Saturday, July 26, 2003 @ 3:08 PM
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The word Kreator is synonymous with “thrash metal pioneers.” Veering wildly with their experimentation--melodic material, speed riffing unlike many other bands, helping forge the path into death metal, influencing countless other bands, leading the thrash way. Kreator has consistently out-performed and out-recorded many other bands who continue to make the same record over and over. No matter what subtle or overt influence they incorporated--or created--they never made the same record twice. No matter what, they stayed true to themselves while experimenting. They aren’t slaves to their own audience. They exist to please themselves. They may have stumbled along the way, but what a fantastic recovery they made with the Violent Revolution CD and tour.
During that very successful ‘Violent Revolution’ tour, they were able to record over 20 performances. From Greece, Korea (first time ever), Brazil, France, Germany… and who knows where else. They spent some serious time taking the best, and most raw, performances of each and every song. One look at the track listing shows the strongest material from every album was included.
Violent Revolution *
Reconquering The Throne
People Of The Lie *
All Of The Same Blood
Pleasure To Kill *
Renewal * (such nasty rhythm guitar work!)
Servant In Heaven - King In Hell *
Riot Of Violence * (Fiery hot solo)
Coma Of Souls *
Terrorzone * (Damn!)
Leave This World Behind *
Under The Guillotine
Awakening The Gods * (1986, and it still sounds awesome)
Flag Of Hate * (A German rant, and then in English, “Hey Fuck Off!” Then more German)
Tormentor * (Nice rendition, plus the crowd does the chorus for the band. The disc ends with more “KRE-A-TOR!” chants.)
* Top picks
Now that I’ve done my “job” with the intro and pasted the track listing, let’s get into the down and dirty. Disc one has a slightly different sound than disc two. Disc one sounds rawer, Mille’s voice is harsher (it can get harsher) and sometimes comes in at a lower volume, depending on the song. It’s pretty cool to hear the crowd shouting: “Kre-A-Tor!” whistles, screams, and the “hey-hey-hey” chants. You can even make out some of the various accents with some of the chants. But the band does dominate the crowd--as it should be. The crowd sound and interaction on Disc 1 adds nicely to the rawer sound. I suspect little was done to it production-wise, but overall it has excellent sound quality.
Disc two is utter and complete perfection as far as sound goes. It’s very clear, and according to the stage comments from Mille, it was at least partially recorded in Greece. “Greece is one of the number one Metal Countries in the fucking world!” Mille announces nearly every song. Every performance from each band member is superb. Guitar work is flawless, drumming is duplicated perfectly (even on “Violent Revolution”, one of my top favorite drum tracks ever), Mille never misses a line. The quality of these performances is first-class.
The choice of songs was careful. Each performance of every song was selected specifically for Kreator’s first live recording. This is an outstanding collection of songs. Specially chosen performances, 110+ minutes, mixed by a masterful hand (Andy Sneap), performed with pure passion, undiluted aggression, and obvious love of the live setting. Kreator has simply out done themselves with this collection.
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