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Formed: 1982
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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 and Evile Pack Nokia Theater in New York

On March 6, 2010 I went to see Kreator perform at the Nokia Theater in New York City. I was very eager to see Evile, Voivod, and Kreator. I have been a fan of Kreator for some time now, but have only heard one album, “Extreme Aggression.” Evile is a band I was interested in seeing because I have their demo, but have yet to explore much outside of what is on their MySpace page. Voivod has been recommended to me by friends, but I’ve never taken the time to properly explore them. When I arrived at the venue, Lazarus A.D. started playing. More...

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Kreator Comments on North American Tour Dates

Mille Petrozza, front man & guitarist for German thrash stalwarts KREATOR, shares an update on the band’s upcoming North American tour. The 23-date trek coincides with KREATOR’s 25th anniversary and launched yesterday March 3rd at Jaxx in West Springfield, Virginia:

“Right now we are rehearsing our new 2010 anniversary set list. There’s a lot of new stuff that we had to re-learn, some songs we haven't played in a while, plus different stuff from the last album we didn't play at shows in 2009. Thanks for the thousands of votes in our forum regarding the anniversary set list! Of course we can’t play all the requested songs in a ninety minute set, but there will definitely be some tracks that may surprise a couple of you, so be prepared!

"Looking forward to playing with our long-time friends in Voïvod again on our upcoming tour. It will take us all across North America and Canada once again. Can’t wait to see Evile, Kataklysm, Nachtmystium, Lightning Swords of Death and Lazarus A.D., as well. This will be a night of total violence, so be there!!!"

"Also, a big THANK YOU to our German fans for making Hordes Of Chaos 2009's ‘Record of the Year’ in Germany’s most important magazine - Rock Hard! Ihr seid die besten!” More...

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Voivod Announces North American Tour

Canadian metallers Voivod will hit the road for two-weeks worth of tour dates in support of their latest release "Infini." This tour will kick-off March 3rd and will include guests Kreator, Nachtmystium, Evile, and Lazarus A.D. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below.

3/3 2010 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
3/4 2010 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
3/5 2010 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
3/6 2010 Nokia Theater – New York, NY
3/7 2010 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
3/8 2010 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
3/9 2010 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
3/10 2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
3/11 2010 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
3/12 2010 The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
3/13 2010 The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
3/14 2010 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
3/16 2010 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

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Kreator Signs To Nuclear Blast Records

German thrash metal legends Kreator has announced that they have signed a new record deal with German based label, Nuclear Blast Records. A message from frontman Mille Petrozza reads as follows:

"We're happy to anounce that Kreator has just signed a new long- dated deal with Nuclear Blast! Based on a friendship with Andy Siry (head of A&R of Nuclear Blast) that lasted for decades we will now finally join forces on a professional level!

"Becoming a part of the NB-family means a lot to us and together with the world's biggest metal label we will conquer the future!"

Andy Siry (head of A&R of Nuclear Blast) stated: "For me another 'thrash dream' has come true with the signing of Germany’s finest and Europe’s leading thrash legends Kreator!!! I still remember the day when I heard Endless Pain for the first time, I became a huge fan of the band. I have been following Kreator through their career and I built up a very good friendship with Mille. The last years I have been working very hard to make it possible that Kreator would join the Nuclear Family. Together we are looking into a very bright future in which we will be leading Kreator onwards to world domination!"

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Lazarus A.D. Posts Making-Of Videos Online

This winter, Lazarus A.D. once again teamed up with Vision 4 Films to shoot their next video. "Absolute Power" will premiere sometime before their upcoming tour with Kreator, Voivod, Nachtmystium and Evile. The video is a bit different than their last two in that it has a bit of a story line.

Guitarist Dan Gapen comments: “We just shot the new video for our next single 'Absolute Power.' I would say it was fun but to be honest it was cold, windy and rainy the day of the shoot and I froze my ass off. All I have to say is this fucking video better come out sweet or I’m kicking the directors ass…haha! I think when it’s done, everyone will like how it turned out. Jason & Emmitt from Vision4Films are pros at what they do, we can’t say thank you enough. We look forward to seeing everyone on the upcoming Spring tour w/ Kreator and Voivod!”

