The Decibel Magazine Tour

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The Decibel Magazine Tour

WWW.BRINGTHENOISE.COM, Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, Horrendous

Sat · April 1, 2017

6:00 pm

$32.00

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The Decibel Magazine Tour
The Decibel Magazine Tour
Sixth Annual Decibel Magazine Tour Lineup.

Kreator, Obituary, Midnight and Horrendous spearhead premier metal mag’s latest North American assault this March.Since its inception in 2004, Decibel has redefined what a metal magazine can accomplish. From authoritative books and celebrated festivals to the revitalization of the classic flexi disc format and the creation of the renowned Decibel Hall of Fame series, we continue to push far beyond the accepted boundaries of print. The annual Decibel Magazine Tour-- launched in 2012 --may very well be the finest of its ventures. For the past six years, ambitious curation has unified artists from far reaches of the extreme universe who would otherwise never have the opportunity to tour North America together. The lineup for the 2017 Decibel Magazine Tour continues that proud tradition, as German thrash metal founders Kreator align with Florida death metal legends Obituary, old-school Ohio brutalizers Midnight and celebrated progressive death prodigies Horrendous (with regional openers in select markets to be announced next year).Of 2017’s four featured acts, two will release new LPs in 2017 to coincide with the Decibel Tour: Kreator, with their fourteenth full-length album, Gods of Violence; and Obituary, with tenth effort Obituary. The latter have already been honored with an authoritative Hall of Fame feature on 1990’s landmark album Cause of Death. In 2015, Horrendous took home Decibel’s Album of the Year honor for their Anareta release. Additionally, Kreator, Midnight and Horrendous have each recorded and released exclusive tracks via the Decibel Flexi Series, and Obituary will soon join them, recording a flexi track that will appear in the annual Decibel Tour issue of the magazine that hits stands March 2017.Tickets for the 2017 Decibel Magazine Tour are on sale now at www.decibelmagazine.com.
Kreator
Kreator
One thing's for sure: There aren't many bands with a history as long and eventful as
KREATOR's, who fascinatingly succeed in exploring new horizons while challenging and reinventing themselves time and again, resulting in high impact results - as is perfectly illustrated by their new record Gods Of Violence (out on January 27, 2017). With this 14th studio album of their impressive career, the thrashers from Essen, Germany have crafted a work of art of utmost vigor, drawing its unfailing power from the pounding heart of one of the greatest, most versatile metal bands of all time. Gods Of Violence lives and breathes!

As is often the case, it all started with a good idea. KREATOR mastermind Mille Petrozza had followed the latest news with growing concern. Especially the November 2015 Paris attacks made him realize that there had to be a continuum of human malevolence, running like a thread through the ages, from ancient times up to the present day. These thoughts led Petrozza to interlocking current events with tales from Greek mythology, eventuating in the song Gods Of Violence that was consequently chosen as the album's name giver. "Currently, religion has regained a level of importance that I would have never considered possible 20 years ago," Mille states. "An extremely dangerous polarization is taking place, giving rise to growing hate among us all. That's what I wanted to write about."

Like this, a key note of the album was found that is also reflected in the sheer brutality of "World War Now", among others. The song's deriving from the observation that we're in the middle of a World War III of sorts, but not in the way we've always feared: A-bomb dropped, humanity wiped out. "These days, our weapons of mass destruction are called hatred and religious delusion," says Petrozza. It's a vertical war, being fought by the media as well as by fanatics of all shades.

The intro leading to the opening track "Apocalypticon" is already setting the proper bombastic pace for the album's basic idea: Marching drums and a Wagnerian choir are opening an extraordinary metal masterpiece that's contrasting brutality with fragility, excelling in an exemplary handling of momentum and dynamics. Even "Death Becomes My Light", the final eight-minute-epic dealing with a near death experience, is not a single second too long: Gods Of Violence flashes by like greased lightning.

The ability to form universally comprehensible messages out of such sophisticated trains of thought as found on Gods Of Violence has always been one of the traits of a man whose pop-cultural universe ranges from Hannah Arendt, PINK FLOYD and TOCOTRONIC to SLAYER. Mille Petrozza was born and bred in the metal scene. Nevertheless, he is and always has been open to inspiration from various sources, which is why his lyrics on this album are by no means merely based on corny genre templates but offer trenchant observations of our time combined with a witty advance towards inflated cliches: One of the best songs on Gods Of Violence is really called "Satan Is Real".

