talk his ear off for 30 minutes (THANKS… I’ll never forget it).
Since I’m sure that you all care what Grover thinks, I’ll get to it…
First… the word “epic” is thrown around so much these days that it takes the meaning of the word away. So I had to think of my own word for it. After a few days of thinking about it, that same 4-letter word was released from my swollen and half infected head: EPIC. After watching the “album trailers”, I remember Sami saying that they were playing at the edge of their abilities. The guitar work may not be the jaw dropping and bone crushing kind that everyone always wants, but it is some of the best work I have seen from any metal band. Maybe now some of the Slayer fanatics will see what I’m talking about when I say that Kreator can play guitar and Slayer can’t. That isn’t really a knock on Slayer, it is simply that Slayer is AWESOME for the speed freaks, but comes up a bit short when compared to the guitar work of Kreator.
It is a great album for sure, and if it grows on me like “Hordes” did, I’ll probably think it is Kreator’s 2nd best release to date. “Hordes” was my favorite from day one of hearing it and I really don’t think it can be beaten. Maybe this one will grow into my favorite album in time. Of course, I would fall in love with 10 mellotron duets if they were done by Mille and Sami but that doesn’t mean this album is not worthy. In fact, I will go as far as to say that this album has “more to like” to most metal fans and if you like metal at all, you will find something you like on it and this release is for you.
You can’t release a perfect album that EVERYONE loves… from that perspective, this is one of the best metal albums I have heard. It really lacks nothing. Thanks for tuning in, and we will see you as the seven seals are broken and the apocalypse is upon us. You know the ONE Christian here just HAD to make a reference….