KREATOR

Thrash Metal / Gothic Metal • Germany
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Kreator is a thrash metal band from Essen, Germany. They originally started under the name Metal Militia, later Tyrant and Tormentor, finally Kreator. Starting their career in 1982, they played Thrash Metal with Venom influences. Their style of music is similar to their compatriots Destruction and Sodom, the other two big teutonic thrash metal bands from Germany. All three of these bands are often credited with helping create death metal.

Kreator's work has been consistently in the vein of pure thrash, with the exception of four albums (Renewal, Cause for Conflict, Outcast and Endorama) during the 1990s when they undertook serious experimentation. Incorporating Industrial, Gothic and Avant-Garde elements into their sound, the results were uneven in some fans' and also critics' eyes.

Kreator formed as Tyrant in 1982 in Essen, Germany. The original lineup featured vocalist/guitarist Mille Petrozza ,who is from serbia, drummer Jurgen 'Ventor' Reil, and bassist Rob Fioretti.
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KREATOR Discography

KREATOR albums / top albums

KREATOR Endless Pain album cover 3.10 | 30 ratings
Endless Pain
Thrash Metal 1985
KREATOR Pleasure to Kill album cover 4.23 | 52 ratings
Pleasure to Kill
Thrash Metal 1986
KREATOR Terrible Certainty album cover 3.99 | 40 ratings
Terrible Certainty
Thrash Metal 1987
KREATOR Extreme Aggression album cover 3.97 | 42 ratings
Extreme Aggression
Thrash Metal 1989
KREATOR Coma of Souls album cover 3.92 | 56 ratings
Coma of Souls
Thrash Metal 1990
KREATOR Renewal album cover 3.85 | 30 ratings
Renewal
Thrash Metal 1992
KREATOR Cause for Conflict album cover 3.44 | 22 ratings
Cause for Conflict
Thrash Metal 1995
KREATOR Outcast album cover 3.20 | 22 ratings
Outcast
Thrash Metal 1997
KREATOR Endorama album cover 3.52 | 23 ratings
Endorama
Gothic Metal 1999
KREATOR Violent Revolution album cover 4.21 | 32 ratings
Violent Revolution
Thrash Metal 2001
KREATOR Enemy of God album cover 3.86 | 49 ratings
Enemy of God
Thrash Metal 2005
KREATOR Hordes of Chaos album cover 4.03 | 31 ratings
Hordes of Chaos
Thrash Metal 2009
KREATOR Phantom Antichrist album cover 4.05 | 31 ratings
Phantom Antichrist
Thrash Metal 2012
KREATOR Gods of Violence album cover 3.95 | 22 ratings
Gods of Violence
Thrash Metal 2017
KREATOR Hate über alles album cover 3.61 | 5 ratings
Hate über alles
Thrash Metal 2022

KREATOR EPs & splits

KREATOR Flag of Hate album cover 3.79 | 13 ratings
Flag of Hate
Thrash Metal 1986
KREATOR Out of the Dark... Into the Light album cover 3.39 | 10 ratings
Out of the Dark... Into the Light
Thrash Metal 1988
KREATOR Sounds Waves 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sounds Waves 1
Thrash Metal 1988
KREATOR Doomsday News III - Thrashing East Live album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Doomsday News III - Thrashing East Live
Thrash Metal 1990
KREATOR Man in Black / Warrior Heart album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Man in Black / Warrior Heart
Thrash Metal 2017
KREATOR 666 - World Divided / Checkmate album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
666 - World Divided / Checkmate
Thrash Metal 2020

KREATOR live albums

KREATOR Live Kreation album cover 4.21 | 7 ratings
Live Kreation
Thrash Metal 2003
KREATOR Terror Prevails: Live At Rock Hard Festival album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Terror Prevails: Live At Rock Hard Festival
Thrash Metal 2010
KREATOR Terror Prevails: Live At Rock Hard Festival (Part 2) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Terror Prevails: Live At Rock Hard Festival (Part 2)
Thrash Metal 2012
KREATOR Dying Alive album cover 4.85 | 6 ratings
Dying Alive
Thrash Metal 2013
KREATOR Bootleg Revolution album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bootleg Revolution
Thrash Metal 2022