The first of two making-of clips is live now at www.youtube.com/lazarusadband. The guys will be hitting the road this Spring with metal legends Kreator and Voivod along with newcomers Nachtmystium and Evile. Here are the tour dates: More...

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Evile Announces New North American Tour Dates

British thrashers, EVILE have recently announced that they will be embarking on their first major North American tours with such legendary acts as KREATOR and OVERKILL. EVILE frontman/guitarist, Matt Drake recently took some time to proclaim his (and the band's) excitement to hit the road across the pond in March through early-May:

"Well it's about time it happened, we can finally say that we are coming to the USA!! It's been a long time coming because we've tried before, we've had a few plans made in the past to get to the states but they always fell through but it's finally confirmed and happening. We couldn't be happier that we get to lay waste to peoples senses on a nightly basis with such legendary bands that we have nothing but respect for, we're looking forward to meeting people who have listened to our cd's but never had the chance to see us live and we're also looking forward to introducing ourselves to a lot of new people and instead of easing ourselves into it by doing a week or so we're going for a full on two month straight tour with only a few days off, the way it should be!! I'm personally looking forward to being able to visit such iconic places as New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco as these are the kind of places i never thought i would be lucky enough to see. Ladies and gentlemen the British are coming!!!!" More...

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Voivod Announces North American Tour

Canadian metallers Voivod have announced two-weeks worth of tour dates in support of their latest release "Infini." This tour will kick-off in early March and include guests Kreator, Nachtmystium, Evile, and Lazarus A.D. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below with more details to be announced soon.

3/3 Springfield, VA Jaxx
3/4 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
3/5 Worcester, MA Palladium
3/6 New York, NY Nokia Theatre
3/7 Montreal, QC Club Soda
3/8 Quebec City, QC L’Imperial
3/9 Toronto, ON Opera House
3/10 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
3/11 Detroit, MI Blondies
3/12 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
3/14 St. Paul, MN Station 4

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Kreator To Perform "Old School" Tour

In a recent message posted online, Kreator frontman Mille Pettrozza announced that the band will be performing a special "old school" setlist on forthcoming tour dates. The message reads today:

"Happy new year to all the freaks, fans, friends and supporters! It`s time for a general update so you all know what we`re up to.

"First off: thanks to all of you for making 2009 one of the wildest and most successful years for Kreator! The "Hordes of Chaos" tour has taken us to many places we have never played at before and we were always surprised by the great response in Cities like Beijing, Krasnodar, San Salvador or Guatemala City. Metal rules the planet EVERYWHERE!

"What`s next for us? We`re really looking forward to returning to North America in March and yes, even though I am the kind of guy that doesn`t even celebrate his own birthday, Kreator turns 25 in 2010! We want to make this year a little special by playing a classic old-school set in 2010 with a couple of songs we haven`t performed live in a while. For this we need your help! Check the forum for the vote of which songs we should put into the setlist. The ones that you pick will make it into the setlist. The vote only lasts to February 1st! So be quick! More...

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Kataklysm Announces 2010 Headlining Tour Dates

Extreme metallers KATAKLYSM have added the following headlining dates to their schedule during the KREATOR North American tour:

03/13/10 Club Soda – Montreal, QC - CANADA - Kataklysm Headlining
03/18/10 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
03/19/10 Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC – CANADA
03/20/10 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
03/21/10 Slim’s - San Francisco, CA
03/22/10 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV - Kataklysm Headlining
03/23/10 House of Blues - Hollywood, CA
03/24/10 House of Blues - San Diego, CA
03/25/10 The Rock - - Tucson, AZ
03/27/10 Emo's - Austin, TX
03/28/10 Meridian - Houston, TX
03/30/10 The Club at Firestone - Orlando, FL
03/31/10 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
04/01/10 Gil’s Bar & Grill – Virginia Beach, VA - Kataklysm Headlining
04/02/10 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY - Kataklysm Headlining

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Lightning Swords Of Death To Tour With Behemoth

Los Angeles based black metal contingent, Lightning Swords Of Death, will be joining up with Polish legends, and now label mates, Behemoth for three west coast shows during the Evangelia Amerika tour in 2010. Lightning Swords Of Death vocalist, Autarch, comments on the Behemoth dates, "Regarding our dates with Behemoth, attendees can expect to find themselves victim to the horror of true and agonizing ritual abuse."

