If there's an example of a Portuguese band that didn't quite fulfill its potential, Ornatos Violeta is most certainly one of them. Initially called Suores dos Reis, Ornatos Violeta formed in 1991. Its lineup was almost formed from the very beginning, save for a brief period where the vocals were handled by Ricardo. With his departure, Manel Cruz took his guitar strap off and assumed lead singer duties, with Elísio Donas coming on board to play keys. Peixe on guitar, Nuno Prata on bass, and Kinorm on drums completed a lineup which would remain unchanged until the end.