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There are several different bands with the name KRATOS. The first one was formed in 1983 in Cleveland, Ohio by brothers Bernie (Guitar, Vocals) and Bob Hanzel (Drums), along with Mike Davila (Bass). Before the first release, bassist Mike Davila was replaced by Paul Gregory. In 1985, this KRATOS (Cleveland, OH) released “Iron Beast” 12’‘EP on Private Press Records. The sound was very ‘traditional’ metal with hints of NWOBHM. At this time, the band was playing local gigs, opening for such bands as Celtic Frost and Overkill. By 1986, the band had started playing the more popular ‘thrash’ metal, and released a 2-song untitled self financed demo tape, and then finally releasing a self-titled EP in 1987 before calling it quits.

The other notable KRATOS hailed from Romania (Bucharest), created by Dan Dron (guitar and vocals), in 1996, KRATOS (the Greek for “power”) got its name from a friend, in the fall of the very same year. Joined by Adi Drenciu (drums), Dan started looking for musicians willing to play in a doom metal band.
In a country where rock music is, if anything, less and less supported by media, the road was rough, but, however, not impossible. Soon, Alex Blaj (keyboards) and Sorin Tudor (bass) joined the band. They started rehearsing in the suburbs of Bucharest. The need for a second guitarist was obvious and the right person seemed to be Florin, who joined the band for almost 6 months.

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