Kiev-based FireLake band was formed in 1997 by Oleg Yavorsky (guitar), Alexey Akulshyn (guitar) and Andrey Salnikov (drums). Under the influence of the extremely popular at the time "Swedish wave", the first musical compositions of FireLake were created with a slant to classic melodic death metal. The debut performance of the band took place in spring of 1998 in the Kiev metal bar "Grave", followed by more gigs in the city. Shortly afterward bass guitarist/vocalist Roman aka Thorn joined the band.
In search of its own style and sound, the band tries combining Slavic folk melody elements with aggressive death metal riffs. In 1999 FireLake takes part in several Uk