While discussing the band's latest live release "Dying Alive," Kreator frontman Mille Petrozza reached the subject of thrash metal's essence after being asked to comment on one of Dave Mustaine's recent statements. Megadeth frontman's specific comment was that "there is a certain pushback from the heavy metal and thrash community when you start getting too melodic." As Petrozza told Brave Words, it all depends on the specific song. "I mean, if you write mediocre songs, if you write only mid-tempo songs like radio songs, then of course people will push you back - they don't want to hear it because this music is more than that," Mille explained. "They don't want to hear radio songs with thrash metal sounds - people want to hear thrash metal.
"They want to hear the energy, they want to hear the excitement, they want to hear a song that goes from 90 bpm to 150 bpm, tempo changes, twin solos, heavy riffs, stuff that touches people, and of course, if you are a thrash metal band that tries to write radio songs, you have a problem," he concluded. Petrozza also discussed the common claim of metal music keeping its fans young. Although he basically couldn't agree more, the frontman also stressed it's impossible to stick to each of the old habits. "60 is the new 40 and 40 is the new 20. [laughs] But you have to take care of yourself - you can't abuse your body as much as you used to anymore, that's in a physical sense," he said. "Psychologically of course we all age, there’s no alternative to it.
"If you don’t want to get old the only alternative would be to die. For me, I think getting older is a positive thing. I'm more aware of things, I'm more open, I see a lot more than I used to and I've filtered out the things that are important to me and really work on things harder than ever." As the latest Kreator studio effort, "Phantom Antichrist" dropped in June 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records, landing at No. 130 on the Billboard 200 chart with around 4,000 units shipped in the US within the first week.