I must say that if there is any doubt that Kreator are
back, one listen to "Violent Revolution
" should convince
them. Do you think that you lost any fans because of albums like "Endorama
It may have been a solid rock album, but it was far from "Coma
- I think we didnít lose any fans; we just put some fans on hold. Thatís
the impression we receive from being over here. Of course, people've
been following us since the 80s. When you put out 10 records, not
every record can please all the fans. The only other way around would
be to release the same album over and over again. Thatís not what Kreator
is all about. When we want to experiment, we really do it.
For an old school metal head like me, "Violent Revolution
was refreshing. Are people still craving the thrash style of music?
- I donít know. I guess it doesnít matter what the hell you want to
call it. Itís about the music still. Itís about how much variety is
in the music, how convincing it can be, how powerful. Thatís what it
comes down to. If you hear a record like"Violent Revolution
and youíre not into thrash, maybe you wonít like the record, but it
doesnít matter. We just do whatever we feel like.
The cover art is, without a doubt, very Kreator. Tell me about it.
- Itís the Kreator symbol, the demon head. Itís about being left alone
in a big city; thatís what the whole concept is about. Itís about how
the individual is suffering.
You really packed a lot of music on this one. Itís well over 55 minutes.
- Yes, it just turned out that way. We had so many songs and didnít
wanna throw any away.
ís production's really given the album a full sound,
particularly with regard to the rhythm section and the lead work. Are
you pleased with it?
- Very much. Heís definitely a real producer in the same vein of Randy
Burns back in the 80s. Heís a guitar player himself and he knows
how to get the guitar tone, and he knows how to make me play better
than I actually am
. He gets 150 percent out of you.
How long did it take you to put the album together?
- About a half year. Thatís typical.
I was listening to "Coma of Souls
" the other day and
remember thinking how good the production sounded. The sound separation
is good, but the sharpness and brutality werenít lost in the production.
Then I read an old intie in Metal Hammer from 1992 in which you were
commenting upon how displeased you were with the production on that
album. Do you still feel the same way about it?
- No. Back then we wanted something different. If I listen to it nowadays,
I think the production is good. It stands the test of time I think.
You can put it on now and it still sounds good. But back then I was
looking for something different. Thatís why we did "Renewal
I remember buying the "Pleasure to Kill/Flag of Hate
CD in the 80s and thinking how extreme it sounded. Was Kreator at the
forefront of the extreme metal movement?
- Among others, yeah. There have been other bands doing this music and,
of course, we were one of the most extreme ones and we still are.
What inspired you to create this form of music in the 80s?
- We were big fans of Venom, Bathory, Mercyful Fate, and all these bands,
that kind of stuff.
What made you decide to go back to making a Kreator thrash metal album?
- Weíve experimented long enough. We did two records that were very
experimental and we were just fed up with not being able to reproduce
the stuff that we do on a record in a live situation. It doesnít make
sense. And also I think, why stick with that the experiment? We just
felt like doing a brutal record again
Youíve had quite a bit of turnover in the band. Share your thoughts
on the current line-up.
- Yeah, itís perfect. We get along and there are good musicians in the
band. Everybodyís happy. Thereís no egos. Itís mostly just four individuals
that know whatís best for the band.
How do you handle being on the road for long periods of time? Does it
- Of course it does. Sometimes you are getting a little bit tired, a
little exhausted. I wonít complain. I get to see some places that I'd
have never got to see if I wasnít in this band.
Is heavy metal still alive and well in the world these days?
- Nowadays, yes. Itís pretty healthy.The only time when that wasnít
happening was in the late 80s when MTV, out of the blue, became metal.
I think that metal doesnít really need mass media at all. Itís word
of mouth, basically. The real metal people that want to know about the
bands get their info from somewhere. Promotion-wise for us in the States,
it could be a little bit better and Iím working on that. Other than
that, I think metal is very healthy. As a form of music, you can almost
compare it to jazz or something. Thereís always going to be people that
are listening to this kind of music, no matter how hip or not hip it
is. People grow with the music and the bands grow, and the scenes grow.
Itís like it sticks with you.
What about the tour plan?
-We've just finished touring the US, we're doing the UK and Poland next;
but we're working to visit the US more often. We've not touched it since
'96, and we should go there a lot more because metal seems to be back,
and it doesnít make any sense for us not to go back there.
Of course we're coming to Italy, it's always a pleasure to face a warm
audience and we never happen to get a flop public-wise.
MARTYR OF NOWADAYS -
-Demo (84 , as Tormentor)
-End of the World (demo 84, as Tormentor)
-Endless Pain (June 85)
-Pleasure to Kill (86)
-Flag of Hate (86 - mini-LP)
-Behind the Mirror (picture-disc - 87)
-Terrible Certainty (879
-Out of the Past...into the Light (88 - mini-LP)
-Extreme Aggression (89)
-Coma of Souls (90)
-Out of the Dark (91 - live)
-Cause for Conflict (95)
-Scenarios of Violence (96 - anthology with old songs, 1 live track
and 2 unreleased tracks)
-Past Live Trauma - 85/92 (2000 - anthology with 2 unreleased live tracks)
-Violent Revolution (01)