The discovery of a new band is always exciting. Will it be something you’ve heard countless times? An experience that leaves a bad taste in your mouth? Or is it a treat from which you cannot stop consuming? I wanted to take a trip back in time to reminisce about bands/albums that not only introduced me to heavy music, but kept me coming back for more…
From The Archive: Kreator – Coma Of Souls
Thrash in the 80’s was glorious, but the 90’s also had it’s fair share of thrash-tastic albums. And to start the year off right, German thrash giants and one of my absolute favorite bands, Kreator, put forth their most well developed album of their career. Their fifth full-length album, Coma Of Souls, is the culmination of five years of development as a band and is not only their thrashiest album, but their best…
From front to back this album is overflowing with creativity, quality, and emotion. The opening track, “When the Sun Burns Red”, opens with a hauntingly beautiful clean guitar sequence, then coupled with leads paves it way to the inevitable explosion before the minute mark. The album goes right for the jugular on first strike and doesn’t miss it’s mark. The title track, “Coma Of Souls” picks right up from the first track with sheer riff brilliance, and leads to another vicious conflagration of hostile but melodic leads, and the unmistakable bark of Mille Petrozza just continues to annihilate it’s surroundings.
My favorite track of the album, “People Of The Lie”, is a mid-paced and heavy thrash track with an insanely catchy chorus and equally catchy riff running behind it. It’s so damn catchy, it doesn’t just get in your head, but opens up your skull and climbs inside it! And if you won’t take my word for it, then maybe the fact that Carcass themselves lifted the chorus from this song and put it into their own song “Heartwork”, is proof enough that “People Of The Lie” is an amazing song.
“World Beyond” simply blitzes the listener with it’s speed, and at just over 2 minutes it gets the job done. Following right after, “Terror Zone” kicks off with a somewhat melodic riff, while the bass and drums crash away giving the song a more slower, stomping pace. Kreator uses a broad array of tempo changes throughout the song to keep it flowing along. “Agents Of Brutality” slowly builds from a lurch to a frenzy of hurtling melody and has some sick double-bass work from Ventor and a great lead section. “Material World Paranoia” follows the same formula as “Terror Zone”, offering up melodic, mid-paced drumming and guitar work.
“Twisted Urges” is a vicious culmination of beastly riffs offered up in a small package, while “Hidden Dictator” is chock full of galloping guitars, a catchy chorus and killer solos. We now come to the final track of the album, “Mental Slavery”, which is so well developed with it’s delivery, it gives you that final kick in the balls this album has been dishing out from the beginning. The riffs are crushing, the drums are hard hitting, it’s just a stomp-filled, head banging tune that ends the album perfectly.
The production on Coma Of Souls is flawless. The riffs are creative, the vocals are merciless and the drumming is brutal as hell. Coma Of Souls is proof that great musicians with creative and developed minds can produce a work of pure fucking brilliance. If you fancy yourself a fan of thrash metal and this album is not in your collection; first off, shame on you, and secondly, go pick this album up now! Do it!
Kreator – “People Of The Lie”