German thrash metal veterans KREATOR performed the title track of their new album, “Phantom Antichrist”, last night (Friday, July 13) on the show “Neo Paradise”, broadcast on Germany’s national TV network ZDF. You can now watch their appearance at this location.
“Phantom Antichrist” registered the following first-week chart positions:
Germany: #5 (the band’s highest chart entry ever)
“Phantom Antichrist” sold 3,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 1 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
KREATOR‘s previous album, “Hordes Of Chaos”, sold around 2,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 165 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at No. 7 on the Heatseekers chart.
Released on June 1 in Europe and June 5 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records, “Phantom Antichrist” was recorded at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with renowned producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK, DEVIN TOWNSEND, AMON AMARTH).
The cover artwork for the standard edition of “Phantom Antichrist” was created by Wes Benscoter (SLAYER, DIO, BLACK SABBATH) and can be seen below.
The limited edition of “Phantom Antichrist” was made available as two-disc digipack, including a bonus DVD.
“Phantom Antichrist” formats:
– Jewel case CD *
– 2LP yellow vinyl *
– 2LP bi-colored vinyl (red/black): limited to 500 copies, hand-numbered *+
– 2LP picture vinyl **
– CD/DVD digi limited edition: 2 digipacks in a slipcase. **
– Limited mailorder edition: metallic box including CD/DVD digi limited edition, T-shirt, exclusive CD “Live In Wacken”, poster, signing card, limited to 500 copies, hand-numbered **+
* = Featuring artwork by Wes Benscoter (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, SLAYER)
** = Featuring artwork by Jan Meininghaus
+ = only available at www.nuclearblast.de/shop
Miland “Mille” Petrozza – Vocals, Guitrar
Sami Yli-Sirniö – Guitar
Christian “Speesy” Giesler – Bass
Jürgen “Ventor” Reil – Drums
“Phantom Antichrist” (song) video:
Photo by Stefan Heilemann of Heilemania