Des Irae (1995-2000, 2005-present): a Black Metal band from Bucharest, Romania.
ies Irae was born in November 1995, as a Bucharest Metal group. They recorded the first demo (containing 2 songs) in 1996 and boldly went everywhere to reach their goals - on national and local radio and on national television, being presented as the new hope for the Metal movement in 1990s Romania.
Four years of intense live activity followed. Dies Irae was already considered a very powerful live band and they took advantage of this. They recorded two official releases, an EP in 1996 and an LP in 1998.
The year 2000 saw the release of the first Dies Irae video, Warganism (broadcasted on on all the major Romanian TV stations), but also it saw a band torn apa rt, as drummer Victor Stoica went to the United States to complete his studies, leaving Radu Lordache (vocals), Loachim Stroe (bass/vocals), Sorin Stoian (guitar), and Marian Stoenica (guitar) to fend for themselves in a side project called Phobia in 2001; an act that is still in operation today.
In 2005, Dies Irae celebrated a decade of Metal and really strong friendship inside the band. Victor Stoica returned to Romania and in December of that year they recorded a new single, Shadow Boxing, to be released in the first months of 2006, along with a new video.
Footnote: Do not confuse with the Polish band of the same name.