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Accept Releases Second Trailer For The Rise Of Chaos

Heavy metal pioneers ACCEPT are back in the game with a new studio album! The record entitled The Rise Of Chaos will be unleashed on August 4th, 2017. The band’s 4th studio release through Nuclear Blast will continue the tradition of its three predecessors – Blood Of The Nations, Stalingrad, and Blind Rage – with grandeur and precision.

Today, the band releases their second album trailer in which Wolf Hoffmann unveils more details about the album including info on the recordings, the sound, and processes that went into those aspects of making their new record. You can watch it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdL905-EAIQ

“The sound is always a combination of several different elements, it’s not just the sound engineer who turns it up. Also, the band has a certain sound; the riffs have a certain sound and the combination of all that turns into ACCEPT!”, explains Wolf Hoffmann. “My goal is to get better at what we are already doing without becoming any different because we have found our style, we’ve got a great singer, we’ve got a great producer, we’ve got a great team – there’s really no need to change anything!”

You can purchase the limited edition 7inch vinyl single of the title track ‘The Rise Of Chaos’ in different colors here: http://nblast.de/AcceptRiseOfChaosNB
Get the digital single, here: http://nblast.de/AcceptDigital
Listen in NB Novelties playlist: http://sptfy.com/2zZF

Vinyl single track list:
A: The Rise Of Chaos
B: Dark Side Of My Heart (live @ BYH 2015)

Watch the new video clip of “The Rise Of Chaos” here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFqFYHFNeCc

THE RISE OF CHAOS is something I have been thinking about often. Wherever we go – there is some hidden as well as some visible destruction and it kind of changes the world we know. What was there today – can be gone tomorrow and it’s somehow irritating because it happens on so many levels and no one knows what comes next. The cover portrays our last stage set-up – but now clearly “destroyed” – like… after a catastrophe”, explains Wolf Hoffmann.

Recently, an ACCEPT media day took place in Hamburg on June 13th. This day, there was a press conference featuring Wolf Hoffmann and Holger Hübner, the “Wacken” festival organizer, both looking ahead to ACCEPT’s exclusive upcoming “Wacken” performance. [More info on ACCEPT’s Special Wacken Show – below.] To wrap up the day, Wolf signed the infamous ‘Golden Book’ which belongs to the Hard Rock café in Hamburg. That day, they also shot the first album trailer, which you can see here: https://youtu.be/9oi4_VIeDY0

The Rise Of Chaos is available in the following formats:

  • CD Jewel
  • Orange/Blue Swirl Vinyl (Limited to 700 worldwide)
  • T-shirt bundle ( T-shirt + CD + Poster)

Pre-order the new album: http://nblast.de/AcceptRiseOfChaosNB
Get the digital version of the new album, here: http://nblast.de/AcceptDigital

Below is the track list for The Rise Of Chaos:
01. Die By The Sword
02. Hole In The Head
03. The Rise Of Chaos
04. Koolaid
05. No Regrets
06. Analog Man
07. What’s Done Is Done
08. Worlds Colliding
09. Carry The Weight
10. Race To Extinction

The cover artwork of the new record was created by the Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák.

And if this wasn’t enough, ACCEPT will celebrate the album’s live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany. The set will consist of three parts, which represents the band’s creative power:

Part 1 will bring fans a classic ACCEPT set, packed with new and old hits.
Part 2 will present another premiere: Wolf Hoffmann will be playing tracks from his solo album Headbangers Symphony, released in 2016, with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. On this record, Wolf has covered famous opuses by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart, in a metal guise. And in Part 3, all elements can be seen and heard together: ACCEPT will make the holy Wacken ground shake by sharing the stage with the orchestra, supported by a complex multimedia show.

This unique concert experience will take place on this year’s Night To Remember which makes it even more special. The Night To Remember is a celebrated, long-lasting Wacken tradition; for one night of the festival, a selection of established bands will do something unique and special with their performance.

Wolf Hoffmann stated: “It’s always impressive to see how bands take this evening seriously and how much love the artists and the organist team put into their work to get a varied result. It’s a great tradition which underlines and documents the top-notch level of the international rock community like nothing else. We also want to present something that ACCEPT has never done before, we hope we can give something really special to the fans.”

