Hollenthon


Hollenthon
Max Reif (Bass), Martin Arzberger (Guitar Molokh, Defender KFS), Mike Groeger (Drums, Percussions Bloo Voodoo, Collapse 7, ex-Cast Aside, ex-Mudbreed, ex-Only Attitude Counts, ex-Raventhrone, ex-The 4er Gang, ex-The Legendary Daltons, ex-Thee Flat), Martin Schirenc (Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboard Pungent Stench, ex-Fetish 69, ex-Kreuzweg Ost, ex-Mudbreed, ex-Golden Dawn), Elena Schirenc (Vocals), Gregor Marboe (Bass, Back Vocals Pungent Stench, Defender KFS, Jormundgand (AUT), Pendragon, Vargsriket)

The beginnings of HOLLENTHON date back to 1994, a time of an active Austrian Black Metal Syndicate and an incognito project known as VUZEM.

At the urging of A.B.M.S. members, vocalist, guitarist, and composer Martin Schirenc anonymously included two VUZEM tracks ("Invocation” and "Von Denen Vampyren”) on the self-produced compilation Norici Obscura Pars. Following favorable reviews and multiple requests, Schirenc decided to release a full-length recording of VUZEM's music.

Other commitments, however, delayed the realization of this endeavor until late 1998, when unfinished material was brought to the attention of Napalm Records. Shortly thereafter, VUZEM signed to the label, releasing the critically acclaimed debut "Domus Mundi" in 1999 under the HOLLENTHON banner. In June 2001, HOLLENTHON released "With Vilest of Worms to Dwell".

Not unlike its predecessor, it boasts of a superb soundtrack-like production, as well as a fierce and wicked atmosphere created by a perfect symbiosis of heavy guitars, symphonic interludes, thrilling choirs, and bewitching melodies. Not long after the release of the album, HOLLENTHON embarked on a European tour with EISREGEN and SIEBENBÜRGEN. The line-up that since the days of Domus Mundi already included drummer Mike Gröger was completed by bassist Mario Klausner and guitarist Werner Freinbichler.

This line-up also went on to perform at various festivals including Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze, and Brutal Assault, to name but a few. Although enjoying much success with HOLLENTHON, Schirenc turned his attention to the newly reformed PUNGENT STENCH and while he continued to write new material, it would be some time before HOLLENTHON released a follow-up. Yet in early 2008, the recording of Opus Magnum was finally completed, and following the split of PUNGENT STENCH, Schirenc also took the opportunity to choose a permanent line-up for HOLLENTHON, recruiting Gregor Marboe, who had also delivered "pungent” bass lines since 2006, and guitarist Martin Arzberger. Though it’s been seven years since "With Vilest of Worms to Dwell" left the music world in awe, the hordes revolving around mastermind Martin Schirenc have returned with a resounding thunderclap.

"Opus Magnum" does more than justice to its title, delivering a masterpiece of epic proportions. Darker than ever before and heavier than its predecessor, the album seamlessly combines the passion found in classical music with exotic, ethnic melodies, and the brutal energy of metal.

Like no other, HOLLENTHON succeeds in effortlessly creating a perfect symbiosis of these diverse styles, thus capturing the listener with the sound of the very first note and refusing to ever let go. HOLLENTHON’s "Opus Magnum" is available via Napalm Records since 30 May 2008 as a regular jewel case and as a limited edition digipack including bonus track and video clip. The band took to the stage at various summer festivals including Graspop, Waldrock, Kaltenbach Open Air and Brutal Assault, followed by a full-fledged European tour in the fall with TYR, ALESTORM, SVARTSOT and GWYDION. In autumn 2009, HOLLENTHON released an EP, which contained four new tracks, as well as two live video clips from their 2008 Graspop performance and was followed by a European tour with GOD DETHRONED and ENDSTILLE. Besides playing several festival shows in 2010, HOLLENTHON introduced their new bass player, Max Reif, and filmed a show in Vienna for a future DVD release.

At the moment, they are working on material for a new full length album. .


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