Sabaton, Kreator and Exmortus Teach The Wiltern A Lesson in Metal

IMG_0988February 9th, was the day when The Wiltern theater was shaken by the acts of Exmortus, Kreator and Sabaton. The hordes came to rage in glory to the tunes of Exmortus, a local Los Angeles neo-classical death metal act. Meanwhile, others were there to witness the brutality purveyed by Kreator, the legendary German thrash metal band. As the night closed, Sabaton made the fans headbang to their historic metal sounds.

Exmortus first gig of the year was a phenomenal success, with their completion of their upcoming album and the original line up back in their respected slots; they destroyed the stage. For those of you who have witness the shredtastic performance by Jardan “Conan” Gonzalez and David Rivera you know the night will be a great one. For those of you who just discovered these two guitar virtuosos, well I am sure you were floored by their melodic metal. The throne was claimed again by Mario Mortus, and cannon blast were imminent during this set. Phillip Nunes added the heavy bass so the cohesiveness of Exmortus can have major impact. The fans raged and moshpits were relentless. The night had just commenced.

IMG_0884The destructive force of Kreator, thrash metal band lead by Mille Petrozza, lead guitar player and vocalist showed dominance once more. The hordes arrived ready to chant to the words of “Satan is Real”, and other amazing tracks. The light show and fog enveloped the stage, leaving the silhouettes of the musicians hard to depict. However, the piercing solos and drum blasts blew that mist away showing the countenance of Mille, Christian, Sami and Ventor as metal reigned. Their latest record out now via Nuclear Blast Records resonated on the billboard charts internationally and Kreator brought their most bone crushing metal to the Unite States. The energy this quartet unleashes is contagious, and pervades the bodies of denim sporting fans, who with their long lushes hair whirlwind their way in the mostphit. Elbows up, stomping hard, the crowd bonds as guitar solos and powerful riffs are played by Mille and Sami. Their trek continues across North America and the fans keep raving about the loud performance, and savage performance by the mighty Kreator.

IMG_0980The Swedes, Sabaton, brought their historic documentation in a metal form. Joakim Broden, who leads the pack sings with powerful vocals and teaches you a little bit of war history. These guys are war fanatics and their skills with their axes carry the message of the past, a horrific one. Wars, bloodshed and victories are depicted with magnificent guitar solos by Chris Rorland, and Tommy Johansson. All, while the cannon blast pertaining to war, are replicated by the potency of Hannes Van Dahl’s drums and Par Sundstrom on bass. The masses chanted along with Joakim, as he delivered a hyper performance busting gymnast moves, and stretching across the stage aiming at you, metal fan loving the sound of Sabaton. Their set was packed with song that made you chant, headbang and enjoy history, even if you did not pay attention to it in high school. All in all, I would rather listen to Sabaton live than sit there with my boring history teacher and get a lecture on war.

The talents of Exmortus, Kreator and Sabaton reigned and fans left with a sore neck. German, thrash metal band Kreator crushed skulls all while Exmortus wrecked your spinal cord, Sabaton re-animated those broken limbs. The night was filled with guitar solos, drum percussions, blast and explosive bass. The different styles of vocals drag you in and allow you to enter a trance which leads to a moshpit, if you have never felt this emotion please go watch these bands, you owe your body that.


Reported by: Hostile Jo

Photos by: Victor Barrientos


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2018 SABATON & Kreator North American co-headliner tour dates:
02/08/2018 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
02/09/2018 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
02/10/2018 – The UC Theater – San Francisco, CA
02/12/2018 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
02/13/2018 – Showbox – Seattle, WA
02/14/2018 – The Vogue Theater – Vancouver, BC CANADA
02/16/2018 – Union Hall – Edmonton, AB  CANADA
02/17/2018 – The Palace – Calgary, AB  CANADA
02/19/2018 – Revolution – Boise, ID
02/21/2018 – The Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
02/22/2018 – The Truman – Kansas City, MO
02/23/2018 – The Myth – Minneapolis, MN
02/24/2018 – Orpheum – Madison, WI
02/26/2018 – 20 Monroe – Grand Rapids, MI
02/27/2018 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
03/01/2018 – The Phoenix – Toronto, ON CANADA
03/02/2018 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC  CANADA
03/03/2018 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
03/04/2018 – The Paramount Theater – Huntington, NY
03/06/2018 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
03/07/2018 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
03/08/2018 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
03/10/2018 – Jannus Landing – Tampa, FL
03/11/2018 – Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA

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