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Kreator

Formed: 1982
From: Essen, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Kreator News

Below is our complete Kreator news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Kreator Hosting Fan Q&A Today

In just a few hours, Mille from Kreator will be answering your questions live at Facebook here. Fans should be sure to tune in today - December 6th, 2017 - at 11 AM PST/ 2 PM EST/ 8 PM CET.

Kreator will be discussing upcoming album "Gods of Violence," which was named the most anticipated metal album of 2017 in our year-end staff awards. "Gods Of Violence" drops on January 27th via Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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Kreator Admits "Satan Is Real"

German legends Kreator have dropped another slab of thrash - with the release of the music video for the new song "Satan Is Real." The song appears on the upcoming new album "Gods of Violence," which was just voted in the MetalUnderground.com's 2016 Staff Awards as the Most Anticipated Album of 2017.

"Gods Of Violence" drops on January 27th via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Katatonia) who also mixed the record at renowned Fascination Street Studios. Mastering was done by Tony Lindgren, also at Fascination Street Studios.

The album's track listing is:

1. Apocalypticon
2. World War Now
3. Satan Is Real
4. Totalitarian Terror
5. Gods Of Violence (see music video here)
6. Army Of Storms
7. Hail To The Hordes
8. Lion With Eagle Wings
9. Fallen Brother
10. Side By Side
11. Death Becomes My Light

Check out "Satan Is Real" here: More...

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The Best And Worst Of Heavy Metal In 2016

We're at the end of the year already somehow? It was a big one for me personally as my head banging, bouncer moshing son arrived in May ready to throw the horns straight out of the womb!

There was a whole lot going on in the metal world as well to mark the year of his birth, with about equal parts good, bad, and utterly bizarre.

With the notable exception of one long-dormant mega band whose name is on everyone's lips, it seems like the reunion / reboot craze has finally come to a rest, for now anyway, and we can once again forget about all those broken up '80s and '90s groups seeking another day in the spotlight.

That paved the way for both a crop of new bands (and there were some awesome newcomers this year!) and long-running groups who never called it quits to show us what they could do throughout 2016.

The Good: Metal Highlights of 2016

It was back in 2015 that we started asking why there wasn't more heavy metal invading the world of PC and console gaming, and this year we actually saw some new additions. The top-down bullet hell wonder of "Metal Tales: Fury Of The Guitar Gods" just arrived last month, while the rhythm game / RPG "Metronomicon" landed at the end of September.

The beginning of the year was also marked by the very metaltastic "Slain," drawing heavily from early Castlevania, and while it had an incredibly rocky launch, reviews are steadily getting more positive as patches are released.

On the music front, this was unquestionably the year of thrash!

New albums arrived from Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Exodus, and even the long-awaited return of the band everyone loves to hate, Metallica (although as our reader poll and CROMCarl's review show, there's clearly still some fans out there in the metal underground). More...

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Kreator Premieres New Song "Earth Under The Sword"

Kreator premieres a new song entitled "Earth Under The Sword". Though new, the track will not appear on the band’s next album,”Gods Of Violence“, which hits stores on January 27th.

Check out now "Earth Under The Sword" below.

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Decibel Magazine Tour 2017 Revealed

Florida death metal legends Obituary were just confirmed for the sixth annual Decibel Magazine tour. The band will provide direct support for Kreator with additional support from Midnight and Horrendous.

Tickets for the 2017 Decibel Magazine tour can be found here and all dates and venues are below. Obituary will also release an exclusive flexi track to appear in the annual Decibel tour issue of the magazine due out March 2017.

Mar 17 Charlotte, NC Underground
Mar 18 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
Mar 19 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
Mar 20 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Mar 21 Houston, TX House of Blues
Mar 22 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Mar 24 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
Mar 25 Santa Ana, CA Observatory
Mar 26 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Mar 27 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
Mar 28 Seattle, WA Neptune
Mar 29 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
Mar 31 Calgary, AB MacEwan Ballroom
Apr 01 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
Apr 04 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Apr 06 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze
Apr 07 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Apr 08 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
Apr 09 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Apr 11 Toronto, ON Opera House
Apr 12 Montreal, QC Club Soda
Apr 13 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Apr 14 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Apr 15 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts More...

