Sabaton x Kreator

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Sabaton x Kreator

Fri · February 16, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 6:30 pm (event ends at 12:00 am)

$39.95

This event is 18 and over

Sabaton
Sabaton
Formed in Falun, Sweden in 1999, SABATON thoroughly researches their battle topics to ensure the songs paint accurate and objective portraits of the historical event they’re singing about, which are narrated from an omniscient point-of-view or in first-person as a soldier caught in the line of fire. Like their home country of Sweden, SABATON aims to remain politically neutral in their role as musical war historians. SABATON have reached their unshaken position as heavy metal's AAA-torchbearer after releasing ingenious studio recordings and playing endless amount of unforgettable live shows with massive live production. The Last Stand is another unquestionable and bulletproof evidence of SABATON's top class abilities.
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.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Edmonton
6240 99 Street Northwest
Edmonton, AB, t6e 6c7
http://www.unionhall.ca/