Kreator’s Mille Petrozza – Albums should be a statement
Kreator’s Mille Petrozza was the final guest on Full Metal Jackie’s weekend radio show, available to discuss the thrash legends’ latest album, Hate Uber Alles.
The band’s albums always seem to hold a mirror up to the ills of classist society and this latest release, the first since 2017 gods of violence, does exactly that. Petrozza expresses that when a band writes an album, it should always be seen as making some sort of statement and that it’s a work of art rather than just producing new music with the aim of starting afresh. on tour.
With a catalog totaling nearly 150 songs, Kreator, he says, could rest on his laurels and the strength of the catalog when it comes to touring, reinforcing the idea of impact with a new record.
Read the full interview below.
The albums are snapshots in time and a kind of reflection of the artist and the world around him. What does mean Hate Uber Alles reveal about you in relation to today’s world?
That’s how I’ve felt for the past two years, especially being at home like all of us during the pandemic. I had nothing to do but write a new record and I could reach out to fans on the internet, but there was no real physical gig possible at that time, so Hate Uber Alles is like a reflection of the last five years.
The album assimilates different musical styles to metal, in particular Sofia Portanet singing on “Midnight Sun”. Why was it so important to create this contrast on this album?
The song was inspired by this movie Mesosome which came out a few years ago. There’s this really strong female lead that carries the story and I had a vision to incorporate that into our music. The lyrics are very inspired by this movie.
I’ve known Sofia for a while and when we got together in the studio, it clicked. I wanted to make sure it really fits what we do. Unfortunately, in the past, we never really had a song where it would be appropriate to have a guest singer and Sofia. It looks like she’s part of the group and it’s really natural and unique.
Sometimes in metal it can be a bit cliche if the bands do a grumbling voice and all of a sudden [there’s] an opera singer that Celtic Frost cast at the time. We didn’t want that – we wanted to do something we hadn’t done before in order to have more variety on the record.
Kreator, “Midnight Sun” (ft. Sofia Portanet) Music Video
Growing up, opera was prevalent in your household. What influence does this emphasis and expressiveness still have on your own music?
I listen to all kinds of genres now and I don’t really think about [terms of] these categories. Either the music touches me or it doesn’t – I have to feel something when I listen to a certain music.
Opera and classical music have significant epic sounds and maybe it’s a kind of reflection on music and some songs.
Why are thrash bands so adept at maintaining a high level of skill so deep in their careers?
We always tried to justify the fact that we released another album after so many years. We could easily do like a best-of set and we could do four or five tours without playing the same setlist – we have about 140 songs.
Before going to the studio to make Hate Uber Alles. If you come up with a new record, it should have something unique and fresh about it. It should be something you’ve never done before, and of course it should be powerful. You have to maintain the energy and it has to be meaningful.
I don’t like it when bands just release records to go on tour. I don’t mean to sound too artistic, but it should be a work of art – it should be a statement which should be something that reflects your emotion that you had when you wrote the song.
I always make sure the power or arrangements are in the pocket and it’s fun to listen to. The older I get, the more I make sure to produce quality records.
Kreator, music video “Hate Über Alles”
You were young and relatively inexperienced when Kreator’s debut album came out. When did you hit your stride in terms of understanding the art of making music?
When we were doing the first two albums, we’re still trying to figure out how it’s done. When we did Extreme aggressionthat’s where I kind of figured out how it worked, but that doesn’t mean that from there I didn’t try to absorb new influences and learn new things.
Extreme aggression It was the first time that we consciously entered an album where we understood the process of producing an album and what is the difference between producing an album and recording songs. We had a producer at the time, Randy Burns, who really helped me a lot at the time and I learned a lot from him.
Thanks to Mille Petrozza for the interview. Follow Kreator on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Spotify and get your copy of the band’s new album, “Hate Über Alles”, here. Find out where you can hear Full Metal Jackie’s weekend radio show here.
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