ACCEPT have been and are still a very important part of Germany’s heavy metal scene. We’re really looking forward to having them with us once more. With this epic concept, the Thursday evening will be one to remember for sure,” stated Thomas Jensen, organizer of Wacken Open Air.

More info: www.wacken.com

ACCEPT live 2017:
08/03/2017  Wacken Open Air *SOLD OUT*
09/07/2017    Saban Theatre – Beverly Hills, CA  USA
09/10/2017  Drum Logos – Fukuoka, JAPAN
09/12/2017  Umeda Club Quattro – Osaka, JAPAN
09/13/2017  Bottom Line – Nagoya, JAPAN
09/14/2017  Nakano Sun Plaza Hall – Tokyo, JAPAN
09/17/2017  170 Russell – Melbourne, Australia
09/26/2017  Irving Plaza – New York, NY
11/17/2017  El Teatro Flores – Buenos Aires, Argentina
11/19/2017  Sala del Museo – Montevideo, Uruguay
11/21/2017  Teatro Cariola – Santiago, Chile
11/23/2017  Sala Garcia Lorca de la Manzana de la Rivera – Asuncion, Paraguay
11/25/2017  Festival del Diablo III –  Bogata, Columbia
11/27/2017  Peppers – San Jose, Costa Rica

More on The Rise Of Chaos:
Video Behind-The-Scenes, Pt 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-rQQzRp2Z0
Video Behind-The-Scenes, Pt 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3LA3HW9K8c
Video Behind-The-Scenes, Pt 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYpzKZzOrfA
Video Behind-The-Scenes, Pt 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsSnu2OWE8Q

Michael Schenker Signs With Nuclear Blast Records-Announces New Studio Album & US Tour.

 

Michael Schenker is one of the most significant rock guitarists in the history of music. He has mesmerized the rock community since the 70’s with his characteristic guitar play and contributed not only to SCORPIONS classics such as “Lovedrive”, “Coast To Coast” and “Holiday”, but also constructed himself a monument during his time in UFO by writing hits like “Doctor Doctor” and “Rock Bottom”  among others. His playing has influenced several generations of guitar players enormously.

Back in 1979, the “German Wunderkind” decided to be his own boss. He founded the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP aka M.S.G. and released the masterpieces Assault Attack and Built To Destroy, the live legacy One Night At Budokan as well as the McAULEY SCHENKER GROUP pearls Perfect Timing and Save Yourself. Around that time, outstanding musicians such as Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG etc.), Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE etc.), Cozy Powell (ex-GARY MOORE etc.), Chris Slade (AC/DC), Pete Way (UFO etc.) and Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE) were all invited by Schenker to play with him. M.S.G. also became home of great vocalists, most notably Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley. Those guys were also a part of the comprehensive MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST, whose celebrated Tokyo show was released as live CD, DVD and Blu-ray this March recently passed.

Now the time has come for Michael Schenker to move another step forward: He fulfills the long-awaited dream of all hard rock fans by entering the studio as MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST. The band have just started the recording process for a brand-new studio album with producer Michael Voss. Its release is set for spring 2018 through Nuclear Blast, the band’s new record label.

Comments Schenker, “I am very happy to have signed with Nuclear Blast Records and I am looking forward to releasing a killer MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST studio album in the spring of 2018. The album will feature 3 original M.S.G. singers – Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet & Robin McAuley – plus Doogie White (MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK). Keep on rockin’!”

With this latest signing, a long-desired dream came true for the South Germany-based label. Owner Markus Staiger grew up with Michael Schenker‘s music and is also one of his greatest admirers. “I’m proud to be able to work with the ultimate guitar god, Michael Schenker. He has always been my idol and he’s the reason why I started to play the guitar when I was 13 years old. But I was ungifted in that area, so I had to stop and decided to found a record label instead. It’s a great day and I feel happy just like back in the day when I was listening to Lovedrive and Michael Schenker Group for the very first time, and went nuts! Thanks!”

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST will be playing several shows this year, including two German performances at Bang Your Head!!! Festival and Capitol Offenbach.

