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

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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 To Post New Video Online In Two Weeks

German thrash metal legends Kreator have issued the following update:

"We are proud to announce the relaunch of the Kreator Terrorzone website! Thanks to Marek from Imperial Arts and Boris from Wenn's Brennt, our page has a fresh face and he will also be putting some new paint on our myspace page as well, which will go online by Friday. The website still needs a few finishing touches, but that should be completed by Sunday, so be sure to check both of those out later this week. In other news, the new video for "Hordes Of Chaos", the first single off the album also named Hordes Of Chaos, will be released in about two weeks."

Hordes Of Chaos will be issued on the following release dates via Steamhammer/SPV:

January 13th, 2009 - North America
January 16th, 2009 - Germany
January 19th, 2009 - rest of Europe

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Kreator Shoots Video For "Hordes Of Chaos"

German thrash metal legends Kreator recently shot a music video for the title track of their forthcoming new studio album, "Hordes Of Chaos." The video was directed by Jörn Heitmann who has previously worked with the band on their video for the song "Enemy Of God."

Frontman Mille Petrozza states: "The script for the clip is amazing and 100% metal! There will be two versions of the clip, one screening version and another one, that will hopefully set new standarts in violent video art! Be prepared!"

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Exodus Announces Kreator Tour Off-Dates

Exodus will do a series of headlining shows next year while on tour as the support for German thrash legends Kreator.

The bands tour schedule is as follows:

28 - Tonic Lounge - Reno NV (Exodus headlining show)
31 - Riot Room - Kansas City MO (Exodus headlining show)

1 - Spicoli's Grill - Waterloo IA (Exodus headlining show)
2 - Pop's - Sauget IL (Exodus headlining show)
4 - Rex Theater - Pittsburg PA (Exodus headlining show)
5 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie NY (Exodus headlining show)
6 - Plan B - Danville VA (Exodus headlining show)
7 - Sonar – Baltimore, MD
8 - Nokia Theater – New York, NY
9 - The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
10 - The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11 - Le Medley – Montreal, QC – CANADA
12 - Mavericks – Ottawa, ON (Exodus headlining show)
13 - Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC
14 - The Opera House – Toronto, ON
15 - Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
16 - The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
18 - The Rock – Maplewood, MN
19 - Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB
20 - The Distrikt – Regina, SK
21 - Warehouse – Calgary, AB
22 - Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
23 - Roll-A-Dome – Prince George, BC (Exodus headlining show)
24 - Plaza Club – Vancouver, BC
25 - Sugar – Victoria, BC
26 - El Corazon – Seattle, WA
27 - Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
28 - Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
30 - House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

1 - House of Blues – San Diego, CA
2 - House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
4 - Gator’s – Farmington, NM
5 - Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
6 - Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
7 - Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX
8 - Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX
9 - Scout Bar – Houston, TX
11 - The Garage – St. Petersburg, FL
12 - Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
13 - The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
14 - Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
15 - Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
16 - Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
17 - Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
18 - Steppin’ Out - Virginia Beach, VA (Exodus headlining show)
19 - Amos Southend - Charlotte, NC (Exodus headlining show)
20 - Music Farm - Charleston, SC (Exodus headlining show)
21 - Jack Rabbits - Jacksonville, FL (Exodus headlining show)*
23 - Scout Bar - Beaumont, TX (Exodus headlining show)
24 - Tequila Jungle - Lubbock, TX (Exodus headlining show)

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Kreator And Exodus To Tour North America

Kreator has announced that they will be hitting North American shores in April next year and are bringing a host of big names with them. Joining them on the tour will be thrash metal legends Exodus aswell as Belphegor, Warbringer and Epicurean.