KREATOR demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

KREATOR Blitzkrieg (demo) album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Blitzkrieg (demo)
Thrash Metal 1983
KREATOR End of the World (demo) album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
End of the World (demo)
Thrash Metal 1984
KREATOR Rehearsal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal
Thrash Metal 1985
KREATOR Renewal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Renewal
Thrash Metal 1991
KREATOR Lost album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lost
Thrash Metal 1995
KREATOR Isolation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Isolation
Thrash Metal 1995
KREATOR Endorama album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Endorama
Thrash Metal 1999
KREATOR The Big Teutonic 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Big Teutonic 4
Thrash Metal 2012
KREATOR The Big Teutonic 4 - Part II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Big Teutonic 4 - Part II
Thrash Metal 2015
KREATOR Violence Unleashed album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Violence Unleashed
Thrash Metal 2016

KREATOR re-issues & compilations

KREATOR Scenarios of Violence album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Scenarios of Violence
Thrash Metal 1996
KREATOR Voices of Transgression: A 90's Retrospective album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Voices of Transgression: A 90's Retrospective
Thrash Metal 2000
KREATOR 1985-1992 Past Life Trauma album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
1985-1992 Past Life Trauma
Thrash Metal 2000
KREATOR Love Us or Hate Us - The Very Best of the Noise Years 1985-1992 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Us or Hate Us - The Very Best of the Noise Years 1985-1992
Thrash Metal 2016
KREATOR Under the Guillotine (boxset) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Under the Guillotine (boxset)
Thrash Metal 2021
KREATOR Under the Guillotine (Compilation) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Under the Guillotine (Compilation)
Thrash Metal 2021

KREATOR singles (7)

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Behind the Mirror
Thrash Metal 1987
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Betrayer
Thrash Metal 1989
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People of the Lie / When the Sun Burns Red
Thrash Metal 1990
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Leave This World Behind
Thrash Metal 1997
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Chosen Few
Thrash Metal 1999
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Phantom Antichrist
Thrash Metal 2012
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Earth Under the Sword
Thrash Metal 2016

KREATOR movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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4.17 | 3 ratings
Live in East Berlin
Thrash Metal 1990
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Hallucinative Comas
Thrash Metal 1991
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3.86 | 3 ratings
Live Kreation-Revisioned Glory
Thrash Metal 2003
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4.56 | 4 ratings
At the Pulse of Kapitulation: Live in East Berlin, 1990 (DVD/CD)
Thrash Metal 2008
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Dying Alive
Thrash Metal 2013

KREATOR Reviews

KREATOR Hate über alles

Album · 2022 · Thrash Metal
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Kev Rowland
There has been a significant change in the ranks since Kreator’s last album, 2017’s ‘Gods of Violence’, with the departure of bassist Christian Giesler in 2019 who had been there since 1995. However, founder members Ventnor (drums) and Mille Petrozza (vocals, guitar) now have 38 years behind them and guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö has been there for more than 20, so one would not expect there to be a dramatic change in approach. The new man is Frédéric Leclercq, who is probably best-known for Sinsaenum. Musically this is exactly what one would expect from one of the Teutonic Big Four, namely thrash which in this case does not appear to have changed at all in the last 20 or so years.

In some ways that is their charm but also their downfall as there are times on this album when they are very good indeed, crunching through and creating a mighty sound and others when it appears they are resting on their laurels somewhat. Their output has slowed considerably over time, with this being only their second album in the last 10 years, and only their fifth since 2001’s ‘Violent Revolution’. “Become Immortal” tells the story of the formation of the band and what has happened since then and is more than a little tongue in cheek and way too corny to be taken seriously. Some of the songs are more melodic, losing the intensity and thrashing power we have come to expect. A new album means they can get out on the road and tour again, which is where they really belong, and if you are hoping for a crunching masterpiece such as ‘Coma of Souls’ then while strong in places, this is just not in the same league.

