KREATOR has been one of the most influential European thrash
bands. Since their beginning in the early Ď80s as Tyrant to Tormentor
and finally KREATOR, the German band has become one of the
longest running and popular thrash acts. In 2009 they are still going
strong, and their latest CD is ĎHordes Of Chaosí.
ĎHordes of Chaosí 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 Tocotronic and Beatsteaks. The album was mixed in London by
Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Bullet for my Valentine, Cradle of Filth).
The result is exactly what one would expect from KREATOR in terms
of its energy and stylistic direction. ĎHordes of Chaosí brilliantly
conveys the same intense energy that KREATOR is known for in
their live stage shows.
A couple of hours before the show in Amsterdam vocalist/guitarist
Mille Petrozza gives us the lowdown on the bandís 12th studio album.
Here you can read what he had to say to the readers of Metal-Experience.com
First of all, how are you? Congratulations on the release
of your new album ĎHordes Of Chaosí, of course we'd like to ask you a
couple of questions about it.
Iím doing fine, thanks for your time and start asking.
Itís about 4 years since ĎEnemy of Godí came out, so it
seems you did take your time for this new record.
Itís very important to take your time. If you donít have anything to
say, you canít make a new song. We also where very busy playing shows.
And we want to make something thatís worth the waiting. Better some
longer time than a bad album.
How did you launch into writing material for ĎHordes Of Chaosí and did
you guys spend a fair amount of time working on the album before heading
over to record it?
All the lyrics where written already. So we went into the studio with a
lot of material. We were already rehearsing the new songs so we knew
what we wanted.
Did ideas come easily so that you just had to write them
down or was it more of a careful composing thing?
Some ideas came very easy and some didnít. I write down things and later
I make a song out of it. The Walker song is coming from 3 different
songs I had in mind, and it became one in the end. They were not strong
enough for 3 songs but good enough for this one song weíve created.
What were the goals you had in mind when you started to
record ĎHordes Of Chaosí, any elements you definitely wanted to include
on the album?
We just wanted to top the previous album and make this one better.
Thatís want all bands want, to make an even better next album. We wanted
to make another step forward and not backwards. We wanted to make an
album that the fans would like a lot. Because the fans are so important
to us. They most enjoy themselves at the live shows.
What is the utmost important ingredient for a song
according to you?
Ehmm most of the time itís aggression and if you listen to it, it should
take you somewhere. It must do something to you and be catchy and
What created the idea to play everything live in the
studio again? After all, it has been more than 20 years since you've
It was mainly our producerís idea but when he came up with the idea we
thought that we could do some of it live and we did. Itís not all live
recording but we really wanted to create this vibe by doing it together
and I think that worked out fine. It gave a certain atmosphere to the
album and the songs. We get into the studio and play and we try to
capture that kind of feel on tape. This way of working is also the
reason why the album is somewhat faster than our previous effort.
Are you satisfied with the production of Moses Schneider?
It sounds at least a bit rougher and not as clinical as the previous
Oh yeah definitely. We are very pleased with the results. I think it
sounds rougher but it doesnít sound wrong. It sounds different from our
other productions but it does sound very much alive.
Can you tell me more something more about Moses?
I have liked his work with several German bands and that was basically
the reason. I was looking for somebody who produced a lot in the metal
world but I couldnít find anyone. And me liking Moses and knowing that
he is one of the best producers, had to get him. The reason that he is
not known worldwide is because he hasnít worked with international bands
that much. But he did work with a lot of German bands.
'Hordes of Chaos' is about 20 minutes shorter than your
last two albums, clocking at only 35 minutes. A conscious decision or
did the album just turn out this way?
Was it, ha ha. Maybe 12 minutes??? Really? Ha ha ha ha, well we just
wanted to focus and put the right music on the album. Itís better to
have a few good songs then to many average songs. It had to be
fulfilling, so you will play it again and again. Now it stays
interesting. Everything when you hear it to long can get a bit boring.
So a bit shorter is better in my opinion.
Could you please describe the implications of the title
ĎHordes Of Chaosí, what does it stand for and is there a special meaning
Itís how we see the world. We are living in chaos all over the world. If
you check out the news there is always some weird war or political
trouble and itís really crazy what people can do to each other. The
title was actually there before the lyrics were there. It was also a
tribute to our fans, because where ever we go there will be fans at the
shows creating their own Hordes of Chaos. From Amsterdam to Brazil,
there are always people who think alike and everywhere you go there is a
ďmetalĒ unity and that makes you feel at home. The meaning of the lyrics
is different but this was just a good title for this album.