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Kreator Unleashes The "Gods Of Violence"

German thrash titans Kreator released a video clip for the new song "Gods Of Violence." Check it out in the player below. The song is the track of the band's 14th studio album coming January 27th via Nuclear Blast Records.

"Gods Of Violence" was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Katatonia) who also mixed the record at renowned Fascination Street Studios. Mastering was done by Tony Lindgren, also at Fascination Street Studios.

The album track listing reads as follows:

1.Apocalypticon
2. World War Now
3. Satan Is Real
4. Totalitarian Terror
5. Gods Of Violence
6. Army Of Storms
7. Hail To The Hordes
8. Lion With Eagle Wings
9. Fallen Brother
10. Side By Side
11. Death Becomes My Light

Check out the clip here: More...

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Kreator Issues "Gods Of Violence" Video Teaser

German thrash titans Kreator issued a teaser clip for the video of "Gods of Violence," the title track from the band's 14th studio album coming January 27th via Nuclear Blast Records. The video clip is set to premiere on November 18th at 1pm CET.

"Gods Of Violence" was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Katatonia) who also mixed the record at renowned Fascination Street Studios. Mastering was done by Tony Lindgren, also at Fascination Street Studios.

The album track listing reads as follows:

1.Apocalypticon
2. World War Now
3. Satan Is Real
4. Totalitarian Terror
5. Gods Of Violence
6. Army Of Storms
7. Hail To The Hordes
8. Lion With Eagle Wings
9. Fallen Brother
10. Side By Side
11. Death Becomes My Light

Check out the teaser here: More...

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Kreator Teases Photos From Video Shoot

German thrash outfit Kreator has revealed photos from the video shoot for the "Gods Of Violence" title track. The 14th Kreator album is set to be released on January 27th, 2017 worldwide via Nuclear Blast Records and this impending video was shot with renowned video production company Grupa13

Kreator singer/guitarist and main songwriter Mille Petrozza comments: "We have prepared an amazing video trilogy with Grupa13 for our new album. We believe that they are among the most creative artists when it comes to surreal video art. The story line is linked to our album concept and the first clip visualizes the birth of the Kreator demon. Watch out, the video is to be released soon!"

The band also released the lyrics for the song, which can be found below the video shoot photos. More...

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Kreator Reveals Details Of "Gods Of Violence"

German thrash titans Kreator have revealed the cover artwork and release details for the upcoming new album "Gods Of Violence." The 14th studio album is set to be released on January 27th worldwide via Nuclear Blast Records.

"Gods Of Violence" was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Katatonia) who also mixed the record at renowned Fascination Street Studios. Mastering was done by Tony Lindgren, also at Fascination Street Studios.

Commented Kreator mastermind Mille Petrozza: "'Gods Of Violence' was the very first song that I wrote for this album, and it stuck to me as the title track. It contains everything that Kreator is known for and it will blow your minds. I promise!"

The cover artwork was created by renowned artist Jan Meininghaus, who also made the limited edition artwork for KREATOR's last album, ‘Phantom Antichrist’ (2012) and has lent his talents to bands like Bolt Thrower, Accept and Overkill in the past. View the intimidating artwork below.

Regarding the artwork Petrozza added:"The cover of is a perfect reflection of my lyrical vision. I think this is Jan Meininghaus' best work so far." More...

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Kreator Posts NSFW Trailer For New Album

German thrash metal veterans Kreator have released a NSFW teaser for their new album "Gods Of Violence", which will be out in stores in January 2017. Check it out now over at Godsofviolence.com if its not displaying properly below.

