The only truth I've ever heard
Is the truth that I've spoken myself
A pack of lies is all I get from anybody else
Experience shows me I'm right
Deceit is the only game in sight
So be careful what you choose to believe

-- Kreator - Don't Trust

KARMA - Fear Of Destiny
Argentina 1994

1. Naked 2. Terror A.I.D.S. 3. Life Is Wrong 4. A Long Time Ago 5. Seeking A Door 6. Feel Your Truth (Betray The World) 7. Odio Song 8. Nuclear Epidemy 9. Is Death My Solution?

Karma were a fitting addition to the South American scene, sporting almost typically heavy thrash metal with gruff vocals. Fear Of Destiny does not immediately sound like a highly inspirational piece of work - in many ways, the influence of Sepultura and the like is more than evident. But while the initial impression may appear only so-so, it sort of improves when you get further into this album. In all honesty, Karma's repertoire is really not too varied, and every so often there comes a moment when you cannot help but wish that some more versatile riffs had been utilized. There is still enough room for an occasional semi-convincing song or two, and ultimately one should not consider this a flimsy effort by any means. It's just that in a wider perspective the appeal of Fear Of Destiny is rather limited at best.

KAZJUROL - Dance Tarantella
Sweden 1990

1. A Clockwork Out Of Order 2. Moment 22 3. Merciless Insanity 4. Tban - The Fastest 5. Honesty The Right Excuse 6. Dance Tarantella 7. Blind Illusions 8. Three Minator 9. Echoes From The Past 10. Stagedive To Hell

While Kazjurol were not Sweden's most notable speed/thrash metal export, their music more than fits the typical formal requirements in the genre. On Dance Tarantella the band even tried to add some variety of their own into the mix, and although the result is left short of truly memorable, at least there is some real effort behind it. Everything is in place in the sound department, therefore it is a shame that the album does not feature more original or striking content. Some of the most straightforward pieces like Merciless Insanity and Stagedive To Hell are simple but sort of effective thrashers where the band don't hold back in the least, though of course the presentation still doesn't compare to the best of the field in a favorable way. Dance Tarantella can boast a couple of interesting moments, but eventually it ends up being like so many others, a bit of a faceless release.

KELLER - Spreading Evil
Slovenia 2010

1. Intro 2. Death Command 3. Summon The Mortals 4. Sentenced To Death 5. Spreading Evil 6. Keller 7. Holy Slaughter 8. Manicomio 9. Follow My Lead 10. Beyond Recognition 11. In Hands Of Tormentor

There might not be much about Keller's Spreading Evil that would actually make this album stand out. But that doesn't make it a failed attempt either. The band's sound in general is kind of appealing, dark and sufficiently heavy, and there's some consistent quality in the riffage. While it may be difficult to find any actual highlights among these tracks, more important than that is the general coherent and rather powerful feel of the album as a whole. More than anything, this is a fairly solid full-length recording of street-credible thrash metal, not a mere haphazard collection of individual songs. It could have used some more creative songwriting here and there, yet the outcome can be deemed at least satisfactory. Above all, it does not sound dumb in the least.

KEMAKIL - Kemakil
United Kingdom 2013

1. The Cause Of All War 2. Iram Of The 'Ad 3. Hell Patrol 4. Free To Obey 5. Chemical Attack 6. Illuminati 7. The Vile, The Bad And The Ugly 8. Nightmare Existence 9. Nuclear Proliferation 10. Persecution Of The Hmong

As it turns out, the roots of Kemakil reach all the way back to the original 1980s British thrash metal scene, which probably explains the band's nicely traditional sound that has more warmth to it than the products of your average contemporary acts usually do. The presentation is credible and spontaneous, and although this is their first full-length album, it would be fairly easy to mistake Kemakil for some less known veteran group with several releases in their discography. For once, they seem to be capable of maintaining a healthy balance between high speed and more emphatic breaks. Certainly the band's style is nothing exceptional or even particularly catchy, but this album flows effortlessly enough so that it wouldn't be an unpleasant task to play it once in a while.

