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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 Announce South American Tour Dates

German thrash metal veterans KREATOR have scheduled the following South American tour dates:

Sep. 22 - Monterrey, Mexico - Cafe Iguana
Sep. 23 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corco Volador
Sep. 27 - Santiago, Chile - Estadio Victor Jara
Sep. 29 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Obras
Sep. 30 - Lima, Peru - Discoteca Voce

Also appearing at select shows are Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL (as co-headliners) and KOTIPELTO.

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Thrash Metal Book To Surface In September

Zonda Books has posted this press release:

Garry Sharpe-Young's latest book, "Thrash Metal", is being readied for publication this September. In addition, Zonda Books publishes Garry's "Death Metal", "Black Metal" and "Power Metal" all before the end of the year. These MusicMight titles replace the 2001 editions, which have consistently ranked number 1 on their Amazon.com searches for five years and more.

Thrash Metal. At first mocked by the Rock traditionalists Thrash would swamp the hard n' heavy world propelling one of its own - METALLICA, to the very pinnacle of Rock's elite.

In the early 80s Thrash breathed new life into the Rock scene providing older acts with a much needed kick. This new force opened the floodgates to armies of teens armed with flying Vs, bullet belts and a sense of purpose that would fuel genres such as Thrashcore, Crossover and technical Speed Metal. Without Thrash there would be no Death Metal, no Black Metal. That explosion of aggression has seen subsequent afterblasts, most recently Europe and South America has seen a genuine renaissance of Thrash Metal.

Without doubt, Thrash Metal still continues to make its mark in the biggest possible way. The "big four" - METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER are all documented here in the greatest possible detail with full, up to the minute histories, exclusive photographs and global discographies, which include demos, albums, singles, chart positions, track listings and catalogue numbers. Over 400,000 words leave no stone left unturned in pursuit of knowledge of ex-members, rare recordings and career milestones. The author has interviewed all these major acts. Indeed, he interviewed METALLICA's late Cliff Burton just days before his passing. The early days of MEGADETH are straight from the mouth of Dave Mustaine.

Also covered are the legion of groundbreaking Bay Area acts such as METAL CHURCH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL and HIRAX. The European thrash explosion of KREATOR, RAGE, DESTRUCTION, SODOM, GRAVE DIGGER and HELLOWEEN is also covered in frightening detail. The Pagan Thrash of SABBAT, the avant garde eccentricity of CELTIC FROST and the Funk Thrash of MORDRED - it's all here. The second wave of thrash with major artists such as SEPULTURA, PANTERA and MACHINE HEAD takes the genre right up to the new breed of Thrashers, now a truly world-wide phenomenon. All examined in depth.

Having achieved its quarter of a century, Thrash Metal is not only alive, it is thriving. If you thought this rawest form of Heavy Metal was consigned to the past this book will deliver a rude awakening! Read the book, buy the records and bang that head!!

The scope of 'Thrash Metal' includes artists such as A.N.I.M.A.L., ABANDONED, ABATTOIR, ACCUSSER, ACID, ACID DRINKERS, ACID REIGN, ACROPHET, AFTERMATH, AGENT STEEL, AGONY, AGRESSOR, AIRDASH, AMEBIX, ANESTHESY, ANGEL WITCH, ANGKOR WAT, ANNIHILATOR, ANTHRAX, ANVIL, ANVIL CHORUS, APOKALYPTIC RAIDS, ARBITRATER, ARCH ENEMY, ARMORED SAINT, ARMOURED ANGEL, ARTILLERY, ASSASSIN, AT WAR, ATHEIST, ATOMIZER, ATOMKRAFT, ATROPHY, AZOTIC REIGN...

And that's just some of the "A"'s!

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King Diamond Reveal 2008 North American Tour Dates

KING DIAMOND will be teaming up with KREATOR, LEAVES' EYES and CELLADOR for a 2008 North American tour. The complete itinerary for the tour is as follows:

March 2008
22 - Ft lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
23 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
25 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
26 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
28 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Street Music Hall
29 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
30 - Philadelphia, PA - THe Trocadero More...

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Kreator Finish Tour, Working On New Material

Frontman Mille Petrozza of German thrash metal pioneers KREATOR has issued the following update:

"The KREATOR / CELTIC FROST European tour is now history and I'm still overwhelmed by the impressions of the last few weeks. This tour was historical to us and it was an honour for the whole band to finally have toured with the mighty FROST again! We've had a great time with the boys and it felt like in the early days, just better! Also it was really cool to tour with LEGION OF THE DAMNED and WATAIN (sorry for the fucked up curfew situation in some places!) and got to meet Maurice and Eric and the rest of the guys - great fun! Looking forward to Greece, Serbia and, of course, the festivals in the summer, where we'll present the multimedia stageshow on the huge outdoor stages across Europe! Another U.S. tour is in the making and yes - we are working on new stuff! But for now I want to thank all the KREATOR-heads that came out to celebrate our sounds of terror with us! You people just fucking rule!!!!"

