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, as well as the band's MagnumOpus. 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 ''Master of Puppets'' by Music/{{Metallica}}, ''Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?'' by Music/{{Megadeth}}, ''Reign in Blood'' by Music/{{Slayer}}, ''Game Over'' by Nuclear Assault, ''Darkness Descends'' by Dark Angel and ''Among The Living'' by Music/{{Anthrax}}.

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).

[[AC: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)

! Kreator provides examples of:
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Drummer Jürgen Reil 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 Petrozza has been the sole vocalist since. He still performs those songs live, though.
* IAmTheBand: Mile Petrozza
* {{Mascot}}: [[ This]] [[ guy]] [[ could]] [[ count]].
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: About an 8 or 9, not shocking considering their ThrashMetal rep.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Renewal'' featured an IndustrialMetal sound, while still maintaining a thrash edge. ''Cause for Conflict'' featured a GrooveMetal sound similar to 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, and they have stuck with that ever since.
* RevolvingDoorBand: And How! Since their formation, Petrozza remains the only constant member.
* ThrashMetal
* TropeCodifier: For Teutonic Thrash
* VocalEvolution: Very much so. Listen to Mille's vocals on ''Pleasure to Kill'' and then on one of their albums from the 2000s. There's definitely a difference there.