Gods of Violence

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

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

Background[edit]

It is 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 November 18, 2016.[3] Special editions of the album were released with a bonus Blu-ray/DVD of Kreator's performance at Wacken 2014.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic73/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
All About the Rock[5]10/10
AllMusic[6]4/5 stars
Blabbermouth.net[7]8/10
Metal Injection[8]9.5/10
Pitchfork[9]6.2/10
Terrorizer8.5/10[10]

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."[5]

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.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Petrozza, except where noted; all music composed by Kreator.

No.TitleLyricsLength
1."Apocalypticon" 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
12."Earth Under the Sword" (Japanese bonus track) 3:29
Total length:51:43

Credits[edit]

Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[12]

Personnel[edit]

Kreator[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Boris Pfeiffer (In Extremo)bagpipes on "Hails to the Hordes"
  • Tekla-Li Wadensten – harp on "Gods of Violence" intro
  • Dagobert Jäger – vocals on "Fallen Brother"

Choir[edit]

  • Ronny Milianowicz
  • Björn Kromm
  • Frederik Eriksson
  • Henrik Andersoon
  • Mattias Lövdahl
  • Jens Bogren

Arrangements[edit]

  • Kreator – arrangement
  • Francesco Paoli – orchestral arrangement
  • Francesco Ferrini – orchestral arrangement

Production[edit]

  • Jens Bogren – production, recording, mixing
  • David Castillo – additional engineering
  • Erik Mjörnell – additional engineering
  • Christoffer Wadensten – engineering (harp only)
  • Ronny Milianowicz – recording (choir only)
  • Ludwig Näsvall – drumtech
  • Urban Näsvall – drumtech
  • Linus Corneliusson – mixing assistance, editing
  • Tony Lindgren – mastering
  • Olman Viper – mastering
  • Marc Görtz (Caliban)pre-production
  • Dominic Paraskevopoulos – Pre-production

Studios[edit]

  • Fascination Street Studios, Sweden – production, recording, mixing, mastering
  • Studio Seven, Örebro, Sweden – recording (choir only)
  • Nemesis Studios, Germany – pre-production
  • Level 3 – pre-production
  • Hertzwerk, Hamburg, Germany – mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 30
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[14] 4
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 20
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 46
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[17] 90
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[18] 7
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[19] 58
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[20] 7
French Albums (SNEP)[21] 59
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 1
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[23] 5
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[24] 55
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[25] 21
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[26] 33
Scottish Albums (OCC)[27] 37
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[28] 28
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[29] 19
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 13
UK Albums (OCC)[31] 72
US Billboard 200[32] 118
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[33] 8
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[34] 6
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[35] 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kreator To Release 'Gods Of Violence' Album In January". Blabbermouth.net. October 14, 2016. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  2. ^ "Kreator: 'Gods Of Violence' Album Details Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. October 28, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "Video Premiere: Kreator's 'Gods Of Violence'". Blabbermouth.net. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Gods of Violence". Metacritic. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Fraser. "Kreator - Gods of Violence CD Review". allabouttherock.co.uk. All About the Rock. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  6. ^ Jurek, Thom. Gods of Violence - Kreator at AllMusic
  7. ^ Van Horn, Jr., Ray. "CD Reviews - Gods Of Violence – Kreator". www.blabbermouth.net. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  8. ^ Stewart-Panko, Kevin (January 26, 2017). "Album Review: Kreator – Gods of Violence". www.metalinjection.net. Metal Injection. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  9. ^ Reyes-Kulkarni, Saby (January 23, 2017). "Kreator: Gods of Violence Album Review". pitchfork.com. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  10. ^ Stewart-Panko, Kevin (January 2017). "Kreator: Gods Of Violence". Terrorizer. United Kingdom: Dark Arts (278): 55. ISSN 1350-6978.
  11. ^ "Kreator's 'Gods Of Violence' Tops German Chart". Blabbermouth.net. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  12. ^ Gods of Violence (liner notes). Kreator. Nuclear Blast. 2017. NB 3725-2, 27361 37252.
  13. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
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  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kreator – Gods of Violence" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
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  17. ^ "Kreator Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  18. ^ "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select {{{date}}} on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kreator – Gods of Violence" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  20. ^ "Kreator: Gods of Violence" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  21. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes - SNEP (Week 5, 2017)". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  22. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Kreator – Gods of Violence" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  23. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2017. 5. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  24. ^ "Oricon Top 50 Albums: {{{date}}}" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  25. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  26. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Kreator – Gods of Violence". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  27. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  28. ^ "Top 100 Albumes — Semana 5: del 27.01.2017 al 02.02.2017" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  29. ^ "Sverigetopplistan - Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved February 3, 2017. Click on "Veckans albumlista".
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  31. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
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  33. ^ "Kreator Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  34. ^ "Kreator Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  35. ^ "Kreator Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2017.