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Wolf Cancels Dates With Celtic Frost and Kreator

Sweden's WOLF has issued the following statement:

"WOLF are sorry to anounce that [we] have to cancel the dates with CELTIC FROST and KREATOR March 31 - April 3. Niklas Stålvind has got an infection on the vocal chords and must keep quiet for at least a few weeks to avoid serious damage to his voice. The band are looking forward to do the U.K. tour with THE HAUNTED April 25 – May 7. We were VERY much looking forward to the dates with these heroes of ours but Niklas' voice got worse and we had to drop out. We apologize to all fans, bands, promoters etc. that are affected."

WOLF recently announced plans to release its latest album, "The Black Flame", on vinyl. The Swedish underground label Blackcave Records, under license from Century Media, is putting out a limited edition of 500 copies through the Blackcave mailorder. The LP is signed and numbered by the band.

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Celtic Frost Comment On UK Concert Curfew

Celtic Frost have released the following statement in regards to an imposed curfew on their UK tour dates:

"While already on the road on the European leg of the "Monotheist" tour, we were informed of strict curfews to our co-headlining shows with Kreator in the UK. These curfews have been imposed locally and are not a stipulation by either Celtic Frost or Kreator. As a matter of fact, we oppose these curfews explicitly, and we have informed both our management and our concert agency accordingly. There is little we can do, however.

Celtic Frost and Kreator and the bands' representatives have spent months trying to assemble an appropriate and exciting touring package of four bands that cover a wide variety of contemporary metal. We loathe the fact that we are now finally back out on the road - in Celtic Frost's case, for the first time in some 17 years - and have to discover that the local booker and promoters in the UK impose curfews so unrealistically strict that it is impossible to put on the regular performances by all four bands on the bill as played everywhere else in Europe. Apparently, some of the UK venues book two events during certain nights, i.e., in this case our tour and another event. This will yield twice the profits for them in one night, but it also means that the first event, namely our tour, will have to clear the venue at an unreasonably early hour, as early as 9:30 or 10:00pm.

There appears to be no proper solution to this situation. Both headliners are categorically unwilling to cancel the performances of either our opening act or special guest, Watain and Legion Of The Damned, in order to play full headlining sets. Just like us, Watain and Legion of the Damned have travelled thousands of miles and gone through great expenses to play all of Europe. The local booker and promoters in the UK are equally unwilling to extend their ludicrous curfews, even for a mere 30 minutes. The alternative, so we are informed, would be a cancelled concert.

Having all four bands play at least a semblance of a set means that the duration of all sets will be severely restricted. In case of Celtic Frost and Kreator, this means sets of 60 minutes, in case of Watain and Legion of the Damned, sets of 20 minutes. This applies to the following shows: Glasgow, Bradford, Wolverhampton, Cardiff, and Nottingham. All bands involved believe that playing a set is better than cancelling any show. That we all are extremely frustrated, if not to say furious, about this situation is obvious."

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Celtic Frost To Play 'Special Guest Set' w/ Type O

Seminal avant-garde metal pioneers CELTIC FROST have revealed that they will play a "limited-duration special guest set of 45 minutes" on their upcoming North American tour with TYPE O NEGATIVE. "In spite of the limited playing time, the band believes that this presents an important opportunity to play for the U.S. audiences again and expand upon the foundation built in the course of last fall's successful 46-date tour of North America," CELTIC FROST writes in a press release.

Due to the preceding co-headliner tour with KREATOR in Europe which will conclude on April 5, 2007, in Hamburg, CELTIC FROST will not be able to play all dates with TYPE O NEGATIVE. Immediately after the final show of the European tour, however, the group will fly to the United States to join TYPE O NEGATIVE for the first time on April 9, 2007, in Chicago and remain with the tour until its conclusion on May 8, 2007, in Baltimore, MD.

UPDATE: Here are the latest tour dates: More...

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Asguard Record Follow-up To "Dreamslave"

The dark lords from Belarus, Asguard have written and recorded their follow-up to last years Dreamslave. The new work is actually an extension to the album with the working title; Dreamslave... Awakening. The new album will also come with a 10 Year Anniversary DVD featuring live footage from the bands extensive Eastern European tour of 2006. There are twelve original tracks, plus two bonus cover songs, "Golden Age" from Kreator and "Run Through the Night" by Accept and will be released early this year.

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Watain To Join Celtic Frost and Kreator On Tour

Watain have been chosen to join the European tour of metal legends CELTIC FROST and KREATOR. Dutch Legion of the Damned are also included in this tour-package, that will sweep through Europe in March and April.

