Kreator – Hate Über Alles (Album Review)

Release Date: June 10th 2022 - Nuclear Blast Records

Kreator - Hate Über Alles

Kreator is one of the big four of German thrash alongside Sodom, Destruction, and Tankard.  Formed in 1982, they have had multiple lineup changes over the 40 years since they began, with only 2 original members in the current lineup.  With an impressive discography of fifteen studio albums, they have kept themselves at the forefront of German thrash and are noted as one of the most influential metal bands in Europe.

Their new album, Hate Über Alles, is number 15 in their album count and it is a testament to the band’s 40-year career bringing an aggressive onslaught of thrash metal which is no surprise from a band that has dominated the genre for decades.

The intro track for this album is melodic and epic, it totals 0.58 seconds and does not prepare you for the title track “Hate Über Alles”, which is a full-on smack in the face.  The lyrics “Hate is the virus of this world” come through loud and clear, both vocally and with the insane ferocity of the music.  A great start to the album, and even though I had heard this track prior to the album, its impact is elevated amongst the other tracks.

“Killer of Jesus” is next and it sends a clear message that there is no sense that Kreator is in any way going through the motions with their writing.  They assault your senses like they really mean it and it’s invigorating.

With the first two tracks, the pace is a high velocity, in contrast, “Crush the Tyrants” and “Strongest of the Strong” are less frantic but do not lack weight in the riffs.  Crushing tracks!  Both tracks leave some room for the guitars to shine, and the vocals are delivered with a convincing vengeance.

“Become Immortal” has a traditional heavy metal feel to it.  The lyrics are delivered with more of a storytelling vibe, the riffs are no less heavy but the melody is a slight shift from the long-established thrash style expected from Kreator.  The band has nothing left to prove in their genre and it’s refreshing to hear them adding different metal ingredients into the mix.  The standout track on the album for me!

The intro to “Conquer and Destroy” makes you think that it will be similar to “Become Immortal’, but then kicks into a full-on trash attack.  The guitar solo in this is absolute insanity!  The verses are spat out with such venom, and there’s a pounding heavy riff  – it’s the total business!  The middle section is slower-paced and melodic, but only briefly, as it then builds into an onset of pure angst.

The savagery continues with “Demonic Future”.  It is indeed demonic, in its fury and intensity.  It has a blistering pace and only lets up briefly to give a chanting chorus that is sure to arouse a crowd into a frenzy.  The riff in this track is phenomenal.   A big surprise comes in the form of “Pride Comes Before The Fall”  with gentle clean vocals from frontman Mille Petrozza to begin, yet once again, this does not last long as the track journeys its away through a variety of tempos, this track feels like it sums up all the elements Kreator have incorporated into this album.  The track is huge!

Hate Über Alles concludes with “Dying Planet”.  Make no mistake about the message in this track, it is, as the title suggests, a declaration of the state of the world.  Partway through, the guitars are as chaotic as the current state of our planet, it’s foreboding and a fitting finale to another intense and monumental release from Kreator.

Recommended for all fans of thrash metal!

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Release Year: 2022
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Category: Album
Country: Germany

Reviewed by ForsakenMisery