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DORNENREICH - intense - mystic - timeless
Founded in 1996, Dornenreich's trademarks for the past fourteen years have been uniquely intense music, expressive German lyrics and a charismatic stage presence. After gaining a reputation as an individualistic, avant-garde Black Metal act with their first two albums "Nicht um zu sterben" (1997) and "Bitter ist's, dem Tod zu dienen" (1999) that were released via CCP Records, Dornenreich published their third album "Her von welken Nächten" via Prophecy Productions in 2001.
Praised by the most important music magazines as a "milestone of Metal", this album gained the highest scores (Hammer 7/7; Legacy 15/15; Sonic Seducer 10/10) and climbed to the number one slot in the charts of Legacy magazine. It also lead Dornenreich to a 50 date tour across Europe, together with bands as diverse as Graveworm, Marduk, Darkwell, Vintersorg, Mayhem, Red Harvest, Tenhi, and Of the Wand and the Moon.
In 2002, Dornenreich performed two celebrated concerts at the Wacken Open Air and the With Full Force festival.
In 2005, the band released their fourth album, "Hexenwind". Described in an assortment of terms by the international press, ranging from 'Black Metal', 'Gothic Rock' and 'Dark Pop' to 'Industrial' and 'Neofolk', "Hexenwind" once again has proved Dornenreich's unique ability to transcend the borders of genres ("Hexenwind" - Orkus 9,5/10; Legacy 15/15).
In 2006, Dornenreich released their fifth album "Durch den Traum" (ORKUS 10/10; HAMMER 6/7), and, after a hiatus of five years, they returned to the stage and played sold-out shows with a set-up for acoustic guitar, violin, percussion, and voice. In this live set-up, Dornenreich blended selections from their previous albums with tracks never heard before, resulting in an intense, powerful and intimate whole.
In 2007 Dornenreich were a celebrated double-concert-act of the Wave-Gotik-Treffen, delivered a headliner-show at the Summerbreeze-Festival, played numerous club-shows in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and headlined a tour throughout Germany with the support-bands Neun Welten and Elane.
In May 2008 the sixth studioalbum "In Luft geritzt" ("Carved in air") - unique in its organic passion and intensity - was released. Based on acoustic sources (acoustic guitar, violin, percussion and voice) exclusively, Dornenreich invite to an incomparable dance of Eros and Thanatos. Dornenreich describe their new album as "Intense - Mystic - Timeless" and thus hint on what genreterms such as "Acoustic Black Metal", "Ambient Folk", "Acoustic Avantgarde" and "Extreme Classical Music" fail to get across: the feeling that no word can follow. Subsequently, Dornenreich performed numerous acoustic concerts supporting Faun, and in autumn 2008, they made yet another trip through Europe in their unplugged version, being supported by Devon Graves (ex-Psychotic Waltz, Deadsoul Tribe).
March 2009 saw Dornenreich touring through Europe's bigger cities with their co-headliners Agalloch and support act Mely. In September 2009, Dornenreich's first DVD "Nachtreisen" was released, documenting both the acoustic and intimate and the metallic and ecstatic side of the band's concerts. To celebrate this release, Dornenreich embarked on their "Nachtreisen" headlining tour of Germany in September 2009, joined by Ahab and Fjoergyn, followed by further performances in Austria and Switzerland.
To conclude their live activities promoting "Nachtreisen," Dornenreich joined the 2010 edition of the Paganfest (including among others Finntroll and Eluveitie), travelling through Europe in 24 days in February and March. In May 2010, Dornenreich played at the Metalfest Open Airs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. After their performance at Metalcamp, the band went into seclusion in July 2010 to record their new album "Flammentriebe".
The album was released in February 2011 and is characterized by its passionate, multi-facetted, and gripping nature: a unique and blazing mixture of voices, violins, guitars, and drums.
It entered the German Media Control Charts at #58 and was the band’s fundament for three tours through Europe.
In the years 2012 and 2013 Dornenreich cut themselves off from most public activities intentionally to elaborate their eight studioalbum "Freiheit". During that time they only played few selected shows. Especially the "Mystic Places Tour" is worth to be mentioned as Dornenreich headed out to some very inspiring places on this tour to play some of their well-known acoustic concerts in churches and other special and uplifting locations.
On the 2nd of May 2014 - in their 18th year of existence -, Dornenreich release their eighth studio record "Freiheit". What appears to be a logical progression from the acoustic album "In Luft geritzt" (2008) turns out to be the Austrians' most versatile and courageous work to date. Confidently citing genres such as (Neo) Folk, Black Metal, Ambient, Neoclassical, Singer-Songwriter and even Flamenco/World Music, Dornenreich, consciously dodge categorisation and create an album that, in the end, could not have come from any other band than themselves.