The tour dates are as follows:

7 - Sonar - Baltimore MD
8 - Nokia Theatre - NYC NY
9 - Trocadero - Philadelphia PA
10 - Palladium - Worcester MA
11 - Medley - Montreal QUE
13 - Imperial - Quebec QUE
14 - Opera House - Toronto ONT
15 - Peabody's - Cleveland OH
16 - Rave - Millwaukee WI
17 - House Of Blues - Chicago IL
18 - The Rock - Maplewood MN
19 - Garrick Centre - Winnipeg MB
20 - The Distrikt - Regina SK
21 - Warehouse - Calgary AL
22 - Starlite Room - Edmonton AL
24 - Plaza Club - Vancouver BC
25 - Sugar - Victoria BC
26 - El Corazon - Seattle WA
27 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland OR
28 - Slims - San Francisco CA
30 - House Of Blues - Las Vegas NV

1 - House Of Blues - San Diego, CA
2 - House Of Blues - West Hollywood CA
4 - Gator's - Farmington, NM
5 - Bluebird Theater - Denver CO
6 - Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City OK
7 - Ridglea Theater - Ft Worth TX
8 - Scout Bar - San Antonio TX
9 - Scout Bar - Houston TX
11 - The Garage - St. Petersburg FL
12 - Culture Room - Ft Lauderdale, FL
13 - Masquerade - Atlanta GA
14 - Headliner - Louisville KY
15 - Orange Peel - Ashville NC
16 - Volume 11 - Raleigh NC
17 - Jaxx - West Springfield VA

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Kreator Reveals New Album Tracklisting And More

German thrash legends Kreator has revealed the release dates for their new studio album, "Hordes Of Chaos" which are as follows:

January 13th, 2009 - North America
January 16th, 2009 - Germany
January 19th, 2009 - rest of Europe

The album will be able to buy as a limited edition CD with bonus DVD, gatefold LP, jewel case and download.

The tracklisting for the album is as follows:

"Hordes of Chaos (A Necrologue For The Elite)"
"Amok Run"
"Destroy What Destroys You"
"Radical Resistance"
"Absolute Misanthropy"
"To The Afterborn"
"Corpses Of Liberty"
"Demon Prince"

You can view a teaser for the album below. More...

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Kreator Announces European Tour Dates

Kreator has lined up a huge European tour which will feature support from Caliban and Eluveitie

The tour dates are as follows:

Jan. 23 - NL-Tilburg - 013
Jan. 24 - NL-Amsterdam - Melkweg
Jan. 25 - B-Hasselt - Mod Club
Jan. 26 - GB-London - Koko
Jan. 27 - F-Paris - Eylsee Montmatre
Jan. 28 - F-Bordeaux - Theatre Barbey
Jan. 29 - E-Madrid - La Riviera
Jan. 30 - P-Porto - Teatro Sa da Bandeira
Jan. 31 - E-Bilbao - Rock Star
Feb. 01 - E-Barcelona - Razzmatazz 1
Feb. 02 - F-Marseille - Espace Julien
Feb. 03 - I-Milano - Rolling Stone
Feb. 06 - GR-Athens - Toll 56/Cultural Center of the Foundation of the Hellenic World
Feb. 07 - GR-Thessaloniki - Principal Club
Feb. 08 - BG-Sofia - HR Botev Sportshall
Feb. 09 - RO-Bucharest - tba
Feb. 10 - RS-Belgrade - SKC Hall
Feb. 11 - HR-Zagreb - Boogaloo
Feb. 12 - SI-Maribor - Stuk
Feb. 13 - HU-Debrecen - Lovarda
Feb. 14 - A-Vienna - Gasometer
Feb. 15 - CZ-Zlin - Masters Of Rock Cafe
Feb. 17 - SK-Bratislava - PKO
Feb. 18 - PL-Krakau - Klub Studio
Feb. 19 - PL-Warsaw - Klub Progresja
Feb. 20 - LT-Vilnius - House of Polish Culture
Feb. 21 - LV-Riga - Melna Piektdiena
Feb. 22 - EE-Tallinn - Rock Cafe
Feb. 23 - FI-Helsinki - Tavastia
Feb. 24 - FI-Tampere - Pakkahuone
Feb. 26 - SE-Stockholm - Klubben
Feb. 27 - N-Oslo - Betong
Feb. 28 - SE-Gothenburg - Brew House
Mar. 01 - D-Hamburg - Docks
Mar. 03 - D-Berlin - tba
Mar. 04 - D-Nuremburg - Löwensaal
Mar. 05 - D-Munich - Backstage
Mar. 06 - CH-Pratteln - Z7
Mar. 07 - D-Kaufbeuren - All Kart Halle
Mar. 08 - D-Losheim - Eisenbahnhalle
Mar. 10 - D-Stuttgart - Longhorn
Mar. 11 - D-Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
Mar. 12 - D-Cologne - Live Music Hall
Mar. 13 - D-Osnabrück - Halle Gartlage
Mar. 14 - D-Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle

