Galza was established in 1999 as the ascii art division of Hellraiser Group (HRG).
HRG, founded by Death Lord in 1996, was a typical demoscene group focussing on ascii art, hirez vga art, code and tracked music. At the start in 1996 members Death Lord, Mega Sly, Iron Lung, Corvin and b-Hazel ran bulletin board systems Hellraiser Station, Schacht, Black Pearl and Mutant Unlimited.
The name Galza originates from a typo for the Russian word глаза (glaza), meaning "eyes". The name stuck despite the misspelling.