Hordes of Chaos (album)

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Hordes of Chaos
Cover art by Joachim Luetke
Studio album by Kreator
Released 13 January 2009
Recorded July–August 2008 at Titonus Studios in Germany
Genre Thrash metal
Length 38:27
Label SPV/Steamhammer
Producer Moses Schneider
Kreator chronology
Enemy of God
Hordes of Chaos
Phantom Antichrist
Alternative cover
Artwork for LP edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Blabbermouth.net 9.5/10 stars[2]
IGN 8.5/10 stars[3]
Jukebox:Metal 5/5 stars[4]
Metal Hammer 9/10 stars№ 188

Hordes of Chaos is the twelfth studio album by German thrash metal band Kreator. It has been described as their most organic album to date because, barring vocals, guitar solos and some melodies, the album was recorded in a live setting on an analog tape recorder with few overdubs. Frontman Mille Petrozza noted that this was the first time they have recorded an album this way since Pleasure to Kill in 1986.[5]

The album was released in three different formats. The standard edition was issued in a jewel case and features the 10 album tracks. A deluxe edition features a bonus DVD with a making of the album documentary. The LP version of the album has different artwork to the other versions.[6][7]

This was the first Kreator album to chart in the United States, debuting at number 165 on the Billboard 200 chart in the US, with first week sales of approximately 2,800 copies.[8]

The album was re-released as the 'Ultra Riot' box set edition in mid-2010. It featured new artwork, extended liner notes, promo videos, a bonus disc with demo tracks and cover songs and various pieces of memorabilia (such as a photobook, sticker, poster and photo card).[9][10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Mille Petrozza, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hordes of Chaos (A Necrologue for the Elite)"   Petrozza, Jeff Collier 5:04
2. "Warcurse"     4:10
3. "Escalation"     3:24
4. "Amok Run"     4:12
5. "Destroy What Destroys You"     3:13
6. "Radical Resistance"     3:43
7. "Absolute Misanthropy"     3:37
8. "To the Afterborn"     4:53
9. "Corpses of Liberty"     0:55
10. "Demon Prince"     5:16
Total length:




Chart Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 33
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[12] 66
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[13] 16
French Albums (SNEP)[14] 85
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[15] 16
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[16] 26
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[17] 163
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 47
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 57
US Billboard 200[20] 165
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[21] 19
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[22] 7
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[23] 9


  1. ^ Prato, Greg (2009-01-13). "Hordes of Chaos - Kreator". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Blabbermouth.Net". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  3. ^ Jim Kaz. "Kreator - Hordes of Chaos - Music Review at IGN". Uk.music.ign.com. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  4. ^ Andy Lye (2009-02-17). "Kreator - Hordes of Chaos - review". Jukebox:Metal. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  5. ^ Blabbermouth (2008-07-28). "KREATOR Begins Recording New Album". Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  6. ^ Blabbermouth (2008-10-08). "KREATOR: New Album Artwork Revealed". Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  7. ^ "http://www.faceculture.tv". Faceculture.tv. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  8. ^ Blabbermouth (2009-01-21). "KREATOR's 'Hordes Of Chaos' Lands On BILLBOARD Chart". Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  9. ^ Blabbermouth (2010-06-23). "KREATOR: 'Hordes of Chaos - Ultra Riot' Box Set Details Revealed". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  10. ^ Brave Words (2010-06-23). "KREATOR - Hordes of Chaos - Ultra Riot Box Set Detailed". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  11. ^ "Kreator – Hordes of Chaos" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Kreator – Hordes of Chaos" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien.
  13. ^ "Kreator: Hordes of Chaos" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  14. ^ "Kreator – Hordes of Chaos". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  16. ^ "Top 40 album-, DVD- és válogatáslemez-lista – 2009. 5. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. LightMedia.
  17. ^ "ホーデス・オブ・ケイオス - クリーター - ORICON STYLE". 
  18. ^ "Kreator – Hordes of Chaos". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien.
  19. ^ "Kreator – Hordes of Chaos". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien.
  20. ^ "Kreator Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Kreator.
  21. ^ "Kreator Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Independent Albums for Kreator.
  22. ^ "Kreator Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums for Kreator.
  23. ^ "Kreator Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for Kreator.

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