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.
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.
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.
Pre-order bundles of the KREATORDying 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 Aliveis 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.
Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photography by Tess Donohoe
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.
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!
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.
German thrash overlords KREATOR have revealed the zombiefied artwork for their upcoming Dying Alive DVD on their official Facebook page.
The live 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.
In support of their thirteenth studio album Phantom Antichrist, KREATOR will co-headline the “Legends Of Thrash” tour this fall through the U.S. & Canada with New York thrashers Overkill. Opening each night will be California’s Warbringer.
Kreator are known within the thrash metal community as something of legends, with their fast electric musical panache and flair for ferocious lyrics. They have become a corner stone of influence across the European scene as well as further afield. Tonight the German masters are accompanied by speedballs SSS, re-formed veterans, Xentrix and the up and rising metal troupe Evile. Read the rest of this entry »
In addition to their two recently announced shows in New York City, German thrash overlords KREATOR will be performing in southern California on Friday, November 15th at The Grove in Anaheim in support of their thirteenth studio album Phantom Antichrist. Also on the bill are Overkill and Warbringer.
Returning to North America in support of their thirteenth studio album Phantom Antichrist, German thrash overlords KREATOR will be performing in New York City at Stage 48 with hometown thrashers Overkill on November 23rd & 24th.
KREATOR frontman/guitarist Mille Petrozza shares the following about the scheduled sonic devastation:
“We are more than excited to play with the strongest thrash metal band that ever came out of New York – the mighty Overkill! They’ve been a major influence on KREATOR and they are killer guys. Our friends from Warbringer will also join us. It does not get more brutal than this! ”
Pre-sale tickets are available at EnterTheVault.com. There will be a special limited number of tickets that will grant admission to BOTH shows. VIP tickets include a pre-show Meet & Greet with both KREATOR and Overkill, plus a special poster created to commemorate the event.
PHANTOM ANTICHRIST being the 13th album of Kreator shows the German Teutonic thrash metal legends are as aggressive and relevant as in the heyday of the 80’s metal. The band’s front man Mille Petrozza is the wanted person for interviews. Metal-Rules.Com got once again a great opportunity of chatting with the German thrash icon about the new album, cover art, producers etc. in the short, but informative interview. But above all Marko found something common to talk about with Mille, namely Kiss, what else?
“Around for almost 30 years now, Germanys biggest thrash metal export, KREATOR, have proven to be a persistent, innovative and unstoppable force. And they have stepped it up another level for their return to the UK and Ireland.
Three years have passed since KREATOR headlined in the UK, so we are extremely stoked to announce the thrash-titans return in April 2013, bringing their ‘PHANTOM ANTICHRIST’ tour to the UK and IRE.
Mille Petrozza (Vocalist/Guitarist) comments;
“Finally we are coming back to play 3 selected shows for our loyal fans in the UK! We will bring our 3D tour production to give you the full KREATOR treatment. Support acts will be announced in the next few days, so stay tuned. Also, we are looking forward to play for all our Irish fans again, it has been quite a while. Our promise to you is a TOTAL MASSACRE!”
After an extensive European trek in support of their latest, critically-acclaimed, record, ‘Phantom Antichrist’, this awesome 3D stage-show is an experience that UK and Irish fans should be prepared for… this isn’t a normal show, this should come with a warning sticker!!
Check out their latest video for ‘Civilisation Collapse’ for a taster:
You may not recognize the name, but his iconic covers are etched in the metalhead minds of millions. He was born May 19th, 1962 and has roots in Berkeley, Halifax, Manhattan, Boston, Greece and Berlin where his hardened vision caught the eyes of a young Karl Walterbach of Noise Records fame. His name is Philip Lawvere and he has a pleasure to kill! I mean, his insignia can be found on such classic album art from KREATOR, CELTIC FROST, RAGE, DEATH ROW, WARRANT, VENDETTA and HELLOWEEN!
BraveWords: You are probably most known from the Kreator material. How did you meet Mille? Were these original pieces or did Kreator commission you to create them? What happened after 1988? Opinion of Kreator art now? Have you pitched any to them lately?
Lawvere: “Fans will be surprised to learn that I have never met Mille, as with most of the bands at Noise. I dealt directly with Karl Walterbach in his office most of the time. Pleasure To Kill for example was something I had painted for myself, and which the band only chose to use later (Mille confirms that in interviews). As far as their cover art since then, they’ve reused my demon head in multiple images, even distorted it by adding things etc. That’s not really cool to do without permission of the artist… but I was hard to find, and some even thought I was dead. Just like Hieronymus Bosch, who’s art was also ‘lifted’ for their cover… but his copyright has long expired, since the law grants it ‘for the life of the author, plus 70 years’. No new covers are likely to happen either, while they are ignoring my royalties petition. People have told me to drop it, and use my association with them to get new work… but they don’t know me very well.”