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Kreator

Arguably the most influential and successful European thrash metal band ever, Germany's Kreator is also by far the most enduring. Likemany of their European speed metal brethren.Kreator fused Metallica's thrash innovations with Venom's proto-black metal imagery, sparkedit with Motörhead's balls-out velocity, and capped it off with the nihilistic outlook typical of heavy metal since the seminal days of BlackSabbath. Kreator's career also mirrored speed metal's rising and waning fortunes: building from strength to strength throughout the 1980s,only to fall on hard times in the 1990s. Now se ...read more

Arguably the most influential and successful European thrash metal band ever, Germany's Kreator is also by far the most enduring. Likemany of their European speed metal brethren.Kreator fused Metallica's thrash innovations with Venom's proto-black metal imagery, sparkedit with Motörhead's balls-out velocity, and capped it off with the nihilistic outlook typical of heavy metal since the seminal days of BlackSabbath. Kreator's career also mirrored speed metal's rising and waning fortunes: building from strength to strength throughout the 1980s,only to fall on hard times in the 1990s. Now seemingly reborn in their third decade of activity, Kreator are certified worldwide superstars whostill tour as widely and frequently as bands half their age -- now that's resilience.

Originally named "Tyrant," and then "Tormentor," Kreator was founded in 1982 by vocalist/guitarist Mille Petrozza, bassist Rob Fioretti, anddrummer Jürgen Reil (aka Ventor) in the industrial capital of Essen, Germany. They were still known as "Tormentor" when their first twodemo tapes, one fittingly named "Blitzkrieg" (1983), and the other "End of the World" (1984), fell into the hands of thousands of heavymetal fans engaging in the era's bustling underground tape-trading network. Positive word of mouth soon attracted the attention ofGermany's own metal start-up, Noise Records, which signed the newly re-christened Kreator to a deal and immediately put them to work ontheir first album. Recorded in just ten days at Berlin's Musiclab Studios, 1985's Endless Pain was a savage debut, but its crude thrashingquickly had the underground metal world a-buzzing with excitement. A second guitar player, Wulf, was hired for touring purposes, and withthe group's reputation preceding them, lucky fans within the band's modest touring radius were soon clamoring for tickets.

No sooner had they come off the road, then Kreator were heading right back to Musiclab Studios, this time with producer Harris Johns(Helloween, Voivod) to record their second album, Pleasure to Kill. Unleashed in 1986 and still considered the band's first 'classic' album,Pleasure to Kill raised the bar with more diversity of tempos and greater attention to technical execution, while losing nothing in terms offerocity or speed. The band closed out the year with the Flag of Hate E.P. (named after a re-recorded version of their earliest hit), and thereseemed to be little doubt that Kreator, along with fellow Germans Helloween and Switzerland's Celtic Frost (with whom they toured the U.K. ayear later), were fast becoming Europe's top extreme metal contenders. Recorded at Hanover's Horus Studios with English producer RoyRowland, 1987's Terrible Certainty did nothing to dent this perception, since, for once, Petrozza and co. actually had a little time to work outthe songs beforehand. The ensuing tour further established their reputation as dedicated road warriors, and saw Kreator beefed up to aquartet once again with the addition of guitarist Jörge Trebziatowski. Profits from these concerts would help finance yet another E.P.(product being something Noise never stopped asking for) entitled Out of the Dark, Into the Light, released in August 1988.

By this time, all signs suggested that Kreator were on the verge of a major breakthrough, and when Noise struck a deal with giant EpicRecords for large-scale distribution in America, Petrozza knew this was his chance of taking his band global. Mustering all of his creativejuices and honing his songwriting, he led Kreator into Los Angeles' Music Grinder Studios and brought in well-regarded producer RandyBurns (Megadeth, Nuclear Assault, etc.) to guide them to another thrash metal landmark with 1989's Extreme Aggression. With videosmade for the ubiquitous title track and the venomous "Betrayer" getting plenty of exposure on MTV's Headbanger's Ball, ExtremeAggression quickly became their biggest seller yet, and the subsequent North American swing with Suicidal Tendencies introduced the bandto many new friends. The tour also marked the debut of former Sodom guitarist Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik, whose nightly lead guitar duelswith Petrozza are still the stuff of fond memory for Kreator fans. Seeking to capitalize on the group's momentum, Noise rushed them backinto the studio to whip up next effort, Coma of Souls, released in October 1990. Unfortunately, the hastily conceived L.P. clearly sufferedfrom the less than favorable circumstances in which it was created, seeming too much like a retread of earlier material and bogged down byfiller. It should also be noted that, by the end of the 1980s, thrash and speed metal had largely run their course and mutated into deathmetal, leaving genre standard-bearers like Kreator, Anthrax, and even Metallica, with a difficult choice: evolve or perish.