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST – Tour Dates:

2017 MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST
Featuring 3 original M.S.G singers Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley
07/15/2017  D    Balingen – Bang Your Head!!! Festival
10/15/2017  J     Tokyo – Loud Park Festival
10/25/2017  D    Offenbach – Capitol
10/27/2017  E    Santander – Escenario Santander
10/28/2017  E    Pamplona – Auditorio de Burlada
10/29/2017  E    Barcelona – Razzmatazz
10/31/2017  NL  Zoetermeer – De Boerderij
11/02/2017  UK  London – o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
11/03/2017  UK  Sheffield – o2 Academy
11/04/2017  UK  Manchester – o2 Ritz
11/05/2017  UK  Hull – City Hall

2018 MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST
Featuring 3 original M.S.G. singers Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley plus Doogie White (MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK)
03/06/2018  The Fillmore – Silver Springs, MD
03/07/2018  Carnegie Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA
03/09/2018  Berklee Performance Center – Boston, MA
03/10/2018  Irving Plaza – New York, NY
03/11/2018  Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
03/12/2018  Club Soda – Montreal, QC CANADA
03/14/2018 Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
03/16/2018  Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
03/17/2018  Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
03/18/2018  Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI
03/19/2018  Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
03/22/2018  Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
03/24/2018  Events Center – San Jose, CA
03/25/2018  The Grove – Anaheim, CA
03/26/2018  Marquee Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
03/27/2018  House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
03/29/2018  Cervantes Ballroom – Denver, CO
03/31/2018  Vibes Event Center – San Antonio, TX
04/01/2018  Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
04/03/2018  The Ritz – Tampa, FL

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Kreator’s Lead Vocalist and Guitarist Mille Petrozza

By Andrew Catania

An influential vocalist, composer, guitarist and more, Mille Petrozza is a reflection of what today’s unique European thrash metal consists of. Being of Italian and Calabria descent and born in Germany – Petrozza’s music is globally appreciated across diverse cultures.

As the lead vocalist, founder and guitarist of the band Kreator (previously known as Tyrant in 1982 and Tormentor in 1984), Mille Petrozza has been an influential figure in the musical industry since the past 32 years when Kreator debuted their first album titled Endless Pain.

His experience as a musician has been diverse, ranging from thrash metal to goth to industrial and back to thrash metal. His love for experimenting with new styles has led Kreator to become one of the most skilled bands in European history.

Apart from Kreator, Petrozza also played the guitar for the all-star band Voodoocult along with other band members such as Dave Lombardo of Slayer and Chuck Schuldiner of Death. He also made appearances as a lead vocalist in Edguy’s album Hellfire Club, Caliban’s album The Undying Album, Volbeat’s 2010 album Beyond Hell/Above Heaven and has composed albums for Demonical, Pessimist, Cannibal Corpose, Vader, Abigor and others.

Picture by Robert Eikelpoth

In terms of lyrical style, Petrozza is deeply inspired by contemporary relevant themes such as religion. Metaphorical by nature, his songs are not an explicit take on the theme but more of a the relevance of the theme in today’s world. For example, he is quoted to have said that “Satan Is Real” is me wondering why it’s still relevant in 2017.” His aim is to drive change through his music, by appreciating that the world has come a long way from what it used to and that reevaluating our beliefs is the aim of his music. For example, he believes that “people take it (religion) so seriously that they seem to be OK with doing all this bizarre stuff or even dying for religion, because they believe this stuff.”

What makes Mille Petrozza truly unique is his deep-vested interest in changing society through his music. He believes that the themes of Kreator’s music will always be relevant, an internal struggle of good versus evil. Good is subjective and the music aims to lead attitude towards acceptance of all kinds of people, views and beliefs.  This belief runs into his personal life, where despite being a vegan, he is close friends with a hunter.

In terms of equipment and skill, Petrozza prefers to experiment with a varieties of instruments. From playing a B.C. Rich Mockingbird in the mid 1980’s – a guitar very similar to the one played by Kerry King of Slayer at the same time – he now uses Jackson Live models.

Kreator has the talent and skill to become one of the “Big Four.”  Petrozza’s lyrics, skillful playing, excellent musicianship could easily replace and of the “Big Four.”

Despite his violent playing style and threatening vocals, Petrozza uses music as nothing if not a tool for social change. His style reflects the anger an ideal teenager would feel when faced with the injustices in the world. Perhaps this is why the lyrics of Kreator are what draws people to dissect every piece ever produced – an almost magical remedy to the pain in this world.

