Crematory began as a strict death metal unit before adding goth and industrial elements into their arsenal. Formed in 1991, their 1992 demo quickly caught the attention of Massacre Records, which would issue the band's debut long-player, Transmigration, the following year. Tours alongside Tiamat, My Dying Bride, and Atrocity helped to expand Crematory's fan base, and they began seeing heavy rotation on MTV Germany, which they responded to by recording their 1996 Nuclear Blast-issued eponymous album completely in their native language. Subsequent LPs like Awake, Act Seven, and Believe saw Crematory moving in a darker, more surreal direction that leaned more heavily on the gothic side of their persona, but despite their enormous popularity, by 2001 they had elected to disband. Crematory returned in 2004 with the triumphant, techno-metal-fueled Revolution, which was followed closely by a live LP chronicling their reunion tour. They re-signed with Massacre for 2006's Klagebilder, where they would reside until the release of 2014's Antiserum, which was released by via SPV/Steamhammer. Monument, the band's 13th studio album, followed in 2016.