These European dates will constitute the first ones on the FUCK THE WORLD TOUR, Watain's worldwide crusade to promote the new album "Sworn to the Dark". Tour dates - together with some other highly exceptional acts - are being scheduled for both North and South America as well

Here are the live dates: More...

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Kreator, Celtic Frost Announce European Tour Dates

German thrash legends Kreator and the newly-reunited Celtic Frost will be teaming up with for a European tour beginning in March 2007.

Says Kreator in a statement: "At the moment the band is working on bringing out a stage production that will be more extreme than anything you've seen from Kreator before! The setlist will include tons of suprises! We´ll keep you updated with more details as soon as we get them in, so stay tuned!"

Confirmed dates on the trek are as follows: More...

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Kings Of Death and Speed Metal On 'Horror" DVD

The third volume of the "Horror Pain Gore Death" DVD collection of horror music videos (horror films mixed with metal music) from established and obscure death, thrash and '80s metal bands will be released on September 26. The complete track listing for the set is as follows:

CANCER - Blood Bath
EXODUS - A Lesson In Violence
SLAYER - Criminally Insane
MENTORS - Peepin' Tom
MORTA SKULD - Consuming Existence
SODOM - Outbreak Of Evil
NECKTIE - Hostages
BLÜDWÜLF - The Horror
SLAUGHTER - Fuck Of Death
TOXIC HOLOCAUST - Thrashing Death
SEXCREMENT - Menstrual Money Shot
SAVAGE GRACE - Into The Fire
SUFFOCATION - Infecting The Crypts
KREATOR - Pleasure To Kill
SEPULTURA - R.I.P. (Rest In Pain)
VENOM - Don't Burn The Witch

For more information, click here.

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Video And Photos of Kreator's Sydney Performance

Pyromusic.net has uploaded over 40 minutes of video footage from Kreator's sold out Sydney show online. You will also find over 100 photos from the gig on the same page.

They also recently interviewed vocalist/guitarist Miland 'Mille' Petrozza recently. You can check the interview out here.

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Kreator Interviewed By Pyromusic.net

PyroMusic.net conducted an interview with Kreator's founding member, Vocalist/Guitaris Mille 2 days ago ahead of their Australian tour. Topics discussed include the next album, a new dvd release, Mille's thoughts on the metal scene presently, the loss of fans in the 1990s during their "experimental" years, Ventor's vocal contributions to Kreator live and in studio and the future of the band.

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Kreator Film 'Enemy Of God' Video

German thrashers KREATOR shot a video for their song "Enemy of God" on February 6 in Berlin. The clip was directed by Jörn Heitmann, known for his work with RAMMSTEIN ("Keine Lust") and THE RASMUS. More information about Heitmann's work can be found at www.katapultfilm.de.

"Enemy of God" is the title track of KREATOR's latest album, available now on SPV Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Violent Revolution" was recorded and mixed at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB, NEVERMORE). ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott makes a guest appearance on lead guitar on the track "Murder Fantasies".

KREATOR will be embarking on the "Enemy of God II" North American tour with NAPALM DEATH beginning in late February.

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Napalm Death Frontman Talks About New Album

Birmingham’s NAPALM DEATH will be embarking on North America’s ‘The Enemy Of God II’ Tour in late February with Kreator. Vocalist for the band Barney Greenway had this to say, “Hello everyone, looks like we’re coming back to North America to make a load of noise again. The Code Is Red… was such a well-received album, and we’re disappointed that this is only the first time that we’re getting to a lot of places, but we try our best, you know. What are the shows going to be like? Well, we will totally go for it, as ever, and hopefully you’ll all enjoy. It’ll be chaotic, spasmodic and hopefully a beautiful thing. There should be quite a bit of The Code… stuff in there as well."

“There’s also the small matter of the follow-up to The Code…, which we are each working on in our own little corners of the world. I have a few songs ready to go lyrically but nothing concrete to share with you right at this moment unfortunately. I’ve been thinking about the general theme of the album a lot and what I’d like to project in this age of being dragged down paths of religious oppression is the spirit of free-thinking. I mean, believe what you want to believe if it makes you happy, but I still don’t believe that mass governance via religious theories is wise, especially when the world is so fragile. The whole idea, just for example, of stickering school textbooks that try to explain the scientifically proven evolution of mankind with stickers that say ‘this is not necessarily the truth’ is entirely counter-productive. Anyway… we hope to hit the studio mid-May for a late-year release. See you all soon stateside. Peace, love, equality."

