I think of Kreator in the same vein as Overkill – a great band that reliably releases strong, consistent albums, most good and some great. Hordes Of Chaos is a very Slayer-ish sounding thrash album, all the way from riffs to vocal style. While still an excellent album, it’s somewhat of a letdown following the exceptional Enemy Of God in 2005. There’s not much fault to be found with the individual songs, but there’s nothing here that compels me grab the volume knob and crank the hell out of these songs. The riffs are fast and the playing is tight, all of the elements you expect from Kreator. “Radical Resistance” is probably the best of the lot, but otherwise the remainder of the album flows by without capturing my attention. Hordes Of Chaos may not be among the best Kreator albums, but it’s still a solid effort whose level of interest will depend upon your love of German thrash.
Kreator will be appearing at Station 4 in St. Paul on Sunday, March 14. Support will come from Voivod, Nachtmystium, Evile, and Lazarus A.D.