Dom (vocals/ lead-guitar)
NOTHGARD was founded in 2008 by Dom and Toni. After a few months of jam sessions, they started to work on their own songs. Of course there was an indispensable need for a bassist and rhythm guitar. Viktor joined the band as man responsible for the pressure. Isochronicly with Chris (rhythm guitar), Lena became member of the band, giving the songs a symphonic touch by playing the keys. So their collective Ideas let develop varied songs with lots of good influences. The last need was a band name, which was found in “Nordavind” for the present. Finally the band was more or less ready to start with rehearsals. Soon the first gig came ahead in a local biker-hall, which was a good chance to demonstrate the new written stuff and get feedback in any way. Unfortunately dissensions between the members caused an egress of Chris and Lena of “Nordavind”. But that was no reason to put the project on ice.
The time gained was used for working on the first three demo songs “Rise “After Falling”, “Sword Of Xanten” and “Funeral March”, which was released via MySpace in September 2009. After nights out drinking, a new keyboarder has been found in Rosh. Daniel became the new rhythm guitarist. Now a new band name was essential. Furthermore nights came across spent with thinking about a new name. Eventually and fortunately it was found in NOTHGARD.
NOTHGARD started with some Gigs in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. A very special gig was the Metalfest Open Air, where NOTHGARD played in front of very impressed and immense enthusiastic fans! In June the guys signed a label- and booking contract with Black Bards Entertainment and at this time they work on a debut album, which was released worldwide in winter of 2010/2011. In November 2010 Toni decided to leave the band for some private reasons, therefore NOTHGARD was looking for a new drummer. As long as there was no new member the guys were supported by a professional drummer. In December of 2010 NOTHGARD played on the Black Troll Winterfest with very popular bands like e.g. Wolfchant. A big tour with Skyforger, Heljareyga, Gernotshagen, Kromlek and Northland followed in April 2011. Meanwhile Dom and Viktor became even members of the string-team within the Wolfchant-horde!
After a truly great success with their full-lenght debut album "Warhorns of Midgard", NOTHGARD performed on many festivals, such as Walpurgis Metal Days. In Oktober 2011 there will follow some other important events like the Night Warriors Festival in Austria or German Metal Invasion Festival, with popular acts as Amon Amarth or As I Lay Dying. In the end of October NOTHGARD will conquer also the stages of Great Britain for 2 days! (29th + 30th of October) Their grand debut album called "Warhorns of Midgard" has been released former on first of April 2011. In May 2011 the Band found their new drummer in stick-swinger Ziegler.
"Warhorns Of Midgard" got throughout excellent media feedback:
10/ 10 Necroweb.de
13 / 15 Legacy Magazine
4,5 / 5 MonstersAndCritics.de
9 / 10 Ice-Vajal.com
9 / 10 Metalmessage.de
9 / 10 Heavymetal-Tribune
9 / 10 Volumemax
8,5 / 10 Letsrock.ro
8 / 10 Powermetal.de
16 / 20 SpiritOfMetal.com
"Very good!" FFM Rock.de
"…positive surprised & enthusiastic the same time..." Ladymetal.de
"…Who's into that genre, should give "Warhorns Of Midgard" urgently a chance..." Squealer Rocks