Kreator – Endorama

Endorama. Many Kreator fans are rumored to have frowned upon this experimental release, which mixes thrash metal with early goth rock elements and could be called less “heavy’ from the standpoint of a pure metal fan. However, that standpoint -at least in this case – is bullshit. The album shows the band going through an excellent musical and lyrical exploration while not losing their distinct harsh edge. They actually do this by replacing heaviness, in its usual sonic definition, with an atmosphere so heavy it literally drags you into your own personal depths of despair.

The ambiance I’m speaking about is in no way one dimensional, as its ingredients are arranged differently in each track, creating a constant convincing variation, interconnected by one very bleak artistic vision. Put more simply, the range between “quiet” and heavy is wide here, containing both total headbanging material and a more elegant melancholia, furiously injected with outbursts of violent resolution. This ever-changing nature makes it hard for one track to really sum up what this album is about, but the one below can give you a taste of what I’m ramblin’ about:

Soul Eraser

For those who still wish to argue on the quality of this album, I will agree it is no “Extreme Aggression“. This is an alternative path which enables Kreator to express a raw yet multidimensional quality of emotions that cannot be demonstrated using your traditional thrash attack. Sonically speaking, Endorama acts more subtly – like a drug; painting the listener’s world in dark colors, and inviting him into a place where truths can be expressed by much more than ordinary violence – in all their diverse, beautiful, painful(and awesome) forms.

A perfect example of the described above (and perhaps my favorite track) is “Willing Spirit” – a song about one’s unsung longing for a dead lover. It doesn’t just deal with grief, but focuses on its aspects of longing & denial in an almost paranormal manner; A lucid dream which leaves the awakened both mesmerized by a romantic fantasy and torn apart by reality.

While vocalist Mille Petrozza and the band have certainly returned to their crushing thrash metal roots, I still think their experimental era should be re-evaluated by fans both old and new. This is truly a one of a kind, gem of an album!

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