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Interview: Kreator's Mille Petrozza Talks 'Phantom Antichrist'

Interview: Kreator's Mille Petrozza Talks 'Phantom Antichrist'

In an era dominated by reunions and reissues, anniversaries and anthologies, you won't find Kreator guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza getting tripped up while looking backwards.

"This is the most important moment in your life," says Petrozza adamantly. "It's not about what you've achieved in the past, it's what you are doing now."

What Kreator are doing now is preparing to release their 13th studio album, Phantom Antichrist, on Nuclear Blast before hitting the road this fall with Accept for a tour that could only be called the "Teutonic Terror Attack."

As for Phantom Antichrist, it seems a disservice to call it "everything fans would expect from a Kreator album," but it also wouldn't be inaccurate. The "us against the world" mentality, the visceral religious imagery, the unrelenting thrash metal attack — it's all there, and then some.

Never content to rehash the same old ideas, Petrozza and crew have upped the ante with Phantom Antichrist, a testament to their commitment to evolution, even after being one of thrash's most consistent bands for the better part of the last three decades. The songs are often stretched to accommodate more complex arrangements, and the dual guitar attack of Petrozza and Sami Yli-Sirniö has taken on an Iron Maiden-esque quality in places, lending tracks like "United In Hate" and "From Flood Into Fire" the proper anthemic feel for the beginning of a violent revolution without straying too far into the realm of the progressive — grandiosity without pomposity.

With perhaps their strongest album in recent memory on the way, I spoke to Mille Petrozza about guitars, the pressures of covering Iron Maiden and a very surprising influence.

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