I disagree. Sami is amazing and his playing adds a whole new dimension to the band’s sound and style, compared to their pre-2000 output. At this point, I would consider him a vital and essential part of Kreator. This is the best lineup the band has ever had, in my opinion.
Ever since they got Sami, Kreator have gone from strength to strength, (in my opinion). I’d go as far as to say that he was the missing piece in the puzzle: once he joined, it all came together for the band. With him, I’d argue, far from losing ‘heaviness’, Kreator gained a melodic aspect that, by serving as a contrast, actually increased its intensity, (The Few, The Proud, The Broken being a case in point.)
I share Sreymnek’s / metal-lord’s / man without god’s view: this is the band’s best-ever line-up.
I totally agree. I love Violent Revolution, Enemy of God and Phantom Antichrist, which are my three favorite KREATOR albums. Sami is an incredible guitarist and I think Mille technically improved since Sami’s arrival. Before, Mille was an awesome riffing machine: even if the first era of the band is not my favorite, some songs are really powerful, but Sami records awesome solos and now so does Mille. From my point of view, Mille’s solos on the first albums are not really great, they often sound like SLAYER’s solos and I don’t really like it. But now he plays very interesting solos that give even more power to the songs. When I first listened to Phantom Antichrist, I thought all solos were Sami’s. After, I thought some were Mille’s because of the guitar sound, but was not very sure… And then I saw live videos, and realized Mille recorded some beautiful solos on this album. And without Sami, I think that would have never happened. The JUDAS PRIEST-like guitar duets (for example on “From Flood into Fire”) are just fucking great.
That’s why I think Sami is the best guitarist Mille has ever been playing with (that’s what Mille hismelf also thinks) and I hope he’ll stay in the band forever.
Mille + Sami + Ventor + Speesy = WIN !