KREATOR Drummer Forced To Sit Out Shows; Temporary Replacement Announced

German thrash metal veterans KREATOR have issued the following update:

"[Drummer] Ventor [real name: Jürgen Reil] 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."

Minnemann will fill in for Ventor on all KREATOR dates between September 11 in Moscow, Russia and October 31 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

For a complete list of upcoming shows, go to this location.

Jürgen "Ventor" Reil recently opened a tattoo shop in Essen, Germany called Carnap Ink Corporation.

Some samples of Ventor's work can be found at this location.

For more information, visit www.cinkc.de.

KREATOR's new album, "Hordes Of Chaos", sold around 2,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 165 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at No. 7 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

The CD was released 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 filmmaker. 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.

The "Hordes Of Chaos" artwork was created once again by Joachim Luetke. Luetke designed the artwork for KREATOR's last album, "Enemy Of God", as well as past releases from bands like DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY and RAGE.

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