KREATOR (1982–PRESENT). Mille Petrozza (vocals/guitar), Wulf (guitar, replaced by Jorg Trezbiatowski, replaced by Frank Gosdzik, replaced by Christian Geisler, replaced by Tommy Vettereli), Rob Fioretti (bass, replaced by Andreas Herz, replaced by Sammy Yli-Sirnio), Ventor, aka Jurgen Reil (drums, replaced by Joe Cangelosi, now back in band).
Kreator was a particularly evil band from Germany who helped inspire both the thrash and death metal scenes. Their earliest work is fairly undistinguished from most of the other punk-influenced thrash bands of the time, but by the time of the Pleasure to Kill record, the band was relying less on power and speed and more on songwriting, particularly in songs such as “Death Is Your Savior”
and “The Pestilence.” These tracks show the band growing as musicians and also writing longer, more technically complex songs. After years of using touring second guitarists, the band added lead guitarist Frank Gosdzik for the Coma of Souls record, which was not as highly regarded by fans as the last Kreator classics.
Renewal was a challenge from the band to the black and death metal bands that had started in Kreator’s wake to watch their backs, as Kreator’s twin leads and hyper rhythm section were up to the competition from bands who were trying to take a genre that Kreator had helped lay the ground for to new and daring levels. After that, Kreator was silent for a few years, before coming back in the late nineties with a more ambient, atmospheric death metal style, one that marked a fallow point in the band’s history (Remember Metallica in the nineties?) in which they largely abandoned what they did best. However, recent albums have been stronger and Kreator, for their spotty albums, remain one of thrash metal’s classic bands and an influence on the black and death metal scenes.
Discography: Endless Pain (Noise, 1985); Pleasure to Kill (Noise, 1986); Terrible Certainty (Noise, 1988); Extreme Aggression (Epic, 1989); Coma of Souls (Epic, 1990); Renewal (Futurist, 1992); Cause for Conflict (Noise, 1995); Outcast (Fad, 1995); Endorama (Import, 1999); Violent Revolution (Steamhammer/Spv, 2001); Live Kreation (Steamhammer/Spv, 2003); Enemy of God (Steamhammer/Spv, 2005); Hordes of Chaos (Steamhammer, 2009).