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TEUTONIC JUGGERNAUT KREATOR HAVE CONQUERED THE WORLD IN THEIR 34 YEARS OF EXISTENCE. ON THE CUSP OF RELEASING THEIR FIRST ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS, MILAND ‘MILLE’ PETRO ZZA TALKS TO TERRORI ZER ABOUT ‘GODS OF VIOLENCE’ AND THE THRASH KINGS’ LEGACY

Five years removed from previous opus, the dystopian gut punch that was ‘Phantom Antichrist’, Kreator frontman Miland ‘Mille’ Petrozza cuts a relaxed yet confident figure, content to release music when he feels the creative juices are flowing and not at the behest of record companies or financial constraints. In an era where artists are under constant pressure to remain in the spotlight by any means necessary, Mille is determined to never compromise his artistic vision for Kreator.

“I never make rules like that for us,” he says. “I don’t care about putting out records or doing anything I can’t stand behind. The label knows this and never puts any pressure on me to do anything. We have hardly been idle. We’ve toured the US three times and Europe twice, so we’ve been very busy. I started collecting my first ideas for this album in 2013, but I’ve never written anything whilst on tour. I believe you need to live life to be inspired again.”

During the uncharacteristically long gap between records, Mille admits to initially struggling for inspiration while wanting to push Kreator both musically and lyrically. From the man who screamed about raising the ‘Flag Of Hate’ back in ’86, it’s reassuring that the 48 year old frontman has allowed his lyrics to reflect the maturation of his worldview. ‘Gods Of Violence’ contains the staple Kreator aggression and technicality which fans have come to expect, but there are couple of departures for the Essen quartet, both musically and lyrically. While there is heaviness in abundance, ‘Gods Of Violence’ is far more lyrically reflective than the likes of ‘Pleasure To Kill’ and ‘Extreme Aggression’.

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The first time I saw Kreator was at a venue in Birmingham called Goldwyns. It was around the time they had just released ‘Coma Of Souls’. Death were also on the bill mysteriously without Chuck, but that was another story. It was 1990 and even back then, Kreator were one of the best thrash bands out there, having already honed their craft on some of the most extreme (and now classic) releases such as ‘Extreme Aggression’. Writing this editorial at the arse end of 2016, Kreator will welcome in 2017 with another stonkingly awesome thrash metal record that once again shows you can’t keep an old dog down. Mille and crew sound as vital now as they ever did in their youth and it’s a pleasure and an honour to have them grace our cover. I hope you enjoy reading about their new album and what keeps the German tank pummelling forward. Elsewhere this issue feels like a great mix of the old and new guard of extreme music gracing these hallowed pages – and what brings them all together is the quality of the music everyone is creating. Some seriously good records are coming out right now and a New Year is only just beginning! Looking ahead, it’s safe to say 2017 will continue to be a strong year for music and we look forward to traversing through the best of it with you. Until next time! Adios Darren Sadler
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