01/15 Tuscon, AZ The Rock
01/16 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues
01/17 San Francisco, CA Slim's More...

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Lazarus A.D. To Support Kreator On Tour

Lazarus A.D. have announced they will be supporting Kreator on their upcoming North American tour in March. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

3/03 2010 Jaxx, West Springfield VA
3/04 2010 The Trocadero, Philadelphia PA
3/05 2010 The Palladium, Worcester MA
3/06 2010 Nokia Theater, New York, NY
3/07 2010 Club Soda, Montreal,Quebec
3/08 2010 Imperial de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec
3/09 2010 Opera House, Toronto, Ontario
3/10 2010 Peabody's, Cleveland, OH
3/11 2010 Blondie's, Detroit, MI
3/12 2010 The Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL
3/13 2010 Rave, Milwaukee, WI
3/14 2010 Block Station 4, St Paul, MN
3/16 2010 Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
3/18 2010 El Corazon, Seattle, WA
3/19 2010 Rickshaw Theater, Vancouver, British Columbia
3/20 2010 Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
3/21 2010 Slim's, San Francisco, CA
3/23 2010 House of Blues, West Hollywood, CA
3/24 2010 House of Blues, San Diego, CA
3/25 2010 The Rock, Tucson, AZ
3/27 2010 Emo's Alternative Lounging, Austin, TX
3/28 2010 Meridian, Houston, TX
3/30 2010 The Club at Firestone, Orlando, FL
3/31 2010 The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA

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Evile Announces U.S. Tour

Evile has issued the following statement about touring the U.S. in March:

"That's right, it's about time it happened, after 2 years of nearly getting it sorted then being let down time and time again we are finally confirmed for a USA tour. We will be supporting the mighty KREATOR on their Hordes of Chaos Part II tour so we get a chance to bring Infected Nations over the seas at last! The support bands change quite a lot so here's all the details, we are on all the dates."

3/03 - Jaxx, West Springfield, VA
3/04 - The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
3/05 - The Palladium (MA), Worcester, MA
3/06 - Nokia Theater, New York, NY
3/07 - Club Soda, Montreal, QUE
3/08 - Imperial de Quebec, Quebec City, QUE
3/09 - Opera House, Toronto, ONT
3/10 - Peabody's Cleveland, OH
3/11 - Blondie's, Detroit, MI
3/12 - The Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL
3/13 - Rave, Milwaukee, WI
3/14 - Block Station 4, St Paul, MN
3/16 - Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
3/18 - Corazon, Seattle, WA
3/19 - Rickshaw Theater, Vancouver, BC
3/20 - Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
3/21 - Slim's, San Francisco, CA
3/23 - House of Blues, West Hollywood, CA
3/24 - House of Blues, San Diego, CA
3/25 - The Rock, Tucson, AZ
3/27 - Emo's Alternative Lounging, Austin, TX
3/28 - Meridian, Houston, TX
3/30 - The Club at Firestone, Orlando, FL
3/31 - The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA

The varying line-ups for the dates are as follows: More...

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Kataklysm To Support Kreator On Tour

Canadian extreme metal outfit Katklysm will be direct support to German thrashers Kreator on their headlining North American tour this upcoming March, dubbed the “Hordes of Chaos Part II” tour.

Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono commented: "Growing up on thrash and speed metal, Kreator was always on the top of my playlist. I would call them the European Slayer! Well all of us in Kataklysm are fans so I can’t express how happy we are to have been offered this tour with this legendary band! It’s safe to say that we will be bringing a strong and heavy hitting set list. Let there be blood!"

