Hordes of Chaos

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Band Name Kreator
Album Name Hordes of Chaos
Type Album
Released date 19 January 2009
Labels SPV
Music StyleThrash Metal
Members owning this album468

Tracklist

Re-Issue in 2010 by SPV with 1 bonus CD (Ultra Riot Edition) included.
1. Hordes of Chaos (a Necrologue for the Elite) 05:04
2. Warcurse 04:10
3. Escalation 03:24
4. Amok Run 04:12
5. Destroy What Destroys You 03:13
6. Radical Resistance 03:43
7. Absolute Misanthropy 03:37
8. To the Afterborn 04:53
9. Corpses of Liberty 00:55
10. Demon Prince 05:16
DVD (DELUXE EDITION)
Recorded live at the Summer Breeze Open Air, Germany, 2006.
1. Awakening of the Gods
2. Coma of Souls
3. Hordes of Chaos (Video)
4. The Making of "Hordes of Chaos"
BONUS CD (RE ISSUE 2010)
1. Hordes of Chaos (Demo Version) 05:13
2. Radical Resistance (Demo Version) 03:49
3. To the Afternoon (Demo Version) 05:56
4. World Without Religion (Demo Version of Escalation with Different Arrangement) 03:49
5. Amok Run (Demo Version) 04:19
6. Alle Gegen Alle (Demo Version) (Slime Cover ft. Nagel and Thees Ulmann) 02:48
7. You Are the Government (Demo Version) (Bad Religion Cover) 01:11
Total playing time 38:24

Review @ Scandals

11 March 2009
I’ve been in quite a thrash mood recently. Classics by Exodus, Testament, Forbidden and Sodom mixed in with more recent fair like the Haunted and Dew Scented have taken over my iPod in recent days, and I finally managed to find a copy of the newest Kreator album, ‘Hordes of Chaos’. As part of the German big 3 alongside Destruction and Sodom, Kreator are responsible for some of the best European thrash has to offer as opposed to their Bay Area cousins. ‘Endless Pain’ is a personal favourite of mine, but I was slightly disappointed with other releases by the band. It appears that Metallica and Testament have not been, however, the only thrashers to be rejuvenated in old age.

‘Hordes of Chaos’ is a great modern thrash album that doesn’t try to over play technicality or speed; instead it is content to rely on quality riffing and song writing. Kreator recorded this live in the studio, and have recaptured some of their earlier intensity without losing the more potent elements from the previous two albums. In fact, sonically ‘Hordes of Chaos’ is more similar to ‘Enemy of God’ than ‘Coma of Souls’, but the early hunger seems to be back, and it shows with surprisingly sophisticated songs played at blinding pace. The opening title track opens with great melodies before ripping into a classic Kreator riff, and this follows into the anthemic ‘Warcurse’, which is very catchy.

But the best parts of this album come when the band decide to mess about with the traditional thrash template and see what they can come up with. Hence the very NWOBHM esque opener to ‘Demon Prince’, or the atypical riff style of ‘Absolute Misanthropy’s intro. In fact the final three tracks, ‘To the Afterburn’,'Corpses of Liberty’, and the aforementioned ‘Demon Prince’ all seem to have a Priest/Maiden esque quality to them; duelling Eighties twin guitars explode into a full on thrash attack, complete with a chaotic solo, a melodic solo and a more headbanging slower section.

Other album highlights include the galloping ‘Escalation’ and the brooding ‘Amok Run’, which throws all thrash rules out the window in the same way Metallica did with ‘Fade to Black’. It’s nowhere hear as good, but then again, what thrash ballad ever has been? The band mix that with some good thrashing riffage, and some soaring melodic sections later on. There are, of course, some issues with the album, namely the less than stellar lyrics (see ‘Amok Run’) and the rhythm guitar occasionally seems to sound a bit muffled, which dampens the overall power of the album.

Overall ‘Hordes of Chaos’ is another old school thrash triumph; the work of a band whose legacy generally has overshadowed their later work. If they had worked out with the muddy guitar sound, it could have been perfect. But the band should be content that their new album has all the riffs and quality to be a 2009 hallmark. Great stuff.

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razvandani - 11 March 2009: Indeed "another old school thrash triumph", this summarizes the album perfectly for me. My rate is 20 even though i am sure i am subjective and there is always room for better (generally from any band).
Crinn - 13 September 2012: I think it's the German big 4 with Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, and Tankard
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