KILLING CHAPEL - Enter The Chapel
USA 2006

1. Pray To See The Day 2. Chaos & Fire 3. Unholy Swarm 4. Violent Dementia 5. Reign Among The Dead

If violent thrash metal in the vein of Slayer and the like is your thing then Killing Chapel could be a moderately interesting pick. Enter The Chapel echoes the sound of the band's apparent role-models from the 1980s, with some lengthy but aggressive tracks and occasional chaotic moments especially in guitar solos. Despite having only a few songs, the total length of this release is almost a half hour, a lot of which is consumed by the opening and ending tracks that are unexceptional yet robust pieces. The presentation is fairly ordinary, dry and plain, and the result is a basic thrash metal album that does not belong anywhere near the top spot. Even so, Enter The Chapel can be seen as a working man's thrash metal title that deserves to exist in the scene.

KILLING CHAPEL - High On Homicide
USA 2007

1. High On Homicide 2. Await To Tear 3. Hide Behind The Cross 4. Never To Return 5. Insanity's Depths 6. Lord Of The New Faith 7. Dead Skin Mask 8. Shredded Humans

High On Homicide notably differs from Killing Chapel's previous release, as the songs are generally shorter and more straightforward. There are a couple of tracks where the antics of early death metal momentarily take over, namely Never To Return and the Cannibal Corpse cover song Shredded Humans. As the band also decided to cover Slayer's well-known but slow Dead Skin Mask, this album unavoidably ends up being somewhat more patchy than one would like to expect based on the strong start only. This is kind of unfortunate since most tracks here are not too bad at all. Although High On Homicide is already now only barely a full-length release, it could have been better as a solid mini album if the unnecessary filler material had been left out.

KILLJOY - Compelled By Fear
USA 1990

1. Body Count 2. Enemy Within (Cycle Of Insanity) 3. Faith Against Faith 4. Infected 5. Demise Of Humanity 6. Status Nine 7. Frozen Refuge 8. Fall From Grace 9. Altered Image 10. Compelled By Fear

Killjoy may be better known for his work as the vocalist of the death metal band Necrophagia than for this off-shoot album from the time when Necrophagia was on hold. Nevertheless, Compelled By Fear is a decent, thrashy release on its own. With a shredding guitar sound and enough ideas in songwriting, this album manages to avoid a lot of the usual dullness that prevails on many lesser albums of the time. Complete with two crunchy instrumentals, the music is slightly more ambitious than one might have expected from this kind of a side-project. Even with the quality varying a bit, Compelled By Fear is quite a satisfactory piece of work.

KING'S-EVIL - Deletion Of Humanoise
Japan 2001

1. Victim And Hate 2. Detonation 3. Web Of Lies 4. Fanatical Devotion 5. False Pride 6. Punish With Death 7. Core Dead 8. Scream

It should raise some serious interest in advance when a band share members with Ritual Carnage, as the latter group must have made some of the better releases in the genre. However, the music of King's-Evil (as they like to write it, for whatever reason) does not come close to the recordings of their more famous peers. Deletion Of Humanoise provides competent but routine-like thrash metal that you could expect from pretty much any other typical band in the scene as well. The vocals are sufficiently harsh and determined and the riffs flow fast and smooth, but when the time comes to point out some really memorable songs, this album falls short in the same way as most other average releases do. Despite the promising background, Deletion Of Humanoise ultimately presents nothing new under the sun.

KING'S-EVIL - Sacrosanct
Japan 2011

1. Trace Of Insanity 2. Stab In The Back 3. Bind Torture Kill 4. Retaliation For The Wretch 5. Gaze Into The Brain 6. Infected With The Blood 7. Leviathan 8. Impudence Of Brutality

As it appears, King's-Evil cannot be accused of making their albums in a rush. Released ten years after the band's previous effort, Sacrosanct practically sounds like it could have been put out in the very same year as Deletion Of Humanoise and most people would have noticed little or no difference. With virtually no changes in the music, pretty much the same commentary could be applied here as earlier. Bind Torture Kill is frenzied enough to deserve a nod of approval, the rest of the album sounds a lot more average and the most dragging pieces like Gaze Into The Brain are downright boring experiences. One can only hope that any further releases won't be suffering from the same problem anymore.

