Music review

Kreator hits Pittsburgh with latest release “Dying Alive” November 4 @ Altar Bar

The legends of Thrash Tour 2013 hits Altar Bar with the likes of Kreator, Overkill, and Warbringer on November 4.  The headliner, Kreator, has quite the apt name in that many attribute the band as one of the true forerunners of death metal.  The thrash metal band originated way back in 1982 in Essen, Germany and has been cranking out their brand since with only little variation in the nineties.   Featured vocalist/guitarist Mille Petrozza has been there since the beginning and is the sole remaining original member, but since their resurgence in 2001 Sami Yli-Sirniö on guitar, Jürgen “Ventor” Reil on drums, and Christian “Speesy” Giesler on bass have remained intact and proven themselves as a solidified group.

On their latest release, “Dying Alive”, Kreator gives their fans live tracks and a live DVD full of goodies.  This should fire up any fan as they anticipate seeing them on tour.  The sold-out show was filmed by 24 cameras, guitar-cams and even moshpit-cams were used to record this live document.  It’s ninety minutes of pure on stage thrash mayhem, 3 video clips and an in-depth backstage documentary (which is truly a treat).

„This show on December 22, 2012 was something special for us. One day after the officially announced apocalypse the homecoming show at Turbinenhalle was really intense. Before that we were touring on various continents and played some really special gigs. But none of them was as energized. Fans from all over Germany, Belgium and Holland came to make this DVD something magical. We can rely on our fans and on concerts in the ruhr area anyway. While editing the footage I realized how great all came into place that December night. Thanks to all the fans! This DVD is for you!“ – Mille Petrozza

What struck me immediately while viewing the DVD, was the feeling of being at the show.  Many times the lackluster MTV video-like feel of live leaves the viewer with a flat voyeuristic feeling rather than immersive.  You feel part of the audience, part of the crew, part of the band, plus the blending of the screen visuals was literally chilling.  The camera angle switches pace as fast as the music creating a frenetic buzz for any true metal lover.  The stage dives, mosh pit maniacs, percussion like lighting, merch table madness, and the aftermath clean-up all add to the feeling of actually being there.  Bands should take note of what Kreator has produced for their fans, including the bonuses, and up the ante for all of us.

Death To The World from the Dying Alive DVD

BluRay/DVD: Bonus: CD 1 CD 2 CD 3 (Earbook only)
01. Intro: Mars Mantra02. Phantom Antichrist03. From Flood To Fire04. Enemy Of God
05. Phobia06. Hordes Of Chaos07. Civilization Collapse08. Voices Of The Dead09. Extreme Aggression10. People Of The Lie
11. Death To The World12. Endless Pain

13. Pleasure To Kill

14. Intro 2 –  The Patriarch

15. Violent Revolution

16. United in Hate

17. Betrayer

18. Flag Of Hate

19. Tormentor

20. Outro/Credits

21. Behind The Dying (Documentary)22. Phantom Antichrist Backstage Video23. Phantom Antichrist Music Video
24. Civilization Collapse Music Video
01. Intro: Mars Mantra02. Phantom Antichrist03. From Flood To Fire04. Enemy Of God
05. Phobia06. Hordes Of Chaos07. Civilization Collapse08. Voices Of The Dead09. Extreme Aggression10. People Of The Lie11. Death To The World

12. Coma Of Souls (Intro)

12. Endless Pain

13. Pleasure To Kill

 

01. Intro 2 – The Patriarch02. Violent Revolution03. United in Hate04. Betrayer05. Flag Of Hate / Tormentor
Live bonus tracks:
06. Intro / The Pestilence07. Amok Run08. Demon Prince09. When The Sun Burns Red

10. Warcurse

01. Intro (demo)02. United In Hate (demo)03. Death To The World (demo)04. Victory Will Come (demo)05. Iron Destiny (demo) -> Japan Bonus06. Phantom Antichrist (rehearsal)07. Your Heaven My Hell (rehearsal)08. Until Our Paths Cross Again (rehearsal)09. Victory Will Come (demo) 
Formats:
Blu Ray + 2CD
DVD +2CD
Earbook (DVD, Blu Ray, 2CD + Bonus CD)
Earbook (DVD, Blu Ray, 2CD + Bonus CD) + 7” Vinyl (NB Mailorder only)
Limited Edition 2CD (+ Live bonus tracks)
2LP (black, gatefold + poster)
2LP (orange, gatefold + poster) NB Mailorder only
2LP (red,  gatefold + poster) NB Mailorder only

 

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