Crematory (band)

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Crematory Castle Party 2009 04.jpg
Background information
Origin Westhofen, Germany
Genres Death metal (early)
Melodic death metal[1]
Gothic metal[1][2][3][4][5] Industrial metal(later)
Years active 1991–2001, 2003–present
Labels Massacre (1993–1996, 2006–present)
Nuclear Blast (1996–2006)
Associated acts Mystic Circle

Gerhard "Felix" Stass - growling
Katrin Goger - keyboards
Harald Heine - bass

Markus Jüllich - drums
Past members

Marc Zimmer - bass, clean vocals/screaming
Heinz Steinhauser - bass, clean vocals/screaming
Lothar "Lotte" Forst - guitars, clean vocals

Matthias Hechler - guitar, clean vocals

Crematory is a gothic[6]/melodic death metal[1] band formed in Mannheim, Germany in 1991.


The band received its earliest recognition in the mid-1990s by touring with My Dying Bride, Tiamat and Atrocity.[4] Much like the latter two groups, the band had begun as traditional death metal, then evolved with an industrial music and gothic metal musical direction on later albums. The band would receive heavy rotation on MTV Germany,[7] and would also make appearances at various extreme metal festivals, including Germany's Wacken Open Air in the years 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2008, in addition to inclusion on Nuclear Blast compilation samplers.

The band re-signed to Massacre Records in 2006 after a 10 year stint with Nuclear Blast; Massacre had been the band's first label.

Active for over 20 years (with a brief split between 2001 and 2003) they are among one of Europe's longest running gothic metal bands.[4]


Current members[edit]

  • Gerhard "Felix" Stass - vocals (1991–present)
  • Katrin Jüllich - keyboards, samples (1992–present)
  • Harald Heine - bass guitar, backing vocals (1993–present)
  • Markus Jüllich - drums, programming (1991–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Marc Zimmer - bass, vocals (1991–1992)
  • Heinz Steinhauser - bass, vocals (1993)
  • Lothar "Lotte" Först - guitar, vocals (1991–1998)
  • Matthias Hechler - guitar, vocals (1998–2014)



  • Crematory (1992)

Studio albums[edit]


  • Live... At the Out of the Dark Festivals (1997)
  • LiveRevolution (2005)

Singles and EP's[edit]

  • Ist es wahr (1996)
  • Fly (1999)
  • Greed (2004)
  • Shadowmaker (2013)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Early Years (1999)
  • Remind (2001)
  • Black Pearls (2010)
  • Inception (2013)



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