KOMUTATOR - Mental Sadism
Poland 2013

1. Eternal Flood 2. Mental Sadism 3. Riot Of Blood 4. The Iceman 5. Malapane Valley Thrashers 6. Born To Sin 7. Suicide World 8. Way Of Destruction 9. Psychosis Of Fear

With a sharp sound quality, Mental Sadism exhibits something of an analytical approach to thrash metal. Komutator's style is semi-technical and somewhat cold but not hard to listen to. The most obvious drawback must be the vocals that initially appear terribly amateurish and flimsy, but surprisingly you get used to them after only a few tracks. It must be said that a slightly more credible tone could have improved the result quite a bit, though. That aside, Mental Sadism is fairly promising and well-performed for a debut release, it just doesn't feature any exceptional qualities that would somehow make this album more noteworthy than your average pack.

KORZUS - Pay For Your Lies
Brazil 1989

1. The Dark Side Of The Mind 2. Brain Wash 3. Born To Kill 4. Elm Street 5. The World Is A Stage 6. Under The Sun

Although Korzus are actually one of the oldest thrash metal bands from Brazil, it wasn't until Pay For Your Lies that they started to make recordings in English. The earlier experience probably shows here in a positive way, as the sound of this mini album leaves little to be desired, being very heavy and full. In fact, the only nitpick production-wise is about the vocals that sound pretty thin especially when compared to the otherwise perfectly thick wall of sound. Musically this album features some great headbanging stuff with lots of good, strong riffs. Most tracks are rather short, fast bursts that just leave you hoping for more - with such simple but highly effective pieces like Brain Wash this album is bound to catch your interest. For its length, Pay For Your Lies is pretty satisfying.

KORZUS - Mass Illusion
Brazil 1991

1. Agony 2. Victim Of Progress 3. P.F.Y.L. 4. Beyond The Limits Of Insanity 5. Unpredictable Disease 6. Mass Illusion 7. Kids Of The Streets 8. Blood For Blood 9. Living In Pain 10. Raise Your Head 11. Midnight Madness 12. The Illuminated 13. Inutil

With Mass Illusion Korzus continued in the vein of very heavy and furious thrash metal. Agony is a particularly strong opening track and gives this album a great start even though the rest of the songs are not quite as distinctive. The songwriting is very consistent, though, and sticking to the style of heavy no-nonsense thrash sort of makes this album even a refreshing experience. In comparison to the preceding mini album, the sound of this full-length is somewhat more refined, especially the vocals are much heavier than before. Despite some slightly less interesting content than on Pay For Your Lies and the fact that Mass Illusion is not too distinguishable from the majority of old-school thrash metal releases, friends of a heavy sound in the style of Sepultura or Brazilian bands in general surely know what to expect from this one.

KORZUS - Discipline Of Hate
Brazil 2010

1. Discipline Of Hate 2. Truth 3. 2012 4. Raise Your Soul 5. My Enemy 6. Revolution 7. Never Die 8. Slavery 9. Last Memories 10. Under His Command 11. You Reap What You Sow 12. Hell 13. Hipocrisia (bonus)

After the release of Mass Illusion there seemed to be not much worth mentioning from the Korzus camp for many years, their half-groove ridden Ties Of Blood notwithstanding. But Discipline Of Hate changed everything. This may be one of the stronger "comeback" albums from an original thrash metal band in the new millennium, although Korzus never really left the scene. The riffs are quite good, the band play very well, and the production quality is simply great. Even more important than that, the general feel of this album is very enthusiastic and forceful. Add a large number of total crushers like the title track, 2012, and My Enemy, to name just a few, and it shouldn't be hard to see where the overall good impression stems from. Especially those people who remained disappointed at Slayer despite their partial rejuvenation should seriously look into Discipline Of Hate, as this album is something that certainly even the more famous contemporaries of Korzus could be proud of.

KRAPTOR - Fucking Liar
Venezuela 2011

1. Fuck I.D. 2. Fucking Liar 3. Keep It Thrashing Or Die 4. Violent Mosh 5. Thrash Is Back 6. Kill Disgusting People

Objectively speaking, Kraptor's debut mini album is not a bad release. Most of the time these songs sound sufficiently powerful if also rather unexceptional, and as a whole this thing is probably not quite as dull as many full-length recordings of the same kind often turn out to be, at least in a short run. Maybe the biggest drawback therefore is that this album effectively doesn't have a point. While the band occasionally show hints of higher ambitions, tracks like Keep It Thrashing Or Die, Violent Mosh and Thrash Is Back are not really the most advanced examples of what thrash metal has to offer. After all, Fucking Liar deserves a fair listen - but it is almost equally tempting to use it as a fancy looking drink coaster instead.

