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KREATOR – Mille Petrozza and Sami Yli-Sirniö

December 21st, 2016

 

INTERVIEW WITH MILLE PETROZZA AND SAMI YLI-SIRNIÖ OF KREATOR

The legendary German thrash metal patrol Kreator will be releasing the 14th album called GODS OF VIOLENCE in the beginning of January.  The album presents the pure Kreator sound and shows no slowing down. The four-piece is in the high speed energy and offers a huge amount of memorable songs with the catchy hooks and riffs on GODS OF VIOLENCE. Metal-Rules.Com sat down with the band’s frontman Mille Petrozza and the long time guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö to discuss about the forthcoming album and of course a bit of the 90’s albums.

Interview and pictures by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala


GODS OF VIOLENCE

Good day sir and wilkommen zu Finland

Mille and Sami: Danke Schon

When I paid attention to the title of the album, GODS OF VIOLENCE, I started thinking about the song titles. “Gods and Violence”, “Awakening of the Gods”, “Men Without God”, “Enemy of God”….

Mille : “Violent Revolution”, “Riot of Violence”. It’s like a little bit of a patchwork, almost a typical Kreator title. That you have to admit, yeah. But I think it is definitely…

Sami : Familiar vocabulary.

Mille : Yeah, absolutely. Which is a good thing and a bad thing. We also had like different titles floating around, like at one point we wanted to call the album…

Sami : Apocalyptical, which is a nice word. Because I think you invented the word.

Mille : Yeah, yeah. But then it’s also not… Yeah. It could have been one title, someone wanted World War Now and so on. But I think GODS OF VIOLENCE is more catchy, even though people are going. Yeah, it sounds like…

Are you somehow obsessed or fascinated by using the word God?

Mille : (laughter) I think it’s graphic, it’s very like powerful. To me it doesn’t mean nothing. But the word is big. It’s an epic word and it’s an epic… If you think about the title and just forget about “Awakening of the Gods” and all these stuff. It’s a huge title. It’s a very strong title. But I don’t know….

Sami : I know why it is, because a couple of years ago Mille was named at the Metal Hammer Awards party as the God of riffs. That’s why. (laughter)

Mille : Exactly. (laughter)

Who came up with guitar riffs for this album –  I mean, how do you share the writing nowadays?

Sami : Mille is the main song writer. He comes up with the entire songs. I sometimes come up with parts…

Mille : But he wants to be like intro parts and then I make them sometimes into… We turn them into middle parts or even choruses on this one song.

Sami, you’re more like a learned musician, but Mille is more like self-taught.

Mille : Yes, you can say so I guess.

Sami : I used to study in the conservatory in Helsinki. When I was a teenager , but I never graduated.

Mille : Okay. I thought you did ?!?

Sami : I didn’t, because there was too many shows to do “Laughs”

Mille : I told everyone that you did.

Sami : It’s okay. (laughter)

You have bagpipes and a little bit more melodic things on the album, which might not be compared to previous ones like HORDES OF CHAOS, which is really straight forward album. Was it more decision that this album has to be more melodic and add more different instruments and elements?

Mille : Bagpipes, he wanted to play the bagpipes. I told him, no. (laughter) Seriously, the bagpipes just came about. It was a suggestion from Jens. All over sudden he was like, I did the new song, the song “Hail to the Hordes “ song with a bit little Scottish vibe. He was imagining bagpipes and I said to him “If we use bagpipes, it has to be the guys from In Extremo because we like the band a lot and they’re friends”.

Sami : It’s more I think to spice it up really. In fact when I heard the mix, I could barely hear them.

Mille : Barely hear them. I would have liked them to be louder too.

Sami : But it was nice to spice it up towards the end. It’s not that… It could also be without it.

Mille : Also the melodies, it was a conscious decision. We didn’t put a dogma on the song writing, in order to make the songs more melodic.

Sami : No. Definitely no.

I already mentioned term symphonic but in my ear there’s also much more melodic stuff on this album compared to the last two albums…I can even hear some ENDORAMA style on this album and it’s not a bad thing at all.

