When the album artwork for Phantom Antichrist was released, my anticipation grew. When Kreator posted the title track, to give the fans a taste of what was to come...holy shit...I couldn't wait.
The album arrives and it storms out of the gate...Phantom Antichrist, and Death to the World are killer songs...but then something funny happens...throughout most of the rest of the album, I can hear elements of Power Metal sneaking their way into Kreator's brand of German Thrash. It sounds out of place and awkward. I just want the band to blaze through this album and destroy everything in it's path...instead we get some "uplifting" and "epic" sections. The album has grown on me a little bit over the past couple of weeks, but I would still rather have my old Kreator back.
300 pressed on brown vinyl, and available exclusively through Nuclear Blast.