Written by Alex Stojanovic
Mille Petrozza - Lead vocals & guitars
Sami Yli-Sirnio - Lead guitars & backing vocals
Frederic Leclercq - Bass & backing vocals
Jurgen "Ventor" Reil - Drums
Release Date: March 26, 2020
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
It's well known by now that Kreator have been working on the follow-up to Gods Of Violence, and the album is scheduled for release this year. That is if all this COVID-19 nonsense goes away sooner than later. It's hard to speculate with the amount of uncertainty surrounding all this, but I digress.
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Last month, Kreator were due to go on the State Of Unrest co-headline tour with Lamb Of God in Europe, but that has now been postponed due to the pandemic. Just recently, the band surprise-released a brand new song, which was supposed to be a single they were going to sell on the European tour, but now that the tour has been postponed, they decided to release it anyway. The new song is "666-World Divided", and at the moment, it is currently unknown whether this song will be featured on the new album. This is also the first recording to feature Frederic Leclercq on bass, who replaced longtime bassist Christian "Speesy" Giesler last year. This also marks the first lineup change the band has had since 2001 when Violent Revolution came out, and they brought in Sami Yli-Sirnio.
The first thing I noticed is that the production isn't the same as it was on Gods Of Violence and Phantom Antichrist, but it sounded more like the production on Enemy Of God. It was then later revealed that Andy Sneap produced the track, which makes sense because he produced that album. Lyrically, Mille Petrozza shows that even after all these years, he is still critical about religion and how it continues to divide so many people in this world. Mille has always been one of the best rhythm guitarists ever, but to me, I never thought of him as an amazing lead player. However, the solo he does in this song is one of the better ones that he has done. Of course, Sami is a lead master, and is honestly one of the most underrated guitarists in the world. The choir section after the solo is one of my favourite sections, because it's something we haven't really heard from Kreator in a long time or maybe ever.