Nothgard - Biography




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 what 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 was 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".
In 2010 the band stared with some Gigs in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republik. Very special gig was the Metalfest Open Air, where Nothgard played in front of very improved and interested fans! In June the guys signed a label and booking contract with Black Bards Entertainment.

In November Toni has decided to leave the band for some private reasons, therefore Nothgard was looking for a new drummer.

In April 2011 the band has released their first album called "Warhorns of Midgard". Same month they performed their first european tour together with Skyforger, Heljareyga, Gernotshagen, Kromlek and Northland. After a long period without a drummer nothgard has found a new member in Ziegler. Only five months later the band and Rosh have decided to go separate ways because of different future plans.

In 2012 Skaahl from Wolfchant joined the band as their rhythm guitarist.

In spring 2014 the band signed a new record and distribution deal based on the audio-material of their new album. New partners were found in SMP-Records/Trollzorn, who will publish the desired 2. album via Soulfood, Non-Stop-Music and AFM-Records.

Also Dom joined the well-known Bavarian epic metal band Equilibrium as their new guitarist.
The 2nd album "Age of Pandora" was released on 12th of September 2014.

Right now the band consists out of Dom R. Crey (Vocals/ Lead Guitar), Vik S. (Bass), Daniel K. (Rhythm Guitar), D. Ziegler (Drums) and Skaahl (Rhythm Guitar