Kreator at Gothic Theatre, 11/08/13

Brandon Marshall

One of the most arresting moments of Kreator's show at the Gothic Theatre came when the band performed "Phobia." The way the melody seemed to swim inside the aggressive main riff gave the song a layer of atmosphere without compromising how hard the song hit. In sort of recalled what Napalm Death was able to achieve on its underrated 1996 album Diatribes.

See also: Kreator's Mille Petrozza: "When things are really, really bad, there can always be a way out"

Brandon Marshall

Kreator has been one of the most influential thrash bands in the genre. Not only is the act an exemplar of that art form but its songs are really good. The band structures its songs well and does so in ways that aren't completely predictable. On this night, although there was plenty of exhilarating aggression in every song, the melody and dynamics allowed the music to breathe and gave it a physical presence that blast beats and the like often don't accomplish in the low end.

Brandon Marshall

Drawing liberally from across its discography for its set, Kreator was incredibly driving and powerful throughout. On songs like "Pleasure To Kill" the outfit was particularly so. As the song burned through the first three quarters, the echoing drum strike toward the end gave the tune an otherworldly quality. It was a powerfully present sound, like a gun shot in a tunnel. When Petrozza screamed "Hordes of Chaos" you could practically envision his eyes rolling into the back of his head.

Brandon Marshall

Before "United In Hate," a guitar tech brought out an acoustic on a stand and set it at playing height, so that Sami Yli-Sirniö could play the introduction, after which, the group went into the song, and he stepped back and the acoustic was whisked away. It seemed almost like a Spinal Tap moment, but it actually worked, and it probably does so seamlessly every time.

Brandon Marshall

The Phantom Antichrist track "Civilization Collapse" was frantic in its pacing, and at the end, the guitar solos sounded even more manic, spiraling and splaying out in a compelling way. The show ended with Mille Petrozza teasing at playing "Flag of Hate" and then waving Kreator's own banner. At one point, the band also teased a bit of "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, but concluded with an inspired take on an old classic, "Tormentor."

Location Info


Gothic Theatre

3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, CO

Category: Music

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