It only took 14 albums and 32 years for Kreator to reach their pinnacle of success in Germany – a number one record. ‘Gods of Violence’ captures the Flag (of Hate) for the successful thrash pioneers. Naysayers can continue to point their fingers at the band’s partial dismissal of their early sounds (1985-1990), but damnit if the band doesn’t make up for the lack of technical thrash with accessibility. These new songs (and their albums) are quick to seed and fertilize subconsciously. Kreator have almost become Blind Guardian, evidenced by Mille’s much improved vocals which are harmonized to infinity with epic chorus pieces. God bless technology as Kreator are very much alive and in command this late into their career. Well produced and mixed cuts like “Satan is Real” and “Gods of Violence” are over-the-top slobber knockers that embraces extremities and prove to be album highlights. “Hail to the Hordes” could be a top-five cut for me in 2017.