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A Review of the Album "Renewal" by German Thrash Metal Band Kreator

Updated on April 21, 2022
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

How is Renewal Different from the Kreator Albums Before It?

"Renewal" is the 1992 studio album by German thrash metal band Kreator. Continuing on the tradition of covering bands that formed in the 1980’s Renewal is a remarkably different kind of heavy metal album by these German guys than you may have heard in the past. Mille Petrozza’s voice is not the usual raspy style that we have heard but rather a lower and rougher style.

A View of the Front Album Cover for Renewal


The Significance of Renewal as a Heavy Metal Album

Renewal is also an album for me to listen to as I am undergoing a sort of rebirth in my life as well. I enter this album review writing not mainly in an attempt to get rich but because of the pure enjoyment of writing album reviews of different genres as the exploration continues.

Kreator and Their Greatness in the German Heavy Metal Scene

Kreator would release the album Endorama in 1999 and that album would be different than the albums that we would hear in the 2000’s. Kreator’s exploration and change of style has never really hurt their greatness. Can we call that the German spirit and creativity? Germany can perform well in pretty much any kind of heavy metal whether that style is Gothic rock, standard hard rock, power metal, or thrash metal. They are just gifted in what is one of the world’s most major art forms.

How Does the Album Renewal Begin?

The album begins with a slow starting song Winter Martyrium which also has an interesting drumming part. The song talks about the fact that people around the world have been hypnotized and the future seems to be very bleak. Dreams have been shattered all around the world. Of all the albums that I have heard from Kreator Renewal may be their weakest album but even so, it is a decent thrash metal release even from Kreator’s standards.

There is a Title Track Called Renewal

Winter Martyrium also has riffing which I consider similar to a part in the Metallica song Whiplash.

The title track Renewal is a song that addresses the imperfections of human beings as well as the aggression of the male gender. Renewal came out in 1992 a full ten years after the formation of Kreator back in 1982. The album is slower and the drum sound sounds like how the drums were played back in the old days of heavy metal which would be in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

The Significance of the Song Brainseed

Brainseed is a song that describes the human race as having a bunch of distorted thoughts as the world is described as a cold world. Is it really a cold world as the song describes it? That depends on whom you are to ask. That’s a philosophical question that can be debated from day to night.

"Europe After the Rain"

Karmic Wheel is the Strongest Song on the Album Renewal

Karmic Wheel is one of the strongest songs in this album. Karma keeps on going around in this world as humans reach the end of life and die off to give way to new generations. We must try to reach a place of honesty and get rid of the need to be greedy.

Final Thoughts About the Album "Renewal"

Zero to None is a song that describes the unfortunate human need to kill others to get what they want. Europe After the Rain is a fast song about the nature of indecisive governments as anarchists are persecuted. Sometimes we cannot forget the images that we see on TV as governments around the world try to silence their critics by a variety of means. The album ends with the song called Depression Unrest as once again Kreator touches upon political issues. In some situations where changes come to a country there is much uncertainty, fear, and sometimes hatred. Renewal is an album that may be hard to grasp for fans new to this band so check out their later albums before you listen to this one.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2018 Ara Vahanian


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