9 / 10
"… a smashing, bashing, thumping, riffing belter Christians' vocals are powerful and the soloing throughout is excellent … groove … 'Release The Beast' and 'Wild Boar Banner' are stunners … great riff … masterful solo … powerful vocal … to march to … EISENHAUER write great tracks … worth the wait … nice one fellas."
(Independent Music Showcase)
9 / 10
"… an album you definitely have to listen to as it combines the old school of Heavy Metal with dark and melodic elements worthy of a soundtrack … a musical journey that is enjoyed from start to finish …"
(Metal Gods TV)
4 / 5
"… a brilliant Metal album containing no airs or graces – it’s Heavy Metal to the core."
(MMH - The Home Of Rock Radio)
4 / 5
"… in the wake of Grand Magus … songwriting is compact, built mostly on solid mid-tempos … melodies are marked, left almost entirely to Wagner's voice, which dominates the instruments, highlighted by a rough but effective production … a record worth listening to …"
(Loud And Proud Italy)
8,5 / 10
"… Christian 'Waxe' Wagner's vocals are outstanding, very clear, quite deep ... classic 'True' Heavy Metal ... doomy, great played and sung and in a reserved, unexcited way very impressive!"
8,5 / 10
"Heavy Metal without frills ... apart from the tough guitar riffs there is another big plus for me: singer Christian 'Waxe' Wagner ... it gives me goose bumps ... the man has a voice that not only gives the songs a special touch but also appeals to me extremely ..."
8 / 10
"… give you that Black Sabbath feeling on top of the Grand Magus meets Danzig cake … a convincing piece of music … if you dig the mentioned bands and love to feel like a Viking while listening to the music of your choice you should thank Odin for EISENHAUER and buy their music."
(Reflections Of Darkness)
8 / 10
"Classic Heavy Metal with a lot of epic flair and a tendency to doom ... in principle EISENHAUER in 2020 sound like a successful mixture of Falconer and Grand Magus ... a clear surprise ... they're pounding iron until it glows ... strong !!"
(Rock Castle Franken)
8 / 10
"… very good fusion between Heavy, Doom and Stoner: one thinks of Grand Magus of course (especially for the timbre of Waxe Wagner's voice), but EISENHAUER are more guided by the structures of Classic Metal - they're right to mention Manilla Road among their influences, because I hear quite a bit of the Wichita band's 'Crystal Logic' period … powerful … old school, but they don't just copy the past!"
8 / 10
"… gives you nice sledgehammers you like to feel during a Power/Heavy Metal show … very imaginative, and if you love this style, it will certainly give you the necessary adrenaline rush …"
8 / 10
"Traditional Heavy Metal with a great sound … excellent production … good impression … remind us of names like Grand Magus, although there is evidence of its own identity … a good surprise … we recommend listening."
(World Of Metal)
75 / 100
"If you like the relentless praise of Heavy Metal, here you are."
7,5 / 10
"… successful classic Metal album, which has some pearls to offer ... without doubt bloody strong songs, which are worth listening to ..."
3,5 / 5
"… mix of Doom, Southern Rock, Stoner and traditional Metal … they are often compared to Grand Magnus and for good reason because they create heroic, doomy Heavy Metal … a catchy album that sounds familiar yet so different."
(Heavy Music Headquarters)
"… a rolling thunder blaze … monumental … grooves hard … relies on the heaviness of the riff … leave a pretty impressive impression on the listener."
(The Median Man)
"... imaginative riffs ... full of power ... hammering ... get into your ears very well ... besides really perfect guitar playing, it is above all the expressive vocals that transport many different worlds of feelings ... those who feel ... addressed should give EISENHAUER a chance - they deserve it!"
"… gloriously … something even older than the old school, actually … rigidly traditional, so stern-faced in delivery … if your idea of a roaring night in involves a mead horn and a stack of Grand Magus and Heavy Load albums then I might just have found your new favourite band … never a dull moment … this is ‘A’ grade stuff!"
"… there's a lot of sense in that … well thought out, and damn good ... after 10 songs and 49:10 minutes you have reached the end of an excellent record, how good that you still have the option of the continuous loop ... listen - it's worth it!
(Bad Black Unicorn)
"… they sound almost exactly like Grand Magus … other obvious influences are the doom originators like Black Sabbath and Candlemass, plus a definite feel of early Danzig, especially on 'Release The Beast' … overall an excellent album by a skilled group and this will definitely be added to my playlist for 2020."