What about the lyrics on this album? Where do you get
your inspiration from, is it all about what happens in the world?
Sometimes either that or books or the news or things I read on the
internet. It can be anything from a personal conversation to anything I
see on the news. Most of the time I absorb certain things and then I
have this little book where I write all this stuff when I think that
itís worth to remember and to make a song about that item. With that I
try to make a list of song titles and so I will remember it for when Iím
making new songs and music.
So sometimes I have the title ready and then I will make the lyrics fit
Are third party opinions (press, fans, etc.) on your
music important to you? Or are your music and band the only things that
It matters what the fans think!! They are the ones who buy our music.
And it helps if the media are also positive about the new album. But
most of all, itís about us making this music.
With all the touring and about 12 studio albums under
your belt, how far has Kreator surpassed your original dreams and what
would you say is the most rewarding part of being in the band?
Itís just what we love and what we do best!
What were the highlights and low points throughout your
We actually didnít have much low points. We stand for what we do and
most of the low point has to do with the business side of things. The
music and the making of music is always the highlight and of cause we
had a time in the 90ís when the band was not as strong as it should be
but other than that everything happens for a reason and we came out even
stronger. As a band weíve experienced more highlights than low points.
How would you describe your own music and what are your
musical influences, are there any particular bands that have been a big
influence in your song writing, metal or otherwise?
Thrash, metal and heavy aggressive music. Our influences
come from all over the world. Thatís bands and what happens around us.
Thereís been a thrash revival the past couple of years.
Are there any of the younger generation thrash bands that youíve heard
Yeah, there is this Greek band I like a lot and Violator and Warbringer,
so I like bands from all around the world. I donít know all the new and
upcoming bands but I still think there are some bands with great
potential and a great future.
Are you looking forward to hitting the road with bands
that are not in the same league of metal as you?
Yeah they are all kind of different bands, but they are all metal
anyway. The focus of this tour is still on Kreator. Itís good to have a
few different bands so people will not get bored and they also hear
something else. Yesterday was the first show and as you could see and
hear, some things went wrong. We made some mistakes and the sound had to
be changed al bit. But that is what happens on all first shows and with
all bands of the tour!
So far there has been two festivals confirmed that
Kreator will attend. Can we expect more dates for the summer?
Who knows, maybe a few more will follow, we donít know yet, but if they
ask, we will play!
What can we expect from Kreator in the future, where do
you see the band going within the next 5 years, and where do you see the
band's musical direction going for the next album?
We will see what happens. We are never planning so far ahead. You never
know when you have so much inspiration to go into the studio again. And
we will take it one day at the time. We have to enjoy doing this and we
will see what comes around.
Touring is always weird. I enjoy playing but all packed together on the
bus and all the waiting is sometimes boring. But doing the shows thatís
awesome! And I think people can have a most worse life. Iím just very
happy doing this and making music.
Any last statement?
Yes, to all our fans, thanks for the support and enjoy our shows!! Thank
you for the interview and today we will kick some Amsterdam ass!!!
Thanks for your time,
Miland 'Mille' Petrozza - vocals, guitar (1982-present, founder)
Sami Yli-SirniŲ - guitar (2001-present)
Christian 'Speesy' Giesler - bass (1994-present)
JŁrgen 'Ventor' Reil - drums (1982-1993, 1997-present, founder)
JŲrg "Tritze" Trzebiatowski - guitar (1986Ė1989)
Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik - guitar (1989Ė1996) (Mystic (Bra), ex-Sodom)
Michael Wulf (deceased) - guitar (1986, one show only) (ex-Sodom)
Tommy Vetterli - guitar (1996Ė2001) (Coroner)
Roberto "Rob" Fioretti - bass (1982Ė1992, founder)
Andreas Herz - bass (1992Ė1994)
Bogusz Rutkiewicz - bass (1988, one gig in Budapest) (Turbo)
Joe Cangelosi - drums (1994Ė1996) (Whiplash, Massacre)
Endless Pain (1985)
Pleasure to Kill (1986)
Terrible Certainty (1987)
Extreme Aggression (1989)
Coma of Souls (1990)
Cause for Conflict (1995)
Violent Revolution (2001)
Enemy of God (2005)
Hordes of Chaos (2009)
Live Kreation Ė Revisioned Glory (2003)
Enemy of God Ė Revisited (2006)
At The Pulse Of Kapitulation Ė Live In East Berlin