Biography of German thrash metal band – Kreator

‘Kreator’ is a German thrash metal band. Initially they struggled, but later came with some awesome albums. In the mid 80s they experimented a lot with industrial metal but that never worked. Finally, they turned back to what they were good at. Thrash metal was their genre and they were damn good at it. Their songs influenced black metal too….

Kreator is a thrash metal band from Essen, Germany. They originally started under the name Metal Militia, later Tyrant and Tormentor, finally Kreator. Starting their career in 1982, they played Thrash Metal with Venom influences. Their style of music is similar to their compatriots Destruction and Sodom, the other two big teutonic thrash metal bands from Germany. All three of these bands are often credited with helping create death metal.

Originally called Tormentor, Kreator was formed in 1982 in Essen, Germany. While their debut Endless Pain was a moderate success, their follow-up Pleasure To Kill was a hit amongst the growing thrash metal fanbase. Throughout the rest of the ’80s, Kreator continued to release album after album of quality thrash metal that helped the band to grow a large following around the world.

Experimentation and A Return To Form:

Kreator’s sound took a sharp turn in the early 90’s, as industrial, hardcore, and gothic elements were added into the band’s trademark sound. Fans disapproved and the band fell into disarray. However, Kreator’s 2001 album Violent Revolution was a return to form, a thrash album with melodic tendencies that left fans and critics satisfied. The band has gained a resurgence of popularity and is now considered one of the pioneers of the thrash metal movement.


Current Kreator Band Members:

Miland ‘Mille’ Petrozza – Vocals, Guitar (Tormentor)
Sami Yli-Sirniö – Guitar
Christian Giesler – Bass
Jürgen ‘Ventor’ Reil – Drums (Tormentor)

Former Band Members:

Jörg “Tritze” Trzebiatowski – Guitar (1986-1989)
Frank “Blackfire” Gosdzik – Guitar (1989-1996)
Tommy Vetterli – Guitar (1996-2001)
Roberto “Rob” Fioretti – Bass (1984-1992)
Andreas Herz – Bass (1992-1995)
Joe Cangelosi – Drums (1994-1996)

Kreator Discography:

1985 Endless Pain (Noise)
1986 Pleasure To Kill (Noise)
1987 Terrible Certainty (Noise)
1989 Extreme Aggression (Noise)
1990 Coma Of Souls (Noise)
1992 Renewal (Noise)
1995 Cause For Conflict (G.U.N)
1997 Outcast (G.U.N)
1999 Endorama (Drakkar)
2001 Violent Revolution (Steamhammer/SPV)
2005 Enemy Of God (Steamhammer/SPV)
2009 Hordes Of Chaos (Steamhammer/SPV)

Recommended Kreator Album:

Pleasure To Kill
Kreator’s debut album Endless Pain was a thrash beast, an energetic, if sloppy, blast of metal. While not a major leap musically or lyrically, Pleasure To Kill is a tighter and more precise album that put Kreator on the map. The solos are ripping, the vocals, sung by both Petrozza and Reil, are aggressive, and the riffs are instantly memorable. Pleasure To Kill is the first great Kreator album, a trait that would become a continuing trend throughout the 1980s.



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