(The Razors Edge)
"… a pleasant album … does show the band's willingness to keep the Heavy Metal flag and the moral high … and they manage it 100 % … friends of classic Metal will definitely appreciate it, while if you are looking for commerciality, you are probably 'knocking on the wrong door' … more of an underground 'diamond' than an album that will be understood by the entire Metal audience."
►► Horse Of Hell • EP ◄◄
5 / 5
"... 'Horse Of Hell' ... in short, the song really captured me ... because besides the really well done instrumental parts, it's especially this incredibly brilliant voice that Christian 'Waxe' unpacks here ... both in content and musically far ahead and the change more towards riffy rock is perfect ... especially the vocals are the final touch and for an own production the whole thing is also very good."
(Harte Musik DE)
4,5 / 5
"... in the end, everything feels like a mix between Swedish Mustasch and German Rammstein but still manages EISENHAUER to their advantage to have his own twist on it all ..."
9 / 10
"... sometimes similar to the hazy Stoner Metal or Doom landscapes Black Sabbath or Candlemass would unleash ... 'Eisenhauer' is a perfect example with its smoke filled riffs of pure glory between bouts of Heavy Metal speed and a sixties Rock guitar solo with matching mono sounding cleaner distortion about four minutes in, signaling a change to subtle early Iron Maiden heights similar to 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' in so many ways ... one of the more vital releases to sneak through the underground for 2015."
4 / 5
"Energetically and powerfully (especially vocally) the silver disc 'Horse Of Hell' turns its rounds in the player and apart from audible borrowings from Running Wild or Iron Maiden in the song 'Never Surrender' EISENHAUER remain quite independent and musically consistent over the length of the EP."
85 / 100
85 / 100
8 / 10
"What makes this album stand out are the vocals, as they contain some of the most interesting vocal combinations I have heard lately ... they range from simple melodic singing to some full scale Heavy Metal singing ... the guitars are compressed and really good to hear in the choruses ... contains four songs with about 25 minutes of material, but even with this maybe short length of the album, it does not lack in quality in both songwriting and mixing departments."
(Dutch Metal Maniac)
78 / 100
"EISENHAUER is an original band ... I liked very much the blend of Heavy and Doom Metal they play ... with influences from Southern, Speed and Thrash Metal ... I also loved their calm atmospheres and their melodies ... that's why I think 'Sail My Soul' and 'Horse Of Hell' are two great songs ... and also the other two are very good ... 'Horse Of Hell' is a very good EP ... and I gave it 78, on a maximum of 80 for the release shorter than half an hour."
(Heaven Of Heavy Metal)
7,5 / 10
"Great EP !"
7,5 / 10
"Meanwhile the steel beater's disc accompanies me almost every time I drive ... extremely thick reef work ... fat and broad-legged ... friends, that sounds so much like Grand Magus that I would put EISENHAUER right as the opening act of the next tour of the Swedes."
7,5 / 10
"'Horse Of Hell' is an above average job ..."
7 / 10
"... teutonic steel á la Grand Magus … cool riffs, rhythmic vocals with melodic choruses ... 'Eisenhauer' is a band anthem that could not be more teutonic ... simply fits and does not look fake ..."
(Reaper Zine DE)
7 / 10
"The quartet from Kaufbeuren plays a proper riffing Metal, which lives from the beautiful singing of Christian Wagner ... with his deep timbre he could not only start with Grand Magus tomorrow morning ... a mixture of Grand Magus and Falconer ... 'Never Surrender' knows no stopping until the band anthem 'Eisenhauer' is played ... powerful and powerful, full of power the words 'Eisenhauer, like my hammer, bang your eisenhead' sound and also the Iron Maiden influences look more than clearly around the corner ... therefore EISENHAUER are a band you should definitely keep an eye on ... 'Heavy hammer strikes the steel'."
7 / 10
7 / 10
"… makes me think of traditional Heavy Metal, maybe with a dash of New Wave of British Heavy Metal … a little bit of Saxon mixed with the slower Iron Maiden songs …"
"... all have a slightly teutonic touch, which shines through after the opener 'Sail My Soul' with its powerful stomping riffs and tempo changes ... with an acoustic touch the noble sluggish, but also quite varied title track is rung in, before the rather straight 'Never Surrender' is added ... in battle-cry style, the hook-heavy setting of the band name puts an end to this appetizer ..."