Mille: Absolutely. Songs are just developed in a very natural way, and there was never a moment where we would go, “Are the songs too much like this or too much like that, too much like this band or too much like that band?” We don’t obviously rip off other songs, that either we or other bands have written. So, whatever happened with ENDORAMA… Even to me there was even almost some COMA OF SOULS type of stuff in there.

I was surprised to hear Symphonic elements. It was the first time, I think.

Mille: In this? Yeah.

Sami: We had some on ENDORAMA too.

Mille: Yeah, absolutely. But only on the last couple of albums, we only have used just bits and pieces.

Those elements helped the album to sound much wider and bigger.

Sami: That’s what it should do.

Mille: That was the whole idea of it. We wanted the album to have more variety and whatever it takes. We didn’t want to limit ourselves saying we’re a thrash metal band, we can’t do this. This was not the case, because we didn’t limit. There were no boundaries. When we had like an idea for something. We just did it, we just went for it.

Sami: We had some help from an Italian band called Fleshgod Apocalypse.

Mille: Great band. We got into them when we were doing the album, and Jens suggested them. I heard the name before, but I wasn’t aware of what they were doing. A good band.

Does it mean that you’re going to use backing tracks in the future?

Mille: No, no. All these little parts can be played without it. The compromise would be playing to a clique and have like a tape. But that’s not awesome thing to do.

Sami: Playing 95% to a clique, where there is nothing coming out.

 

THE RECORDING SESSION

I’m asking this because you recorded this album at the Fascination Street studio in Sweden again like the previous album. What made you record the album there once again?

Mille : You can look at the previous history of the band, just recently with the band. There has been some producers that we worked with twice. Especially Andy Sneap and now Jens. There is no reason for us, not to work with Jens because he’s great.

Sami : No. In fact there was a new studio in Stockholm…

Mille : Yeah, yeah. It’s called Fascination. It’s still called Fascination Street, but it’s a different location. So there wasn’t any reason for us not to work with Jens again, because we worked great in the last time and we kind of got something more out of this time I would say.

Sami : Yeah, yeah. Absolutely. He’s a creative guy and he puts a lot of input in the songs, and he’s very, very… He feels like very strongly about his responsibility also. So do we, but if we have one more person who feels that. It helps.

Mille : It helps a lot, it helps a lot. A producer is very important, but if you listen to the demo tapes. They are almost there. But the last 10% or 15% or whatever. The difference is essential. It makes the song a lot stronger. So it is definitely to me, I would not want to work without a producer. A lot of bands think they can do it and some even can, I guess. But for us maybe it’s not… I never saw it as a good idea, because when you get somebody there like Jens. Who is very like strict and sometimes has an opinion. It might not reflect or be the same opinion as… He makes us think, makes you over think. Not over think, but revisit idea again and maybe question it in a good way.

So, he kind kicked you in the ass to work harder?

Mille : I guess so. Right?

Sami : For sure, for sure.

Mille : Actually performance wise, yes. Songwriting, he would never come in and write a part or write a song or write whatever.

Sami: But he would edit some parts.

How he is different to work with compared to Andy Sneap?

Mille: I don’t know. They are both great, they are both amazing producers. But I think Andy was more focused on different things or maybe… He has a hand in all.

Sami: Andy is more a guitarist and so is Jens?

Mille: Yeah, yeah. Just different personalities. I think that’s…

Sami : A little bit different ways of working also and Jens wants to achieve the performance of the… Live performance feeling much more good and Jens doesn’t copy paste “Laughs”

Mille: No, no. I doesn’t think he does it either. No. It’s just two different personalities, but both like equally good producers.

Who was the guy who produced the HORDES OF CHAOS album, because it sounds very brutal?

Sami: He definitely doesn’t copy paste “Laughs”

Mille: Yeah, we had to work more. It was Moses Schneider, the guy that did HORDES OF CHAOS. To me it was a good production, it was a great production. But there were some things that because of the way we produced HORDES OF CHAOS, they got lost along the way. For example, guitar tone. Because when you have a guitar tone that’s recorded at the same time as drums, you would never get the same tone. You get a good guitar tone maybe, but you don’t get the same precise…

Sami : Crashing, demon (laughter)

Mille : Yeah, yeah. Absolutely, absolutely. So it was a different… It was more like a recording in the old, almost like Beatles record. You know what I mean? Like very old school.

