Atlantean Kodex

Atlantean Kodex is a German heavy metal band from Vilseck in Bavaria. The band is under contract with Ván Records and has released three studio albums so far.

Atlantean Kodex
Atlantean Kodex at Hell over Hammaburg festival 2018
Atlantean Kodex at Hell over Hammaburg festival 2018
Background information
OriginVilseck, Bavaria, Germany
Genres
Years active2005–present
LabelsVán Records
Members
  • Manuel Trummer
  • Florian Kreuzer
  • Markus Becker
  • Mario Weiß
  • Coralie Baier
Past membersMichael Koch

HistoryEdit

Early years (2005–2010)Edit

The band was founded in 2005 by Manuel Trummer (guitar) and Florian Kreuzer (bass). The further members Markus Becker (vocals), Michael Koch (guitar) and Mario White (drums) joined two years later.[1] In 2007, they released the demo The Pnakotic Demos, followed by the EPs A Prophet in the Forest and The Pnakotic Vinyls two years later. The band has performed at renowned underground festivals, including the 2009 Keep It True [de], the Hammer of Doom [de], the Up the Hammers in Athens, the Dublin Doom Day and the Doom Metal Inquisition in Bradford.

The Golden Bough and The White Goddess (2010–present)Edit

Atlantean Kodex signed to the Italian label Cruz del Sur Music. In 2010, the debut album The Golden Bough was released. The title comes from the book The Golden Bough of the Scottish anthropologist James George Frazer, who believed that all European religions evolved from the magical thinking of the Stone Age people. He considered magic to be the root of religions.[2]

The album became album of the month in the magazine Rock Hard, as well as in the Heavy oder was? magazine and in the Greek Metal Hammer. In the annual polls of the online communities of Sacred Metal and Rock Hard, The Golden Bough won in the category "Album of the Year". In 2011, Atlantean Kodex played at the Rock Hard Festival, in 2012 they were confirmed for the Bang Your Head!!! festival, but had to cancel their performance; however, in 2014 they played the festival.

The second album The White Goddess was published on 4 October 2013 and received positive reviews again in the press.[3][4][5] It entered the German charts at number 65.[6]

Musical styleEdit

Atlantean Kodex was founded by Manuel Trummer to create an alternative to modern metal. Key influences were old Manowar and Bathory. The band plays epic heavy metal based on doom metal, which was described as a mixture of Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus with Manowar, Iced Earth, Bathory or Solstice. Another influence is the hard rock of the 1970s, like Uriah Heep or Rainbow.[7][2]

For the lyrics Trummer was inspired by ancient European mythology, writers such as H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard or Carl Amery as well as Bavarian culture.[1] The musicians are considered to be advocates of analogue recording techniques and have spoken out repeatedly in interviews accordingly.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

  • 2010: The Golden Bough
  • 2013: The White Goddess
  • 2019: The Course of Empire

EPsEdit

  • 2008: A Prophet in the Forest
  • 2009: The Pnakotic Vinyls

OtherEdit

  • 2006: The Hidden Folk (split with Vestal Claret)
  • 2007: The Pnakotic Demos (demo)
  • 2009: The Annihilation of Königshofen (live)
  • 2010: The Pnakotic Demos + Fragments of Yuggoth
  • 2010: The Annihilation of Nürnberg (live)
  • 2017: The Annihilation of Bavaria (live)
  • 2020: The Annihilation of Tyrol (live)[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Ansgar Hastenpflug. "Atlantean Kodex im Interview". XXL-Rock. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b Alexander Meyer. "Auf die Knie vor den arbeitslosen Akademikern!". My Revelations. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  3. ^ Boris Kaiser: Atlantean Kodex - The White Goddess. In: Rock Hard, October 2013, p. 113
  4. ^ Colin Brinker. "The White Goddess". Metal.de. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  5. ^ Reinhold Reither. "ATLANTEAN KODEX - The White Goddess". Stormbringer.at. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts - Offizielle Deutsche Charts".
  7. ^ Dirk Konz. "Atlantean Kodex - The Golden Bough". Metalnews.de. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  8. ^ "The Annihilation of Tyrol, by ATLANTEAN KODEX".

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