KREATOR Violent Revolution

Album · 2001 · Thrash Metal
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Kev Rowland
Kreator have always been deemed to be one of the most important thrash bands to come out of Germany, and that they are still going in the current day (and this week have released a new album, to be reviewed soon), is a testament to their drive and fans. Indeed, three members of the band in 2001 which worked on this album are still there in 2022, with only bassist Christian Giesler no longer with the band, having left in 2019 after 25 years in the role. So why the interest in such an old album? Simply because it has been released by Nuclear Blast as a massively expanded anniversary edition. As well as the original album, it has been released long with a huge selection of assorted live bootleg recordings, grouped together under the name ‘Bootleg Revolution’. This captures the band at various festivals and concerts around the world, including countries like Brazil, Korea and Istanbul, and at German Festivals like Wacken and Waldrock.

A great deal of work has been undertaken on the 41 (yes, forty-one) tracks which have been made available on this additional set, and it is three hours in length as we get different recordings of the same song at different places. For such an old album it has really stood up to the test of time, being incredibly melodic for a thrash release without ever tipping into melodic rock, rather just tightening up and sweetening the genre somewhat. All Kreator fans will already have the original album so is it worth picking up one of the multiple available formats to grab the additional live cuts? Fortunately Nuclear Blast have thought of that already and ‘Bootleg Revolution’ is available as a standalone, and if you are a real fan then you may well want to have a live set which contains three different versions of the same song, but if you are that dedicated you are probably going to get one of the physical combined versions anyway. I had not played the original for some time, and it is fascinating to hear it sounding as vibrant and current as it does, which shows what an impact it had when it originally came out as the scene has now caught up with them. It will be interesting to see if Nuclear Blast continues this idea with other releases, as it is certainly a good way of revitalizing the older catalogue.  

KREATOR Cause for Conflict

Album · 1995 · Thrash Metal
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UMUR
"Cause for Conflict" is the 7th full-length studio album by German thrash/heavy metal act Kreator. The album was released through GUN Records in August 1995. It´s the successor to "Renewal" from 1992, which was an album, where Kreator experimented with their sound, and which ended up being a bit of a fanbase divider. Since the release of "Renewal (1992)" there have been two lineup changes as original drummer Jurgen "Ventor" Reil and original bassist Rob Fioretti have left the band and have been replaced by Joe Cangelosi and Christian Giesler. The two remaining members of the lineup are guitarist Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik (this would be his last album with Kreator) and guitarist/lead vocalist and only remaining original member Miland "Mille" Petrozza.

Compared to the atmospheric "Renewal (1992)", the material on "Cause for Conflict" is generally much harder edged and thrash metal oriented, although Kreator occasionally continue the more atmospheric songwriting approach and the rare flirt with industrial elements. "Cause for Conflict" is predominantly a raw and aggressive release though, and tracks like "Catholic Despot" and "Bomb Threat" take no prisoners. As mentioned there are still some atmospheric moments on the album, and the closing track "Isolation" is the best example of that. It´s actually quite the brilliant track, which shows Kreator expanding the boundaries of their sound. Petrozza even sings semi-clean on parts of the track. His vocals on "Cause for Conflict" otherwise continue the raw shouting approach he initiated on "Renewal (1992)", so he has not returned to his rabid dog snarl of the early releases.

In the same breath it should be mentioned here that even though "Cause for Conflict" is predominantly a raw and thrash metal oriented release, it sounds very little like the early releases of the band. The powerful sound production, the playing style, and the songwriting approach have a contemporary 90s sound to them, and "Cause for Conflict" is not necessarily and album which will please fans of the early releases of the band.

Upon conclusion "Cause for Conflict" is the next natural step for Kreator. They took the critigue of the more melodic and atmospheric songwriting approach on "Renewal (1992)" to heart, and they returned to a more hard edged thrashy sound. But they didn´t return to their roots but instead opted to continue to develop and experiment with their sound. Although "Cause for Conflict" is not often mentioned among the band´s best releases (it´s actually often completely overlooked when discussing the band), it´s a high quality release to my ears. It´s angry, powerful, and loaded with fierce political themed lyrics (not always the most well written or subtle lyrics, but Kreator sure know how to make a statement) and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

KREATOR Extreme Aggression

Album · 1989 · Thrash Metal
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UMUR
"Extreme Aggression" is the 4th full-length studio album by German thrash metal act Kreator. The album was released through Noise Records in June 1989. It´s the successor to "Terrible Certainty" from 1987, but the gap between the two albums was bridged by the "Out of the Dark... Into the Light" EP from 1988, so Kreator showed absolutely no sign of slowing down. All previous Kreator albums had only been available in the US as import, but "Extreme Aggression" was picked up by Epic Records for a US release and along with the music video for "Betrayer" receiving heavy rotation on MTV´s Headbangers Ball, this meant a breakthrough for Kreator in the US.

