Miland "Mille" Petrozza - Vocals / Guitrar
Sami Yli-Sirniö - Guitar
Christian "Speesy" Giesler - Bass
Jürgen "Ventor" Reil – Drums
Label: Nuclear Blast
Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth - Vocals
D.D. Verni - Bass
Dave Linsk - Lead Guitar
Derek "The Skull" Tailer - Rhythm Guitar
Ron Lipnicki – Drums
Label: E1 Music/ Nuclear Blast
John Kevill - Vocals
John Laux - Guitar
Jeff Potts - Guitar
Ben Mottsman - Bass
Carlos Cruz – Drums
Label: Century Media Records
Show Review by Kirsti Heitz
Photography by Navneet Johal
Published November 14, 2013
Our live review with Mille Petrozza can be viewed here.
Kreator, Overkill, and Warbringer
Toronto, Ontario, Canada - The Opera House
Sunday November 3rd, 2013
Fans old and young swarmed the Opera House to get a good dose of Thrash Metal! With Thrash Legends Kreator lining up with Overkill and Warbringer, fans were promised an energetic night of fist-in-your-face thrash. Beers were being cracked and hair was being let loose as fans filled up the venue early on in the night.
Warbringer stormed the stage first with songs that make you want to learn the lyrics so you can chant along with vocalist John Kevill. If you weren’t ready for the pit you had no choice, because Warbringer’s aggressive sound and pounding beats got moshers reeling. You gotta love it when a bassist knows what he’s doing and Warbringer bassist Ben Mottsan bass slapped his way through their tracks like a pro. They finished off their set with “Towers of the Serpent,” combining a groovy intro with some heavy riffs.
Overkill killed the stage next (I just had to…) with everything you need in a thrash song, fast drums, high screams and sick riffs. Overkill may be a seasoned band but they gave Warbringer a run for their money with their intense energy and unrelenting thrash. Overkill played a long set hitting thrash anthems such as “Rotten To The Core” and “Ironbound.” I loved vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth’s exchange with fans as he asked “When was the last time an old man kicked your ass?” That’s fucking thrash!
A long ass wait and complete makeover on the set later, Kreator took the stage. Kreator lived up to their title of Legends Of Thrash and made the wait worth it but their sound seemed a bit low. If I can hear the person beside me talk without yelling “WHAT?!” in their face, that means they could have kicked up the volume a bit. Kreator hit all the fan faves with “Enemy Of God,” “Phantom Antichrist” and “Tormentor” to say the least. As an intro to “Flag Of Hate” Mille quite literally waved a flag of “Hate” around and got the crowd from front to back chanting the title louder and louder.
Vocalist Mille Petrozza was like a god on stage as he shredded and geared up the pit. While bassist Speesy Giesler fist pumped the air while headbanging to get the crowd going, guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö enacted his riffs and solos to get a few smiles from fans. Sami also treated fans to some sweet acoustic and classical melodies that he played with a pretty self-pleased face, much to my amusement. Drummer Ventor Reil, aside from his fast beats, added his voice to Mille’s for that extra punch to the songs. Kreator played a great set that had me headbanging from start to finnish. They’re a must see and just started their North American tour: catch them at a city near you!