"The guitar work on 'Horse Of Hell' is second to none and it gives this band's Heavy Metal/Thrash sound a sweet touch of Rock and Roll! With Christian 'Waxe' Wagner's voice serving as the cherry on the top of this metallic treat, EISENHAUER whips out four tracks of instantly enjoyable Metal that is all at once classic and modern in it's approach ... had I actually managed to compile a 'Best Of' list for 2015 this EP would have made the cut as it's the complete package: top notch songwriting and performances that is balanced out by a stellar production!"
(Heavy Metal Time Machine)
"Never underestimate simplicity. As UK bruisers Grifter so eloquently pointed out 'the simplicity of the riff is key' and this is a lesson that German metal band EISENHAUER have taken to heart … simplicity is nothing to be scared of and, when coupled with a powerful sense of identity and a genuine enthusiasm for the genre, as exemplified here it can be a most potent weapon indeed ... 'Horse Of Hell' is a great EP with classically styled, Dio-aping artwork, hard hitting riffs, solid production and memorable riffs … this is definitely one for the denim ‘n’ leather brigade to savour and it certainly gave my neck a good workout!"
"Regarding the style it took me back to my early days - the time when I started listening to Metal ... yes, I grew up with Bon Jovi, Metallica, Accept and U.D.O. ... and this EP sounds like that ... for me all songs are aurally suitable ... unleash the retro horse of hell!"
(Bad Black Unicorn)
"The guitarists Christian 'Waxe' Wagner and Simon Bihlmayer enchant the listener already at the opening 'Sail My Soul' with wonderful melodies ... the same goes for the vocals of Waxe, who, just like the guitars, scores with unconventional melodies ... tracks like 'Horse Of Hell', 'Eisenhauer' with a hammer solo or 'Never Surrender', which is even quicker at the end, are perfectly arranged from the first bars to the last chord and played to the point ... extremely strong ... contains no bad song, is bursting with creativity and is very varied ..."
"Very well its sounds a bit of old school style and also a lil bit blended by the catchy Rock'n'Roll and thrashing melodies … nice guitar works especially the solo parts … Teutonic Thrash might be one of their influenced I guess."
"... a very riff-oriented groovemonster with a full-time vocalist, who really stands out and gives this band a unique selling point ... the sound is very traditional and you can hear a certain closeness to Grand Magus, and not only because of the singer! Since I am a very big fan of Grand Magus, it is obvious that EISENHAUER really blew me away ... both thumbs up."
"Mainly, solid Heavy Metal, based on Grand Magus’ legacy ... give ‘em a listen and you won’t miss."
"With 'Horse Of Hell' the Bavarian four piece EISENHAUER comes across gnarly, grumbling and thus setting himself a mark ... three of four songs are catchy tunes that make the banger's head move in raptures over and over again ... teutonic Heavy Metal with a lot of potential."
"... after one listen I was hooked. The power they produce as well as the shear un- pretentiousness of their attack is a welcome change to mass of bands that are trying to use write riffs that are then compressed into a dizzying blur of four hundred notes in the span of four seconds ... the great thing about EISENHAUER is the simplicity of everything they do ... it’s a release that literally grabs the authentic roots of Heavy Metal and condenses its habitual fundamentals into an amazingly digestible and glorious effort ... the quality of the music here is undeniable - this is heavy fucking Metal the way it was meant to be played. Highly recommended!"
"EISENHAUER rides those songs in best tradition of Teutonic Metal along with NWOBHM which is quite significant to this record ... I could put my opinion under heavy machine gun fire and defend it ... believing this is really True Metal as sometimes people say about similar records ... inheritance of German Metal is presented very strongly on the EP and such mix of influences slowly making a prince becomes a king."
"I can't say enough how "Horse Of Hell" satisfies those who are into traditional Heavy Metal, angling towards a future for the band in creating a legendary stamp of its own."
"EISENHAUER is not a simple clone, but offer a compact and heavy Metal valuable, even for those who listened to Heavy Metal in many different ways."
(Rock Garage IT)
Kaufbeuren • Germany
Classic Heavy Metal
Blessed Be The Hunter
June 6, 2020
On June 5th EISENHAUER released the lyric video for the album song "Wild Boar Banner":
The hot and courageous snorting fighter sounds of these deeply upright ones have developed into something very special until today. And not only the name of the band is an absolute program - even the foundation became a sworn ritual.
Since 2007, everything at EISENHAUER has been revolving around the timeless ideals, values and powers that have always been embodied by impressively booming electric guitars.
On the second album with the striking title "Blessed Be The Hunter", the four men present themselves with mature material from the most interesting side of playing culture so far.
