KREATOR – Hordes of Chaos

Aside from prominent fellow European thrash legends such as DESTRUCTION and SODOM, KREATOR has been dishing out thrash anthems since the 80’s. After releasing a few disappointing albums in the 90’s, KREATOR rejuvenated their career with the 2005 classic – Enemy of God. The new disc, Hordes of Chaos continues the style of old school thrash with a lot of melody thrown in.

A riff reminiscent of METALLICA‘s “Blackened” kicks off Hordes of Chaos, and the listener can already tell that it’s going to be a thrash-filled headbanging album. “Warcurse” continues the high energy, and you can feel Mille‘s ferocious power as he belts out the chorus at the top of his lungs. While his vocals can get somewhat monotonous at times, he does vary his style in “Amok Run” as he shows a softer and cleaner side; but everything falls into place as the heaviness kicks in soon thereafter and all is well. There is a slight drop off towards the middle of the album, but “To the Afterborn” features a shredding solo and an intense climax towards the end of the track. While “Corpses of Liberty” is a nice acoustic interlude, it probably would have fit better as the opening riffs to the closing track “Demon Prince” instead.

There are tons of memorable riffs throughout Hordes of Chaos and fans of all realms of metal should enjoy this release. Crunchy guitar tone, pummeling drums and Mille‘s trademark vocals…what more can you ask for? The performance of the band and production of the album is near perfection and KREATOR show the new breed of thrash bands like WARBRINGER how classic thrash metal is done! Prepare for this thrash assault on your ears and appreciate these legends once more. (SPV Records)

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KREATOR Announce Spring 2009 in Support of Hordes of Chaos

With Hordes of Chaos (the follow-up to 2003’s ultra-successful Enemy of God), KREATOR delivers ten tracks of pure unadulterated thrash metal like only the true masters can. Long known for often incorporating lyrics that confront political hypocrisy and inhumanity, our current world climate provides a natural well of inspiration for guitarist, vocalist and bandleader Mille Petrozza. “The global political situation has come apart at the seams. The Eastern and Western Blocs no longer exists, today it’s a case of dog eat dog.” Petrozza considers the album’s furious finale (featuring the songs “To The Afterborn,” “Corpses Of Liberty,” and “Demon Prince“) “a warning to the coming generation. Everybody has to go their own path in life and should try not to buy into the propaganda lies that governments feed us.”

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 a variety of cutting-edge, successful artists across Europe. “We consciously decided on Moses as our producer for the live recording of the basic tracks at the studio,” 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.

The Hordes of Chaos world tour kicks off in early 2009, with a six-week trek across North America in place for April. KREATOR will be joined by fellow thrash metal pioneers EXODUS in what will undoubtedly be one of the premier metal events of 2009!

KREATOR Hordes of Chaos North American Tour 2009
with EXODUS, BELPHEGOR, WARBRINGER and EPICUREAN:

4/07/2009 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
4/08/2009 Nokia Theatre – New York, NY
4/09/2009 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
4/10/2009 Palladium – Worcester MA
4/11/2009 Medley – Montreal, QC
4/13/2009 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC
4/14/2009 Opera House – Toronto, ON
4/15/2009 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
4/16/2009 Rave – Milwaukee, WI
4/17/2009 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
4/18/2009 The Rock – Maplewood, MN
4/19/2009 Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB
4/20/2009 The Distrikt – Regina, SK
4/21/2009 Warehouse – Calgary, AB
4/22/2009 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
4/24/2009 Plaza Club – Vancouver, BC
4/25/2009 Sugar – Victoria, BC
4/26/2009 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
4/27/2009 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
4/28/2009 Slims – San Francisco, CA
4/30/2009 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
5/01/2009 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
5/02/2009 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
5/04/2009 Gator’s, Farmington – NM
5/05/2009 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
5/06/2009 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
5/07/2009 Ridglea Theate – Ft Worth, TX
5/08/2009 Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX
5/09/2009 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
5/11/2009 The Garage – St. Petersburg, FL
5/12/2009 Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL
5/13/2009 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
5/14/2009 Headliner – Louisville, KY
5/15/2009 Orange Peel – Ashville, NC
5/16/2009 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
5/17/2009 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA

WARBRINGER Sign with Century Media; To Tour with EXODUS

Ventura, California thrash band, WARBRINGER, have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. They will unleash their as-yet-untitled album, produced by Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, D.R.I., SACRED REICH), in January coinciding with a national tour with EXODUS.

Vocalist John Kevill commented on the signing, “before we even had this band we all had bought a bunch of metal albums released on Century Media, so for us to be on this label that has had all these bands we like on it is just awesome!”

When pressed about the band’s sound, Kevill had the following to say: “We try to keep our songs very compact and tend not have a ton of repetition. Thrash-wise, our primary influence is stuff like mid-era SACRIFICE, early SLAYER, DEMOLITION HAMMER, and KREATOR. Heavy and fast! We often have an old-school death metal undertone to our music as well.” Check out the band’s MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/warbringer.