Highland Glory

Highland Glory
Jack-Roger Olsen. (Guitar, Back Vocals), Knut Egil Tøftum. (Bass), Morten Færøvig. (Drums), Lars Andrè Rørvik Larsen. (Guitar, Keyboard), Trine Elise Johansen (Vocals), Jan Thore Grefstad. (Vocals)

HIGHLAND GLORY – ”From the ashes of Phoenix Rizing ascends Highland Glory, to continue the eternal crusade”! With a history as norwegian power metal pioneers Phoenix Rizing, who released 2 albums worldwide ; ”Rise From The Ashes” (1998) and ”Eternal Crusade" (2000), the band changed singer and formed Highland Glory in the spring of 2001. With a fresh new start and an increased potential, the band developed their style of melodic metal in a heavier and more traditional direction on the debut-album, “From The Cradle To The Brave” (2003).

The artwork was created by Mark Wilkinson (famous for his work for Marillion, Fish, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest etc), who has worked for the band ever since. Still signed to Face Front (the label run by Frode Øien, chief editor of Scream Magazine) for Scandinavia, but the debut-album was licenced to Massacre records for the rest of the world.

The follow-up “Forever Endeavour” (2005) took the different aspects of the bands sound even further, showing a natural progression, yet also darker and more atmospheric. In the autumn of 2007 singer Jan Thore Grefstad left the band, and was replaced by Trine Elise Johansen in the winter of 2008.

The change from a male to a female singer naturally affected the bands sound, but the trademark was still intact on "Twist Of Faith" (2011), yet the band had developed in a more mid-tempo and even more melodic direction. Having previously only toured their native country, the band finally got to play outside of Norway, in both Sweden and Germany.

The band parted ways with singer Trine Elise Johansen, keyboard-player/guitarist Lars Andre Larsen and drummer Morten Færøvig during the autumn and winter of 2011. A year later guitarist Per Olav Olsen, drummer Stian Andre Braathen, keyboard-player Halvor Gustafson and singer Håvard Indrebø finally completed the new line-up, which only lasted a year.

The bands original singer Jan Thore Grefstad returned in the winter of 2013, after showcasing his talent in swedish metallers Saint Deamon, "Norway's got talent" and "The Voice". The plan for the future is to spread the word, music & glory of the highlands!.

Melodic metal band from Norway