|Origin||San Francisco Bay Area|
Vulcan Sky Records
Inzo Der Barrakuda
Baron Von Trotz
After releasing two self-produced EPs in 2000 and 2001, ArnoCorps built a fan following in the San Francisco Bay Area. The band's full length concept album was announced for release in 2005, titled The Greatest Band Of All Time. British metal label Anticulture Records released the album in the UK and Europe in February 2006. After receiving critical praise in British magazines such as Metal Hammer and Total Guitar, along with mainstream radio airplay on BBC Radio 1, ArnoCorps headlined tours of the UK and Ireland.
The first tour earned the band a 10 out of 10 rating from the BBC for a performance in Manchester, England, an appearance on commercial radio station Kerrang! 105.2 and a rave review of their London show in the October 2006 issue of Bizarre. In 2008, ArnoCorps was voted "Best San Francisco (local) Rock Band" by the readers of SF Weekly.
The lyrics of ArnoCorps songs have a particular emphasis on Schwarzenegger's action roles from the 1980s such as The Terminator, Predator and Total Recall, with many of the lyrics retelling movie dialogue and plots, similar to The Misfits' lyrical focus on horror films and B-movies.
As a further part of their concept, ArnoCorps make tongue-in-cheek claims of being inspired by ancient folklore and mythology originating from the alps of their "native" Austria, suggesting that there are actually sociological and philosophical topics being addressed in their lyrics. As part of a publicity stunt, the band accused several Hollywood movie studios with "stealing" the mythology of Austria for plot material. In 2004, the band attempted to launch a class-action lawsuit against the studios on behalf of the Austrian people, although the case failed to go to court.
The band combines a militaristic appearance with a musical style rooted in skate punk and heavy metal. Describing their music as "Action Adventure Hardcore Rock and Roll", the focus of the band is on energetic live performances which feature interaction with the audience. Attendees and fans are referred to by the band as "Goddamn Heroes and Sheroes."
The band's stage show sees all six members dressed in combat fatigues and camouflage paint (inspired by Predator and Commando) and address the audience in "ballsy" accents. Each band member uses a pseudonym and have heroic backstories. ArnoCorps often performs with two bass players in their line-up (an arrangement they refer to as "heroic symmetry").
- ArnoCorps EP01 (2000)
- ArnoCorps EP02 (2001)
- The Greatest Band Of All Time (2005 US, 2006 UK)
- The Ballsy EP (2009)
- The 2001 EP (2011 Re-release of remastered and remixed select tracks from EP01 and EP02)
- Two More! (2012 Limited Edition CD of the songs Pumping Iron and Stay Hungry)
- The Fantastic EP (2013)
- The Unbelievable (2017)
- Welcome to the Gym! (2019)
- Holzfeuer - Vocals
- Erich Nagelbett - Guitar
- Vielmehr Klampfe - Guitar
- Inzo Der Barrakuda - Lead Bass
- Karl Dichtschnur - Low Bass
- Baron Von Trotz - Drums
- Der Wölf
- Toten Adler
- Gellend Adler
- "ArnoCorps at the Attic - 10/10". BBC. 2006-06-26. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
- "Best Of San Francisco - San Francisco Readers' Poll Winners - (2008)". SF Weekly. 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
- "Five Years Running". East Bay Express. 2005-11-30. Retrieved 2009-08-25.[permanent dead link]
- "ArnoCorps Lyrics". Archived from the original on 14 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
- DuShane, Tony (2006-11-16). "ArnoCorps". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-01-22.