Mille Petrozza - Kreator Interview with Metal-Rules.com
Interview by EvilG
This interview was scheduled to be done via
phone, but due to time constraints was done via e-mail. Mille was pressed
for time so the replies are not the longest. However it does give some
insight on what we can expect for the next Kreator CD. Hopefully when that
comes out we will get the chance for a proper telephone interview so we
can pick Millie's brain a litter better!
I'm sure you're been asked this by almost every
interviewer but I haven't read a reply yet...so, what is the deal with
"Past Life Trauma" - This marks the 3rd "best-of" so
far, the first being Scenarios of Violence and the second one Voices of
Transgression." Was this your idea to do all these best-of's or were
they forced upon you by the labels?
The first two definitely were just forced on us by the
labels......I am especially not happy with " voices....."
Where do you keep digging up these "rare"
tracks from and were there any other such rare tracks lurking in your
There are still some live recordings that were pretty o.k.
other than that I'd have to look again ....Maybe there's some unreleased
demos somewhere but they're only demos for a reason you know.
I think a GREAT idea for the fans would be to take
all the rare, unreleased AND Japanese bonus tracks you've ever done and
put them on ONE CD. Now that would rule!
We haven't really released that many rare Japan tracks so
it would not be enough for a whole CD...sorry.
I've read that you are planning on a return to a
thrashier sound...did the Endorama stuff not work for the band financially
ENDORAMA represents a depressing time of my life
while I was writing the album....Musically I think it's one of the best
Kreator records ever! Kreator stands for extreme music and the next record
will be very extreme in a more aggressive meaning than Endorama.
you think that true thrash metal no longer exists, and that most thrash
bands now play mainly hybrid styles like death-thrash or black metal with
I don't know.....I think there is still a lot of pure
thrash bands out there just take The Haunted as an example.......To put
different influences into that style keeps the music interesting.
There have been many line-up changes over the years,
can you tell me who will be playing on the next Kreator CD?
Not yet.......Ventor and me are definitely involved and
also Christian who has been the bass player for the last 6 years.
Do you consider the "heart" of Kreator to
be yourself and Ventor??
Yes.....short and true.
What made Ventor come back for Outcast?
See above......( Heart of the band.....).
What do you think of Kreator's earlier records and
style - any favorite albums or songs?
The early stuff is an very important part of our
history.....I like all the records except for maybe parts of Terrible
What is the deal with the last (hidden) track on
Cause For Conflict? It sounds like layers of animal sounds, with you guys
jamming in and background. That track is very disturbing to wake up to is
you fall asleep while listening to that album!
Haha.....so you've got the effect there.....No special
Speaking of Cause For Conflict, that is one of the
most brutal thrash albums ever! The album seems out of place, coming
between Renewal and Outcast??!?! What happened??
All the records reflect a certain mood that we were in
while we wrote the songs for it. We felt quite pissed during songwriting
of Cause For Conflict due to business problems.
"Suicide in Swamps" is a brilliant,
somewhat disturbing song. Why was it put on the Scenarios of Violence
compilation and not Cause For Conflict?
We thought it would be a rip off to not put any rare or
new tracks on Scenarios of Violence.....so this song was exclusively
written for that Compilation.
After all these years aren't you glad you changed
the band's name from Tormentor to Kreator?
Oh yeah......I can still identify myself with this name
and I don't know if Tormentor would have lasted that long.
Can we ever expect Kreator to tour in North America
again? When was the last time you toured here?
We're working on some Festivals and a tour at the moment.
Let's see what happens. We would love to do a tour in the U.S. Last tour
was in 96 for Cause For Conflict.
Out of the many bands I listen to, Kreator has
always been one of the few where I read and like the lyrics. The same
things that piss you off, seem to piss me off, and I relate to this big
time. Where do you get most of your lyrical ideas from? When you look at
your older lyrics do they still ring true and mean what they did to you
Thank you very much.....I'm inspired by everyday live
situations and books......Sometimes by something I see on T.V. Old
lyrics to me are also cool since they're more naive.....
What CD's / bands have you been listening to lately?
A lot of doom or stoner rock like the spiritual
beggars....Mostly old Wave, Metal Hardcore......
What CD's / bands have you been listening to lately?
Yeah, The haunted and Witchery are cool...I'm really into
a German band called Mila Mar....
did you think of the "return" of Destruction with their new CD
All Hell Breaks Loose?
Very inspiring.......They're next record should have
better songs though.
In what musical direction will Kreator be heading in
for the next CD?
The next album will be in the same vain as Pleasure ....or
Coma.....Very intense songs with cool melodic stuff Kreator style.....No
experiments this time!
How much of the new album is written and recorded?
Do you have any album or song titles that you can let us know about?
We're going into the studio in February. The title of the
record is Violent Revolution....Producer will be Andy Sneap...(
Nevermore , Testament....)
What label will be putting out / distributing your
The record will be released to SPV.
What final words or other news items would you like
to pass along to readers?? Thanks for you time!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yeah, watch out for the new album !!!!!!!!! Thanx for your
support and loyalty!!!!!!!!!!!