Sven the Axe - lead vocals
Oliver Weislogel - guitars
Andrew Roussak - keyboards
Wolfgang Fetzer - bass
Harry Reischmann - drums
Dorian Opera was formed in May, 2007. All professional musicians, Oliver Weislogel ( guitar ), Joe Eisenburger ( bass, vocals ) , Andrew Roussak ( keyboards, backing vocals ) and Harry Reischmann ( drums ) had already had an experience of playing together in various bands in Baden- Wuerttemberg, South Germany .
The band name DORIAN OPERA was chosen to stress a link between classical and rock music ( Dorian is a scale mostly often used in rock compositions ). The main influences of the band are , among others, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Yes, Rush, ELP, Marillion, as well as European classical , barocque , renaissance and medieval music.
The debut CD No Secrets was released on the progressive rock label from Russia MALS Records in June 2008.
In the year of 2010, with a new vocalist on board - Sven the Axe - the band was working on its second album. Alexandra Goess made a great guest appearance on Crusade 1212. The album is released in March, 2011
After a long battle the band has returned victorious with a result that is truly worth hearing!
Dorian Operas “Crusade” is an epic piece telling a story full of war and romance, loss, grief and hope. With racing speed this drama takes you along on an adventures journey, which is perfectly represented by the music. Constant restlessness, war and tempests are pictured and driven into a dramatic climax through complex and impulsive rhythms. The new concept album is based on a true event from the European medieval history: in the year of 1212, some thousands of French and German young people made their way to the Holy Land – the event which later became known as the Children's Crusade; this journey was at times just torterous, and had ended up in a disaster .
After the successful debut of “No Secrets” in 2008 where the musicians have already shown a great hit-potential this album is going to a completely new level. One can really say that this band has found their own, unique style. Also in terms of members the band has become richer. With “Sven the axe” - vocal and songwriter of Solemnity the music has found an impressive and strong interpreter. Also the rhythm section has expanded: bassist Wolfgang Fetzer is in no way less skilled and professional as the rest of the group.
Oliver Weislogel on the guitars who is also responsible for the songwriting as well as the production, drummer Harry Reischmann – momentarily on tour with “Gregorian” and famous for his fire-show, and keyboardist Andrew Russak who has brought the story to life with his epic texts and some beautiful compositions too, are showing what is possible for a well rehearsed team. Who was surprised by the good quality of the guitar-solos and the clear and fast riffs will be delighted with the sound on “Crusade” that shines with thrust, clearness and preciseness.
Everyone who loves complex and epic metal can really look forward to this CD!
Influences or Favorite Bands
Dream Theater, Symphony X, ELP, Antonio Vivaldi, Sergey Prokofiev, Niccolo Paganini, Queen, Yes, Led Zeppelin and many others...
14/07/2008 - ArtRock on Magle International Music Forum, Denmark:
...No secrets by Dorian Opera is a strong debut album that should appeal to lovers of progressive rock as well as classical rock alike. Far superior to most new CD's I have heard this year. For this review I have listened at least
ten times to it the past week and most of the tracks still sound fresh. On a scale from one to six stars, this is a five star album to my taste.
30/09/2008 - Gerald Wandio, Dutch Progressive Rock Page, Holland - Canada:
Dorian Opera doesn’t disappoint. If you have a taste for classically-influenced progressive metal, you’ll like this album. They really are crackerjack players, all four of them. Oliver Weislogel ’s fluid, melodic guitar solos are a highlight of the album, but there’s lots to admire in Joe Eisenburger’s powerful bass playing, Andrew Roussak ’s tasteful keyboard work , and Harry Reischmann’s energetic but musical drumming.
11/08/2008 - Peter Pardo on Sea Of Tranquility , USA:
...Dorian Opera put forth an energetic style centered around wild guitar and keyboard solos, plenty of melody, and tight arrangements....The band can obviously play the hell out of their instruments, and they are quite adept at writing powerful progressive rock songs. Dorian Opera have themselves a very solid and enjoyable prog rock/metal debut here, and I think we are in store for some truly great things from this outfit in the years to come.
20/08/2008 - Bea on Metal Heart , France:
This first Dorian Opera’s album shows us all the capacities and the creative potential of the group on the musical level with much worked compositions that I have particularly liked the musical quality. A group to follow in the future
24/01/2009 - Tommy Hash on YTSEJAM, USA:
This quartet possesses strength to give their songs room to breathe musically without going overboard – each musician shines on his own laying down leads, hammering down all the low end and rhythmic elements... No Secrets is one of the few progressive rock records that can still convey the real spirit of rock and roll – the improvisations are kept to a melodic level of impulsiveness while the hard driving atmosphere keeps it all real.
23/07/2008 - Volkmar Mantei on RAGAZZI ( in German ):
...Die Songs sind raffiniert und eingängig komponiert, haben Groove und Härte, intelligente Gesangslinien und interessante Chorgesänge in den Refrains. Symphonische Keyboardsounds und Synthesizerklänge machen die recht komplexe Struktur für Symphonic Rock Fans attraktiv. Andrew Roussak ist ein Meister an den Tasten, ein fingerfertiger und phantasievoller, der dynamische und epische Partien geschickt und ausdrucksstark zu spielen weiß. Sein Part ist der melodische Mittelpunkt aller Songs, während Gitarrist Weislogel für vitale, harte Soli sorgt. Die Ryhthmuscrew Eisenburger und Reischmann spielt druckvoll und differenziert, legt einen starken, kernigen Beat vor und gibt unzählige Breaks und Rhythmuswechsel in die aufwendigen Kompositionen....
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so pleased to hear a "sampling" of your new cd here! I've gotten much play from "No Secrets" and now I cannot wait to get my hands on "Crusade 1212" !!! I am loving what I hear!! Great vocals and incredible playing - and the story of the Crusade is mindboggling - interesting!!! This is exciting stuff!! Kudos to you all for what seems to be another fine project!!!
Thanks for the friend request. Yes, I feel like we are already "old" friends.......Love Dorian Opera, love your playing....Love anything classical Prog with a great pianist!!