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Kreator
Kreator
is a German thrash metal band from Essen, formed in 1982. Their current lineup has been the same since 2001: lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Mille Petrozza, bassist Christian Giesler, drummer Jürgen "Ventor" Reil, and lead guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö. Of the current lineup, Petrozza is the only constant member and he is the only member to appear on all of Kreator's studio albums. Kreator's musical style is similar to that of their compatriots Destruction, Sodom and Tankard, which is usually more complex and, since Violent Revolution
Violent Revolution
(2001), more melodic. Along with those three bands, Kreator
Kreator
has been referred to as one of the "Big 4" of Teutonic thrash metal,[2] and they are often credited with helping pioneer death metal and black metal by containing several elements of what was to become those genres.[3] The band's style has changed several times over the years, from a Venom-inspired speed metal sound,[4] later moving into thrash metal, and including a period of transitioning from thrash to industrial metal and gothic metal throughout the 1990s. In the early 2000s, Kreator
Kreator
returned to their classic thrash sound, which has continued to the present. To date, Kreator
Kreator
has released fourteen studio albums, two EPs, two live albums and three compilation albums. They gained a large underground fanbase in the international thrash metal community,[5] with their second studio album Pleasure to Kill
Pleasure to Kill
(1986) regarded as an influential album of the genre.[6][7] Kreator
Kreator
was also one of the first German thrash metal bands to sign to a major label (Epic Records in 1988); however, they would not have success until later albums, including their thirteenth studio album Phantom Antichrist
Phantom Antichrist
(2012) and its follow-up Gods of Violence
Gods of Violence
(2017), both of which peaked at higher chart positions in many countries, with the latter reaching number one on the German charts.[8][9] The band has achieved worldwide sales of over two million units for combined sales of all their albums, making them one of the best-selling German thrash metal bands of all time.[10][11]

Contents

1 Biography

1.1 Formation and early releases (1982–1986) 1.2 Rising popularity (1987–1991) 1.3 Experimentation (1992–2000) 1.4 Return in style (2001–2009) 1.5 Phantom Antichrist
Phantom Antichrist
and Gods of Violence
Gods of Violence
(2010–present)

