Along with Destruction and Sodom, Kreator were at the forefront of the German thrash metal scene in the mid '80s. But as the band entered the '90s, frontman Mille Petrozza decided to slow down and explore industrial beats, textural rhythms and more melodic vocals. Old-school fans cried foul, and the band lost underground credibility, but that's no reason to write off the band's mid-career records. Voices of Transgression — A '90s Retrospective showcases some of Kreator's most creative moments, opening with a hammering cover of Sister of Mercy's goth-metal classic "Lucretia (My Reflection)" and featuring the tumbling beats and dizzying guitar pans of "Hate Inside Your Head," the lumbering riffs and primal guitar-harmonies of "Outcast" and the precise guitar picking, vocal moans and electronic-enhanced percussion of "Endorama." On "The Chosen Few," Petrozza sings, "So, our souls will be one/ A new era has begun." That era ended in 2001 when Kreator released the well-received Violent Revolution, which marked a return to the accelerate-or-die tempos of the band's early material.
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