Follow Kreator @ http://kreator-terrorzone.de/

Record Review: Kreator’s Gods of Violence

 

Picture by Robert Eikelpoth

By Andrew Catania

With some of the crap the record labels are releasing, it’s hard to get excited about a new record being released.  KreatorsGods of Violence‘ was one that I’ve been highly anticipating it’s release.  The CD/DVD combo comes with the 12 track new record and a separate DVD from there 2014 performance from the Wacken Festival in Germany.  From start to finish, Gods of Violence is a record that had my full attention.  Kreator hasn’t pussed out and changed their sound.  They’ve stayed true to who they are.  Kick ass, heavy metal.  Kreator should be included in the “big 4.”  ‘Gods of Violence‘ will be a contender for record of the year.  8/10 rating.

 
Line up: KREATOR online:
Mille Petrozza | vocals, guitars

Sami Yli-Sirniö | guitars

Christian Giesler | bass

Ventor | drums

www.kreator-terrorzone.de

www.facebook.com/kreatorofficial

www.nuclearblast.de/kreator

 

One thing‘s for sure: There aren‘t many bands with a history as long and eventful as

KREATOR‘s, who fascinatingly succeed in exploring new horizons while challenging and reinventing themselves time and again, resulting in high-impact results – as is perfectly illustrated by their new record »Gods Of Violence« (out on January 27, 2017). With this 14th studio album of their impressive career, the thrashers from Essen, Germany have crafted a work of art of utmost vigor, drawing its unfailing power from the pounding heart of one of the greatest, most versatile metal bands of all time. »Gods Of Violence« lives and breathes!

 

As is often the case, it all started with a good idea. KREATOR mastermind Mille Petrozza had followed the latest news with growing concern. Especially the November 2015 Paris attacks made him realize that there had to be a continuum of human malevolence, running like a thread through the ages, from ancient times up to the present day. These thoughts led Petrozza to interlocking current events with tales from Greek mythology, eventuating in the song »Gods Of Violence« that was consequently chosen as the album‘s name giver. “Currently, religion has regained a level of importance that I would have never considered possible 20 years ago,” Mille states. “An extremely dangerous polarization is taking place, giving rise to growing hate among us all. That‘s what I wanted to write about.”

 

Like this, a key note of the album was found that is also reflected in the sheer brutality of ‘World War Now’, among others. The song‘s deriving from the observation that we‘re in the middle of a World War III of sorts, but not in the way we‘ve always feared: A-bomb dropped, humanity wiped out. “These days, our weapons of mass destruction are called hatred and religious delusion,” says Petrozza. It‘s a vertical war, being fought by the media as well as by fanatics of all shades.

The intro leading to the opening track ‘Apocalypticon’ is already setting the proper bombastic pace for the album‘s basic idea: Marching drums and a Wagnerian choir are opening an extraordinary metal masterpiece that‘s contrasting brutality with fragility, excelling in an exemplary handling of momentum and dynamics. Even ‘Death Becomes My Light’, the final eight-minute-epic dealing with a near death experience, is not a single second too long: »Gods Of Violence« flashes by like greased lightning.

The ability to form universally comprehensible messages out of such sophisticated trains of thought as found on »Gods Of Violence« has always been one of the traits of a man whose pop-cultural universe ranges from Hannah Arendt, PINK FLOYD and TOCOTRONIC to SLAYER. Mille Petrozza was born and bred in the metal scene. Nevertheless, he is and always has been open to inspiration from various sources, which is why his lyrics on this album are by no means merely based on corny genre templates but offer trenchant observations of our time combined with a witty advance towards inflated cliches: One of the best songs on »Gods Of Violence« is really called ‘Satan Is Real’.

Finishing »Gods Of Violence« took the band – featuring Petrozza, Sami YliSirniö (guitars), Christian “Speesy” Giesler (bass) and Jürgen “Ventor” Reil (drums) – about three years. After Petrozza had pre-produced all of the eleven tracks in winter of 2015, KREATOR went to Sweden in order to team up with legendary metal producer Jens Bogren in his Fascination Street Studios once again. What emerged from the recording sessions was bound to fundamentally redefine what KREATOR is all about. An opus that surprises with some lines in German and an unexpected guest in the form of indie pop artist DAGOBERT. Moreover, Italian death metallers FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE lent a hand with the orchestral parts of four songs and 12-year-old TeklaLi Wadensten played the harp for »Gods Of Violence«.

