GORTAL was established in 1996 by Chryste (guitar). The first line up was completed a few months later: Cukier (vocals), Chryste (guitar), Patryk (drums), Bengarek (bass) and Major (guitar). From the very beginning the band has been devoted to classic death metal with a touch of the US style. Gortal started to play gigs in spring of 1998. In 1999 the band played with Krabathor, Yattering and others.