KRAPTOR - Night Of The Living Dead
Venezuela 2012

1. Intro (Curfew For The Damned Graves) 2. Night Of The Living Dead 3. Damage Brain 4. Murder King 5. Intro - The Barbara's Undead Chronicles 6. The Barbara's Undead Chronicles 7. Civil Disobedience 8. Origin Of Terror 9. Insane TV Madness 10. Unknown Medical Infection 11. Reanimator 12. Intro - Leatherfake 13. Leatherfake 14. Outro - Dawning

Night Of The Living Dead notably differs from its predecessor, and fortunately for the better. Although topics like zombie outbreak, misuse of power, and breakdown of society are hardly novel, using them together as thematic elements is enough to make this album appear more ambitious than your typical thrash metal platter. Kraptor didn't sound weak on their first release either, but here the band's usual strong delivery is combined with some welcome progression in both songwriting and presentation. The tracks are generally convincing enough, although a couple of dramatized interludes manage to sound just awfully comical and more like outtakes from some cheap and cheesy TV show, which must have been done on purpose. Truth to be told, this is a far cry from real classics in the field, for Kraptor's style is still too reliant on certain overused thrash metal antics. But when everyone and their dog seem to be focused on reinventing the wheel, even moderate displays of imagination like this are worth some attention.

KREATOR - Endless Pain
Germany 1985

1. Endless Pain 2. Total Death 3. Storm Of The Beast 4. Tormentor 5. Son Of Evil 6. Flag Of Hate 7. Cry War 8. Bone Breaker 9. Living In Fear 10. Dying Victims

As one of the oldest European thrash metal bands, Kreator had a significant position in the genre even in a worldwide scale. However, for other than its consistent high speed Endless Pain didn't yet radically differ from other releases in the same year. Admittedly this album made an important initial contribution to a more extreme form of expression that would become known as the German school of thrash metal, but the band's sound here is still fairly undeveloped which can make it a bit tiresome listening experience. On this and the next couple of albums the vocal duties were shared between Mille and Ventor, and while Mille already had some good nasty attitude going on this debut, Ventor's part and the vocal output on the whole left some room for development. Endless Pain undoubtedly deserves its nostalgic status, but it does not really compare to Kreator's better works released in later years.

KREATOR - Pleasure To Kill
Germany 1986

1. Choir Of The Damned 2. Ripping Corpse 3. Death Is Your Saviour 4. Pleasure To Kill 5. Riot Of Violence 6. The Pestilence 7. Carrion 8. Command Of The Blade 9. Under The Guillotine 10. Flag Of Hate (bonus) 11. Take Their Lives (bonus) 12. Awakening Of The Gods (bonus)

Based on the classy and almost ethereal intro, it would have been impossible to expect the level of chaos that Kreator's Pleasure To Kill actually contains. Essentially this is nothing more than a faster, even more intense but also better produced version of Endless Pain. In that sense most of the same good and bad points apply here, too. This album is a good example of high-speed antics taken to the extreme, but it appears that more emphasis was put on speed alone than riffs which are not quite strong enough to carry the weight of a full-length album. A couple of exceptions aside, most songs are not distinctive enough to make it a day. Considered a classic album by many, Pleasure To Kill does deserve respect for its sheer brutal execution alone, but it also represents a certain noisy part of the thrash metal genre that can honestly be something of an acquired taste.

KREATOR - Terrible Certainty
Germany 1987

1. Blind Faith 2. Storming With Menace 3. Terrible Certainty 4. As The World Burns 5. Toxic Trace 6. No Escape 7. One Of Us 8. Behind The Mirror

Terrible Certainty was a bit better controlled release than Kreator's previous efforts. The sound quality is sharper and more piercing especially in the vocal department, down to a nearly inconvenient effect at times. While the music is not quite as frantic as on Endless Pain or Pleasure To Kill, the actual stylistic differences are not huge. Most notably, several songs contain riffs that could be called even memorable although the album as a whole is not equally impressive. There is already an obvious notion of a more carefully conceived and serious form of songwriting, and even though the result may not be fully realized in the best possible manner, the combination of this and the band's unchanged aggressive attitude is managed in a respectable way. In practice, Terrible Certainty could be taken as something of a bridge between Kreator's earliest albums and their more advanced works to follow.

