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Dan Martinez and Matt Widener founded the band in 1992. Two years later, Cretin was put on hold when Matt Widener joined another Bay Area metal band, Exhumed, for two years. It is there where they met their future drummer, Col Jones, who in 2003 quit Exhumed and joined Cretin full time.
Weary with what is currently being called "grindcore," Cretin decided to play old school grind, in the spirits of the originators, to combat the emo alternative crap that is being passed off as aggression these days. We will never sell out and play anything less than 100% pre '90s grindcore
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