Stylistically the fiercely aggressive thrash metal style of "Terrible Certainty (1987)" is continued, but the songwriting is slightly more sophisticated and varied. So there´s been a natural progression since the predecessor. The album opens with "Extreme Aggressions" though, which is one of the band´s fastest and most savage tracks and there are a couple of other really fast-paced and raw thrash metal tracks featured on the album ("Betrayer" and "Bringer of Torture" just to mention a few). But there are also tracks which show Kreator in a more atmospheric or at least different mode like "Fatal Energy" and especially "Some Pain Will Last".

"Extreme Aggression" features the most clear sounding and detailed production on a Kreator album up until then. It´s dry, cold, and clinical, and a more raw and organic sound production would have suited the material slightly better. For music as aggressive and sharp as this, it at times actually sounds almost too "nice". When that is said "Extreme Aggression" is still a high quality release from Kreator and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

KREATOR Renewal

Album · 1992 · Thrash Metal
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UMUR
"Renewal" is the 6th full-length studio album by German thrash/heavy metal act Kreator. The album was released through Noise Records in October 1992 (the band´s last release on the label). It´s the successor to "Coma of Souls" from 1990 and features the same lineup who recorded the predecessor. "Renewal" signalled a major change in sound for Kreator and is a prime example of a fan base divider. While each of the preceding five album releases had featured an increasingly more sophisticated, more melodic, and less savage sound to its direct predecessor, very few fans expected a departure from the band´s signature thrash metal sound like the one they were treated to on "Renewal".

"Renewal" is actually not devoid of thrash metal riffs and rhythms and there are several hard edged riffs and rhythms featured on the album, but it is overall the most atmospheric Kreator album up until that point, and the music also features less thrashy heavy metal elements and even some industrial metal leanings. Miland "Mille" Petrozza has opted for a less fierce vocal approach than ususal too although his vocals are still raw and shouting. All in all "Renewal" is very different sounding to its predecessors. The sound production is also less heavy and aimed at enhancing atmosphere rather than aggression and power.

All of those changes probably don´t sound that great to the ears of a conservative thrash metal listener and Kreator did receive a lot of criticism from that part of their fanbase at the time of the album´s release, but in retrospect the early 90s were a time where many thrash metal acts experimented with their sound either because they felt an artistic urge to try something different or because their sales were decreasing. Kreator were at the height of their popularity, so they definitely belong in the former catagory, and "Renewal" was therefore born out of a need to evolve.

Stylistically the music on the album can be described as atmospheric heavy metal oriented thrash metal with some industrial metal leanings. The atmosphere is dark and the lyrics are bleak and reek post-apocalyptic despair. "Renewal" is a relatively varied album, and in addition to heavy/thrash metal tracks like "Winter Martyrium", "Brainseed" (which is the track on the album featuring most industrial influences), and "Europe After the Rain" (which features an atmospheric middle section though), the album also features some more melodic and atmospheric tracks in "Reflection", "Depression Unrest", and "Karmic Wheel". Especially the latter is a particularly atmospheric track, with a mellow melancholic mid-section featuring audio samples from the suicide of R. Budd Dwyer (the 30th State Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, who committed suicide in January 1987 by shooting himself at a press conference. R. Budd Dwyer was convicted of receiving a bribe and was scheduled to be sentenced the day after his suicide). It´s just one example of the atmospheric details featured on "Renewal", which make it such a special listening experience.