Sami : Yeah, yeah. We had to rewind. It took a long time. “Wait a second, we got to rewind”.

Kreator live at Finland 2008

Kreator live at Finland 2008

 

NEW VIDEO AND SATAN TALK

Speaking about brutality. I just checked out the latest video “Gods of Violence”, and that’s brutal stuff

Mille : It is brutal, isn’t it?

Yeah and there is a very cool looking Kreator demon appearing on the video “Laughs”

Sami : There are also Satan sex slaves.

Mille : Oh yeah. I think that the video for first time, I mean I like Phantom Antichrist video. I like the “Civilization Collapse”, but this one I really, really like. I think this is finally something that I would go, “Yeah, this is for my taste.” Because I’m a big fan of horror movies.

Sami : It’s important to know that the story continues in two other videos that are going to be.

Have you filmed the other videos already?

Mille : Yeah, yeah.

Is it the same kind of thing like what Slayer recently did?

Mille : No, better. It is better. (laughter). I think Slayer was good, but the story was… Yeah, it was good. It was there, untouchable. But I think ours is more…We will see, maybe it’s not better. (laughter)

I remember from the old day that when you did a video for “Terror Zone”, you had a horror movie producer who worked for that video.

Mille: Yeah. It was supposed to be done by Jörg Buttgereit. Who’s the “Nekromantik” movie. I’ve wanted to do these things forever. I think back in the day when there was still MTV, we had to make a lot of compromises. Because the first original idea for the “Terror Zone” and the “People of Lie”, was supposed to be done by Jörg Buttgereit. Who did the “Nekromantik” and it was like very bizarre movie. But then we heard already that MTV is not going to play it, and then Jörg said, “I won’t do it, if I can’t do it my way”. Nowadays these things are not relevant anymore. Because if you look at, you can go on… You put the stuff on Vimeo and it’s on sensor. YouTube still sensors, but they sensor nudity. Which I think haven’t changed. If you look at our new video clip on YouTube. You can see the killing of the girl, but you cannot see the breast.

What actually was the main inspiration for the “Gods of Violence” video?

Mille: It was more inspired by… I think what it is, the song is “Gods of Violence”. So, to me it’s like a kick off, it’s the first impression what the album is all about. We wanted to really keep people in the face, with this video and the music. Just to give you like an impression of what to come. Because I don’t think that… There was a big discussion, which should have been the first song that we put out and there could have been like many songs. Like on the record there was many songs that we could have put out as the first single. But we decided on this song, because it kind of like. It gets you in the mood for the record, but it doesn’t really give you the full treatment. Because mostly like it’s one of the songs that’s on the record and it’s a title track. But there is also songs that have a different dimension, just brutal. Or some said I have a different vibe. So there is a lot more on the records. But I think to kick off the campaign for the album and to give our fans an impression of what’s to come. Let the fans hear first song.

This is not deadly serious question but is Satan real? “Laughs”

Mille: He’s real.

Sami: Well I have to say. Last week when I woke up, I had to wake up to be somewhere at 7:00 O’clock in the morning. I had to wake up at 6:00 O’clock and it was minus 10, it was really windy. I live next to the ocean and when I opened the door, yeah. I had to start walking. I felt that Satan is real. (laughter)

Mille : He’s real. The thing is we had a lot of discussions about this title, especially like… Sami liked this title right away. But Jens for example, he’s like, “You have to over think the title.” I’m like, no. Because we think that… The song doesn’t talk about Satan being real. So it talks about the relevance of religion in the year 2016, where it shouldn’t be so relevant nowadays. The fact that there are still so many people obeying and following icons, that should have been obsolete by now. But the title is not to be taken too serious. I take just…

Sami : I think the title reflects exactly that what you just said. So that’s why I think it’s a good title.