Finishing Gods Of Violence took the band - featuring Petrozza, Sami Yli-Sirniö (guitars), Christian "Speesy" Giesler (bass) and Jürgen "Ventor" Reil (drums) - about three years. After Petrozza had pre-produced all of the eleven tracks in winter of 2015, KREATOR went to Sweden in order to team up with legendary metal producer Jens Bogren in his Fascination Street Studios once again. What emerged from the recording sessions was bound to fundamentally redefine what KREATOR is all about. An opus that surprises with some lines in German and an unexpected guest in the form of indie pop artist DAGOBERT. Moreover, Italian death metallers FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE lent a hand with the orchestral parts of four songs and 12-year-old Tekla-Li Wadensten played the harp for Gods Of Violence

Although it's breaking new ground in many respects, Gods Of Violence can still be considered characteristic for a career shaped by ambitious ventures and artistic risk: discontinuity is KREATOR's one true continuum. Gotten together in 1982, Petrozza and Jürgen "Ventor" Reil - the only two remaining founding members - have come a long way from playing in a small-scale student band. "In my history book, KREATOR didn't really exist until 1985," says Petrozza, laughing. "Although we had already started jamming together in '82, we only entered the stage two or three times up until '85. Back then, our set list consisted of five original tracks and five heavy metal cover songs, we went through several line-up changes and didn't really find ourselves until »Endless Pain«."

In fact, it wasn't until said debut album that the name KREATOR was established in the first place. Before, the combo had been known as TORMENTOR. The early years were defining ones all the same: "None of us knew how to play our instruments properly back then," Petrozza remembers. "Though we were a pretty mediocre student band indeed, we taught each other how to play - it's stuff like that you bond over." This early stage laid the foundation for an exceptional career that would see KREATOR rise to become part of what's to be considered the German equivalent of the Californian Big Four (METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, MEGADETH) of thrash metal - the Big Three of German thrash, alongside SODOM and DESTRUCTION.
Obituary
Obituary
Obituary remains one of the most influential and groundbreaking bands in the death metal genre, one which they helped to create. Hailing from the sunny state of Florida with a bevy of bands with a decidedly un-sunny take on metal Obituary along with Death, Morbid Angel, and Deicide, combined hyper-speed guitar riffing, complex arrangements and guttural screams to create a bleak and violent soundscape that defined a genre. Unlike their peers though, Obituary avoided the more common trappings of this style of music shunning the Satanic bent of the lyrics and the breakneck pace of the dual guitar assault.

In 1989 Obituary released their debut album, Slowly We Rot, a death metal milestone. Brilliant in both its complexity and brutality, Slowly We Rot gave us but a glimpse of things to come. They followed it up in 1990 with Cause of Death, which saw Allen West replaced by former Death guitarist James Murphy (Cancer, Disincarnate) and bassist Daniel Tucker replaced by Frank Watkins (Hellwitch). 1992 saw the release of The End Complete and showcased the talents of a band clearly at the top of its game. With the departure of Murphy and the return of West, The End Complete is vicious and tight ripe with intensity. In 1994 death metal fans were treated to both Don't Care and World Demise. After a three year hiatus, Obituary returned with Back from the Dead, proving that old habits die hard . . . and heavy. Back from the Dead was unrelenting in its power and craftsmanship, proving once and for all that the band that started it all could still do it the best.
Midnight
Punk/Metal band from Cleveland, OH For those of you into the truly barbaric, vomit-stained sounds of Motörhead, Venom, Discharge, Hellhammer, early D.R.I., Carnivore,and GG Allin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Horrendous
Horrendous was conceived in the womb of early 2009 by three young men obsessed with metal. Aiming to harness the mystique and aura of their favorite music while simultaneously rekindling the flame of a genre they felt was losing traction, the band emerged from a desolate scene to chart an unfamiliar path into the depths. Under cover of darkness, they could be found weaving webs of raunchy riffs through the rehearsal space air.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Edmonton
6240 99 Street Northwest
Edmonton, AB, t6e 6c7
http://www.unionhall.ca/