How do you spell German Thrash? K-R-E-A-T-O-R, that’s how!

Yes, there are other worthy bands (Sodom, Destruction and Tankard, among them) that were responsible for putting Germany on the global thrash map, second only to the style’s birthplace in America, but Kreator really do rule supreme over all.

Formed in 1985, out of the ashes of formative groups called Metal Militia, Tyrant and Tormentor, by vocalist and guitarist Mille Petrozza, Kreator quickly stormed onto the European metal scene with seminal albums like Endless Pain and Pleasure to Kill.

By the close of the 1980s, Kreator were even taking major strides into America with 1989’s Extreme Aggression and 1990's Coma of Souls, but the new decade ushered in a seismic shift in the musical landscape and, with that, serious challenges.

Nevertheless, Kreator weathered these challenges more nimbly than most ‘80s metal survivors, and delivered a string of adventurous, occasionally superior records, between 1992’s Renewal and 1999’s Endorama.

And when the new millennium dawned, Kreator were ready to thrash once again, with stellar efforts like Violent Revolution and Phantom Antichrist beating most of their original peers to the punch, and showing the next generation how things were done at the beginning.

As of today, nothing hints that Kreator plan on slowing down or relinquishing their Teutonic thrash throne anytime soon, so vent your all of your extreme aggressions as we rank the band’s complete full-length studio discography in the gallery above!

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