Backstage Chaos: With Kreator In The US
Finally! I had the chance to see the band that every other time the opportunity has eluded me…KREATOR!
Kreator are arguably the most influential European thrash band of all time! Being that I am extremely weathered in the realm of attending shows, and have met most of my musical idols, anxiety or nervousness is pleasantly absent from my experiences these days, or so I thought. All the bands performed well, with special kudos to Belphegor who seem to get better with every album, and certainly step it up live as well. Another band worth mentioning is thrash newcomers, Warbringer. All I have to say is check them out for yourselves!
Kreator hit the stage, and it was nothing short of spectacular. They are one of those bands who inexplicably sounds even better live, than on cd. As the night progressed, euphoria took over and I felt like I was a teenager again. Following the end of the performances, Mille from Kreator invited John.L from Warbringer, and myself on the tour bus. As Mille lead us to the back lounge my old friend anxiety popped in for a visit. We quickly became engulfed in a conversation about the past twenty-five years of Kreator, touching on topics such as, the first two demos ‘End of the World’ and ‘Blitzkrieg’ being the foundation of their success, and the fact that they only played five gigs prior to recording the first album which only took 10 days to complete. As the conversation ensued, I felt my self being sucked back… the year: 1986, grade nine, and ‘Pleasure to Kill’ was crushing my skull via my sony walkman, don’t laugh! Soon enough down the road, people will be snickering when you talk endearingly of you ipod!. It was great to hear Mille tell the story of the ‘Gothenburg riff’, and when asking about some labeling them as selling out in 1992 with ‘Renewal’ he proceeded to explain that he truly doesn’t nor did he ever give a flying fuck about what anybody thought because it was what he wanted to do at that time.
I went on, and was teasing Mille that a mature band like Kreator, that is in their third decade of touring, has an epic undertaking in keeping up with the fresh young bands that they tour with. Mille stated that it’s not an issue because he doesn’t party much anymore, and that it is of the up most importance to provide the fans with the best Mille and Kreator possible. Then nerves and anxitey crept back and I was again painfully aware that I was in the presence of the man whose vocal style incited the beloved death metal ‘growl’. Mille, John and myself talked metal and laughed till it was late, and bus call was approaching.
In a weird kind of way it was nice to feel a bit of nerves and anxiety again. I was humbled and proud at the same time. Thrash Till’ Death!