German thrash metal legends Kreator are currently headlining the 2017 Decibel Magazine tour edition. The band played an almost sold out show at Club Red in Mesa, AZ last Friday night, after almost a year of absence since their last visit with Arch Enemy. Since the band just released their new album Gods of Violence, We decided to follow up with Mille Petrozza vocalist of Kreator about the fans’ response towards the album and some of the meaning behind some of the new songs.
We all know Kreator‘s importance as one of the most important Thrash metal bands coming out from Germany, alongside Destruction & Sodom, but listening to Kreator is one thing and experience the band’s energy live is another. Kreator’s live show could be described as a two-way energy blast, as the band pours their soul on stage, as equally as their fans delivered all their energy and fervor on the pit.
Their show at Club Red was not the exception to that two-way exchange last Friday night as the line-up of the Decibel Magazine tour also included Horrendous, Midnight, and Obituary, so it was a little bit of everything for everybody. Horrendous and Midnight warmed a crowd that grew with every hour since doors opened. By the time Obituary took the stage, getting beyond the soundboard and into the pit was impossible. Besides the crowd and the increasing temperature in the room, by around 10 pm everyone was inside as Choir of the Dammed started to play on the PA and Kreator appeared on stage.
Their set this time around was longer and diverse as Kreator played songs like; Satan Is Real, Gods of Violence, Fallen Brother, World War Now and Hail to the Hordes out of their new album Gods of Violence. and timeless classics like; Extreme Aggression, Phobia, People of the Lie, and Enemy of God. Other songs like Phantom Antichrist, Civilization Collapse, Mars Mantra and Total Death were also part of these tour’s set list.
Sincerely, the Decibel Magazine tour continues breaking barriers as one of the most steady spring tours in the US, showing improvements were others have failed to continue delivering high-quality bands. Let’s hope they continue with the same steadiness for the 2018 edition. If you have the chance catch up with any of the dates left on this tour.
The Decibel Magazine Tour 2017
Kreator, Obituary, Midnight + Horrendous
3/27/17 – Portland, Ore. – Hawthorne Theatre
3/28/17 – Seattle, Wash. – Neptune
3/29/17 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Rickshaw
3/31/17 – Calgary, Alberta – MacEwan Ballroom
4/1/17 – Edmonton, Alberta – Union Hall
4/4/17 – Denver, Colo. – Summit Music Hall
4/6/17 – Minneapolis, Minn. – Cabooze
4/7/17 – Chicago, Ill. – House of Blues
4/8/17 – Indianapolis, Ind. – The Vogue
4/9/17 – Cleveland, Ohio – House Of Blues
4/11/17 – Toronto, Ontario – Opera House
4/12/17 – Montreal, Quebec – Club Soda
4/13/17 – Boston, Mass. – Paradise Rock Club
4/14/17 – New York, N.Y. – Irving Plaza
4/15/17 – Philadelphia, Pa. – TLA