"Freiheit" is both a climactic and quintessential release, yet also marks a period of change and transition, for as already pointed out by Eviga, it will remain the group's last studio album for a longer time.
The album entered the German Media Control Charts at #56 - even higher than “Flammentriebe” did back in 2011. The release of the album was accompanied by a tour through the German speaking territories of central Europe.
Press-comments on DORNENEREICH's albums:
-- FLAMMENTRIEBE (CD, 2011) --
10/10 Punkte Act des Monats! ORKUS
5/5 Punkte, Album des Monats! METAL OBS (FR)
15/15 Punkte LEGACY (DE)
10/10 Punkte HARD ROCK (FR)
5,5/6 Punkte ZERO TOLERANCE (GB)
5,5/6 Punkte METALLIAN (FR)
92/100 Punkte ROCK TRIBUNE (BE)
9/10 Punkte ROCKERILLA (IT)
6/7 Punkte MTAL HAMMER (DE)
5/6 points SCREAM (NO)
#2 sound-check ZILLO (GER)
10/10 Punkte METAL.DE
10/10 Punkte DER-HOERSPIEGEL.DE
10/10 Punkte METAL-SOUND.NET
10/10 Punkte ROTTINGHILL.AT
15/15 Punkte TWILIGHT-MAGAZIN.DE
100/100 Punkte THRENODIES.COM
7/7 Punkte EARSHOT.AT
"There isn't anything more to say as regards Black Metal!" ORKUS (DE)
"A jewel of avant-garde Black Metal!" SONIC SEDUCER (DE)
"'Flammentriebe' is filled with energy and temper and might one day be considered as one of the cornerstones of modern Black Metal!" ZILLO (DE)
"Those who are seeking for a pure sound inferno should move on, but those who love intelligent, intimate, and, yes, touching 'noise' are going to rejoice." METAL HAMMER (DE)
"An album which listeners should be honoured to visit again and again!" ZERO TOLERANCE (GB)
"A journey between folk and black metal, 'Flammentriebe' is the best album by Dornenreich." RITUAL (IT)
"'Flammentriebe' is pure black premium steel, intensely glowing, blazingly sublime and mighty. A work of timeless elegance, imbued with a fascinating mystical aura. Dornenreich's seventh album sparks a ravenous firestorm, a tremendous manifesto of Black Metal." METAL.DE
"'Flammentriebe' sees Dornenreich's creative flame blazing wilder than ever before! If you liked Dornenreich's previous releases, you won't get around 'Flammentriebe'! This is great art!" STORMBRINGER.AT
"A forceful statement full of awareness of their own skills!" SCHWARZER-TAU.DE
"Another small masterpiece that easily keeps up with the legendary 'Her von welken Nächten' if it isn't better anyway." BEATBLOGGER.DE
"The songs are all diverse, keep a damn high level, and are catchy - fucking great! If you miss out on this record, it's all your own fault ..." METAL-INSIDE.DE
"This release is much more passionate, aggressive and even fearful on each listen than their previous discography!" ME(N)TAL MELTDOWN
"'Flammentriebe' might be the best Dornenreich record of all times, both composition and orchestrations are better than ever. You should totally buy this record!" THRENODIES.COM
"The best Dornenreich album I have heard since 'Her von welken Nächten'!" SCHWARZE-NEWS.DE
"'Flammentriebe' is the perfect symbiosis of all of Dornenreich's previous albums; the band has raised a monument to themselves. I raise my hat!" DER-HOERSPIEGEL.DE
"At first, I was sceptical if Dornenreich could really manage to surpass themselves again. 'Flammentriebe,' however, has cleared up any doubts. To put it in a nutshell: impressive!" METAL.TM
"This is a masterpiece! There is not any doubt that 'Flammentriebe' is the best material that this particular Austrian-based band has released so far." METAL-SOUND.NET
"Absolutely recommended. With 'Flammentriebe,' Dornenreich once more succeed in creating a more than impressive piece of work that seamlessly ties in with the gems of their band history so far." DARK-FESTIVALS.DE
"'Flammentriebe' is nothing but splendid!" ROTTINGHILL.AT
"With each listen, I become more and more impressed; Dornenreich's 'Flammentriebe' is an album to get immersed in and to return to." REFLECTIONSOFDARKNESS.COM
-- IN LUFT GERITZT (CD, 2008) --
"These acoustic poets have reached the pinnacle of their work.
