Welcome to Kreator week! Kreator has a new album coming out this week and seeing as they are one of my favorite bands I thought it might be fun to explore the “darker” era of the band.

That’s right, that middle era after Coma of Souls and before Violent Revolution’s return to form (somewhat). The 4 albums that make up this period are generally reviled and even being such a fan of the band myself, have not delved into these albums much. Are they as bad as people say? Could be. Maybe it’ll give us a greater appreciation for the new album. Either way, I’m going to be reviewing them all this week so buckle the fuck up.

Ok, now, if we’re to base this one on Kreator’s thrash output, this is as far away from that sound as they ever got. This is, to my ears, a post-pop, new wave, goth album with metal flair. It’s nowhere near thrash, and if you hold it up to Kreator’s classic thrash sound, there’s no fucking comparison… but I kind of like it.

Ok ok ok, it’s bad, yeah, even for this kind of music, but there’s a lot of Kreator’s sense of melody and writing prowess on display here albeit in a completely different style. It’s like Kreator wanted to be an industrial dance band but something in their DNA just wouldn’t let them go full boar, so their metal sensibilities still popped up. And as far as crappy 90’s thrash sellout albums go, there’s far worse than this (cough cough, Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer, Testament, cough cough) and at least they tried to do something a bit different. I guess. It’s certainly something else but there is a spark of charm to it. I call it Kreator’s goth album.

So there you have it. Kreator week in all it’s glory. Was Kreator’s 90s output as bad as legend would have it? Meeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhh… it’s not great but I don’t think it’s terrible either, just not up to Kreator standards. There’s a decent album to be made out of the four of these albums and some of them are fun all on their own but for my money I’ll take the pissed off, violent thrash that Kreator can only do like Kreator does.