KREATOR - Extreme Aggression
Germany 1989

1. Extreme Aggression 2. No Reason To Exist 3. Love Us Or Hate Us 4. Stream Of Consciousness 5. Some Pain Will Last 6. Betrayer 7. Don't Trust 8. Bringer Of Torture 9. Fatal Energy

It is impossible to omit Extreme Aggression when Kreator's most mature and effective works are discussed. With this release the band ultimately proved their worth in creating something more than just a frenzied blur of sound. Even though the songs occasionally slow down to a reasonable level, a customary feel of intensity is still preserved, just in a lot more refined and efficient format than before. These tracks feature some of the best riffs Kreator ever recorded, and in combination with other general improvements in compositions, production, and even lyrics, the results are nothing short of stunning. For example, Some Pain Will Last might be one of the band's best tracks ever, an evil and menacing piece that seriously could not have been possible on any of the previous releases. Mille's vocals remain about as raw as ever and therefore may not quite appear to match the overall progress, but that becomes eventually a non-issue. With a lot of necessary stylistic and musical development finally complete, Extreme Aggression is a great thrash metal album with much to like.

KREATOR - Coma Of Souls
Germany 1990

1. When The Sun Burns Red 2. Coma Of Souls 3. People Of The Lie 4. World Beyond 5. Terror Zone 6. Agents Of Brutality 7. Material World Paranoia 8. Twisted Urges 9. Hidden Dictator 10. Mental Slavery

Upon its release Coma Of Souls was clearly the most technical Kreator album up to that point. In general, the music is slightly more complex than on Extreme Aggression though unfortunately not nearly as impressive. Although the songwriting has taken another step forward, the outcome sounds strangely impersonal, at times downright devoid of all emotion and energy. Whereas Kreator's earliest albums could sometimes seem a bit too rushed and rough around the edges, this recording is close to being an example of another extreme. Initially it may appear to lack memorable riffs almost completely, therefore sounding pretty uninteresting. While certainly an advanced release, Coma Of Souls can require a considerable amount of time before it starts to grow on you.

KREATOR - Renewal
Germany 1992

1. Winter Martyrium 2. Renewal 3. Reflection 4. Brainseed 5. Karmic Wheel 6. Realitatskontrolle 7. Zero To None 8. Europe After The Rain 9. Depression Unrest

The first moments of Kreator's Renewal must have been quite shocking to anyone who had expected the band to continue in their familiar style. On this album Mille's customary growls were replaced with plain hardcore-ish shouts that seriously border on monotonic, and the music lost some energy in favor of more complex, occasionally even experimental touches in songwriting. Although this change was not totally surprising, considering the technical approach already present on Coma Of Souls, the difference to Kreator's older albums is still quite drastic. It doesn't help the situation that this particular release sounds almost under-produced at times, and the overall feel is terribly depressive. Renewal is not as bad as you might have been led to believe, except a couple of more experimental tracks it remains sufficiently thrashy, but compared to Kreator's more energetic recordings this one comes across as pretty bland. Not really something that you would like to listen too often.

KREATOR - Cause For Conflict
Germany 1995

1. Prevail 2. Catholic Despot 3. Progressive Proletarians 4. Crisis Of Disorder 5. Hate Inside Your Head 6. Bomb Threat 7. Men Without God 8. Lost 9. Dogmatic Authority 10. Sculpture Of Regret 11. Celestial Deliverance 12. State Oppression (bonus) 13. Isolation

Following the mixed-up Renewal, Kreator's Cause For Conflict was something of a temporary return to a more straightforward expression. While it doesn't quite compare to the most frantic antics of the band's early albums, at least it sounds slightly more energetic than Renewal, and the production is a definite improvement. The vocals continue in a shouty vein, but the outcome is more consistent than previously. Against all these points, it's a shame that most of the riffs are so unmemorable. Where Renewal could at least afford a few moments of genuinely interesting songwriting even though the result as a whole left something to be desired, here no songs really stick, which leads to the ultimate downfall of this album. It feels like all the necessary bits were available, but they are so badly scattered around that the whole thing is less than a sum of its parts. Cause For Conflict sounds like a standard effort that almost any band could have come up with, and it seriously tends to leave you numb in the long run.

