Kreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen, Germany, formed in 1982, under the name Tormentor. They originally performed their type of thrash 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 death metal, by containing several elements of what was to become the genre.