INTERVIEW: Mille Petrozza of Kreator discusses ‘Hate Uber Alles’ album


Returning this year with fifteenth opus “Hate Über Alles” – which marks their first studio album with Frédéric Leclercq (ex-Dragonforce, Sinsaenum) on bass, joining Mille Petrozza, guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö and drummer Jürgen ‘Ventor’ Reil – the metal titans are once again channelling an unholy heaviness strong enough to tilt the earth off-axis. We speak to frontman Mille Petrozza about the new album, the state of the world and much more.


On the approach to writing the new album during the pandemic:

Mille: I did a lot of songwriting, I think I did like 20 songs for this record and went and got together as a band and rehearsed the songs and picked the best ones so there’s 10 songs that we haven’t recorded but there’s a reason why we hadn’t put them on record. Whether they will end up on a future Kreator record we will see but it’s just I had so much time and that’s what I do, I write songs but that was a luxury problem because I could pick the best ones.

Behind the inspiration of the album title “Hate Uber Alles”:

Mille: Lyrically of course it was the state of the world at this point was very inspiring but in the sense of I could really live without this kind of inspiration. Having another war and the totally terrible pandemic that put the whole world on hold, living through this time just made me realize how fragile life is and how fragile our freedom can also be. I’m so happy now that it seems to come back to normal, at least on the level of the pandemic but now we have this war. So I try not to lose my PMA to be honest, I mean it’s very hard to live in these kind of times and not and focus on the things that are good because you are surrounded by so much bullshit to be honest and it’s like, fuck man. I need to block it out to make sure that I’m not losing my mind.

On using a female voice for the first time in a Kreator song:

Mille: The song “Midnight Sun” was inspired by this movie ‘Midsommar’ and the main character in the movie is a very strong female antogonist and I had a vision of headbanging that to life in the music and I’ve known Sofia [Portanet] for a while , I’ve been a fan of her music for a long time and I got in touch with her and we met and became friends. We were talking about doing something together and when I played her the demo, she came up with a very nice arrangement for the chorus and for the pre-chorus and it just felt very natural.


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