2 Members 3 Discography 4 References 5 External links

Biography[edit] Formation and early releases (1982–1986)[edit] The band was formed as Tyrant in 1982 in Essen, Germany. The original lineup featured lead vocalist/guitarist Mille Petrozza, drummer Jürgen "Ventor" Reil, and bassist Rob Fioretti. Kreator
Kreator
recorded their debut album, Endless Pain
Endless Pain
(1985), in just ten days. The band hired the late Sodom guitarist Michael Wulf for the album's tour to play lead, while Petrozza switched to rhythm guitar. Wulf was in the band for a few days but never on the band's second album, Pleasure to Kill
Pleasure to Kill
(1986), despite his getting credit. A new guitarist, Jörg "Tritze" Trzebiatowski joined the band and he played on this album, which is widely considered a thrash classic[12][13][6] and a big influence in death metal.[14][7][15] It would not be until 31 years after its release that Pleasure to Kill
Pleasure to Kill
entered the German album charts.[16] Produced by Harris Johns (Sodom, Helloween, Voivod), the album showed the band growing in talent and technical ability. The song "Flag of Hate" became a concert standard, and the band became one of the most promising up-and-coming European metal acts. With Trzebiatowski, the band started their first tour ever (before the release of Pleasure to Kill, they had only played five gigs total). The band closed out the year with their first EP, Flag of Hate. Rising popularity (1987–1991)[edit] In 1987, Kreator
Kreator
released their third studio album, Terrible Certainty, which is often considered a high-quality Kreator
Kreator
album as the arrangements on the album were more complex and the tempos more varied.[17] The album featured another hit "Behind the Mirror", and the band's popularity continued to grow and a video for "Toxic Trace" was created for MTV
MTV
play. They managed to find enough time and money (coming from the concerts) to finance another EP, Out of the Dark ... Into the Light. Berlin based independent record label Noise Records
Noise Records
licensed Kreator for the territories outside of Europe and Japan to the major label Epic Records
Epic Records
in 1988. Their fourth studio album and debut with Epic (for limited territories) Extreme Aggression, recorded in Los Angeles, became a metal hit in Europe upon its release in 1989; however, the album would not enter the German album charts until 28 years after its release.[16] Continuing the Terrible Certainty
Terrible Certainty
formula while showing the band still progressing musically, and with better production by the well-regarded Randy Burns (also Megadeth, Possessed, Nuclear Assault, Death, Dark Angel, among others), the album featured the band's first major singles and music videos, the title track and "Betrayer", becoming major hits on MTV's Headbangers Ball. They toured North America with Coroner and Suicidal Tendencies, which greatly expanded their popularity outside of Europe. Also in 1989, German director Thomas Schadt made a documentary about Kreator
Kreator
(focusing on the social aspect of heavy metal in the Ruhr Area) titled Thrash Altenessen (named after the band's hometown, a suburb of Essen). Tritze left Kreator
Kreator
after Extreme Aggression. In 1990, with new guitarist Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik (also formerly of Sodom), the band released Coma of Souls. The album was not quite as praised as the band's previous few albums (many felt the album was "rushed" and repetitive),[6] but still managed sell and maintain popularity quite well, with the singles "When the Sun Burns Red" and "People of the Lie" becoming hits. Experimentation (1992–2000)[edit] The early 1990s brought a decline in the popularity of traditional thrash metal. With many other thrash bands such as Metallica
Metallica
and Anthrax changing their sound for a more commercial approach, Kreator began experimenting with death metal and industrial metal around this time. The result was Renewal, released in 1992, which featured heavy death metal and industrial influences. While reaching a newer, more commercial audience, the band upset many longtime fans, accusing them of "selling out".[18][19] The band, once known for being an excellent live act, had "disappointing" shows and tours for this album due to the industrial influences. The excruciatingly taxing touring commitments that followed took the band as far as South America, but understandably left them physically and creatively exhausted. The band began to fall apart around this time. Founding member Roberto Fioretti left the band after the recording of the album as he wanted to spend more time with his family and was replaced by Andreas Herz, who never played any official release. In 1994, Reil left as well, leaving Petrozza the sole original band member. Reil was replaced by Joe Cangelosi. Herz left in 1995 and was replaced by Christian Giesler. To make matters worse, their contract with Epic was dropped. Now on G.U.N. Records, the new lineup put out the album Cause for Conflict
Cause for Conflict
that year. The result was their most modern album at that time, the sound on this album had influences from Pantera
Pantera
and Machine Head, a slight return to a harsher sound than on the previous album.[citation needed] Gosdzik and Cangelosi left in 1996 and were replaced by Tommy Vetterli (formerly of Coroner) and, surprisingly, Reil. The band continued to experiment with their sound, releasing Outcast and Endorama, both of which experimented with goth and ambient influences, incorporated samples and loops and even found Petrozza trying a few different singing styles on for size. It also retained the groove metal influences. The record sales went down, by the end of the 1990s the band reached both commercial and critical nadir. Though frontman Mille Petrozza never cared about this: "For us, success doesn't define in record sales. So all our albums have been successful for us, because we've achieved what we were aiming for...".[19] Return in style (2001–2009)[edit]

