KNELL were formed in the beginning of 1997. Originally this musical formation had been called BLACK HARMONY consisted of two musicians: Denis Verba - guitars, vocals;
Nikolay Banin - keyboards. The base style direction was chosen black-metal popular on that time.
The beginning of activity became the debut demo MC "Kenotafiy/Otkryt Vrata" ("To Open Gate" for english ) in summer 1997.
In 1998 the musicians had recorded "Klich Bezodny" ("Call Of Abyss" for english) album then there was the decision to rename BLACK HARMONY to KNELL.