Copenhell - 2018

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

Ozzy Osbourne might have been the official headliner of the day, but for us, it could just as easily have been Kreator that held the spot.

“Copenhell! The Kreator has returned! This is actually the third time we are playing this fantastic festival, and it’s great to see all of you here tonight in Copenhagen, the city of fucking metal!”
- Miland ‘Mille’ Petrozza (vocals/guitar)

Well, apart from it actually only being Kreator’s second visit to Copenhell, the welcoming greeting from the illustrious frontman was well received by the giant crowd in front of the Hades stage, which was now beautifully decorated like a broken cathedral, with video screens like modern day stained glass decorating the many window frames that hung on the back wall.
Mars Mantra sounded through the speakers, and Petrozza was first on stage, arms raised and demanding attention straight from the start.
Given the intro, it wasn’t surprising that the band opened with Phantom Antichrist, but already in the second song, Kreator got to showcase their latest album, Gods Of Violence, through the song Hail To The Hordes, a great audience interaction track full of sing-along capability, and clearly a salute to the fans as well.

Well, the fans were on Kreator’s side, that much was easy to see. Straight from the start, the large moshpit was wild, and there was a constant stream of crowdsurfers going by. There was also a lot of singing, or rather screaming, along to the songs, even if Petrozza didn’t especially open up for this at any given time. Neither did he have to ask for the wall of death in the Army Of Storms snippet that opened up for Enemy Of God - we just set it up, and he counted us in for the chaos to commence.
The number of crowdsurfers only increased throughout, and in Hordes Of Chaos (A Necrologue For The Elite), one man even made it up on stage - he was however swiftly removed by several of the stage hands.
Still, it didn’t feel out of place when Petrozza called Copenhell one of the best festivals in Europe, adding to this that he didn’t just say it to kiss ass.

“Copenhell, this is our last chance to kill each other!”
- Petrozza (vocals/guitar)

Well, if Kreator felt that Copenhell was one of the best festivals around, I’d like to counter and say that Kreator was one of the best bands around.
Not only did they bring a great show with them, what with the good looking setup and the constant bombardment of smoke- and confetti cannons and that moving memory wall of dead legends shown during Fallen Brother, but they also had a kick-ass setlist, and most important of all, they themselves kicked ass on stage! Kreator did exactly what they do best, and this was precisely what we needed after the sleeping pill that had been Alice In Chains.
Now we can only hope that Kreator will indeed come back for a third time at some not too distant point in the future.


Mars Mantra intro
Phantom Antichrist
Hail To The Hordes
Army of Storms (intro only)
Enemy of God
Satan Is Real
Civilization Collapse
Gods Of Violence
Fallen Brother
Hordes Of Chaos (A Necrologue For The Elite)
The Patriarch intro
Violent Revolution
Pleasure To Kill

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