If Arch Enemy‘s Alissa White hadn’t already set off a mass premature ejaculation in the sea of overexcited teenage metallers
with her display of head swirling and hardcore cum gargling vocals, the throb throb throb and shuddERRRR from Kreator‘s amplifiers would surely send out an almighty vibration to finish the job.
The crowd were in need of a happy release after Arch Enemy’s blistering assault and their chant of ‘Kreator Kreator Kreator’ (to a projected backdrop of world destruction and the sound of the 1969 Zager and Evans hit, ‘In The Year 2525’) eventually spewed the band out on to the red lit stage.
Kreator were greeted by ear splintering roars from the crowd and they duly returned fire with some booming guitar grenades that set off the tinnitus like a bag of marbles smashing about inside this writer’s head.
No frills full-on hardcore metal is what long-established Kreator delivered to the baying HMV Forum audience. You knew the dry ice gun would come out later in the set and the confetti canons would blow their wad eventually, but it really didn’t matter and frankly wasn’t necessary.
This was the sweet taste of metal cream and the shredded note-perfect music from ‘Violent Revolution’ to the truly awesome ‘Tormentor’ was all you needed.
Photos by Carl Byron Batson. Not to be reproduced without express prior permission.
Photographer, published poet, former party animal, body builder, grave robber
to the stars and renowned chainsaw juggler, Carl can often be spotted on his
Harley Davidson pretending to be in Terminator 2. He is also frequently seen in
the press pits of old London town, camera in hand, avoiding being hit by bottles
of wee and crippling his opposition with secret Kung Fu moves.