Pre-orders for the album will go live in less than 2 weeks. More...

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Kreator Announces Tour With Sepultura, Soilwork

In early 2017, German thrash giants Kreator will tour Europe in support of an upcoming, yet-untitled new record. Guitarist/singer Mille Petrozza and his crew will be accompanied by a varied as well as iconic billing.

Sepultura has been announced to be direct support to the headliners, followed by Swedish melodic death metallers Soilwork and Belgium’s finest death/grind outfit, Aborted.

Commented Mille Petrozza: "Finally we are gonna be back on a headlining tour through europe again. It will be more than two years by then since our last run and we have some amazing ideas for a new stage show, supporting our new album. It will be nothing less than spectacular, I promise! Looking forward to see all of you metal maniacs in 2017. And this will just be the beginning..." More...

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BangerTV Hosting Thrash Metal Debate

BangerTV, the all-metal YouTube channel from Banger Films, continues its weekly metal debate show today (April 28th) with "Lock Horns: Thrash Metal."

Catch the live stream later today (Thursday, April 28th) at 4 PM EST right here. BangerTV also comments:

"Who invented this style? Who are the most essential classic bands? Who is carrying the torch of thrash metal today? Where do you stand on the big three of Teutonic Thrash (Sodom, Kreator, Destruction)? Pantera?!

"We invite metal fans around the world to join us live and have their say about all this and more. The episode will be co-hosted by Daniel Dekay, lead guitarist for Toronto metallians Diemonds (ex-Agressor)." More...

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OpEd

1985-1995: The Golden Age of Death Metal

Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.

Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...

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Big Teutonic 4 Releasing Covers Vinyl

German thrash titans Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, and Tankard - collectively known as The Big Teutonic 4 - have announced the release of yet another prestigious 10" vinyl record.

After the huge success of the first release in early 2013, the second output will contain rare cover versions of iconic NWOBHM classics.

The 10" vinyl will be available in various colors (black, clear, red, yellow) and is exclusively available from the Nuclear Blast mail order. The CD version will only be available in issue #334 of German Rock Hard Magazine (out February 25).

Side A:
KREATOR - Lambs To The Slaughter (RAVEN cover)
SODOM - Don't Walk Away (TANK cover)

Side B:
DESTRUCTION - Princess Of The Night (SAXON cover)
TANKARD - Iron Maiden (IRON MAIDEN cover) More...

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Shining Gearing Up For Shows With Marty Friedman

The black/jazz group Shining will join Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth), trash legends Kreator, and melodic death metallers Arch Enemy on an upcoming U.K. tour in December.

Friedman will also use Shining as his backing band during the tour and perform a few surprise collaborations. Shining states that the idea of collaboration came along when Jørgen Munkeby played sax on Marty's latest album. Dates are as follows:

2014-12-16 - Institute - Birmingham, UK
2014-12-17 - O2 Academy - Bristol, UK
2014-12-18 - The Forum - London, UK
2014-12-19 - Academy - Manchester, UK
2014-12-20 - Academy - Dublin, Ireland
2014-12-21 - QMU - Glasgow, UK
2014-12-22 - O2 Academy - Newcastle, UK

Friedman comments: “Arch Enemy and Kreator are two of my all-time favorite bands in metal, and after collaborating with Shining on my latest album, I cannot wait to break all sorts of musical rules and boundaries with them live on the same stage. This will be a once in a lifetime collection of unique metal presences.”

Munkeby adds: “We’re super happy to play these shows with old and new metal gods alike! To add to that, we’re even doing a very special and unique set together with Marty Friedman on stage, which will include both Shining and Marty material. Can’t wait to be part of such a cool setup! 2014 has been one of Shining’s best and most active years so far, and what a grand way to top it off!” More...

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Nothnegal Announces New Shows

Dynamic melodic metal outfit Nothnegal will support Kreator and Arch Enemy in late November for a week of dates in Spain and France.

