[[caption-width-right:348:United in Hate since 1982.]]

Kreator is a German ThrashMetal band originating from Essen, Germany. Founded in 1978, they first named the band Tormentor, changing it later to the current name Kreator. They so far released 13 albums and two [=EP=]s. They are considered to be one of the 'big 3' thrash bands in the German scene, along with Destruction and Sodom. They emerged with a raw, unpolished sound that earned their first few albums the label of 'classic thrash albums'. Their second album, ''Pleasure to Kill'', is widely hailed as one of the greatest thrash metal albums of all time. One critic even voted it as ''the'' greatest thrash album ever. It was also one of the many landmark thrash albums released in 1986, the others being ''Music/MasterOfPuppets'' by Music/{{Metallica}}, ''Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?'' by Music/{{Megadeth}}, ''Reign in Blood'' by Music/{{Slayer}}, ''Game Over'' by Nuclear Assault, and ''Darkness Descends'' by Music/DarkAngel.

After their fifth album ''Coma of Souls'', they began exploring several other metal genres outside of thrash, with each one having a unique sound to it (see NewSoundAlbum Below).

Kreator has had [[RevolvingDoorBand many different members]] over the years, the most famous of which are guitarist/lead vocalist Mille Petrozza and drummer Jürgen "Ventor" Reil (who also sang on the band's earliest material).

'''Current line up:'''
* Miland "Mille" Petrozza – lead vocals, guitars (1982–present)
* Christian "Speesy" Giesler – bass, backing vocals (1994–present)
* Jürgen "Ventor" Reil – drums (1982–1994, 1996–present)
* Sami Yli-Sirniö – guitars, backing vocals (2001–present)

'''Former members:'''
* Roberto "Rob" Fioretti – bass (1982–1992)
* Jörg "Tritze" Trzebiatowski – guitars (1986–1989)
* Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik – guitars (1989–1996)
* Andreas Herz – bass (1992–1994)
* Joe Cangelosi – drums (1994–1996)
* Tommy Vetterli – guitars (1996–2001)


[[folder: Studio Discography: ]]

* ''Endless Pain'' (1985)
* ''Pleasure to Kill'' (1986)
* ''Terrible Certainty'' (1987)
* ''Extreme Aggression'' (1989)
* ''Coma of Souls'' (1990)
* ''Renewal'' (1992)
* ''Cause for Conflict'' (1995)
* ''Outcast'' (1997)
* ''Endorama'' (1999)
* ''Violent Revolution'' (2001)
* ''Enemy of God'' (2005)
* ''Hordes of Chaos'' (2009)
* ''Phantom Antichrist'' (2012)
* ''Gods of Violence'' (2017)

! Kreator provides examples of:
* ConceptAlbum: According to Mille, every song on ''Pleasure to Kill'' is about a way to die.
* CoverVersion: "Lambs to the Slaughter" by Raven and much later, "Music/TheNumberOfTheBeast" by Music/IronMaiden.
* DeathMetal: Not themselves, but widely seen as a huge influence on the genre, particularly the early European scene.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Drummer Ventor used to do a lot of the vocals for the band's early albums (half of ''Endless Pain'', three songs on ''Pleasure to Kill'', just one song on ''Terrible Certainty'') until ''Extreme Agression'', where Mille has been the sole vocalist since. He still performs those songs live, though.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble:
** Mille: melancholic
** Speesy: sanguine
** Ventor: choleric
** Sami: phlegmatic
* HarshVocals: Particularly on the very early albums; on ''Endlesss Pain'' and ''Pleasure to Kill'', Petrozza was a major innovator in the vocal style DeathMetal would later pursue. "Flag of Hate" is a great example.
* IAmTheBand: Mille Petrozza is the only member who never left.
* LeadDrummer: Ventor is the next most appearing member after Petrozza and did vocals for the band early on.
* LongRunnerLineup: They have not had a lineup change since Sami Yli-Sirnio joined in 2001.
* MetalBandMascot: Violent Mind, a demon with an exposed brain whose contents vary from album to album. He first appeared with a complete body on ''Pleasure to Kill'', but ''Coma of Souls'' marked the famous nightmarish head imagery the mascot is known for.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Generally around 8-9, the latter more frequently on their earliest material. The often chaotic playing on ''Pleasure to Kill'' borders on 10 at times.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Renewal'' featured an IndustrialMetal sound, while still maintaining a thrash edge. ''Cause for Conflict'' featured a GrooveMetal sound similar to Music/MachineHead or Music/{{Pantera}}. ''Outcast'' was a mix of the industrial metal of ''Renewal'' and a bit of goth rock. The biggest change, however, came with ''Endorama'', which was mainly a GothicMetal album, even having a member of Lacrimosa on the album. 2001's ''Violent Revolution'' had them return to their classic thrash metal sound, albeit with a more melodic tone, and they have stuck with that ever since.
* PowerMetal: Has had noticeable elements of this since ''Violent Revolution''.
* RevolvingDoorBand: Since their formation, Mille remains the only constant member, although Ventor has played on all but one studio album.
* ThrashMetal
* TropeCodifier: One of the major ones for teutonic thrash and the harder end of thrash in general.
* VocalEvolution: Over time, Petrozza's vocals have generally become slightly cleaner and more melodic. If you compare ''Pleasure to Kill'' to one of the 2000s albums, it becomes very apparent.
* VocalTagTeam: As noted, Petrozza and Ventor early on.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Swapped the "C" in "Creator" for a "K."