KREATOR - Violent Revolution
Germany 2001

1. Reconquering The Throne 2. The Patriarch 3. Violent Revolution 4. All Of The Same Blood (Unity) 5. Servant In Heaven - King In Hell 6. Second Awakening 7. Ghetto War 8. Replicas Of Life 9. Slave Machinery 10. Bitter Sweet Revenge 11. Mind On Fire 12. System Decay

After spending most of the 1990s with either very forgettable or just too quirky releases, Kreator saw it appropriate to revive classic thrash metal with Violent Revolution, an album that couldn't have been more welcome. In the result Mille's vocals appear much like they did in the 1980s, and as a whole this thing must be the most familiar-sounding Kreator release in a very long time. It's obvious that in addition to the vastly improved production values the band had matured a lot over the years. Probably the most essential difference to the old must be the numerous melodic overtones that were almost completely missing from the band's earlier efforts but form an essential factor of the resurrected Kreator. Only the most extreme purists could consider that as a drawback, though, as the band's sound is very tight and focused in its current form. Even though it's a bit hard to point out actual standout tracks, Violent Revolution shows that Kreator still had a fair amount of energy left in store.

KREATOR - Enemy Of God
Germany 2005

1. Enemy Of God 2. Impossible Brutality 3. Suicide Terrorist 4. World Anarchy 5. Dystopia 6. Voices Of The Dead 7. Murder Fantasies 8. When Death Takes Its Dominion 9. One Evil Comes - A Million Follow 10. Dying Race Apocalypse 11. Under A Total Blackened Sky 12. The Ancient Plague

Initially Enemy Of God sounds like a logical continuation of Violent Revolution, in other words, a menacing and really melancholic album with the melodic aspects of the previous release taken even further. The result is quite stylish and all, but most tracks seem to plod along in a semi-lazy manner - the truly inspired moments are a bit too far and between. Technically there is little left to hope for and the quality is very consistent, it's just that musically this is nothing to lose sleep over. In fact quite the opposite; despite their seemingly aggressive nature many of these songs have almost a drowsy feel to them. One can kind of appreciate what the band were trying to do with this release, but quite honestly, there are a lot more exciting albums than this polished and unsurprising effort. Enemy Of God is certainly well done, but most of the time it feels like something running on autopilot.

KREATOR - Hordes Of Chaos
Germany 2009

1. Hordes Of Chaos (A Necrologue For The Elite) 2. Warcurse 3. Escalation 4. Amok Run 5. Destroy What Destroys You 6. Radical Resistance 7. Absolute Misanthropy 8. To The Afterborn 9. Corpses Of Liberty 10. Demon Prince

With Kreator's Hordes Of Chaos out in the wild, one can be entitled to some curious excitement over the outcome before hearing the first note. But although the title track is a fairly energetic opener in a traditional vein, the feelings of novelty quickly disappear. It is probably not too much of an exaggeration to claim that this album could have been called Enemy Of God, part two - in fact, the commentary for the band's previous release applies almost unchanged. There is still a strong emphasis on melodic guitar lines, which is basically a staple of Kreator's renewed sound. Sometimes the mixture of melody and speed works, To The Afterborn being subjectively a more successful example than some other tracks here. While it is certainly good to see the band still making viable music, the subdued sound of Hordes Of Chaos is a strong reminder that Kreator's present style is far from thrilling.

KREMATE - Death: In The Name Of...
Brazil 2005

1. After Storm 2. Today Is Like 1940 3. The Same Old Shit 4. Like A Knife 5. Messenger Of Lies 6. A Man Without A Life 7. Watch The End 8. Buried Law 9. Born Dead 10. R.I.P. (Rot In Pain) 11. The Killing Toys

For a thrash metal band, Kremate seem to have a spent quite a lot of time in the mid-tempo realm on their debut release. It is perfectly acceptable that not every album tries to break the speed record, but in this case the impression can be sometimes rather plodding which contributes to a recurring feeling of melancholy, intentional or not. Despite its occasional short speed bursts and whole faster tracks, Death: In The Name Of... can be deemed more heavy than fast. That said, it may not come as a great surprise that this is not a terribly memorable recording. But it appears that Kremate attempted to create something of a stylish expression of their own, and despite its fairly average qualities the outcome does have a solid base in the end, just not too inspiring at this stage yet.

