1985-1992 Past Life Trauma
Some would boldly claim that, to the global metal underground, Kreator were perhaps more influential than Slayer, seeing how classic thrash’s sonic accoutrements have been generously integrated into the modern death- and black-metal scenes from the mid ’90s on. I would like to say yes to that statement because, at their violent best, Kreator were a thrashaholic’s wet dream, the krazy krauts working up a greasy trainwreck of a sound that was often grimier and more gonzo than Slayer’s in the ’80s. Thing is, most kids today hear a lot of talk from the likes of Immortal and their ilk about Kreator’s importance, yet they know next to nothing about Noise’s flagship band when the label actually mattered. That’s where 1985-1992 Past Life Trauma comes in. An 18-track retrospective sampling the band•s crucial ’85-’92 work and featuring a handful of rare/unreleased tracks, Past Life Trauma stands as ground zero for Kreator neophytes, and a justifiable purchase for those well accustomed to the band. From the deliciously visceral overkill of Endless Pain‘s “Tormentor” (the band’s original moniker) to the haunting (re)strains of Renewal‘s title track, all of Kreator’s essential bases are covered, and well; plus, fans had a hand in voting on the track listing, so you know you’re gonna get the crowd faves here. Best of all, Kreator kommander Mille Petrozza offers a sometimes-insightful track-by-track synopsis in the liner notes, which are handsomely packed with photos, some even from their Tormentor days. Buy or rightfully die a poser.
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