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Caliban Begins Pre-production On New Album

German metallers, Caliban, issue the following update:

"We are currently in the pre-production-state and full speed working to move into the studio in a couple of weeks and record the successor of The Awakening. Be curious for the new songs, they're going to turn out a lot more somber compared to the last album! And that won't mean the only improvement, for the upcoming record we are in the middle of negotiations with a few labels! We were able to get an idea of the offers we received so far, and we already picked a favourite. The release date for the finished disk is going to be in Spring 2009, around March/April. The visual equivalent to the songs will be provided by Basti Basti of Callejon, who is going to add some dark touch to the album, he is responsible for the artwork of Heaven Shall Burn and War From a Harlots Mouth, just to name some." More...

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Kreator Reveals New Album Title And Release Date

Kreator has announced that their forthcoming new album will be entitled, "Hordes Of Chaos" and will be released on January 16th via SPV Records.

Hordes Of Chaos was recorded at Berlin’s Tritonus studios under the direction of producer Moses Schneider. Schneider is renowned for his fresh and exceptionally dynamic working methods with bands and artists such as Beatsteaks and Tocotronic. “We consciously decided on Moses as our producer for the live recording of the basic tracks at the studio,” band mastermind Mille Petrozza explains. “This was the first time since Pleasure To Kill that we worked in this way. The new album is a 100% realistic reflection of Kreator’s live qualities. Instead of exploring every little detail to sterile perfection with the help of computer technology, this time around we wanted to deliver as dynamic a production as possible. There can be no doubt that we’ve achieved our target in Hordes Of Chaos.” The album was mixed in London by Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine, Cradle Of Filth, etc.).

The new studio album will be available in three different versions. The jewel case edition includes the ten regular album songs, and the deluxe version features an additional bonus DVD with an atmospheric making-of in super-8 quality courtesy of a Berlin film maker. As a third option, the ultra deluxe version, comes with a t-shirt, a worthwhile photo book and an extended version of the bonus DVD, as well as the CD.

As early as January, Kreator musicians Mille Petrozza (guitar, vocals), drummer Jürgen ‘Ventor’ Reil, bassist Christian Giesler and guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö will embark on their two-month European tour alongside Caliban and Eluveite.

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Kreator Posts Video Teaser Online

German thrash legends Kreator has posted a video teaser online for their forthcoming album. You can check it out below. The rumoured title for the album will be "Hordes Of Chaos" and is set to be released in January via SPV Records. More...

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Contraband Candy Posts Tuska Special Feature, Pt 1

Contraband Candy has released part 1 of their Tuska Festival program. Here's what they say about it: "We show you Finland’s Tuska Festival in its true beer-and-Jäger-drenched glory, the way a proper Metal festival was meant to be enjoyed. With Korpiklaani’s fantastic song ‘Beer Beer’ as the theme tune, you can just imagine the sort of daft bollocks we got up to this time around!"

In this feature, Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth speaks about their new album, computer games and Viking paraphernalia. René has one too many Jägermeisters before the Primordial interview. Mille of Kreator talks about the pros and cons of Pro-Tools, their up and coming European and US tour in 2009 and their next album. Finally, they sign off this episode by interviewing Lord Of The Rings obsessives, Battlelore.

You can watch Part 1 of Contraband Candy's Tuska special feature on their site or below.

Coming shortly in Part 2: interviews with Entombed, Nile, Horna and Korpiklaani. More...

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Destruction, Kreator And Sodom To Tour The U.S.?