Although it‘s breaking new ground in many respects, »Gods Of Violence« can still be considered characteristic for a career shaped by ambitious ventures and artistic risk: discontinuity is KREATOR‘s one true continuum. Gotten together in 1982, Petrozza and Jürgen “Ventor” Reil – the only two remaining founding members – have come a long way from playing in a small-scale student band. “In my history book, KREATOR didn‘t really exist until 1985,” says Petrozza, laughing. “Although we had already started jamming together in ‘82, we only entered the stage two or three times up until ‘85. Back then, our set list consisted of five original tracks and five heavy metal cover songs, we went through several line-up changes and didn‘t really find ourselves until »Endless Pain«.”

In fact, it wasn‘t until said debut album that the name KREATOR was established in the first place. Before, the combo had been known as TORMENTOR. The early years were defining ones all the same: “None of us knew how to play our instruments properly back then,” Petrozza remembers. “Though we were a pretty mediocre student band indeed, we taught each other how to play – it‘s stuff like that you bond over.” This early stage laid the foundation for an exceptional career that would see KREATOR rise to become part of what’s to be considered the German equivalent of the Californian Big Four (METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, MEGADETH) of thrash metal – the Big Three of German thrash, alongside SODOM and DESTRUCTION.

It was on their third album »Terrible Certainty« that KREATOR would precisely define some of their most characteristic traits: Power riffing and aggressive shouting always meet a sure feeling for complex arrangements and highly memorable songwriting that is not to be taken for granted within this genre – KREATOR know their choruses better than most. An ability that makes them stand out in the international music scene as well: Over the years, KREATOR have sold more than two million albums worldwide and have played countless shows all around the globe.

Though rooted in thrash metal, they‘ve never been afraid to push the genre‘s boundaries both musically and lyrically. As mentioned earlier, Mille‘s stylistic and ideological open-mindedness evidently manifests itself in his lyrics: Common thrash topics such as Satanism or apocalyptic visions come naturally to KREATOR. Once more, the song titles on »Gods Of Violence« speak volumes.

However, lyricist Mille Petrozza‘s unique feature lies in his playful approach to these tried and trusted themes: “Understanding the lyrics as an additional dimension is very important to me,” he states. This includes tackling issues of both personal and universal importance. “My wildest years are behind me and there are a couple of things I would have sung about back in the days that just aren‘t in line with my present life anymore. You can grow older and still live a metal musician‘s life for sure. But you have to make sure to preserve your dignity and to not become a parody of yourself – that‘s walking a fine line.”

KREATOR are aware of the risk a long career like theirs involves. Challenging and improving themselves, not living in the past – that‘s the main source of their unabated impact. Ensuring all this also bears testimony to the strong team spirit connecting all band members. Although Mille may act as KREATOR‘s figurehead, he affirms: “We only work as a band!” In fact, one with clear-cut functional division: Bassist “Speesy” Giesler is of great assistance when it comes to organizational matters, “Ventor” Reil brings the beat and all kinds of other stuff – and guitarist Sami YliSirniö is the “musical genius,” as Mille puts it. “While the rest of us are self-taught, Sami is a musician to the core, who has already played concerts in opera houses.”

It all comes down to this: Mille builds the base frame which his band mates fill with their ideas and visions. “A band works like a living organism,” he explains. “I‘m a big fan of consistent line-ups. You‘ve got to be honest with each other, should not avoid conflict and must be able to set your ego aside every now and then. We‘re a team.” This concept of friendship is reflected in ‘Hail To The Hordes’, featuring IN EXTREMO‘s bagpiper Boris PeiferMille‘s very own ode to amity, so to speak. “It‘s a song against superficiality and for sticking together in hard times.”

According to Petrozza – a cosmopolitan at heart – his sticking to the West German Ruhr area should not be interpreted as localistic commitment, though. Still, the city of Essen remains the center of KREATOR‘s universe, where Mille is taking care of all band business to this day. “I‘m a bit of a control freak,” he admits with a wink. “But seriously, I don‘t mind doing it. Why would I want to lead a stupid rock star life anyway, snoozing until noon every day and not doing much else? I‘m an active person who enjoys working. In fact, I don‘t even consider it work. I keep the show rolling, simple as that.”