Mille : Yeah, of course.

Sami : When you just see the words, might sound naive. But when you think what it’s about, it’s…

Mille : Yeah, yeah. And also I think this is like naivety that we’ve never tried to lose. I would put a song called “Satan is Real” on the first record on ENDLESS PAIN. Of course, when you grow up and you get into your like 30s and later on, 40s even. You start questioning like. Can I still say that? And you’re like… Then on the other hand you are like, you shouldn’t say anything stupid and you shouldn’t just write okay lyrics or childish lyrics. But I don’t see a reason why we shouldn’t use those. We could have also like written tittles like, “My Inner” something, intellectual journey or something. Then people would have been maybe, now they’re matured. Wow! But it would have been boring, because Satan is Real would have never existed.

The song“World War Now” – Does it refer to the current state of world?

Mille : Yeah. It was actually about Bataclan, it was inspired by that. Tied to the lyrics. I think musically this was a good song, it’s a very brutal song. It has a lot of like nice ups and downs.

Sami : In February we’re going to play it Bataclan. It must be the safest club in the world right now.

Mille: Absolutely.

Mille screams !!

Mille screams !!

SOME OLD STUFF

If you don’t mind we would like to ask something about the 90’s and early 2000 period of Kreator?

Mille: Of course.!

Let’s start with rude but straight question, what went wrong with the OUTCAST album?

Sami : Nothing. That’s one of the best songs that we still play live on every set, “Phobia”. So, there is nothing wrong with that.

I like the “Leave This World Behind”, it’s a really good song.

Sami : We play that live too, it’s even on the live CD. LIVE KREATION.

Mille : Yeah. I think that what went wrong with OUTCAST, was the fact that we were not like… There was nothing wrong with the album, but at the time Tommy Vetterli just got into the band and he didn’t find his place.

Sami : I was always surprised, now what I think of that. One thing pops into mind. I was also wondering why there is so few solos with such a guitarist.

Mille : I told him not to play solos, because I had this vision of an album. That’s more basic without solos. That’s why nowadays I would never write like this. But at the time I thought, let’s put a dogma on everything. This album there will be no solos, ENDORAMA will be the most melodic ever. But not fast. So this is like, I guess it was a learning process. Exploring new styles and new ways of expressing myself, and instead of like making a part of what’s already there. Like just going all the way.

How about A CAUSE FOR CONFLICT then? That was a great album. I don’t remember having heard any songs played live, at least here in Finland?

Mille : We have played “Lost”. I have bad memories from that recording session and that era, it wasn’t the best for me. Not that I think it was a wrong album, but there is many things that when I listen to this album nowadays. It’s like a couple of things, that I know. You don’t, but when I listened to it. It was like, this could have been better. This could have been done differently. There is many things that I would have done different, if I could have. If I would have known what I know now. But you can’t change the past.

RENEWAL album was completely different after COMA OF SOULS. I remember that the album dropped jaws of several fans, when you had changed your vocal style that radically back then!

Mille : Yeah, yeah. That was due to many, many things. I didn’t want to please anyone’s expectation and my voice was fucked from smoking too much weed to be honest. Seriously. This time was very dark. Not whether we had like, it was not impressing dark or anything. It was almost like an early mid-life crisis or sort of thing. Yeah. But I still like the album. I think the idea was good. Like it was supposed to be our… Not that I want to compare the band to Pink Floyd. But I had like a vision of like writing a thrash metal album, almost like Pink Floyd’s THE WALL.

On RENEWAL there is a song called “Europe After the Rain”. And you have played that song several times on shows. You always said that it is against the right-wing people. It’s basically the same thing which happens nowadays. But I guess we have asked this before. But do you feel that you are some kind of Nostradamus, you can predict what happens to years ahead?

Mille : I wish I was man. But no one is, but sometimes art or music has maybe not a prophetic power. But it’s just quite obvious, if you think about things and you reflect on things. Things sometimes by accident, something that might seem in retrospective almost like a prophecy. But it wasn’t. I wish I could predict the future.

