As the 21st century was born, so Kreator underwent what was nothing less than a seismic creative rebirth. By this time, the iconic German band had released nine studio albums in the 1980s and '90s, which had established them as one of the most important metal names of these decades.In the first period, they had helped to shape and pioneer the thrash scene through such releases as 'Pleasure To Kill' (1986), 'Terrible Certainty' ('87) and 'Extreme Aggression' ('89). During the following decade, the band had opened up exciting horizons of experimentation on albums like 'Coma Of Souls' (1990), 'Renewal' ('92) and 'Endorama' ('99).
Now, though, it was time to move into a fresh era, as vocalist/guitarist Mille Petrozza explains.
"During the 1990s, we were definitely experimenting with what the band were doing. But (drummer) Ventor and I decided that for this album - our first of the new millennium - we wanted to go back to the sort of sound that we had at the start of Kreator. In other words, to get back to the reason why we began the band in the first place."
There was also new guitarist introduced, as Sami Yli-Sirniö (who had made his reputation with Finnish band Waltari) took over from Tommy Vetterli. The latter (also known as Tommy T. Baron) had joined in 1996 and played on the 'Oucast' (1997) and 'Endorama' albums.
LP Track Listing
Disc 1: Side A:1.Reconquering The Throne/2.The Patriarch/3.Violent Revolution/4.All Of The Same Blood
Side B:1.Servant In Heaven - King In Hell/2.Second Awakening/3.Ghetto War
LP Track Listing
Side C:1.Replicas Of Life/2.Slave Machinery
Side D:1.Bitter Sweet Revenge/2.Mind Of Fire/3.System Decay