Phantom Antichrist

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Phantom Antichrist
Kreator - Phantom Antichrist.jpg
Cover art by Wes Benscoter
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1, 2012 (2012-06-01)
StudioFascination Street Studios, Sweden
GenreThrash metal
Length45:26
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerJens Bogren
Kreator chronology
Hordes of Chaos
(2009)
Phantom Antichrist
(2012)
Dying Alive
(2013)
Alternative cover
Deluxe edition artwork
Deluxe edition artwork
Singles from Phantom Antichrist
  1. "Phantom Antichrist"
    Released: May 3, 2012
  2. "Civilization Collapse"
    Released: November 9, 2012

Phantom Antichrist is the 13th studio album by the German thrash metal band Kreator, released through Nuclear Blast on June 1, 2012.[1]

The album entered the US Billboard 200 at #130,[2] selling 3,900 copies in its first week.[3]

Release and promotion[edit]

The album's title track was released as a limited edition 7" vinyl single, which sold out very quickly. It has since been released digitally. The b-side is an exclusive cover of "The Number of the Beast" by Iron Maiden.

Kreator released the music video for Civilization Collapse on November 28, 2012.[4]

Packaging[edit]

The digipak edition includes a bonus DVD containing documentary about the making of the album and a live set compiled from Kreator's performances at the Wacken Open Air festivals in 2008 and 2011.

A very limited edition version of the album is available through the Nuclear Blast online store, which comes in a metal box containing the CD+DVD version of the album, an exclusive live album called Harvesting The Grapes of Horror which contains the audio from the live portion of the DVD, a red T-shirt bearing the band's logo and the album title, a photocard signed by Mille Petrozza, an A1 poster of the album artwork, and a numbered certificate of authenticity.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com4/5 stars[5]
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[6]
Exclaim!favorable[7]
Metal Forces9/10[8]
Metal Storm8.4/10[9]

The album features a more progressive and melodic sound than previously explored by the band and was generally well received by critics.[10] It won a 2012 Metal Storm Award for Best Thrash Metal Album.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Mille Petrozza.

No.TitleLength
1."Mars Mantra" (Instrumental)1:18
2."Phantom Antichrist"4:31
3."Death to the World"4:53
4."From Flood into Fire"5:26
5."Civilization Collapse"4:13
6."United in Hate"4:31
7."The Few, the Proud, the Broken"4:37
8."Your Heaven, My Hell"5:53
9."Victory Will Come"4:14
10."Until Our Paths Cross Again"5:49
Total length:45:26

Personnel[edit]

Phantom Antichrist album personnel adapted from the CD linear notes[12]

Kreator
Production
Art
  • Wes Benscoter - cover artwork
  • Jan Meininghaus - additional cover artwork, booklet design
  • Heile for Heilemania - band photos

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[13] 31
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[14] 75
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[15] 84
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[16] 87
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[17] 11
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 87
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 5
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[20] 13
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[21] 63
South Korean International Albums (Gaon)[22] 35
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[23] 39
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[24] 89
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[25] 30
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 31
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[27] 37
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[28] 14
US Billboard 200[2] 130
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[29] 8
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[30] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[31] 47

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff writer(s); no by-line. "Phantom Antichrist by KREATOR - info and shop at Nuclear Blast - Nuclear Blast". www.nuclearblast.de. Nuclear Blast. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Kreator Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  3. ^ Metal Insider (June 13, 2012). "Metal By Numbers 6/13: Rock Is Ageless As Fear Factory Has Great Debut - Metal Insider". www.metalinsider.net. Metal Insider. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  4. ^ Merlin. "Kreator 'Civilization Collapse' Video Premiere". metalhammer.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2012-12-01. Retrieved 2012-11-30.
  5. ^ Zed, Natalie. "Kreator - Phantom Antichrist Review". heavymetal.about.com. About.com. Archived from the original on September 24, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  6. ^ Phantom Antichrist at AllMusic
  7. ^ Pratt, Greg (June 6, 2012). "Kreator Phantom Antichrist". exclaim.ca. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  8. ^ Not, Neil. "KREATOR – Phantom Antichrist (2012) - Album / EP Reviews @ Metal Forces Magazine". www.metalforcesmagazine.com. Metal Forces. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  9. ^ Demonic Tutor (June 16, 2013). "Kreator - Phantom Antichrist review - Metal Storm". metalstorm.net. Metal Storm. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  10. ^ http://www.metalinjection.net/reviews/album-review-kreator-phantom-antichrist
  11. ^ http://www.metalstorm.net/awards/archive.php?year=2012#cat275
  12. ^ Phantom Antichrist (CD liner). Kreator. Nuclear Blast Records. 2012.CS1 maint: others (link)
  13. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Kreator – Phantom Antichrist" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kreator – Phantom Antichrist" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kreator – Phantom Antichrist" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kreator – Phantom Antichrist" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  17. ^ "Kreator: Phantom Antichrist" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  18. ^ "Lescharts.com – Kreator – Phantom Antichrist". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  19. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  20. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2012. 23. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  21. ^ "ファントム・アンティクライスト". Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  22. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Album Chart". On the page, select "2012.06.10~2012.06.16", then "국외", to obtain the corresponding chart. Gaon Chart Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  23. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Kreator – Phantom Antichrist". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  24. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Kreator – Phantom Antichrist". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  25. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Kreator – Phantom Antichrist". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Kreator – Phantom Antichrist". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  27. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  28. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  29. ^ "Kreator Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  30. ^ "Kreator Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  31. ^ "Kreator Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 4, 2014.

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