With nearly 30 years of continual musical output, a new album debut on their new label, and an upcoming North American tour, German thrash metal overlords KREATOR have plenty to celebrate. The band’s thirteenth studio album, Phantom Antichrist, took one and a half years to write, record, and mix and was released today in the U.S. and Canada. In a recent interview with TheGauntlet.com, KREATOR frontman/guitarist Mille Petrozza discusses the relationship between religion and world conflict, the band’s upcoming tour with fellow countrymen & labelmates ACCEPT, and the large crowd that received them when they performed in the former East Germany after Reunification: It seems like with Phantom Antichrist, the band is fading away from the political lyrics of the past and getting a little more into the anti-religion topics. Ummm yes...maybe. I wouldn't say anti-religion. I would say politics and religion are so intertwined at this point. I also think that those issues make for great song lyrics. I don't think that Phantom Antichrist is an anti-religious concept though. In a perfect world, religion would be obsolete. There are many, many problems and conflicts that come from religion and politics in the world we live in. In the time we live in, many of the problems come from manipulation and not the religion itself. The song "Your Heaven, My Hell" touches on this. It is about a guy who grows up and seeks redemption against all religion for the wrongs they have done. The album is kind of based on reality as in there is no fictional stories. There are nine songs with nine different topics. I love the track "Your Heaven, My Hell." I can already hear the crowd singing that one back at you live. Thank you. We do keep that stuff in mind while writing. When we are playing live, we want the fans to be fully involved. We want to give 150% to the fans live. First and foremost, we have to enjoy the songs the most. If we don't enjoy playing them live, then the fans won't enjoy hearing them. Were KREATOR the first band to play Berlin following German Reunification? We were the first metal band to play in East Germany after the reunification in 1990. It was great as there were 10,000 fans. When we played, there was a huge anticipation as the system didn't allow the East Germans to listen to metal, punk rock or underground music. This made people very hungry for bands like us and it was a great night. Before the reunification, there was the wall and restrictions that prevented West German bands from playing over there. Read the entire interview at http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/236/25416/The-KREATOR-Interview-With-Mille-Petrozza. KREATOR will co-headline the “Teutonic Terror Attack 2012” tour this fall with fellow countrymen ACCEPT and openers Swallow The Sun. Dates are: 09/05/12 Howard Theater – Washington, D.C. 09/06/12 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA 09/07/12 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY 09/08/12 The Palladium – Worcester, MA 09/10/12 Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA 09/11/12 Imperial de Quebec - Quebec City, QC - CANADA 09/12/12 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON - CANADA 09/14/12 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH 09/15/12 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL 09/16/12 The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO 09/18/12 Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO 09/19/12 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT 09/21/12 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA 09/22/12 Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA 09/23/12 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR 09/25/12 The Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA 09/26/12 The Avalon – Hollywood, CA 09/27/12 The Grove – Anaheim, CA 09/28/12 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ 09/30/12 Emo’s East – Austin, TX 10/01/12 Trees – Dallas, TX 10/02/12 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA 10/04/12 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC Exclusive internet pre-sale tickets are available online at EnterTheVault.com through May 26th; afterwards, tickets will be on sale through all normal t