Kreator - _Cause for Conflict_
by: Alain M. Gaudrault (
Mille Petrozza has redefined Kreator once more. Personally, I was hoping for an expansion on the direction taken with their previous release, _Renewal_, which featured a highly mechanical, yet not entirely industrial, musical approach with enough melody and interesting hooks to keep me interested. Perhaps the backlash from longtime fans and declining sales have prompted a return to a heavier sound. Unfortunately, Mille has chosen a sound which incorporates some of the more annoying trends in metal these days brought upon by bands such as Biohazard, Machine Head, and even Sepultura. The vocals are most noticeably different, oftentimes mildly emulating the vocalists of the above mentioned groups. The hardcore influence is apparent, particularly in their choice of cover songs, a track from Italian hardcore metallers Raw Power. Despite its shortcomings, the album does have some redeeming qualities. After all, we're talking about a Kreator record. There are some cool riffs throughout, some nifty vocal effects here and there, and the occasional throwback to an older Kreator sound. While it took me a number of listens, I did come to appreciate this album, although I can't say that it has a lot of staying power.
(article published 4/18/1996)
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