Keeping the show rolling: That‘s all it‘s been about since 1985. And in this respect, German thrash metal icons KREATOR have succeeded big-time with »Gods Of Violence«!

German Thrashers Kreator Upcoming Release Gods of War

 

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OUT: January 27th, 2017

 

Line up: KREATOR online:
Mille Petrozza | vocals, guitars

Sami Yli-Sirniö | guitars

Christian Giesler | bass

Ventor | drums

www.kreator-terrorzone.de

www.facebook.com/kreatorofficial

www.nuclearblast.de/kreator

 

One thing‘s for sure: There aren‘t many bands with a history as long and eventful as

KREATOR‘s, who fascinatingly succeed in exploring new horizons while challenging and reinventing themselves time and again, resulting in high impact results – as is perfectly illustrated by their new record »Gods Of Violence« (out on January 27, 2017). With this 14th studio album of their impressive career, the thrashers from Essen, Germany have crafted a work of art of utmost vigor, drawing its unfailing power from the pounding heart of one of the greatest, most versatile metal bands of all time. »Gods Of Violence« lives and breathes!

 

As is often the case, it all started with a good idea. KREATOR mastermind Mille Petrozza had followed the latest news with growing concern. Especially the November 2015 Paris attacks made him realize that there had to be a continuum of human malevolence, running like a thread through the ages, from ancient times up to the present day. These thoughts led Petrozza to interlocking current events with tales from Greek mythology, eventuating in the song »Gods Of Violence« that was consequently chosen as the album‘s name giver. “Currently, religion has regained a level of importance that I would have never considered possible 20 years ago,” Mille states. “An extremely dangerous polarization is taking place, giving rise to growing hate among us all. That‘s what I wanted to write about.”

 

Like this, a key note of the album was found that is also reflected in the sheer brutality of ‘World War Now’, among others. The song‘s deriving from the observation that we‘re in the middle of a World War III of sorts, but not in the way we‘ve always feared: A-bomb dropped, humanity wiped out. “These days, our weapons of mass destruction are called hatred and religious delusion,” says Petrozza. It‘s a vertical war, being fought by the media as well as by fanatics of all shades.

 

The intro leading to the opening track ‘Apocalypticon’ is already setting the proper bombastic pace for the album‘s basic idea: Marching drums and a Wagnerian choir are opening an extraordinary metal masterpiece that‘s contrasting brutality with fragility, excelling in an exemplary handling of momentum and dynamics. Even ‘Death Becomes My Light’, the final eight-minute-epic dealing with a near death experience, is not a single second too long: »Gods Of Violence« flashes by like greased lightning.

 

The ability to form universally comprehensible messages out of such sophisticated trains of thought as found on »Gods Of Violence« has always been one of the traits of a man whose pop-cultural universe ranges from Hannah Arendt, PINK FLOYD and TOCOTRONIC to SLAYER. Mille Petrozza was born and bred in the metal scene. Nevertheless, he is and always has been open to inspiration from various sources, which is why his lyrics on this album are by no means merely based on corny genre templates but offer trenchant observations of our time combined with a witty advance towards inflated cliches: One of the best songs on »Gods Of Violence« is really called ‘Satan Is Real’.

 

Finishing »Gods Of Violence« took the band – featuring Petrozza, Sami YliSirniö (guitars), Christian “Speesy” Giesler (bass) and Jürgen “Ventor” Reil (drums) – about three years. After Petrozza had pre-produced all of the eleven tracks in winter of 2015, KREATOR went to Sweden in order to team up with legendary metal producer Jens Bogren in his Fascination Street Studios once again. What emerged from the recording sessions was bound to fundamentally redefine what KREATOR is all about. An opus that surprises with some lines in German and an unexpected guest in the form of indie pop artist DAGOBERT. Moreover, Italian death metallers FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE lent a hand with the orchestral parts of four songs and 12-year-old TeklaLi Wadensten played the harp for »Gods Of Violence«.