The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

3/18 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
3/19 - Vancouver, BC @ Ricksaw Theater
3/20 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
3/21 - San Fransisco, CA @ Slim's
3/23 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
3/24 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
3/25 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
3/27 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
3/28 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
3/30 - Orlando, FL @ The Club at Firestone
3/31 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

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Exodus Vocalist Posts End Of Tour Report

Rob Dukes, the lead vocalist of Bay Area thrash metal legends Exodus, has checked in with an update regarding the band finishing their South American tour with German thrash metal icons Kreator and what Exodus have planned next. The message reads as follows:

"We spent three months with Kreator over the last half year and the last night was an awesome way to end the tour.

"Sao Paulo is amazing, the fans are great, but really, all of South America has been great. Playing to 25,000 in Colombia and being on their national TV broadcast was a nice surprise on this tour.

"We are leaving with a bunch of great memories and a lot of new friends and some of us now-old friends a lot better.

"Kreator are a great band and they are really good people. More...

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Kreator To Shoot New Music Video

German thrash metal legends Kreator will shoot a video clip for "Destroy What Destroys You", a song off their latest release "Hordes Of Chaos," during their show with Exodus at Espacio Broadway in Santiago del Chile, this Saturday, October 17th.

Says frontman Mille Petrozza: "To shoot a video clip in Santiago del Chile is like a dream come true for us! Kreator has had a very special relationship with the Chilean metalheads since day one! We are really looking foreward to capture the magic, that has been present every time we played the city! Vamos people from Chile! Let's show the rest of the world that Santiago is one of the most metal citys on earth!!! We'll see you on Saturday."

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Kreator Frontman Checks In From The Road

Mille Petrozza, the lead singer and guitarist of German thrash metal legends Kreator has checked in from South America with an update on how the bands world tour is going so far. The message reads as follows:

"We're right in the middle of our world tour as I'm writing this from a hotel room in San Salvador. This tour has led us through Russia, China, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Guatemala and now El Salvador. It proves ones again that metal has become a worldwide phenomena!

"No matter what cultural or religious background, there is always a huge audience on this tour! I'm overwhelmed by the reaction of the crowd every night and even though we have a tough schedule and we all have been jetlagged a lot, this is one of the most fun tours I've ever been on!

"We've met up with EXODUS, who are with us on this South/ Central American part of the tour and it's great to see them kill at every single show. This package is brutal, the fans are getting the full treatment - with Exodus and Kreator on one bill, this is a true night of violence! More...

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Barren Earth Launches Minisite For New EP

The new Barren Earth minisite is now online, including band and release information and audio samples from their debut EP, "Our Twilight," which is due out November 9th (11th Finland, 17th US).

With former members of Amorphis, plus current members of Swallow the Sun, Moonsorrow, and Kreator, Finland’s Barren Earth presents this 4-track EP of progressive and folk textured death metal.

The CD is now available to pre-order here.

It can also be announced that the band will play their very first gig, in support of the release, at Dantes Highlight in Helsinki on Thursday 19th November 2009.

Look out for the full-length debut album, coming early 2010, containing the extended version of "Our Twilight."

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Katatonia Confirmed For Rock Hard Festival

Katatonia has been confirmed for the Rock Hard festival at the Gelsenkirchen Amphitheater in Germany on May 21st 2010 at 5.00pm to 5.45pm.

The currently confirmed line-up is as follows:


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Testament Comments On Japanese Tour Dates

Testament has posted a video blog online about their upcoming "Thrash Domination Tour" in Japan with Exodus and Kreator. The video clip can be viewed below. Testament's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

9/12 Monterrey Arena Monterrey
9/13 Cuervo Salon Mexico City
9/17 Big Cat Osaka
9/19 Club Citta Kawasaki
9/20 Club Citta Kawasaki
9/21 Ell Nagoya More...

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Kreator Drummer To Sit Out Tour Dates

In a brief message to their fans, German thrash metal legends Kreator announced that long time drummer Ventor will be sitting out the bands forthcoming tour dates. The message reads as follows:

"A quick update for you from the Kreator camp. Ventor will be sitting out of some of the upcoming tour dates that we have, due to some personal issues. Not to worry, Ventor is fine and will be playing live again soon. For the time being, we have recruited Marco Minnemann, a world class drummer that has graciously stepped in to help us out. Marco is best known for his stints in Necrophagist, Illogicist, and Ephel Duath."

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