Nothnegal's European tour follows the band's recent television appearance on Villa TV in its native Maldives. Villa TV, one of the most viewed channels in the country, showcased a special acoustic performance from the band. Footage of the VTV appearance can be found here: More...

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Arch Enemy Announces Split With Kreator

This October/November, metal icons Arch Enemy will be returning to North American soil to tour in support of the "War Eternal" album (reviewed here).

To celebrate this momentous headlining trek, the band will be releasing a split 7" with Kreator, who will be direct support on the run.

Available starting at the Baltimore show on October 23rd, this exclusive transparent red 7" (limited to 500 copies) will be found solely at the merch table; a dark red 7" (limited to 500 copies) will also be available on Kreator and Arch Enemy's European tour, which sees Arch Enemy as direct support. The track listing is as follows:

Side A (Arch Enemy)
1. Breaking The Law (Judas Priest cover)
Side B (Kreator)
1. Iron Destiny

Arch Enemy's Michael Amott (guitar) comments: "Super excited about the upcoming tours in Europe and USA with Kreator, and it's really cool to have this split vinyl 7" coming out to celebrate the extreme metal party of the year! Covering the Judas Priest classic 'Breaking The Law' is obviously not the most original idea, but this is a heavily rearranged version that sounds very Arch Enemy, and anyhow there's no denying that the mighty Priest is a great influence on Arch Enemy...Enjoy this unique and limited Kreator/Arch Enemy release and see you on the road!"

Kreator's Mille Petrozza (vocals, guitar) comments: "Finally, after all these years, Arch Enemy and Kreator not only tour together, but will also release a split single! I have always been a fan of this stuff since these are special little collector's items. We chose the song 'Iron Destiny' for this. Lyrically this is a tribute to the early days of the band, the days when we were young metal-heads, discovering the music that we still love to this day. Kreator is looking forward to this run and we hope to see all of you!" More...

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Shining To Play Shows With Kreator And Arch Enemy

Norwegian blackjazz outfit Shining has checked in with the following update about new tour dates:

"We're super happy to play these shows with Kreator, Arch Enemy, and Marty Friedman in the UK in December!

"We're even doing a very special and unique set together with Marty Friedman on stage which will include both Shining and Marty material! 2014 has been one of Shining's and most active years so far, and this is a grand way to top it!"

16.12.2014 - The Institute - Birmingham, UK
17.12.2014 - O2 Academy - Bristol, UK
18.12.2014 - The Forum - London, UK
19.12.2014 - Academy - Manchester, UK
20.12.2014 - Academy - Dublin, Ireland
21.12.2014 - QMU - Glasgow, UK
22.12.2014 - O2 Academy - Newcastle, UK More...

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Kreator Announces World Tour

The German thrash metal giants in Kreator have just announced an extended run of live dates for this upcoming Fall, including a show at the prestigious Japanese Loudpark Festival in Tokyo.

Joining forces with Kreator for the headlining run in Europe and North America will be none other than Arch Enemy.

Following the release of the live DVD/Blu-ray "Dying Alive," as well as a massive onslaught at this years’ Wacken Open Air, Kreator will kick off this world tour October 19th and will be on the road until December 22nd. More...

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Wacken To Stream Live Performances

This week the long wait is finally over, as the annual Wacken Open Air celebrates its 25th Anniversary on the unholy soil in the North of Germany.

For those who missed the chance to grab a ticket for the three-day event, there will be live streams available online for the following bands:

Hammerfall on Thursday July 31 from 18:00 to 19:15 CET
Accept on Thursday July 31 from 22:30 to 24:00 CET
Children Of Bodom on Friday August 01 from 18:00 to 19:15 CET
Carcass on Friday August 01 from 21:15 to 22:15 CET
Kreator on Saturday August 02 from 00:15 to 01:30 CET

To watch the live streams, head over to this location. An additional stream of the Avantasia show will be available on Saturday right here.

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