Guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza of German thrash metal veterans KREATOR has issued the following update:
"We are getting ready for our first U.S. tour in two years.
"Rehearsals are going great and this will be the first time we are bringing the whole European stage production to the States.
"Be prepared for a setlist that contains both classic KREATOR and lots of new material.
"We are very honored to play with ACCEPT. They have been a huge inspiration when we started the band in the Eighties.
"This tour will be nothing but historical!
"After the tour, we will be shooting a new video for the song 'From Flood Into Fire', and will stay on the road in Europe until the end of the year.
"In January we will return to Israel, and after that, a full U.K. tour, a 13-date tour in Russia, plus dates in Japan, Australia and South America are in the making.
"Looking forward to see all our American friends next month."
In other news, KREATOR will return to the Holy Land for the third time and play a special show at Barby Club in Tel Aviv on January 18, 2013. The band's previous concert in Israel — in 1992 and 2006 — were both highly successful and the band even filmed a music video for the song "Renewal" during the '92 gig.
Stated promoter Yishai Sweartz: "I am highly proud to bring to Israel KREATOR, a band with honest agenda, meaningful lyrics and brilliant music.
"KREATOR have a huge fanbase in Israel since the early days. When the band played in Tel Aviv first time in 1992, I was 18, banging heads in front of the stage. Now, 20 years later, the circle complete and I am the first one to say that the band's lyrics has opened my mind to new ideas and showed me the path not once. It's a huge part of who I am today and it's a great way to thank the band for a huge influence.
"In the land of Extreme Aggression, in the middle of the Terror Zone, the place of the Second Awakening, it's time to raise the flag of KREATOR once again!!"
KREATOR's new album, "Phantom Antichrist", sold 3,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 1 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.
Released on June 1 in Europe and June 5 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records, "Phantom Antichrist" was recorded at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with renowned producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK, DEVIN TOWNSEND, AMON AMARTH).
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