KREMATE - The Greatest Joke
Brazil 2011

1. Intro 2. The Unlucky Winner 3. Cruel Mercy 4. Face To Face 5. Fatal Hatred 6. The Greatest Joke 7. Out Of Society 8. The Circle 9. Greedy Hero 10. Faces Da Violencia 11. To Destroy 12. A Drunk With Blood

The first moments of The Greatest Joke are kind of promising, as The Unlucky Winner pulls the right strings at the start with its mostly straightforward execution but also some intriguing touches thrown in the mix. Apparently the band got bitten by a speed bug at some point after Death: In The Name Of... because the general feel of this second album is notably faster and snappier than on the previous release. The overall quality has not necessarily been improved by the same amount, though, as the total effect is again quite acceptable but pretty ordinary on most counts. Although The Greatest Joke is a guaranteed safe pick for most people, it is hard to avoid wishing for something more different.

KR'UPPT - The Spunion Field
USA 1996

1. Source Of The Swarm 2. Asylum 3. Spunion Field 4. Womb Of Decay 5. Kr'uppt 6. Nocturnal Nomad 7. Protect And Serve 8. Evolution And Creation 9. Internal Subversion 10. Shattered Worlds

The only reason for the near total obscurity of Kr'uppt in the thrash metal scene must be the time period when this band arose, as there couldn't have been a worse moment to play thrash metal when The Spunion Field was released. While the album mainly features reworked material from the band's early years, a couple of important additions notably contribute to the convincing outcome. The newest and fastest songs Source Of The Swarm and the title track are easily the most impressive pieces, especially the latter must be one of the more memorable thrashers out there. There is nothing wrong with the sound politics in general, the band's output is quite heavy and stomping, and only some lack of speed mainly during the second half of this recording prevents it from gaining more favorable points. Although The Spunion Field may not be able to preserve the full momentum to the end, this is a release to keep an eye on if you have even the slightest interest in heavy stuff.

KRYPTOR - Greedpeace
Czech Republic 1993

1. Beyond Darkness 2. Euthanasia 3. Asleep & Buried 4. Opiate For The Masses 5. Struggle For Humanity 6. Experiments In Butchery 7. The Psycho 8. Soul Sacrifice 9. From Gehenna To Here 10. Abominable Bitch 11. Greedpeace 12. Mills Of Justice Slowly Grind 13. Splitting Lanes

The general impression about Kryptor is promising. While Greedpeace is this Czech band's only known release with English lyrics, their earlier routine shows in a positive way as the album sounds quite professional. The growling vocals nicely fit in the band's dark and robust sound, and although originality may not be the strongest point of this release, there is a sufficient amount of fairly effective basic riffage mixed with a sense of somberness. You won't find too many catchy hooks here, but the music remains powerful enough that anyone with at least an average attention-span should be able to enjoy it. Not to forget about a couple of more memorable individual tracks like the forceful Experiments In Butchery that stand out from the rest. For the most part this recording simply provides a solid load of heavy thrash metal with hardened riffs.

KUBLAI KHAN - Annihilation
USA 1987

1. Death Breath 2. Mongrel Horde 3. Down To The Inferno 4. Liars Dice 5. Passing Away 6. Kublai Khan 7. Clash Of The Swords 8. Battle Hymn (The Centurian)

Probably better known for their early Megadeth connections, Kublai Khan were one of those classic bands who never made more than one album. Even though Annihilation is not an exceptional release for its time, it features some interesting speed/thrash metal. The opener Death Breath is a true monster of a song, and the rest of the album is pretty much in the same vein - rather melodic yet heavy, with some good riffs and interesting, even inventive guitar work throughout. The production could have used some more work, though, and at times the music seems to lack some intensity. Anyhow, that does not hinder the fact that as a whole Annihilation is not without merits of its own.