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Haggard

For a first indication about what the quite unique entity known as Haggard is trying to accomplish, one needs look no further than the list of members and the varied instruments they play. No, those aren't just session musicians -- this is a full-fledged metal orchestra, and they aim to take classical metal to new heights. Fusing classical influences in metal is nothing new, as any disciple of Yngwie Malmsteen will tell you, but Haggard are on a different plane altogether. This is truly a marriage of classical music and metal, with a wide variety of vocal styles (some choirs, excellent female sopranos, and yet also prominent male death growls) and the various non-metal instruments are all as essential to the overall sound as the guitars, basses and drums. It's an interesting mix, with the heavier parts resembling mid-paced doomdeath (though not as dreary or ponderous as that genre can be), and the lighter interludes being, well, classical (there's really no other way to describe it). It's difficult to determine exactly who the target audience might be for Haggard, as the non-metal aspect may turn off hardened rock fans and death vocals and heavy guitars may not be welcome to those who otherwise might enjoy this. Nonetheless, Haggard are to be commended for attempting something as ambitious as this, and not only that, they do succeed in producing a style that is quite enjoyable, listenable, and recommended.

Current Members

Asis Nasseri

vocals/guitars

Luz Marsen

drums

Andi Nad

bass

Danny Klupp

guitars (ex-Taraxacum)

Susanne

vocals

Florian Schnellinger

bass/vocals

Hans Wolf

keyboards

Kathrin Pechlof

harp

Kerstin Krainer

violin

Steffi Hertz

viola

Kathrin Hertz

cello

Christoph Zastrow

flute

Robert Müller

clarinet

Florian Bartl

oboe

Fiffi Fuhrmann

other/vocals

Former Members/Guests

Robin Fischer

bass

Karin Bodemüller

vocals

Sasema

vocals

Christian

vocals

Thomas Rosato

vocals

Andi Hemberger

vocals

Gaby Koss

vocals

Veronika Kramheller

vocals

Peter Prysch

french horn

Georg Uttenthaler

bass

Andrea Sterr

violin

Judith Marschall

violin

Ivica Percinlie

violin

Michael Stapf

violin

Andreas Peschke

flute

Mark Pendry

clarinet

Michael Schumm

percussion



Discography


Progressive  EP
1994 independent
  1. Charity Absurd
  2. Mind Mutilation
  3. Incapsuled
  4. Progressive
  5. Daddy Was Her First Man
  • Asis Nasseri
  • Luz Marsen
  • Andi Nad
  • Danny Klupp
  • Karin Bodemüller
  • Christian
  • Thomas Rosato
  • Peter Prysch
  • Georg Uttenthaler
  • Hans Wolf
  • Kathrin Pechlof
  • Andrea Sterr
  • Michael Stapf
  • Steffi Hertz
  • Kathrin Hertz
  • Christoph Zastrow
  • Robert Müller
  • Florian Bartl
  • Fiffi Fuhrmann



And Thou Shall Trust ... The Seer  
1997 Last Episode
  1. The Day As Heaven Wept
  2. Origin Of A Crystal Soul
  3. Requiem In D-Minor
  4. In A Pale Moon's Shadow
  5. Cantus Firmus In A-Minor
  6. De La Morte Noire
  7. Lost (Robin's Song)
  8. A Midnight Gathering
  • Asis Nasseri
  • Luz Marsen
  • Andi Nad
  • Danny Klupp
  • Karin Bodemüller
  • Sasema
  • Florian Schnellinger
  • Hans Wolf
  • Kathrin Pechlof
  • Kerstin Krainer
  • Steffi Hertz
  • Kathrin Hertz
  • Christoph Zastrow
  • Robert Müller
  • Florian Bartl
  • Fiffi Fuhrmann



Awakening The Centuries  
2000 Drakkar
  1. Rachmaninov: Choir
  2. Pestilencia
  3. Heavenly Damnation
  4. The Final Victory
  5. Saltorella La Manuelina
  6. Awaking The Centuries
  7. Statement zur Lage der Musica
  8. In A Fullmoon Procession
  9. Menuett
  10. (I) Prophecy Fulfilled
  11. II) And The Dark Night Entered
  12. Courante
  13. Rachmaninov: Choir
  • Asis Nasseri
  • Luz Marsen
  • Andi Nad
  • Danny Klupp
  • Karin Bodemüller
  • Christian
  • Thomas Rosato
  • Peter Prysch
  • Georg Uttenthaler
  • Hans Wolf
  • Kathrin Pechlof
  • Andrea Sterr
  • Michael Stapf
  • Steffi Hertz
  • Kathrin Hertz
  • Christoph Zastrow
  • Robert Müller
  • Florian Bartl
  • Fiffi Fuhrmann



Awakening The Gods - Live In Mexico  
2001 Drakkar
  1. Intro/Rachmaninov Choir
  2. Mediaeval Part
  3. Lost
  4. Prophecy Fullfilled
  5. Menuett
  6. Origin Of A Crystal Soul
  7. Awakening The Centuries
  8. Courante
  9. In A Fullmoon Procession
  10. Final Victory
  11. In A Pale Moon´s Shadow



Eppur Si Muove  
2004 Drakkar
  1. All'inizio è La Morte
  2. Menuetto In Fa-Minore
  3. Per Aspera Ad Astra
  4. Of A Might Divine
  5. Gavotta In Si-Minore
  6. Herr Mannelig
  7. The Observer
  8. Eppur Si Muove
  9. Larghetto / Epilogo Adagio
  10. Herr Mannelig (Short Version)
  • Asis Nasseri
  • Luz Marsen
  • Robin Fischer
  • Andi Hemberger
  • Gaby Koss
  • Veronika Kramheller
  • Hans Wolf
  • Judith Marschall
  • Ivica Percinlie
  • Michael Stapf
  • Steffi Hertz
  • Kathrin Hertz
  • Andreas Peschke
  • Mark Pendry
  • Florian Bartl
  • Fiffi Fuhrmann
  • Michael Schumm
2004 Readers' Album #77




Tales Of Ithiria  
2008 Drakkar
  1. The Origin
  2. Chapter I - Tales Of Ithiria
  3. From Deep Within
  4. Chapter II - Upon Fallen Autumn Leaves
  5. In Des Königs Hallen (Allegretto Siciliano)
  6. Chapter III - La Terra Santa
  7. Vor Dem Sturme
  8. Chapter IV - The Sleeping Child
  9. Hijo De La Luna
  10. On These Endless Fields
  11. Chapter V - The Hidden Sign
  • Asis Nasseri
  • Luz Marsen
  • Andi Nad
  • Danny Klupp
  • Susanne
  • Florian Schnellinger
  • Hans Wolf
  • Kathrin Pechlof
  • Kerstin Krainer
  • Steffi Hertz
  • Kathrin Hertz
  • Christoph Zastrow
  • Robert Müller
  • Florian Bartl
  • Fiffi Fuhrmann
2008 Readers' Album #92




Era Divina  VIDEO
2009




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