Kreator – Love Us Or Hate Us – The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1985-1992
This has got to be one of the best put together “The Very Best Of” CDs documenting thrash/extreme metal legends Kreator’s first several releases on the independent Noise Records label from 1985 to 1992.
“Love Us Or Hate Us” is not just an awesome song from their “Extreme Aggression” thrash metal onslaught, but is a fitting title to this Best Of CD. The extreme metal energy found on this CD is beyond what words could ever describe, but for the sake of this review, I have no choice but to describe it with words.
Ever since I heard Kreator’s third full-length release in the form of “Terrible Certainty”, I was seriously addicted to this extreme metal/thrash drug. From here on, I had to check out all of their earlier works as well as follow them ‘til today. I still do enjoy listening to Kreator, and they’ve matured as songwriters and musicians, but they still remain seriously as heavy as possible. This is something, which cannot be said of some of their more recent contemporaries.
Songs making it onto this release are listed as follows: “Endless Pain”, “Tormentor”, “Flag Of Hate”, “Behind The Mirror”, “Ripping Corpse”, “Terrible Certainty”, “Extreme Aggression”, “Love Us Or Hate Us”, “Betrayer”, “Coma Of Souls”, “Kharmic Wheel” and “Renewal”.
The last of the two tracks being from their “Renewal” opus, which was more in the experimental vein reminding of industrial metal at times. However, all of these songs showcase the band’s ability to progress yet keep it brutally heavy and in your face type of aggression.
The extensive liner notes along with color photos of the band and their album artwork makes for a complete package. All of the songs on this 12-track CD are quite well presented, and show how fucking insane Kreator, was at the peak of their extreme thrash metal careers. Check it out! Noise Records/BMG Sarjoo Devani