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Latest Napalm Death and Kreator Tour Dates

Napalm Death and Kreator will be touring together in late-February and March with A Perfect Murder and Undying. They have added a few more dates recently. Here are the latest tour dates:

2/21 NorandeRoyun-Norande, QUE @ Petit theatre du Vieux
2/22 Montreal, QUE @ Medley
2/23 Quebec City, QUE @ L'Imperial
2/24 Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
2/25 Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
2/26 New York City, NY @ BB Kings Blues Club
2/27 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's down Under
2/28 Mokana, IL @ The Pearl Room
3/1 Columbia Heights, MN @ Star central
3/2 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
3/3 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
3/4 Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater
3/7 Edmonton, AB @ Aggie Theater
3/8 Calgary, AB @ Warehouse
3/10 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
3/11 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
3/12 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
3/13 San Francisco, CA @ The Pound at Pier 96
3/14 Sparks, NV @ New Oasis
3/15 Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
3/16 Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
3/17 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
3/18 Albuquerque, AZ @ Launch Pad
3/19 San Antonio, TX @ Sanctuary
3/21 Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
3/22 Tampa, FL @ The Masquerade
3/23 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/24 Charlotte,NC @ Tremont Music Hall
3/25 West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
3/26 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre

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More Kreator, Napalm Death Tour Dates

More dates have been released for the upcoming KREATOR, NAPALM DEATH, A PERFECT MURDER, and UNDYING tour that will take place early next year:

February 21 - Rouyn-Noranda, QC @ Petit Theatre
February 22 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
February 23 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
February 24 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
February 25 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
February 26 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
February 27 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
February 28 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
March 2 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
March 3 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
March 4 - Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
March 7 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
March 8 - Calgary, AB @ The Warehouse
March 10 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
March 11 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
March 12 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
March 13 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
March 14 - Sparks, NV @ New Oasis
March 15 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
March 16 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
March 18 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
March 19 - San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary
March 21 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
March 24 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
March 25 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Kreator Forced To Pull Out Of Izmir Rock Fest

German thrashers KREATOR were forced to cancel their appearance at the Izmir Rock Festival in Turkey on Saturday, October 1.

Commented mainman Mille Petrozza: "We are very disapointed about the unacceptable conditions we had to face in Izmir last Saturday! The band was looking foreward to play this part of Turkey for the first time, but were not willing to risk our lives or the lives of our fans! We believe that the Izmir audience deserves a real KREATOR show, all or nothing, no fucking compromise! End of story!!!!!"

Pit Bender, KREATOR's tour manager, sent the following more detailed statement regarding the cancellation:

"Because of risk of danger, especially stage and lightrigg, we were not able at all to put on a show in Izmir. All efforts to make the organization change these technical conditions failed and in last consequence after several hours of discussion, we unfortunately had to make this decision.

1. The stage structure was way too unstable and wouldn't hold any pressure through an intense KREATOR show of two hours, especially with the great audience that we've always experienced in Turkey...

2. Light rig, stage: all four towers were not safe; any pressure, physically, could have made it come down.

3. The stage had no roof. Halfway through the show there would have been heavy rain, so the show would have to be stopped anyway, with the risk of electric shocks etc.

4. No efforts at all by the promoters to have proper and safe conditions for the audience and the band.

5. After all this and under these circumstances we finally had to come to this decision.

We feel very sorry for all of our disapointed fans out in Izmir, but hope to come back under better and especially safe circumstances."

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Kreator To Release New Cd In DVD-Audio Format

German thrashers KREATOR will re-release their latest album, "Enemy of God", in early 2006 in the DVD-Audio format, featuring very high quality, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, plus additional video material (including animation) and footage of KREATOR appearing on various TV shows.

Commented KREATOR mainman Mille Petrozza: "'Enemy of God' is our best-produced album thus far. But it will sound even more brutal in this special Dolby Digital edition."

In addition to the extra footage mentioned above, the DVD-Audio edition of "Enemy of God" will include a fan-created music video for the song "Dying Race Apocalypse". Fans are encouraged to film and create their own clip and send it to this address:

SPV GmbH
Mark Kewitsch
Brüsseler Str. 14
30539 Hannover
Germany

The best entry will become part of the official DVD-Audio edition of "Enemy of God" and the winner will receive 1000 euros. Other prizes include 33 KREATOR fan packages. The deadline for registration is mid-October. All video clips should be completed and submitted by mid-November.

The follow-up to 2001's "Violent Revolution", "Enemy of God" was recorded and mixed at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB, NEVERMORE). ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott makes a guest appearance on lead guitar on the track "Murder Fantasies".

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Kreator Confirm Festival Dates, Planning More

German thrash metal band Kreator have been confirmed for the following festivals:

September 4th - More Than Fest, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
October 15th - Pilares Metal Fest, Zaragoza, Spain

Shows are also being planned for Singapore, Mallorca, South America, Finland, Australia, England, Ireland and Scotland.

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