Kreator is a popular thrash metal band from Essen, Germany. They originally started under the name Tormentor. Starting their career in 1982, they played thrash metal with Venom influences. They differ from the Bay Area thrashers in their brutality and speed. Their style of music is similar to their compatriots Destruction and Sodom, the three biggest German thrash metal bands.
Kreator's work has been consistently in the vein of pure thrash, with the exception of three albums during the 1990s when they undertook serious experimentation. Incorporating industrial, goth and avant-garde elements into their sound, the results were uneven.
|years active||1982 - present|
|music genre||Thrash metal|
|current members||Mille Petrozza|
|past members||Michael Wulf JÃ¶rg "Tritze" Trzebiatowski Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik Tommy Vetterli Roberto "Rob" Fioretti Andreas Herz Joe Cangelosi|