Upon conclusion "Renewal" was an extremely bold move for Kreator. Making a left-turn like this at the height of their popularity required extraordinary courage. They could probably easily have released "Coma of Souls (1990)" number 2 and been successful with that, but they opted to do something different. Did it work? Probably not for most of their fans, but personally I think it´s their most interesting album. It took some time to get used to, and I wasn´t sold initially, but it has grown on me considerably over the years and to my ears it´s one of those timeless albums, which stood the test of time. The songwriting is intriguing and adventurous, the musicianship is strong, and the sound production is original and interesting. "Renewal" is through and through a high quality release and it´s quite unique sounding too. At least I´ve yet to find anything which sounds like it. A 5 star (100%) rating is deserved.

KREATOR Movies Reviews

KREATOR Live Kreation-Revisioned Glory

Movie · 2003 · Thrash Metal
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Kingcrimsonprog
This DVD from the Violent Revolution era captures Kreator at their best as the energetic virtuosos deliver a career spanning set of classic metal, mixing old and new together in a monstrous performance.

The first thing you'll notice is the unusual green filter over the video, and the fact that the show is split between two different venues, with half the songs live from a concert in Spain and half live from a music festival, the change over between shows being filled with short documentary sections with cameos from other Metal bands (usually drunk) and footage of the band getting ready.

If you can get past these facts, you'll find an amazing DVD to enjoy but if you can't stand that sort of thing you'd be better off buying Kreator's 'Live At The Pulse of Kapitulation,' DVD which is one entire concert, without interruptions or strange green filters.

Anyway the performance the band put on is incredible, delivering the songs with feeling and making the music heavy yet very clear. They make the songs from the nineties sound heavier and thrashier and the 80's classics Clearer and more modern sounding creating a even playing field for the material.

The production is pretty decent too, a nice deep kick drum sound, audible bass guitar and sharp chunky guitar sound. Mille is awesome as ever, barking and growling away like its still 1988. The DVD also contains a history section that mixes a very short documentary with all the bands music videos; nothing life changing, but definitely worth the one viewing.

There are also two bonus songs, the classic concert closing duo of 'Flag of Hate,' and 'Tormentor,' Live from With Full Force Festival although the camera work is much better and the visuals are brighter the sound is muddy and unclear so you will probably not bother with them all that often.

The main feature is as good as any metal DVD from the first half of the decade, and pretty much a no-brainer for any Kreator fan; Highlights include the aggressive and technical 'Reconquering The Throne,' and the infectiously catchy 'Violent Revolution,' as well as a storming rendition of the furious 'People of The Lie.' If you're into concert DVDs and into all eras of Kreator this is very much the DVD for you.

KREATOR At the Pulse of Kapitulation: Live in East Berlin, 1990 (DVD/CD)

Movie · 2008 · Thrash Metal
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Kingcrimsonprog
Kreator are a very important band in the Thrash Metal story, one of Germany's biggest ever bands and a bone fide classic act for metal overall.

This DVD is a fantastic reissue of the historic Live In East Berlin Concert, (which comes in Cd and DVD form here)with a documentary and an amusing horror video called Hallucinative Comas.

The Tracklisting is amazing, containing all of their classics such as 'Toxic Trace,' 'Flag of Hate,' 'Tormentor,' and 'Pleasure to Kill.'

The Band's performance is energetic and exciting; singer Mille interacts with the crowd on a regular basis. Ventor gets a Drum solo and also performs lead vocals on an excellent rendition of 'Riot of Violence.'

Kreator blast through songs like 'Some Pain Will Last,' 'Awakening of the Gods,' and 'Under The Guillotine,' furiously, performing the technically challenging and incredibly fast material with ease and flair.

Most important is the sound; for such an old concert the sound is amazing, much better than other DVDs of similar era concerts. The material is brilliantly mixed and available in 5.1 or stereo; with clear drums, chunky 'full,' guitar sounds and totally audible vocals.

The documentary is pretty interesting, describing the difficulty East German fans had even getting access to metal music, magazines or t-shirts; how the concert came to be, and the impact it had.

For a Kreator fan this cannot be recommended highly enough, the wonderful sound and excellent tracklisting make this one of the best Thrash Metal DVDs money can buy. If you want to hear music from the 'Terrible Certainty,' or 'Extreme Aggression,' albums played live then this is the DVD for you.

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