If you have never had the pleasure of seeing Kreator live than this a must for you. The German thrash masters take things to another level on the final show of the “Gods Of Violence” tour cycle in 2018 and put on a master class in how to blow the socks off your audience with seventeen tracks that span their career.
A rowdy crowd is ready to blow the roof of the place as “Choir Of The Damned” comes to an end and as the first strains of “Enemy Of God” hit the place is going nuts to the sheer force and power of Kreator as they tear it up. It doesn’t stop there as they unleash “Hail To Hordes” a modern Kreator masterpiece with cool harmonies paired with Millie’s inimitable voice and the drumming of Ventor off the charts. For those diehard fans, they bust out an old classic from ’86 in the shape of “Awakening Of The Gods” a rip-roaring thrash fest from days of yore which bleeds nicely into another old skool number, the incomparable “People Of The Lie” a true thrash masterpiece. Jumping into the present without a hitch they let fly with “Gods Of Violence”, a slam fest if ever there was and it’s paired nicely with “Satan Is Real” another banger.
“Mars Mantra” and “Phantom Antichrist” from the album of the same name are dropped next as Millie and co continue to tear it up like nobody’s business. “Fallen Brother” is next on the chopping block and is used to pay tribute to Vinny Paul, Dimebag, Motorhead’s Fast Eddie Clarke, Philthy Animal Taylor and of course the irreplaceable Lemmy and if you have seen them live you will have seen the screens showing all those who have gone before, a pretty epic tribute.
Another trip down memory lane is next with possibly one of the best songs they have ever written in “Flag Of Hate” an absolute barnstormer of a track played at a million miles an hour, hot on its heels is “Phobia” a track that never gets the credit it is due as it was written during their “Industrial” phase but it is a cracker and gets the crowd going every time. “Hordes Of Chaos” brings things back to the modern era, it is a belter than hard as it seems is played even faster than on the album, which is saying a lot as it is a bit of a speed merchant. “The Patriarch” gives you a chance to get your breath before being tossed headfirst into “Violent Revolution” and the closing track “Pleasure To Kill” which I always a joy to behold as it is quite possibly Kreator’s finest track and a fitting way to close an absolutely brilliant live experience.
London Apocalypticon-Live At The Roundhouse is out 14th Feb Via Nuclear Blast Records
Kreator Live Lineup:
Millie Petrozza Vocals, guitar
Sami Yli-Sirnio Guitar
Christian Giesler Bass