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 debutalbum, “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 debutalbum was licenced to Massacre records for the rest of the world.
The followup “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 midtempo 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, keyboardplayer/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, keyboardplayer Halvor Gustafson and singer Håvard Indrebø finally completed the new lineup, which only lasted a year, when 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". Drummer Stian Andre Braathen left the band at the end of 2014, but the band found a more than worthy replacement in Jarle Byberg. The plan for the future is to spread the word, music & glory of the highlands!
Highland Glory :
Jan Thore Grefstad - vocals
Jack Roger Olsen - guitars, backing vocals
Per Olav Olsen - guitars, backing vocals
Halvor Gustafson - keyboards
Knut Egil Tøftum - bass
Jarle Byberg - drums
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