Interview by Tarja Virmakari
German thrash metal veterans KREATOR released their new concert DVD/Blu-ray, “Dying Alive”, on August 30 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.
Just a couple of days before the release, Tarja Virmakari had a nice and at times very funny, chat with the guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö, he spoke widely about Dying Alive and about the details around it. He told also about the homecoming show where it was shot, and about recent and upcoming tours, festivals and shows where Kreator shared the stage with the band’s long-time friends Destruction, Sodom and Tankard. The chat also brought up the music scenes and their differences in Finland and Germany. Find out what Sami told about them and much more by joining the chat below:
Let There Be Rock conducted an interview with guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö of German/Finnish thrash metal veterans KREATOR before the band’s December 16 concert in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.”The phantom Antichrist”
KREATOR had its December 22, 2012 concert in Oberhausen, Germany professionally filmed and recorded for future DVD/Blu-ray release. The band’s guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza said: “The ‘Phantom Antichrist’ world tour is among the most successful and amazing tours in the history of KREATOR, thanks to all of you — the fans! So we have decided to record a new live album, DVD and Blu-ray at our homecoming show. The show [was] recorded with 24 (!) cameras and in 5.1. sound. We are trying to produce the ultimate KREATOR concert experience for you to enjoy in your living room!”
On November 9, 2012, KREATOR released a new seven-inch single, “Civilization Collapse” (retail version: black; Nuclear Blast mailorder-only version: red, yellow, white) and as a digital download. The single contains the title cut backed by the non-album track “Wolfchild”, which was featured on the “Dark Symphonies – A Tribute To John Sinclair” album, released in September 2012 in Germany via Lübbe-Audio. The band also made a video for the song “Civilization Collapse”, which is said to be “mainly about the riots that took place in Greece most recently.”
“Civilization Collapse” comes off KREATOR‘s new album, “Phantom Antichrist”, which 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.
Photo by Stefan Heilemann of Heilemania
German thrash metallers, KREATOR have eneterd a studio in Varberg (Sweden) to start recording new materials for their upcoming album which is going to be released in the middle of 2012.
The band has recently posted a new photo of Sami Yli-Sirniö in the studio, during recording process. “Hey all. We’re still in the “Studiomega” studios to record the new record for you. Right now Samy is recording his tracks. Prepare for February 2nd 2012. It’s worth waiting.” band posted on their official facebook page.
And also the band has posted the first brand-new promotion pictures, you can see one of them below: