Blog author: Alex Stojanovic
Well, here's an announcement that certainly caught us by surprise. After 25 years, it was announced that Kreator has parted ways with longtime bassist Christian "Speesy" Giesler. The marks the first lineup change the band has had since 2001. The last lineup with Mille Petrozza, Jurgen "Ventor" Reil, Sami Yli-Sirnio and Speesy, recorded five albums over the course of 18 years. The reason for Speesy's departure at this point remains unknown.
However, the band have already announced who will be replacing Speesy, and that is none other than Frederic Leclerq, who recently departed from DragonForce.
Fred comments on joining the band: "Joining Kreator is an honour as well as a huge step up in my musical journey. I've been friends with Mille for over 15 years and a lifelong Kreator fan. I have to pinch myself every day to believe that I'm now a part of one of the best and most influential bands in the genre. I look forward to the many adventures ahead and getting well acquainted with the legendary Kreator Hordes!"
Kreator are in the process of writing the follow-up to Gods Of Violence, and are aiming to release it in the summer of 2020. The band are taking 2019 off from touring for exactly that reason. However, the only show they will be playing this year is in Santiago, Chile at the Santiago Gets Louder Festival, where they will be supporting Slayer at their final Chile show. Kreator stepped in for this show as a replacement for Megadeth they had to cancel all their tour dates due to Dave Mustaine's throat cancer diagnosis. Kreator will then kick off 2020 with a massive European co-headline tour with Lamb Of God and special guests Power Trip, dubbed State Of Unrest. This tour will mark Fred's first tour with the band.
Knowing the great musician that Fred is, we look forward to hearing what he will bring to Kreator.