1992's appropriately named Renewal seemed to answer that question by going straight to the source for help. Kreator sought out renownedproducer Tom Morris (Sepultura, Morbid Angel, etc.) at his Morrissound Studios in Tampa to help them delve deeper into the death metaltemplate. (One thing that needed no updating was Petrozza's hissing, scratchy voice, which of course predated, and no doubt influenced,death metal's Cookie Monster vocal style.) Proving just how wary (perhaps too wary) the studio was of current trends, Renewal also cameslathered in industrial-metal techniques -- something that did not go over well with Kreator and was later blamed for the album'sdisappointing showing. The excruciatingly taxing touring commitments that followed took the band as far as South America, butunderstandably left them physically and creatively exhausted, prompting Petrozza to announce a protracted break to recover. Incredibly,Kreator's silence was only broken three years later with the release of 1995's, somewhat back to basics, Cause for Conflict -- their firsteffort for new label GUN Records. Hardly a successful comeback, the album found Kreator confused and uninspired -- hopelessly out oftouch with the day's reigning extreme metal trends, and surely traumatized by the recent departure of both Fioretti and Ventor (they werereplaced by bassist Christian Giesler and former Whiplash drummer Joe Cangelosi). Adding insult to injury, Noise Records chose exactlythis difficult moment to release the Scenarios of Violence set -- a collection of live recordings and remixed old hits that seemed to declareKreator's future prospects null and void.

Looking to remedy the band's tenuous situation, Petrozza called upon former Coroner guitar wizard Tommy Vetterli to help him guide Kreatorinto realms unknown, getting even further away from their roots on their next two albums, the highly experimental Outcast (1997) andEndorama (1999). Both of these veered into ever-slower pacing, added gothic and ambient elements, incorporated samples and loops, andeven found Petrozza trying a few different singing styles on for size. But even though they met with certain critical acclaim and signaledVentor's welcome return to Kreator's ranks, neither of these albums managed to re-ignite the band's career. Yet again, timely retrospectivereleases like 1999's Voices of Transgression (shedding light on the band's hit-and-miss second decade) and 2000's Past Life Trauma (anear-flawless wrap-up of their first decade) provided some consolation for disgruntled old fans who had long abandoned Kreator's flounderingship; but, unexpectedly, they also cleared the way for a rebirth of sorts.

This renaissance began to take shape following Vetterli's departure and the signing of a new record deal with Germany's SPV label. Simplyput, Petrozza recommitted himself to thrash, and, after hiring Finnish-born second guitarist Sami Yli-Sirnio, proceeded to write Kreator'sstrongest album in years, with 2001's positively stunning Violent Revolution. In keeping with Kreator tradition, the consequent world tourbecame their most comprehensive and extensive ever. Thanks to Violent Revolution's great success, it served to reintroduce andreestablish Kreator as one of the world's premiere speed metal acts -- a feat that was commemorated with the group's first live album -- alavish two-CD/DVD set appositely named (with some grammatical license) Live Kreation/Revisioned Glory -- a couple of years later. Theband returned in 2005 with the similarly. themed Enemy of God, followed by At the Pulse of Kapitulation: Live in East Berlin, 1990 in 2008and the reliably thrash-heavy Hordes of Chaos in 2009. « hide

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LPs
Phantom Antichrist
06/01/2012

3.9
444 Votes
Hordes of Chaos
2009

3.7
440 Votes
Enemy of God
2005

3.8
540 Votes
Violent Revolution
2001

3.7
328 Votes
Endorama
1999

2.5
223 Votes
Outcast
1997

2.8
189 Votes
Cause for Conflict
1995

3
180 Votes
Renewal
1992

2.7
197 Votes
Coma of Souls
1990

4.2
560 Votes
Extreme Aggression
1989

4.2
578 Votes
Terrible Certainty
1987

4.1
408 Votes
Pleasure to Kill
1986

4.2
742 Votes
Endless Pain
1985

3.7
341 Votes
EPs
Iron Destiny
2014

4
1 Votes
Civilization Collapse
11/09/2012

3.8
3 Votes
Out of the Dark... Into the Light
1988

3.3
37 Votes
Flag of Hate
1986

3.9
90 Votes
End of the World (as Tormentor)
1984

3.2
16 Votes
Blitzkrieg (as Tormentor)
1983

3.6
15 Votes
Live Albums
Dying Alive
08/30/2013

4.3
23 Votes
At The Pulse Of Kapitulation - Live In East Berlin
2008

3.7
20 Votes
Live Kreation
2003

4
47 Votes
Compilations
Past Life Trauma (1985-1992)
2000

4
12 Votes
Voices of Transgression - A 90's Retrosp
1999

3.5
9 Votes
Scenarios of Violence
1996

3.3
9 Votes

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