Sound — 9
Although I will be first to admit that when I first listened to Hordes of Chaos, I was a little disappointed... first and foremost with Mille Petroza's voice, which I have to say I am a huge fan of however on Hordes of Chaos I find it more mellow on this album, it sounds a lot cleaner than previous albums but it adds more feeling to the song and makes the experience less dull after listening to it several times I must say it grew on me. The guitar skill of Mille Petroza and Sami Yli-Sirni is just mind blowing, once again they mix blinding thrash riffs with more slow melodic clean riffs (noticeably in Amok Run and Corpses of Liberty) and Sami of course still laying down original and creative solos as always, and surely all these technical, melodic and harmony drive guitar riffs are backed up by one of the finest drummers in metal: Jrgen 'Ventor' Reil who backs up the crushing riffs with what can only be described as a nuclear blast. The major difference in Hordes of Chaos is that Mille Petroza has stated it's an organic record - recorded live as a quartet with no overdubs, this is the first time Kreator has recorded an album in this way for 13 years (Pleasure to Kill), it isn't noticeable at first but it gives the sound of Hordes of Chaos an added "edge" which gives the songs much more feeling and really want to make you thrash out as you're listening to it.
Lyrics — 10
as I mentioned before, Petrozza's voice on Hordes of Chaos is I find more mellow and cleaner sounding, however it is not an off putting feature, it shows diversity which I like in any musician of any instrument. The opening lyrics of "Run Amok" are chilling and haunting and clearly portray Petrozza's personal political views which course through the whole albums veins. f course the lyrics are sung in a similar way as on 2005's "Enemy of God" that being, clean, slow even melodic vocals over the clean sections building up to Petrozza's signature growl/scream over the heavier, faster riffs. Overall the lyrics fit with the songs and even if Petrozza's vocals are more refined, it's nothing to complain about.
Overall Impression — 9
My first impression with this album was a certain feeling of disappointment however I was rather naive to think that they could top the previous album, but after the initial sense of disappointment wore off Hordes of Chaos started to grow on me. My favourite songs as soon as I listened to this album are: Warcurse, Amok Run, Corpses of Liberty (instrumental clean track), Demon Prince and the title track: Hordes of Chaos. I'd definitely recommend this to long time Kreator fans or new comers to Kreator, I still maintain the opinion that since the joining of lead guitarist Sami Yli-Sirni, Kreator are more melodic and almost a thrash version of Iron Maiden - which is not a bad thing at all. Old school thrashers maybe slightly disappointed with the lack of aggression that was present in Kreators early albums back in the 80's but I feel Petrozza and company have matured with age and are currently on perfect form. They've definitely made it difficult to top this or Enemy of God but I think we'll still be hearing more from these thrash titans.