The thrash monsters from Germany are back-and are out to prove they are here to stay! From the opening riffs of "Phantom Antichrist" to the ending of "Until Our Paths Cross Again"...this entire cd is flawless. For those old enough to remember Kreator back in the 80's, it was raw, unpolished and brutal metal. Phantom Antichrist takes us back to that era-but the songwriting and production are modern and a huge improvement. Mille's voice is captured in its raw, throaty hiss; his finest moment! I am so impressed! The current lineup has been together a long time and shows their talent in force.
The title track, "Phantom Antichrist" is a galloping, thrashy song that will stay stuck in your head for days; the epitome of the thrash genre. It just simply does not get much better by showcasing the speed and precision that Ventor is capable of on drums. The breaks sound like hell itself is opening and letting terrible things loose. "Death to the World", "Civilization Collapse" and "United in Hate" are my other favorite songs-lending to the old school thrash feel. The more melodic offerings are very cool too; from "Flood Into Fire", "The Few, the Proud", "the Broken" and "Until Our Paths Cross Again" are an evolution from what Kreator have done in the past. They are fist banging and will incite crowd chanting at all the live shows. I can hear a lot of different influences on these new songs-including Amon Amarth and In Flames...not a bad thing at all.
The trio of German great thrash bands, including Kreator, Destruction and Sodom, have all released new music in the last year and it has all been good stuff; Phantom Antichrist is the best offering of the bunch though. It is great to see the thrash genre come back and show the younger fans where this all came from.