Sami, ENDORAMA album is popping up all the time. You weren’t in the band when the album came out or when OUTCAST came out, what do you think about those albums?

Sami: To be completely honest with you, I haven’t listened to them that much that I should tell you. But I mean if you can get ENDORAMA, it brings me too much into kind of Gothic. I think it’s better than 69 Eyes.

Mille: Thank you “Laughs”

Sami: But the Mission came to my mind

Mille: The mission, right. Yeah. But there was a couple of songs that they are very influenced by The Mission.

Sami: Yeah, that’s true. Of course, I know ENDORAMA actually better than I just told you, because we have played some songs quite also. We have played the “Golden Age” on tours.

Sami, how do you feel when you’re reading the old lyrics written by Mille, that you’re praying that fits the present day?

Sami : It gets to sour, over the wall I mean.

Mille : That was also obvious and I took that from a book. So it wasn’t really my idea, of course it’s easy to say that it was prophetic. But no, it’s too big of a word anyway. I think yeah, but thanks anyway.

UPCOMING TOUR AND SET LIST TALK

You have a tour starting soon together with Sepultura and Soilwork. It sounds like an interesting package.

Mille: Yeah, will see. I think to me this is like a great combination of bands, because Sepultura play kind of like the same style, but totally different now. Their own unique version of thrash metal. Sepultura and Kreator has same roots, but both bands we’re going into complete different directions over the years. So it’s a nice… It would be a good kind of metal I guess and also Soilwork is a good band too. They even have a song called “Helsinki”, Soilwork.

What would be the idealistic touring package for you?

Mille: This one “Laughs”

Sami: Yeah, of course. It feels great.

Mille: I know what you’re trying to go with the question. “Would it be like the big three? Why can’t you go on tour with Metallica or whatever?” Yeah. But we think like headlining, this is a good package. Yeah, ideal package.mWhatever comes up, we’ll see.

I remember that ten years ago you toured together with Celtic Frost and Watain. That was a great package I have to say.

Mille: That was good, that was good also.

A new tour means that there’s also going to be a new set list. It’s must be a tough and difficult process to pick up a set list for a new tour. So how are you going to have a balance with newer stuff and older material?

Mille: It will be fun. We will find a way. Let’s see, I haven’t even thought about that yet. But there will be a good set list.

How about doing some really radical changes and drop songs like “Pleasure to Kill” and replace those with something more exiting, like with “Ripping Corpse” for instance?

Mille: Why not? Maybe you are right, maybe you’re right.

We have seen Kreator so many times and you always…

Mille: And always we have played “Pleasure to Kill”

When Kreator fans come to see Kreator, they want to hear something different instead the same old ones, you know? Maybe you should be more brave when  creating new lists and “shake a tree” more than you usually do?

Mille: Yeah. Maybe we will think about it. But actually, I think we did play “Ripping Corpse” a couple of times.

Sami: We did, yeah.

Mille: And it’s also a song of that PLEASURE TO KILL record. So why not?

It could be interesting to see the reaction of the fans, if you drop some regular songs… But anyways, you will always hear the same old comments “Why don’t you play this and that song?” BUT for example, when KISS does their KISS Kruise thing they play lots of obscure songs what they don’t usually play and the fans are more than excited about it!

Mille: Actually, we have… I haven’t talked to Sami about this before but… There is this company in Germany who wants to make like a Kreator Kruise. Not a huge cruise, but it’s going to be like a sweet water Cruise. So to speak. But anyway, three days of… But then again… We have to do like summer fests first, it’s going to be hard.

Sami: We would need to play several different sets, we should be okay. To think about it, we’ve been playing live with Mille for over 17 years now. We have quite a few songs. To choose from.

Mille: But there are a couple of songs that we can’t do acoustically. But there would be a couple of songs that we could acoustically that we’ve never played. But the whole thing is just in the talks. But yeah. It’s hard, these things are hard to set up. But there was some interest by one company to do it with us. It’s not like we have to do it… No, no. Because there were so much going on man. We have so many shows coming up but we’ll see if that’s going to happen.

