Gods of Violence

Gods of Violence is the fourteenth studio album by German thrash metal band Kreator, released on 27 January 2017.[1][2]

Gods of Violence
Kreator - Gods of Violence.jpg
Studio album by
Released27 January 2017 (2017-01-27)
Recorded2016
GenreThrash metal
Length51:43
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerJens Bogren
Kreator chronology
Dying Alive
(2013)
Gods of Violence
(2017)

BackgroundEdit

It was the band's first studio album in almost five years since 2012's Phantom Antichrist, marking the longest gap between two studio albums in their career. A music video for the album's title track was released on 18 November 2016.[3] Special editions of the album were released with a bonus Blu-ray/DVD of Kreator's performance at Wacken 2014.

This is Kreator's final studio album with bassist Christian "Speesy" Giesler before his departure from the band in 2019.[4]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic73/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
All About the Rock[6]10/10
AllMusic[7]     
Blabbermouth.net[8]8/10
Metal Injection[9]9.5/10
Pitchfork[10]6.2/10
Terrorizer8.5/10[11]

Gods of Violence received positive reviews upon its release. Writing for All About the Rock, Fraser Wilson said: "With this record, Kreator have created a slab of truly eviscerating aural perfection. Thrash may have been born in San Francisco's Bay Area, but it was perfected in Essen."[6]

Gods of Violence debuted at number one on the German charts, making it Kreator's first number one debut in their 32-year recording career.[12] The album won a 2017 Metal Storm Award for Best Thrash Metal Album.[13]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Mille Petrozza except where noted; all music is composed by Kreator.

No.TitleLyricsLength
1."Apocalypticon (Instrumental)" 1:06
2."World War Now" 4:28
3."Satan Is Real"Petrozza, Jäger4:38
4."Totalitarian Terror" 4:45
5."Gods of Violence" 5:51
6."Army of Storms" 5:09
7."Hail to the Hordes" 4:02
8."Lion with Eagle Wings" 5:22
9."Fallen Brother"Petrozza, Jäger4:37
10."Side by Side" 4:19
11."Death Becomes My Light" 7:26
Total length:51:43
Japanese edition bonus track
No.TitleLength
12."Earth Under the Sword"3:29
Bonus CD/DVD/Blu-ray: Live at Wacken 2014
No.TitleLength
1."Mars Mantra"1:19
2."Phantom Antichrist"4:38
3."From Flood into Fire"6:33
4."Warcurse"6:27
5."Endless Pain"3:25
6."Pleasure to Kill"4:12
7."Hordes of Chaos"5:42
8."Phobia"5:15
9."Enemy of God"6:02
10."Civilization Collapse"4:10
11."The Patriarch"0:52
12."Violent Revolution"6:54
13."United in Hate"8:08
14."Flag of Hate/Tormentor"7:19
Total length:70:56
Mailorder edition second bonus CD: Alternative Version
No.TitleLength
1."World War Now" (demo)4:19
2."Satan Is Real" (demo)4:24
3."Gods of Violence" (demo)6:16
4."Lion with Eagle Wings" (demo)5:56
5."Death Becomes My Light" (demo)7:03
Total length:27:58

CreditsEdit

Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[14]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 30
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[16] 4
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 20
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[18] 46
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[19] 90
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[20] 7
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[21] 58
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[22] 7
French Albums (SNEP)[23] 59
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[24] 1
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[25] 5
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[26] 55
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[27] 21
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[28] 33
Scottish Albums (OCC)[29] 37
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[30] 28
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[31] 19
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[32] 13
UK Albums (OCC)[33] 72
US Billboard 200[34] 118
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[35] 8
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[36] 6
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[37] 19

ReferencesEdit

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