German extreme metal titans KREATOR have unveiled “Midnight Sun”, the third single from their upcoming fifteenth studio album, “Hate Über Alles”.
The eagerly anticipated full-length is a strong album-of-the-year contender as well as a global statement against hate and the division of society. Before its arrival next month, KREATOR gives you another treat in the form of the most unusual song “Hate Über Alles” has to offer. “Midnight Sun” manages to couple heavy guitar shredding and captivating groove metal with a melodramatic, larger-than-life chorus including female backing vocals, impressively showcasing KREATOR‘s continued evolution of the genre they helped create.
KREATOR frontman Mille Petrozza comments: “‘Midnight Sun’ is something a little new for us, our first time collaborating with a female artist.
“When I was writing the song, I could hear this Oracle-type voice over the pre-chorus and chorus and I immediately reached out to my talented friend, Sofia Portanet, who is an emerging artist here in Germany. Sofia added exactly what I was looking for and gives the song a really dark, ethereal vibe.
“The video is the second production we shot with Tom Schlagkamp and his team. The concept was drawn up from the song’s lyrics which I envisaged to take place during a ritual sacrifice. Director Tom came back with an idea loosely based on Ari Aster‘s ‘Midsommar’ which has powerful visuals, perfect for a killer metal music video.”
“Hate Über Alles” will be released on June 10 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2017’s “Gods Of Violence” was recorded at Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin, Germany. Helming the sessions was Arthur Rizk, who has previously worked with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, CODE ORANGE, POWER TRIP and SOULFLY, among others.
Regarding the “Hate Über Alles” album title, Petrozza previously said: “‘Hate Über Alles’ reflects the time we’re living in. Everything is really loud and aggressive. The way we communicate has changed, thanks to social media. It causes a lot of imbalance. The world is in a state of disrepair. Life is not harmonic right now, it’s disharmonic… that’s where I was going with the title.”
The “Hate Über Alles” cover artwork was created by Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with HATEBREED, SOULFLY, TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH and SODOM, among others.
“Hate Über Alles” track listing:
01. Sergio Corbucci Is Dead
02. Hate Über Alles
03. Killer Of Jesus
04. Crush The Tyrants
05. Strongest Of The Strong
06. Become Immortal
07. Conquer And Destroy
08. Midnight Sun
09. Demonic Future
10. Pride Comes Before The Fall
11. Dying Planet
Last year, Petrozza told the official podcast of Italy’s Metalitalia.com about the musical direction of the band’s new LP: “It’s definitely different. It’s hard for me to describe, but I think it’s definitely more thrash again. It has a lot of melody, and it has a lot of traditional parts, and it has a lot of ingredients of the last four or five albums. But it also has some very old-school moments. I think it’s definitely the next step.”
“Hate Über Alles” marks KREATOR‘s first album with bassist Frédéric Leclercq, who joined the group in 2019.
In September 2020, KREATOR guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö described the sessions for the band’s new album to Italy’s Poisoned Rock as “a lot of fun,” adding that the “mood” in the band “is great. And the general vibe and the atmosphere is very good,” he said. “[These are] creative times for KREATOR at the moment.”
In March 2020, KREATOR surprise-released a new single, “666 – World Divided”. The song was produced by Andy Sneap and Markus Ganter and was recorded at Hansa Tonstudios.
The music video for “666 – World Divided” was created under the direction of Jörn Heitmann, who was responsible for the music videos for “Radio” and “Ausländer” by RAMMSTEIN.
KREATOR played its first show with Leclercq in October 2019 in Santiago, Chile.
Before joining KREATOR, Leclercq rose to fame with U.K.-based extreme power metallers DRAGONFORCE for whom he handled bass duties from 2005 until August 2019.
KREATOR‘s previously announced “State Of Unrest” European tour with LAMB OF GOD has been rescheduled for November/December 2022 in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
KREATOR released a new live set, “London Apocalypticon – Live At The Roundhouse”, in February 2020 via Nuclear Blast. The effort was professionally filmed and recorded on December 16, 2018 at the Roundhouse in London, England.