 

Kreator live at Finland 2013

Kreator live at Finland 2013

 

OPINION ABOUT NEW METALLICA ALBUM AND MORE

Well our time is up soon but there’s one mandatory question what we need to ask from you before we are done. What you think of the new Metallica album?

Mille : What do you think Sami?

Sami : I listened n to a few songs. It’s probably blues, it’s sometimes.

Mille : I haven’t heard the whole album. I heard only the singles and I like them.

The classic last question… Tell me your all-time favorite metal albums?

Mille: That’s a hard one. Probably BLACK METAL, probably Iron Maiden’s first one. BRITISH STEEL, MELISSA by Mercyful Fate… I don’t know. What else was there?

Sami : Deep Purple’s IN ROCK?

Mille : Deep Purple’s IN ROCK. Yeah.

Sami : POWERSLAVE.

Mille : Yeah. There are so many great albums, you know?

Sami : REIGN IN BLOOD

Mille : They are so many. Yeah, REIGN IN BLOOD and maybe HELL AWAITS?

All right, thank you guys.

Sami and Mille : Thank you.

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Copenhell Festival 2015 at Refshaleoen in Copenhagen, Denmark

August 19th, 2015

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Copenhell Festival 2015
Refshaleoen
Copenhagen
Denmark
18-20/6 2015

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson copenhell_logo_4_2015

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Sodom @ The Underworld, London

March 5th, 2015

Sodom + Divine Chaos

The Underworld, Camden, London

20th February 2015

Review by Jarod Lawley
Photos & Videos by Jo Blackened

Sodom @ The Underworld, Camden

Sodom @ The Underworld, Camden

The name “Sodom” has been on every Londoner’s lips as the anticipation has been rising and building for the coming of the thrashing masters, who are now into the third decade of the career.

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Kreator & Arch Enemy @ The Forum, London

December 20th, 2014

Kreator & Arch Enemy @ The Forum, London

18th December 2014

Review By Tim Bolitho-Jones

Photos By Graham Hilling

Kreator

Kreator

Without meaning to disrespect their rivals, it’s pretty fair to say that Kreator are the biggest non-American thrash band in the world. Since 2001’s ‘Violent Revolution,’ they’ve been on a constant upward trajectory and haven’t delivered a bad album for thirteen years. They’re one of the few bands whose post-millennial output has been arguably better than the stuff they did in the eighties (yeah, we went there) and tonight’s high octane show at the Forum, co-headlining with Arch Enemy demonstrates they’re just as capable live as on record. It’s also one of the few occasions where a band winds up throwing bits of birthday cake into the crowd. Read the rest of this entry »

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Arch Enemy Calgary Nov 3, 2014

November 10th, 2014

Arch Enemy

North American Tour 2014

with Kreator and Huntress

October 4, 2014

Review by JP Wood

Photos by Monika Deviat

Arch Enemy © Monika Deviat

Arch Enemy © Monika Deviat

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KREATOR ANNOUNCE LIMITED EDITION SPLIT 7″ WITH ARCH ENEMY

October 8th, 2014

Those with an obsession for attending live concerts and collecting limited edition vinyl will soon be getting a double-dose of bliss starting in two weeks.

 

KREATOR, ambassadors of Germany’s distinctive brand of smoldering thrash metal, proudly mark their return to North America as direct support to Sweden’s ARCH ENEMY with an extremely limited edition split 7″.  With a print run of 500 copies, the transparent red vinyl 45 record will only be sold in the merch area during the 26-show “War Eternal – American Tour 2014” trek.  Fans attending the opening show in Baltimore on October 23rd will be the first with the opportunity to purchase a piece of metal touring history.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

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KREATOR TO TOUR THIS FALL WITH ARCH ENEMY

June 12th, 2014

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With a musical career spanning three decades, KREATOR, ambassadors of Germany’s distinctive brand of smoldering thrash metal, will be returning to North America once again, this time as direct support to Sweden’s unstoppable melodic death metallers ARCH ENEMY.

