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Tyrol, Austria (1996 – present)

Dornenreich is a melodic black metal band from Tyrol, Austria. The name means realm of thorns (noun) or full of thorns (adjective) in German.
Founded in 1996, the band has progressed in style from black metal on their first album, Nicht um zu sterben, to what the band describes as “a vision beyond (black) metal, neofolk and ambient” on their latest works. The music on their second album, Bitter ist’s dem Tod zu dienen, released in 1997, can be described as with some folk and some gothic influences. With their most modern-sounding 2001 album Her von welken Nächten they reached a point where deep sentiment and contemplation of life and death induces a very own style of music that was critically acclaimed by all metal magazines. After that album, drummer Moritz Neuner (also in Leaves’ Eyes, Darkwell, Atrocity) left the band due to some differences with the two remaining members. Shortly after, an upcoming album with the name Hexenwind was announced, with which the band would return to a more pure black metal style. However, during the track-writing period the band’s progression took a new direction towards a more calm and mature approach, and Hexenwind was not released until 2005.


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  • bendingtree


    6 Dec 1:35am Reply
  • DaGlausch

    Yes, they do.

    12 Sep 6:39pm Reply
  • bendingtree

    Dornenreich does not play neofolk music. You have to change your preconceptions.

    1 Sep 12:58am Reply
  • noisefiend

    their later material is too weird for me to digest. their ambient/black metal/folk stuff is good, but I think for them doing neofolk Jochen's voice is beyond David Tibetan levels of unlistenability. Its like he's molesting my ears.

    16 Aug 6:14pm Reply
  • DaGlausch

    It isn't their last!!! They are just doing a break...

    1 Aug 11:25am Reply
  • bendingtree

    i still don't want to believe that "Freiheit" will be their last album.... they need to tour North America at least once before they disband!

    12 Jul 1:18pm Reply
  • DaGlausch

    For those of you, who are really sad, that "Freiheit" was Dornenreichs last album for a while, I highly recommend the band "Munarheim", wich I recently discovered: Their album "Nacht und Stürme werden Licht" is just an incredible record! Check it out, if you love Dornenreich! (And no, I am not a member or promoter of this band :D)

    15 Jun 8:28am Reply
  • cisnenegro


    3 Jun 5:49pm Reply
  • Xhi

    Die Bonus-CD von "Freiheit" ist fast schon gelungener als das Album selbst. Nicht schlecht.

    25 May 9:34pm Reply
  • theEldritch

    Oh damn! Thanks!

    23 May 12:46pm Reply
  • Doomblake

    @theEldritch: there's an English translation of the whole new album on their website:

    22 May 6:28am Reply
  • bendingtree

    "Dream of dreams, Let me feel and realize you"

    22 May 12:02am Reply
  • theEldritch

    Hey would one of you German listeners be so kind as to translate the sentence "Traumestraum, sei jetzt erfühlt, erkannt" for me? The internet is failing me :D

    21 May 1:51pm Reply
  • theEldritch

    Really enjoying Freiheit. At first it seemed a little out of balance with the acoustic and the metallic but it grew on me fast. Going to listen to this a lot in the woods this summer.

    20 May 7:58am Reply
  • derbara

    Haben mal echt gute Musik gemacht -.-

    14 May 12:26pm Reply
  • bohenix

    the great album :)

    13 May 8:35am Reply
  • Sanctus0815

    Das neue Album ist wirklich gut geworden, für mich eines Ihrer besten. Generell ist für mich die Reihenfolge: 1. Hexenwind, 2. Durch den Traum, 3. Freiheit, 4. In Luft geritzt 5. Herr von Welken Nächten, 6. Bitter ists dem Tod zu dienen, 7. Nicht um zu sterben, 8. Flammentriebe. Das neue Album erinnert stellenweise auch an Angizia, vor allem an Kokon, dem ganzen lieg teine ähnliche Stimmung/Leidenschaft zu grunde.

    8 May 11:37am Reply
  • StahlUndLeder

    While listening to "Freiheit", all I could think of is how seemingly every freshman is blatantly scrubbing his newly bought guitar while trying to be the next musical sensation... So dull... Also some riffs seem to be directly taken from "In Luft geritzt". The violin parts are uninteresting, so are the metal parts ...

    7 May 6:31pm Reply
  • elitist_jerk

    these riffs though

    7 May 2:52am Reply
  • diohadhasuh

    "Im Fluss die Flammen" Is amazing

    4 May 2:51pm Reply
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