The folk-tinged tracks seem to work best (Lise Hibou). 2. The Slovak metal band GALADRIEL was found in the July of 1995 by vocalist and bass player Dodo Datel, guitarist Voloda Zadrapa and drummer Dr. Victor Gieci. This trio built this band from the ruins of heavy metal band Trojan Warrior.
The musical direction of this members moved more to doom metal, which was very strong style in the middle of 90's. The early beginnings were signed by looking for the right people to complete the line-up. And therefore there were often personal changes. In the beginning of the summer 1996 enter the band female vocalist Sona Witch Kozakova. In this 4-member line-up GALADRIEL recorded their first promo CD in August 1996.
The keyboards were recorded by friendly King (in that time the member of Lunatic Gods). In autumnal days enter the band the rhythm guitarist Chulo Malachovsky. With his help band wrote next three songs and recorded them in January 1997. In that time Unknown Territory (a new small british label) offer the contract for GALADRIEL.
So, both recordings were completed and finaly released in September 1997 as a debut CD called "Empire Of Emptiness". But in the summer of 1997 the band overcame the personal exchange on the post of lead guitarist. Voloda Zadrapa left the band and his place took young guitar talent Tomax Gabris. GALADRIEL found their first keyboard player Erik Schmer. In this line-up band prepeared their new material and it was recorded in November of 1997.
Two more songs were recorded in the spring of 1998 already without keyboardist Erik Schmer. New keyboard player was J.S.K. All these songs were released in the January 1999 as a second CD "The Mirror Of Ages" by the same label Unknown Territory. The break of years was signed by the next exchange in the band. Chulo Malachovsky left the band and his place was ready for new guitarist Gabriel Holenka.
In 1999 GALADRIEL wrote and record all songs for their third CD "Oblivion" which was released in March 2000. It was the last record for the Unknown Territory. The band was not satisfied with their work, and in the summer of 2000 left this label. In spring of 2001 GALADRIEL recorded their cover version of Blind Guardian's "Bard's Song - The Hobbit" for the tribute compilation "Tales from the Underground" (already without Gabriel Holenka). The atmosphere in the band was not very good in that time, but the result of this song helps to put members together again. New songs were finalized very soon and few months later GALADRIEL recorded their fourth CD "From Ashes & Dust".
We can said that this record was a turning point for the band. The sound and arrangements of this record were more better than before. With this record GALADRIEL soon signed the contract with Metal Age Productions (Slovak label) which released this album in 2002. In the end of 2002 enter the band new rhythm guitarist Matus Hanus. But in the beginning of 2003 the still old personal problems surfaced and the band was near the tragical extinction.
Three old-years members left the band (Sona Witch Kozakova, J.S.K. and Dr. Victor). After this hurricane the band (Dodo Datel, Tomax Gabris and Matus Hanus) prepared new songs and in autumnal days recorded their next album with many guest musicians.
This CD called "World Under World" was released in March of 2004 by Metal Age Productions again. The line-up of the band was for next months completed with drummer Pyros (ex-Orkrist), guest keyboard player Andrej Kutis (Castaway) and few gigs played bassist Ian Porkert. In September of 2004, after 20 months of chaotic existence of GALADRIEL, the hurricane came back and the line-up changed totally again. Lead guitarist Tomax Gabris left the band together with bassist Ian Porkert. Drummer Pyros ended his musical carreer. The sign of old times, the female vocalist Sona Witch Kozakova, returned to the band together with her brother J.S.K.
(keys). GALADRIEL found new drummer Hoyas. The band started playing gigs again in 2005 and after long search of the adequate compensation after Tomax Gabris they found the right person for the post of lead guitarist. It was Skkipi Skuppin... The band wrote new songs in the year 2006 for new album.
At the begining of 2007 drummer Hoyas left the band due to some technical problems. Therefore the band entered the studio to record new album "Renascence Of Ancient Spirit" with two guest drummers (former member Dr. Victor Gieci and Jan Tornad). In the recording process another member left the band - keyboardist J.S.K.
After few weeks GALADRIEL found new keyboard player Fear. New album "Renascence Of Ancient Spirit" was released by Metal Age Productions in June 2007 In the begining of 2008 Andrej Kutis entered the band as new keyboardist. The band played many gigs with pre-recorded drums and in February 2009 Adam Zelenay finaly became a drummer of GALADRIEL. At the end of Summer the problems with guitarist Skkipi Skuppin culminated to end of the co-operation between him and the band.
This was the perfect time to comeback of Tomax Gabris after five years. Right after this change the band started to write new songs for next album. But as always things were not going to be so easy. After other personal complications the band entered the studio in March 2012. The new album “The 7th Queen Enthroned“ was released by Gothoom Productions in November 2012 and drummer Matej Ferianc and guitarist Michal Kolejak became band members in 2013. The story continues... The current line-up of GALADRIEL : Dodo Datel : vocals, bass Sona Witch Kozakova : female vocals Tomax Gabris : guitars Michal Kolejak : guitars Matej Ferianc : drums Website : http://www.galadriel.sk/ Read more on Last.fm.
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