 

Sponsored by Dean Guitars, the 26-show co-headlining “War Eternal – American Tour 2014” features support from California’s HUNTRESS and Chicago’s STARKILL (on select dates). The trek launches on October 23rd in Baltimore, Maryland, includes eight Canadian shows, and ends on November 23rd in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

“It’s been three long years since ARCH ENEMY last played North America, but now the wait is over!” states ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott. “We’re riding a veritable metal tsunami in Europe with our new album War Eternal and look forward to spreading the chaos on this North American run!ARCH ENEMY is very proud and excited to be teaming up with Teutonic thrash titans KREATOR as well as HUNTRESS and STARKILL! Miss this show at your own peril!”

 

“Both bands have been talking about touring together for many years, now it becomes reality,” states KREATOR guitarist frontman Mille Petrozza.KREATOR and ARCH ENEMY on one bill in the USA and Canada!  We are looking forward for another killer run in support of our album Phantom Antichrist before we will start writing new stuff in 2015! With ARCH ENEMY’s new album War Eternal being a monster, this will be THE metal tour of the fall. Don’t miss it!”

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KREATOR – Interview with Mille Petrozza

November 24th, 2013

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Interview with  guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza

By Peter Atkinson

All photos from https://www.facebook.com/KreatorOfficial

German thrash metal stalwarts Kreator are winding down what has been a productive 2013 in fine style with the release of their new live DVD/CD Dying Alive, an aptly titled “Legends of Thrash” co-headlining tour of North America with Overkill and Warbringer, and the promise of a busy 2014 already ahead of them. Thirty years into a career that saw them ride the crest of the first wave of thrash in the mid ’80s, come crashing down like much of the rest of the metal world during the ’90s, and enjoy both a musical and commercial resurgence in the new millennium, the band are still going strong and remain vital and relevant.

On the phone from Seattle, Kreator founding guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza [who is joined in the band by original drummer Jürgen “Ventor” Reil, Finnish guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö and bassist Christian “Speesy” Giesle] offered the following about the new DVD, lessons learned over a long career in the trenches, the new and old school of thrash, and getting put on the spot by a pair of 12-year-old girls.

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Overkill and Kreator, The Legends of Thrash Tour, The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA, October 31, 2013

November 21st, 2013

Overkill / Kreator

The Legends of Thrash Tour

The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
October 31, 2013

Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf

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Violent Evolution: The Story of KREATOR by Hilmar Bender; English edition out now!

November 13th, 2013
Violent Evolution: The Story of KREATOR by Hilmar Bender

Violent Evolution: The Story of KREATOR by Hilmar Bender

VIOLENT EVOLUTION tells the story of Kreator – the titans of teutonic thrash – from the coal-mining town of Essen, Germany. It is the story of a group of bored teenagers who brought the brutality of everyday life into the rehearsal room. They let their hair grow, formed a band and landed a record deal before they had even reached twenty.

Drawing on exclusive interviews with the band’s members (both past and present), family, producers, filmmakers and crew, Violent Evolution explores the band’s remarkable rise from formative years to spectacular success, headlining the greatest open-air stages on the planet.

This is their story, from the start to today; from Kindergarten (literally) to rulers of the Thrash Kingdom. An exciting chronicle of one of the most important thrash metal bands in the world.

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Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/3944154940

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Tuska Open Air – Suvilahti Helsinki Finland

August 29th, 2013

Tuska festival

TUSKA OPEN AIR FESTIVAL 2013

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA

TUSKA AFTERPARTY FEAT. MARKY RAMONE’S BLITZKRIEG REVIEW  BY CHRISTER USENIUS

The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This current area, Suvilahti, almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown, is the new home for Tuska for the second time. Suvilahti is more like an industrial environment with burning and hot asphalt underfoot. Tuska faced a serious battle to pull the audience as another festival named Rock The Beach was arranged on the same weekend in the Helsinki area. The line-up of that festival mostly pulled the normal radio friendly audience whereas the die-hard metal freaks arrived at the Tuska Open Air Festival. Tuska however managed to pull about 25.000 visitors during the weekend. That was pretty good as the line-up did look good, not that tempting to pull a mainstream audience.

