German thrash metal veterans KREATOR will embark on a European headlining tour in November/December. Support on the trek will come from VADER, ARCH ENEMY and SODOM.
Comments KREATOR guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza: "A lot of our European fans voiced their discontent over the fact that the band hardly does European club tours — apart from our festival shows.
"In 2013, we were mainly busy playing for our fans overseas. We want to change this now.
"In time for the reissues of 'Endless Pain', 'Pleasure To Kill' and 'Extreme Aggression' in all kinds of formats — finally on vinyl again too — we'll end the 'Phantom Antichrist' tour cycle in Europe with a massive string of shows. This will be your last chance to see KREATOR live in clubs for quite a while, because we'll be busy working on a new album in 2015 and only play carefully selected shows.
"Right now we're working on a new multimedia stage show and we'll also have a bunch of surprises in the setlist.
"Our friends of ARCH ENEMY are part of the trek to present their new album, 'War Eternal', and so will VADER and our old companions SODOM. This tour will be KILLER!!!"
The dates are as follows:
Nov. 26 - Lyon, France - Le Transbordeur *
Nov. 27 - Istres, France - L´Usine *
Dec. 01 - Toulouse, France - Le Bikini *
Dec. 02 - Paris, France - Le Bataclan *
Dec. 04 - Tilburg, The Netherlands - 013
Dec. 05 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - MHP Arena
Dec. 06 - Oberhausen, Germany - Turbinenhalle
Dec. 07 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
Dec. 08 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks
Dec. 09 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys
Dec. 11 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof
Dec. 12 - Geiselwind, Germany - Eventhall
Dec. 13 - München, Germany - Tonhalle
Dec. 14 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Dec. 16 - Leamington, UK - Assembly Rooms *
Dec. 17 - Bristol, UK - Academy *
Dec. 18 - London, UK - The Forum *
Dec. 19 - Manchester, UK - Academy *
Dec. 20 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy *
Dec. 21 - Glasgow, UK - QMU *
Dec. 22 - Newcastle, UK - Academy *
* Without SODOM and VADER
Ubooks recently released the English edition of Hilmar Bender's book "Violent Evolution: The Story Of Kreator".
Originally published in German in March 2011 through UBooks Verlag, the 221-page book is described as follows: "'Violent Evolution' tells the story of KREATOR — the titans of Teutonic thrash — from the coal-mining town of Essen, Germany. It is the story of a group of bored teenagers who brought the brutality of everyday life into the rehearsal room. They let their hair grow, formed a band and landed a record deal before they had even reached twenty.
"Drawing on exclusive interviews with the band's members (both past and present), family, producers, filmmakers and crew, 'Violent Evolution' explores the band's remarkable rise from formative years to spectacular success, headlining the greatest open-air stages on the planet.
"This is their story, from the start to today; from kindergarten (literally) to rulers of the thrash kingdom. An exciting chronicle of one of the most important thrash metal bands in the world."
KREATOR's new concert DVD/Blu-ray, "Dying Alive", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 9.
"Dying Alive" was released on August 30, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. The set features the band's sold-out homecoming show in Oberhausen, Germany on December 22, 2012 after an extensive 45-day European tour in support of KREATOR's "Phantom Antichrist" album. The packed and sweat-driven show was filmed by 24 cameras, as well as guitar and even mosh-pit cams.
The DVD/Blu-ray contains footage of the Oberhausen concert, a behind-the-scenes documentary as well as video clips. Approximate total running time: 115 minutes.