Kreator
Kreator
performing live at Hole in the Sky in 2007

In 2001, with new lead guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö, Kreator
Kreator
released their "comeback" album Violent Revolution, which saw the band returning to their classic thrash metal style. Despite containing a lot of melodic and so called "Gothenburg metal" riffs, it was praised by fans and critics alike.[20][21][22][23] The tour was extremely successful and introduced Kreator
Kreator
to a younger generation of metal fans. Yli-Sirniö, who lived in Germany, was known to be a good guitar player, so the band recruited him.[24] A live album Live Kreation
Live Kreation
and live DVD Live Kreation: Revisioned Glory were released in 2003, and a new studio album - emphasizing more on the Gothenburg influences – Enemy of God was released in 2005. This album also saw a special edition re-release in 2006 called Enemy of God: Revisited. In early 2006, Kreator
Kreator
toured North America with Napalm Death, A Perfect Murder, and The Undying. Kreator
Kreator
were to tour 2008 with King Diamond, Leaves Eyes, and Cellador, however, the tour was canceled due to back issues with King Diamond. In March 2008, the At the Pulse of Kapitulation DVD was released, featuring Live in East Berlin and Hallucinative Comas on one disc. Both had previously been available on VHS only and were long out of print. The band had also begun working on their 12th full-length album in late 2007/early 2008 and began recording in July 2008. Recording for the album, dubbed Hordes of Chaos, was wrapped up in late August, with the album being released in January 2009.[25] On 23 January 2009, the band began their "Chaos Over Europe" tour in Tilburg (the Netherlands) with Caliban, Eluveitie
Eluveitie
and Emergency Gate as other acts. In April 2009, the band embarked on a North American headlining tour, co-headlined by Exodus, and featuring Belphegor, Warbringer, and Epicurean. In late 2009, Reil was forced to sit out some tour dates due to personal issues, with Marco Minnemann
Marco Minnemann
temporarily taking his place.[26] Phantom Antichrist
Phantom Antichrist
and Gods of Violence
Gods of Violence
(2010–present)[edit] Kreator
Kreator
signed with Nuclear Blast
Nuclear Blast
in early 2010, before embarking on a North American tour in March to celebrate their 25th anniversary.[27] A European tour with Exodus, Death Angel
Death Angel
and Suicidal Angels, called "Thrashfest", took place in late 2010. On 1 June 2012, they released their thirteenth studio album, titled Phantom Antichrist.[28] Kreator co-headlined a 23 date North American tour that fall with Nuclear Blast labelmates Accept. Entitled the Teutonic Terror Attack 2012 Tour, they were supported by Finland's Swallow the Sun.[29] Kreator performed alongside Suidakra
Suidakra
in Bangalore
Bangalore
on 16 June 2012. Kreator
Kreator
released a music video for "Civilization Collapse" on 28 November 2012.[30] In a November 2013 interview, Mille Petrozza
Mille Petrozza
stated that Kreator
Kreator
would begin work on their fourteenth studio album after the Phantom Antichrist tour for a 2016 release.[31][32][33][34] However, Petrozza said that the album would not be released until 2017. On 30 August that year, they released a two-disc live album called Dying Alive. It contained 24 tracks recorded at Turbinehalle in Oberhausen, Germany.[35] On 14 October 2016, it was announced that Kreator's fourteenth studio album would be called Gods of Violence,[36] and it was released on 27 January 2017.[37] A music video for the album's title track was released on November 18, 2016.[38] Gods of Violence received generally positive reviews, and was their first album to reach number one on the German charts.[39] To promote the album, Kreator
Kreator
embarked on a headlining European tour in February and March 2017, with support from Sepultura, Soilwork
Soilwork
and Aborted,[40] and co-headlined the Decibel Magazine tour with Obituary in March and April.[41] In late April, the band announced an Australian tour with Vader, which took place in September.[42] They embarked on two tours in 2018: one in Europe with Decapitated and Dagoba in January,[43] followed by a co-headlining U.S. tour with Sabaton in February and March.[44] About three months after the release of Gods of Violence, Petrozza mentioned a follow-up album, saying, "Maybe we should work with a different producer. Maybe we should go to a different country to record the album. Maybe we should write a more metal or more full-on thrash metal. Whatever we feel, first and foremost, that is the most important thing. Time will tell."[45] In a September 2017 interview with Australia's Silver Tiger Media, Petrozza stated that Kreator
Kreator
will do another album after Gods of Violence
Gods of Violence
but "not yet."[46] Members[edit]

Current lineup

Mille Petrozza
Mille Petrozza
– lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1982–present) Christian Giesler
Christian Giesler
– bass, backing vocals (1994–present) Jürgen "Ventor" Reil – drums (1982–1994, 1996–present) Sami Yli-Sirniö
Sami Yli-Sirniö
– lead guitar, backing vocals (2001–present)

Former members

Roberto "Rob" Fioretti – bass (1982–1992) Jörg "Tritze" Trzebiatowski – lead guitar (1986–1989) Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik – lead guitar (1989–1996) Andreas Herz – bass (1992–1994) Joe Cangelosi – drums (1994–1996) Tommy Vetterli – lead guitar (1996–2001)

Live members

Michael Wulf – lead guitar (1986; died 1993) Bogusz Rutkiewicz – bass (1988) Marco Minnemann
Marco Minnemann
– drums (2009)

Timeline

Discography[edit] For a more comprehensive list, see Kreator
Kreator
discography.

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

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External links[edit]

Official website High resolution photos of Kreator

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Kreator

Mille Petrozza Christian Giesler Ventor Sami Yli-Sirniö

Michael Wulf Jörg Trzebiatowski Rob Fioretti Andreas Herz Frank Godszik Joe Cangelosi Tommy Vetterli

Studio albums

Endless Pain Pleasure to Kill Terrible Certainty Extreme Aggression Coma of Souls Renewal Cause for Conflict Outcast Endorama Violent Revolution Enemy of God Hordes of Chaos Phantom Antichrist Gods of Violence

EPs & singles

Flag of Hate "Behind the Mirror" Out of the Dark ... Into the Light "Isolation" "Lost" "Leave This World Behind" "Chosen Few"

Compilation & live

Scenarios of Violence Voices of Transgression – A 90s Retrospective Past Life Trauma (1985–1992) Live Kreation Dying Alive

Videos

Live in East Berlin Hallucinative Comas Live Kreation: Revisioned Glory Enemy of God Revisited At the Pulse of Kapitulation: Live in East Berlin, 1990 Dying Alive

"The Big Teutonic Four"

Kreator Sodom Destruction Tankard

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