Destruction/Headhunter mainman Schmier was recently interviewed by Metal Asylum, during which he had the following to say regarding the new album "D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N." and touring in support of the record:

Metal Asylum: How far along is the new Destruction album?
Schmier: "The album comes out here (Germany) in August and September in the States and we are gonna try and hook up a tour with our mates Kreator and Sodom for the States. That would be fucking great. We are trying to do this for the beginning of next year."

Metal Asylum: Are you trying anything different with the music for the new Destruction?
Schmier: "I think its maybe a little more technical than the last couple albums (Inventor of Evil and Metal Discharge), maybe a little more harmonies. It has some more lead work."

Read the full article at MetalAsylum.

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Kreator Frontman Gives Album Update

Kreator leader Mille Petrozza has posted the following message regarding pre-production of the bands new album:

"The pre-production in our rehearsal studios went really smooth. Moses' way of working with bands takes place more on an emotional then on a technical level, which means the album will sound very raw and direct. We´re trying to capture Kreator's live energy and will be using nice vintage analog equipment for the recordings this time. Expect a massacre!"

Unfortunately for Kreator fans, the album isn't due until January 2009.

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"Get Thrashed" DVD Release Date Announced

"Get Thrashed: The Story Of Thrash Metal" will be released on DVD in August. The DVD features footage and interviews with thrash legends ranging from Metallica to Kreator to Hirax. You can read an interview with director Rick Ernst at this location.

The complete list of bands interviewed is as follows:

Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Godsmack, Hatebreed, Megadeth, Testament, Overkill, Death Angel, Shadows Fall, Meshuggah, In Flames, Strapping Young Lad, Stone Sour, Superjoint Ritual, Lamb of God, Vio-lence, Kreator, Sodom, Destruction , Nuclear Assault, Voivod, Chimaira, Biohazard, Fozzy/WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, Sepultura, Kittie, The Haunted, DRI, Soilwork, Killswitch Engage, Heathen, Hirax More...

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Kreator Clear Up Tour Confusion

The following message has been posted by Kreator's official Myspace:

"For some reason, we are still getting a LOT of emails, comments, messages, etc. about Kreator and the canceled King Diamond tour.

"King Diamond had to cancel the whole tour because of health issues. Regardless of what any club website may say, Kreator are NOT doing ANY SHOWS in the USA as of right now! No off-dates, no one-off shows, no tours.... nothing.

"Instead, they are concentrating on writing the NEW ALBUM and will only be making a few festival appearances in Europe at the moment. Once they are done with the new album, THEN they will make their way back to the USA.

"Until that time, all of us here in the USA will just have to be patient.


"I hope this makes everything absolutely, positively clear because I would hate for a fan (or more) to show up at a club expecting Kreator to play and then get really disappointed."

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Kreator Complete Seven Songs For New Album

Guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza of the long-running German thrashers KREATOR has issued the following update:

"A high-quality updated version of our VHS classics 'Live In East Berlin' and 'Hallucinative Comas' will be released on DVD for the first time ever! We're really excited to hear your reactions on this! We've put a lot of hard work, sweat and energy into this monster!"

"Other than that, we're spending most of our time in the rehearsal room these days to prepare the new album! We have a five-track demo and two more songs written. The writing [is going] really smooth, the new songs are made for a live situation and they all kill! No compromise but sheer thrash metal brutality! So be prepared — January 2009 will see the release of the next album, followed by an extensive world tour!"

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Kreator Announce New Festival Dates

As previously reported, Kreator will be playing a few select festival dates. Here are new dates:


The German thrashers will commence a new album this year, the follow up to 2005s highly acclaimed "Enemy Of God"

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Kreator Post New DVD Trailer Online

Head to this location to check out a trailer for the new KREATOR DVD+CD At The
Pulse Of Kapitulation - Live In East Berlin 1990.

The DVD+CD will be released on Steamhammer/SPV on the following dates: Germany: March 28th, Europe: March 31st, USA/Canada: April 8th.

