enemy of godAs I promised last week, I was going to feature an album from the band that won the 2015 Pedal To The Metal Tournament and German Thrash Metal titans Kreator are your champions. So for this week’s album of the week, I chose the album that made me interested in Kreator in the first place in their 2005 record Enemy Of God. I have to be honest with all of you and say that I didn’t know much about the German Thrash Metal scene before my discovery of Kreator one day when I was walking through a record store. I was in search of something new and heavier than what I was listening to because I was sick of hearing the same music all the time. So, I went to the metal section and I discovered this really cool album cover designed by Joachim Luetke and the album title Enemy Of God. I took a chance on the record and I was blown away by it to the point that I needed to hear everything the band had ever created. The band was made up of Miland “Mille” Petrozza (Vocals/Guitars), Sami Yli-Sirniö (Guitar), Christian “Speesy” Giesler (Bass), and Jürgen “Ventor” Reil (drums) as they released their 11TH studio album overall that was produced by the brilliant Andy Sneap via Steamhammer Records.

1. Enemy Of God– The album kicks off the right way with some guitar riffs that are so fast that they rip your face off and it has all the ingredients we love about Thrash Metal. The song’s meaning can be debated, but I think it has something to do with people who use the name of God to further their own personal vendetta for power. 5/5

2. Impossible Brutality– An amazing track that starts with a cool drum beat before the band shifts into overdrive with the fast guitars and double bass mayhem on a track about how terror is everywhere we look in the world. 5/5

enemy of god back cover3. Suicide Terrorist– The meaning of the song is pretty self explanatory on this sledgehammering (no pun intended) track that features elements that remind me of Slayer especially with the use of the whammy bar during the guitar solo. 4/5

4. World Anarchy– The track starts off with the Slayer like scream in the beginning as the band plays at a 1000 MPH. My favorite part of the song comes in the middle of the song as the band has some breakdown fun with the double bass madness thrown in as well. What is cool is the track gets melodic soon after before it returns to the metal fury for the rest of the track 4.5/5

5. Dystopia– If there was a manual on how to play thrash metal, this would definitely be a track on that manual. The track I believe talks about a future where total war is eminent that it has created a dystopian future. 5/5

6. Voices of the Dead– I love the beginning of the track because it’s very melodic and eerie at the same time, but at the end of the day it’s a a bad ass metal song. The song could be about a guy who hears voices from beyond the grave. Very cool track 4/5

7. Murder Fantasies– a fast and furious metal track about a psychotic killer and his murderous wants. 4/5

Kreator Champions8. When Death Takes Its Dominion– The track immediately takes off right where the last track left off and you have to love the mute hand palm riffing with the double bass playing. The track talks about a time when things are going terrible that death will take dominion (total control). 4/5

9. One Evil Comes – A Million Follow– At first glance you may be believe that the track is about a dictator or evil leader, but in my opinion it’s about how sometimes it may seem like one bad thing after another happens and it seems like it can plague our lives. 4/5

10. Dying Race Apocalypse– This may be one of the best tracks on the whole entire record with it’s very melodic intro before the heaviness kicks in on a track that seems to talk of the end of the world. 5/5

11. Under a Total Blackened Sky– Pure metal ferociousness in a track that I believe is talking about that faithful day when the rapture is here.  4/5

12. The Ancient Plague– Its the last track on the album that features a cool guitar intro in a track whose tempo is turned down a little from previous tracks, but never fear cause that is only temporary. This is a cool metal track that could also be talking about the end of the world. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This album was definitely a gateway album because it definitely made me want to explore what else Kreator had done previous to it. I mean after all their were ten studio albums previous to this one that I had to catch up on. There is a reason why these guys won the pedal to the metal tournament and that is because people still believe in the product that these guys put out and it’s certainly evident in this one. I am going to give this record 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

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