REQUIEM was founded in the middle of 1997 by Phil Klauser (Guitars), Ralph Inderbitzin (Guitars) and Roger Kradolfer (Drums). All of them played in several Punk-, Thrash- or Black-Metal bands before. In early 1998, after a long time in search of a bass player and vocalist, Michi Kuster (Vocals/Bass) was added to the line-up. At that time we played a mix between Black- and Death-Metal
and recorded a Mini-CD called "Prophecies Of A Dark Millenium" at a friends home-studio. This CD has never been released, they only made some copies for their friends and promoters. By and by they had their first shows end of 1998. In early 1999, they replaced our drummer Roger Kradolfer with Adi Fuhrer, who had already played in several swiss metal-projects (ex-Corruption, ex-Parusie, ex-Megora). After Adi joined the band, our musical direction changed towards Florida-style Death-Metal. During a six month break from playing live, they wrote a completely new live set which they presented at their first gig with Adi end of October 1999. Being a part of it, a great Death-Metal era was reborn.
In the middle of January 2001, they recorded their first 5-song Mini-CD called "Nameless Grave" at the Dynamo Studio, Zürich (CH), which was released in March 2001 through Fastbeast Entertainment (CH). After playing a lot of gigs in Europe (at this time they played more than 40 shows) and signed a deal with Revenge Productions (GER) in February 2002. They decided to record a new full-length
CD, called "Formed At Birth". Two days before the beginning of the recording sessions, their drummer Adi left the band. Two months later, they finally found a great replacement, who was very motivated to play drums and record with them: Reto Crola from the swiss band Punish. In January 2003, they recorded "Formed At Birth" at the Dynamo Studio in Zürich (CH) again and released the CD in March
2003 through Revenge Productions (GER). They played a lot of shows and festivals in Europe and were proud to support the legendary Messiah-Reunion-Show "Reanimation 2003" at Abart Music Club in Zürich (CH). End of 2003, Reto had to take a break due to his job and other projects. As a result of that, former member Adi Fuhrer was back in REQUIEM as a session drummer. Further on, they engaged former Messiah bass player Patrick Herrsche, who took over the bass parts from Michi
Kuster. That allowed them to play even better shows! The year 2004 started as a great year for them: They played at the Fuck The Commerce Festival (GER) and the Obscene Extreme Festival (CZ) and had a great tour with Benediction (UK), Master (US) and Divine Empire (US) through Switzerland, Austria and Germany.
Considering their new recording "Government Denies Knowledge", we decided to assign the drummer position with Reto Crola again permanently. Due to health problems of bass player Patrick Herrsche, bass player Ralf Winzer (ex-Bonedust, ex-Curare, UPPERCUT) took over the place in November
2004 for the recording sessions of the new CD and further shows in 2005.
In early 2005 REQUIEM recorded their new full-length effort "Government Denies Knowledge". This production was mixed and mastered by canadian masterminds Jean-François Dagenais from Kataklysm (CAN) and Bernard Belley.
Many record labels showed interest in releasing "Government Denies Knowledge". Finally REQUIEM signed a contract with the german label Massacre Records. The new CD will be released in January 2006. REQUIEM hit the road in September 2005 as support for US Death-Metal Band Vital Remains on their european tour and played in 8 different countries. Following the release of the new CD "Government Denies Knowledge" REQUIEM will be touring around Europe in early 2006.
WATCH OUT FOR THE EUROPEAN TOUR IN FEBRUARY 2006!!!
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