A true experience!"(10/10 points ORKUS / Germany)
"Dornenreich's purely acousticside is stirring in a new and profound way
that is almost frightening."(ZILLO / Germany)
"A vividness that is hard to describe. An intense experience!"
(SONIC SEDUCER / Germany)
"You should just succumb to these fascinating soundscapes. It's worth the effort!" (8,5/10 points ROCK HARD / Germany)
"An emotional masterpiece of thehighest order!"(METAL.DE / Germany)
"An intensity of a kind yourarely encounter! Every single one of the album's ten tracks is truly a gem,wonderfully mystical and tremendously atmospheric!"(BLAST!Magazine / Germany)
"The added mystique provesintoxicating and a little dizzying, leaving us clutching at the fabric ofreality as we bear witness to an ancient magic."
(ZERO TOLERANCE / UK)
"Dornenreich's new album is killer, I have been a fervent admirer of the band since the demo days & they still surprise me! Brilliant!!!"(METALLIAN / France)
"Though the enigmatic Deutschland duo known as Dornenreich possess some severe black metal roots, In Luft geritzt presents a (not so?) shockingly mellow, almost ambient folk/rock sound to the unassuming listener. Not that fans of The 'Reich (not THAT 'Reich) should be very surprised with any curveballs that Herrs Eviga and Inve have to throw at them, as the group have always been a little left-of-centre, if you know what I mean..." (METAL MANIACS / USA)
"Like Wagner, Beethoven and Blackmore before them, Austria's Dornenreich prove that aggressive music can be made without plugging in. Utilizing only strongly strummed acoustic guitar along with weaving violin movements, it is the purity and stark simplicity that is so alluring here. It may not have the distorted amplification of our most loved musical genre, but there's no denying that itcarries the same visceral release and emotional heft of a good heavy metal album" (BRAVE WORDS & BLOODY KNUCKLES / CAN)
"The performance is extremely intimate and I'd definitely recommend listening with headphones, as the production is warm and inviting as if they're playing in the same room as you. This is certainly reminiscent of the direction OPETH took with Damnation and GREENCARNATION took with Acoustic Verses. I highly recommend this" (SLUG / USA)
"The acoustic guitar and violin blend really well. The violin sets the tone and is sometimes yearning and sad, and other times happier and more optimistic...a unique-sounding CD, and an often compelling one" (ABOUT.COM / USA)
"A very interesting ride indeed ... This is simply breathtaking, soul-stirring and awesome - there really is nothing like this out in the world to hear...Dornenreich's new chapter is just as brilliant as the last" (ABSOLUTE ZERO MEDIA / USA)
-- HEXENWIND (CD, 2005) --
"Das Album stellt für mich (...) eines der einfühlsamsten und lyrisch stärksten Rock-Alben des Jahres dar. Ein wunderbares und sonderbares Meisterwerk!"
(METAL GLORY, Online-Magazin)
"Brilliant!" (10/10 Punkte METAL, Online-Magazin)
"Dornenreichs Musik ist Kunst (...) und hat die Magie erst einmal Besitz von einem ergriffen, will man von ihr gar nicht mehr loskommen." (EMP-Magazin, Winter 2005)
"(...) Hypnotisch, unendlich mystisch, dunkel und von tiefer Magie erfüllt (...)." (ORKUS, Dez.05/Jan. 06)
"So reich, so leuchtend hat man sie selten inszeniert gefunden,
die Sehnsucht, die Suche." (LEGACY 6/05)
"In der Musikrichtung "Black Metal" im weitesten Sinne dürfte heute kaum eine weitere Band (...) in der Lage sein, ihre Vision mit soviel Feinsinn und Gespür umzusetzen." (THE ALKAHEST DIVISION, Online-Mag)
METAL GLORY Lesercharts Platz 1
-- HER VON WELKEN NÄCHTEN (CD, 2001) --
"Die Platte des Jahres 2001!" (10/10 Punkte METAL HEART 3/01)
"Her von welken Nächten ist das Meisterwerk, von dem ich schon immer
geträumt zu haben scheine." (15/15 Punkte TWILIGHT 3/01)
"Genial!" (EMP Magazin 4/01)
"Ein Meilenstein des Metals." (ABLAZE 3/01)
ETERNITY Soundcheck Platz 1
LEGACY Lesercharts Platz 1
"Ein unvergessliches Album, das noch heute zu Tränen rührt und zu dem konkurrenzlos besten Material gehört, das in dieser Musikrichtung je
erschaffen wurde." (METAL GLORY, Online-Magazin)
"Eines der größten und besten Werke, die ich je gehört habe. Ein muss für Musikliebhaber." (VAMPSTER, Online-Magazin)