The final content of the package will be:

DVD - Live In East Berlin 199" - Re-Edit Version, 5.1 Mix by Andy Sneap: 'Some Pain Will Last', 'Extreme Aggression', 'Under The Guillotine', 'Toxic Trace', 'Bringer Of Torture', 'Pleasure To Kill', 'Flag Of Hate', Drum Solo, 'Terrible Certainty', 'Riot Of Violence', 'Love Us Or Hate Us', 'Behind The Mirror', 'Betrayer', 'Awakening Of The Gods', 'Tormentor'.

Plus documentary The Past And Now from Niels Folta, Kreator Horror Movie Hallucinative Comas – Director’s Cut - re-edit from original director Andreas Marshall featuring At The Pulse Of Kapitulation (new intro piece by Tim Schuldt and Mille Petrozza), People Of The Lie, Dr. Wagner Part 1, Twisted Urges, Dr. Wagner Part II, Coma Of Souls, Dr. Wagner Part III, Terror Zone; plus deleted scenes and bonus material.

Audio CD : 'Some Pain Will Last', 'Extreme Aggression', 'Under The Guillotine', 'Toxic Trace', 'Bringer Of Torture', 'Pleasure To Kill', 'Flag Of Hate', 'Terrible Certainty', 'Riot Of Violence', 'Love Us Or Hate Us', 'Behind the Mirror', 'Betrayer', 'Awakening Of The Gods', 'Tormentor'.

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Before The Dawn Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Finland's BEFORE THE DAWN is the latest act confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.


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Kreator Post Update

The following message has been posted via Kreator's official Myspace:

"Following their truly global Enemy of God World Tour, thrash gods Kreator will be parking the steamrollers for a while and taking a creative break in 2008 to concentrate on writing new material and recording their next album. Live activity for the band in 2008 will only be sporadic, consisting primarily of selected festival appearances. Kreator’s next album is currently scheduled for release in January of 2009, to be followed by an extensive world tour later
in the year.

To make the long wait a little less painful for Kreator fans, March of 2008 sees the re-release on DVD of “Live in East Berlin” and “Hallucinative Comas”, both re-edited and previously only available on VHS video cassette. The DVD release goes out under the title “At the pilse of Kapitulation – Live in east Berlin 1990”.

Here are a few of Mille’s own comments:

As another year winds down, I think back on all the wild, ultra-aggressive Kreator concerts we played in 2007. We ran into lots of our old friends again and made many new ones as well. I’d like to say ‘Thanks!’ at this point to all the promoters and fans who made it possible! The legion of Kreator supporters is growing all the time, and you made 2007 a very exciting year for us in the band.

Right now, it’s time for us to recharge our batteries and write some new songs. A little like the creature in ‘Alien’, several ideas for the next album have been brooding inside me for a while and now they’re ready to burst out of my chest and take the Kreator story to the next level. Musically, the whole concept will be very brutal and melodic! I’ve been working for over a year now between gigs with Tim Schuldt at 4 CN Studio in Wuppertal, Germany on the demos, and at the
moment there are 10 basic ideas and fragments for new songs. Starting in January of 2008, the band will get together in Essen to start working out arrangements for the new stuff.

Over the years, I’ve met lots of people in and around Berlin who’s first metal experience ever was the concert we did there in the early 90’s at the ‘Werner Seelenbinder Halle’. The new DVD features some of these people in recent interviews, and there are also some original quotes from back then. Words don’t do justice to the energy that was in the air that day in East Berlin, and the whole event can only be described as utterly unique and historic.

Up until now this legendary concert was only available as a VHS video with less-than-ideal sound quality. But Niels Folta and I have carefully digitalized all the material and upgraded it to today’s
standards, re-edited everything and called in Andy Sneap to mix it all in 5.1 sound format. The result is a tremendous upgrade in the quality of the whole thing without destroying the early 90s charm of the original.

Plus, the DVD also contains the Hallucinative Coma video from 1991. This was our mini horror movie for the "Coma of Souls" album at the time. For the DVD, original director Andreas Marshall has personally re-edited his own ‘Director’s Cut’, featuring never-seen-before scenes that the censors just couldn’t stomach back in the day. All in all, this new DVD is a great metal package featuring the best of the original and plenty of extra features to get your head around!

Stay tuned for more details………"

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Nightwish Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have been been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


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