Kreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen, Federal Republic of Germany at that time, formed in 1982, under the name Tormentor. They originally performed a speed metal style with Venom influences. The band is also influenced by Slayer, Metallica, Mercyful Fate, and Bathory. Their style of music is similar to their compatriots Destruction and Sodom, the other two big German thrash metal bands. All three of these bands are often credited with helping pioneer thrash metal, by containing several elements of what was to become the genre.
Kreator's work began in the vein of pure thrash metal but ventured into industrial and gothic from 1992 to 1999, before eventually returning to their classic thrash sound to date.