 

Although it‘s breaking new ground in many respects, »Gods Of Violence« can still be considered characteristic for a career shaped by ambitious ventures and artistic risk: discontinuity is KREATOR‘s one true continuum. Gotten together in 1982, Petrozza and Jürgen “Ventor” Reil – the only two remaining founding members – have come a long way from playing in a small-scale student band. “In my history book, KREATOR didn‘t really exist until 1985,” says Petrozza, laughing. “Although we had already started jamming together in ‘82, we only entered the stage two or three times up until ‘85. Back then, our set list consisted of five original tracks and five heavy metal cover songs, we went through several line-up changes and didn‘t really find ourselves until »Endless Pain«.”

 

In fact, it wasn‘t until said debut album that the name KREATOR was established in the first place. Before, the combo had been known as TORMENTOR. The early years were defining ones all the same: “None of us knew how to play our instruments properly back then,” Petrozza remembers. “Though we were a pretty mediocre student band indeed, we taught each other how to play – it‘s stuff like that you bond over.” This early stage laid the foundation for an exceptional career that would see KREATOR rise to become part of what’s to be considered the German equivalent of the Californian Big Four (METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, MEGADETH) of thrash metal – the Big Three of German thrash, alongside SODOM and DESTRUCTION.

 

It was on their third album »Terrible Certainty« that KREATOR would precisely define some of their most characteristic traits: Power riffing and aggressive shouting always meet a sure feeling for complex arrangements and highly memorable songwriting that is not to be taken for granted within this genre – KREATOR know their choruses better than most. An ability that makes them stand out in the international music scene as well: Over the years, KREATOR have sold more than two million albums worldwide and have played countless shows all around the globe.

 

Though rooted in thrash metal, they‘ve never been afraid to push the genre‘s boundaries both musically and lyrically. As mentioned earlier, Mille‘s stylistic and ideological open-mindedness evidently manifests itself in his lyrics: Common thrash topics such as Satanism or apocalyptic visions come naturally to KREATOR. Once more, the song titles on »Gods Of Violence« speak volumes.

 

However, lyricist Mille Petrozza‘s unique feature lies in his playful approach to these tried and trusted themes: “Understanding the lyrics as an additional dimension is very important to me,” he states. This includes tackling issues of both personal and universal importance. “My wildest years are behind me and there are a couple of things I would have sung about back in the days that just aren‘t in line with my present life anymore. You can grow older and still live a metal musician‘s life for sure. But you have to make sure to preserve your dignity and to not become a parody of yourself – that‘s walking a fine line.”

 

KREATOR are aware of the risk a long career like theirs involves. Challenging and improving themselves, not living in the past – that‘s the main source of their unabated impact. Ensuring all this also bears testimony to the strong team spirit connecting all band members. Although Mille may act as KREATOR‘s figurehead, he affirms: “We only work as a band!” In fact, one with clear-cut functional division: Bassist “Speesy” Giesler is of great assistance when it comes to organizational matters, “Ventor” Reil brings the beat and all kinds of other stuff – and guitarist Sami YliSirniö is the “musical genius,” as Mille puts it. “While the rest of us are self-taught, Sami is a musician to the core, who has already played concerts in opera houses.”

 

It all comes down to this: Mille builds the base frame which his band mates fill with their ideas and visions. “A band works like a living organism,” he explains. “I‘m a big fan of consistent line-ups. You‘ve got to be honest with each other, should not avoid conflict and must be able to set your ego aside every now and then. We‘re a team.” This concept of friendship is reflected in ‘Hail To The Hordes’, featuring IN EXTREMO‘s bagpiper Boris PeiferMille‘s very own ode to amity, so to speak. “It‘s a song against superficiality and for sticking together in hard times.”

 

According to Petrozza – a cosmopolitan at heart – his sticking to the West German Ruhr area should not be interpreted as localistic commitment though. Still, the city of Essen remains the center of KREATOR‘s universe, where Mille is taking care of all band business to this day. “I‘m a bit of a control freak,” he admits with a wink. “But seriously, I don‘t mind doing it. Why would I want to lead a stupid rock star life anyway, snoozing until noon every day and not doing much else? I‘m an active person who enjoys working. In fact, I don‘t even consider it work. I keep the show rolling, simple as that.”

 

Keeping the show rolling: That‘s all it‘s been about since 1985. And in this respect, German thrash metal icons KREATOR have succeeded big-time with »Gods Of Violence«!