Nightwish and Testament, and of course the legendary Danish King Diamond were headliners, but of course a few cult metal bands like Bolt Thrower, Lama, had to be  witnessed. The festival was an nice success although the event wasn’t sold out. Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the metal in different forms.

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KREATOR DYING ALIVE PRE-ORDER BUNDLES NOW AVAILABLE

August 9th, 2013

Pre-order bundles of the KREATOR Dying Alive DVD – which include an exclusive North American camo green t-shirt with zombiefied artwork – are now available on the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.  Fans can choose from the DVD/2-CD digi-pak version (shown) and the 2-CD jewel case version.

Dying Alive is due out in the U.S. & Canada on September 3rd and features the full frontal assault of total thrash mayhem at KREATOR’s sold-out, hometown performance in Oberhausen, Germany shot by 24 cameras plus guitar and mosh-pit POV cams.

This fall, KREATOR return to North America to co-headline the “Legends Of Thrash” tour with New York thrashers Overkill.  Opening each night will be California’s Warbringer.

The first of 24 shows takes place on October 30th at the Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland with KREATOR headlining; Overkill will end the tour with a headlining set at New York City’s Stage 48 on November 24th.

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HELLFEST 2013

July 17th, 2013

Hellfest Festival 2013

@ Clisson, France

21st– 23rd June 2013

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photography by Tess Donohoe  Hellfest

It may be some people’s epitome of hell, Michael Buble fans I’m looking at you, but for the metal/rock community Hellfest’s towering gateway looks positively pearly. This year’s line-up is so jam-packed that I was looking for the little glass jars and labels. You’d make a fortune if you could bottle any number of the diverse scope of bands on the bill, with the riffs left in natch, but I’d like them to play their sets first.

Once inside that gateway the layout is much the same as last year, and that isn’t meant in a well-they-clearly-couldn’t-be-arsed sense, because Hellfest could teach most others a thing or 20 on how to put together a fan-friendly festival. Except when it comes to the number of toilets on site that is.

Whilst the Hellfest tree still dominates in its stark simplicity, the hidden beer gardens have gained a snazzy gateway of their own, which invites you into the woodlands. Instead of a fairytale monster at the end of the path though, you’ll find a winebar, which is win-win really. And at night the scrap-metal merch stands and bars still glow with their own rooftop fires.

Stage-wise we’ve got Main Stage 1 and 2, which continue their staggered times so that as one plays, the other sets up, and vice versa. The result is no waiting around for soundchecks or bands to start, just back-to-back bam-bam-bam metal. A similar set-up is in place at the Altar and the Temple, where you can find black metal, death metal and the like, then there’s the Valley which is home to the stoner and doom types, and the Warzone where the punk and hardcore drops.

Hellfest 2013 – it’s like being welcomed home.
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SWEDEN ROCK 2013

July 12th, 2013

Swedenrock 2013

SWEDENROCK FESTIVAL 2013

Article and pictures by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjälä

“Welcome to the show” – welcomed by KISS  when headlining the second day of the Sweden Rock fest. Well, once again the Finnish Metal-Rules.com team made their annual roadtrip to Sweden Rock. Metal Rules has covered Swedenrock since 2001, therefore it is quite logical to cover the festival again. The 2013 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Over 70 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t any exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article on several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was tremendous during these four days. The Metal-Rules.com team was there witnessing bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!

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WATCH KREATOR LIVE FROM DENMARK’S ROSKILDE FESTIVAL THIS FRIDAY!

July 4th, 2013
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The on-stage performance by German thrash overlords KREATOR at this year’s Roskilde Festival in Denmark will be streamed live this Friday, July 5th at 2 p.m. PACIFIC / 5 p.m. EASTERN.  Tune in to the live stream at www.roskilde-festival.dk.

KREATOR’s upcoming Dying Alive DVD will be released in North America on September 3rd and features the band’s sold-out, hometown, December 22nd, 2012 performance in Oberhausen, Germany shot by 24 cameras plus guitar and mosh-pit POV cams.  View the DVD artwork on the band’s official Facebook page.

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