Old School Circle Pits Remind Kreator Frontman of ‘Endless Pain’
“Good evening New York City. We are Kre-a-tor!” frontman Mille Petrozza told Nokia Theater on March 6. Kreator were in New York City celebrating their 25th anniversary. It’s their second round back in less than a year — the German band last toured North America in April 2009 with Exodus and Warbringer. But this time, they promised an-old school set. And that they gave.
“When I come to New York and I see the moshing and the old-school circle pit, it brings me back to 1985 when Kreator was recording ‘Endless Pain,'” Petrozza said.
He kept requesting a historical mosh pit, but the crowd could only do so much. He wanted to see the venue from wall to wall in a pushing war. Instead he got a circle of mosh lined with many joint smokers — which I’m sure in the end the band respected the contact high just as much.
Petrozza expressed that the band was happy to be in town on a Saturday night. As one of the first warm nights since the summer, the Times Square venue was surrounded by weekend chaos.
“This is not the f—ing middle of America. This is f—ing New York City,” Petrozza said out of frustration.
After several attempts to get everyone in the room to scream “f—ing hate,” they finally played ‘Flag of Hate.’ And a good 65 percent of the venue finally responded, but with headbanging instead of vocal strain.
Check out 2009’s ‘Hordes of Chaos.’ After the 25th anniversary tour, Kreator will escape to a modern thrash cave and write a new album.