[ Artwork: Gabriel Turner Byrne ]
Their heroically charged to the point of bursting, doomy and typically Teutonic Heavy Rock with a continuous, catchy and melodic Metal edge captivates with the seal of approval 'Real Handmade'.
Everything is ceremonially crowned by Waxe's exceptional masculine voice: a singer who is thoroughly inspired by his cause, who rides the high walls of sound and symbolically leads his companions through the deepest valleys. Waxe always bows down before big, dark and soulful voices like Ronnie James Dio, Glenn Danzig, Eric Wagner, Jim Morrison and Johnny Cash.
Ase, who also put his heart and soul into "Blessed Be The Hunter", brings in his resolutely commanding bass lines as energetically as if he had been born for it alone. His art on the thick strings lacks neither the necessary power nor dexterity.
And with the impressively effective Johann, EISENHAUER have a powerful heavy worker as hammering machine in the line-up, who, like a war drummer, leads all songs into the decisive battle.
[ Pic: Gabriel Turner Byrne ]
Influences from giants like Black Sabbath and Dio are unmistakable, and EISENHAUER add a pinch of Trouble, Samhain/Danzig and In Solitude in a well-dosed way. The quartet's powerful overall sound is rounded off with partly massive nuances of Grand Magus and Manilla Road, which brings a delicious touch of obscure moods.
And the ten compositions on "Blessed Be The Hunter" also provide heaps of pithy, roaring dynamics with deliberate cross-references to acts like Cro-Mags, Slayer and Sacred Reich.
In 2020, EISENHAUER will be united for timeless and unadulterated HEAVY METAL in its purest form, carrying the heroic sagas of a generation believed lost to the campfires of our time. Serious musicians are at work, who know exactly what they want to hear as fans - without looking at degraded images or wandering along worn out retro sound paths.
The at any time comprehensible and often catchy guitar work convinces basically by its emphatically massive appearance and well-considered structuring - but the axe duo Waxe and Simon also knows how to shine at times with wonderful, blissfully harmonious solos that you can't get out of your head.
[ Pic: Gabriel Turner Byrne ]
"Blessed be the hunter" is the motto of this - not only musically - diverse album. Frontman and songwriter Waxe likes to share his exciting stories of the new release with the listeners:
"In 'Sun Under My Breast' we sail through dark, demonic times, when it is better to have the sun under your chest. The hammers are proudly crossed in 'Ode To The Hammer' and in 'Tyrannus' we face the haughty tyrants with hope. In 'Gods Of Pain' there are epics about the creation and destruction power of the gods; a warrior gets between the powers, a man who fights shoulder to shoulder with his sword brothers under the wild boar banner in 'Wild Boar Banner' and defies the gods to please them. Our hero faces the wrath of the gods and is finally ambushed and killed by the traitor king. In 'Priestess Of Delight', however, he is brought back to life by the priestess of joy and sent back from the realm of the dead to take revenge on the traitorous king. A ghost warrior who in 'Ghostwarrior' marches forward unstoppably along skull-paved paths to answer the haunting call of his inner beast in 'Release The Beast'. Enter the temple of fiery blood, stone and steel with this hunter," demands Waxe, full of inner fire.
More: "Live and celebrate the cult in 'Cult'! Awaken your own God within you, touch the rainbow bridge, become indestructible and strong like a mountain in 'Mountain'. Blessed Be The Hunter - blessed be love, life, passion and death. Let the steel sing!"
Painter, graphic designer and photographer Gabriel Turner Byrne, who is also based in Kaufbeuren and hails from Tucson, Arizona, was inspired by this, which led to a truly outstanding, thematically representative front cover of the new longplayer "Blessed Be The Hunter". That Turner Byrne, according to his long-time friend Waxe, 'lives what he paints' gets radiated in an inspiring way by the mystical motif. Eisenheads unite! (Markus Eck)
EISENHAUER • Online:
01. Priestess Of Delight 05:25
02. Gods Of Pain 07:07
03. Release The Beast 5:58
04. Sun Under My Breast 01:06
05. Wild Boar Banner 04:52
06. Ghost Warrior 04:58
07. Ode To The Hammer 05:35
08. Mountain 05:04
09. Tyrannus 02:54
10. Cult 06:36
total: 49:10 min.
Christian 'Waxe' Wagner • Vocals, Guitar
Simon Bihlmayer • Guitar
Thomas 'Ase' Aschermann • Bass
Johann Bechteler • Drums
2012 • Never Surrender (Full-length)
2015 • Horse Of Hell (EP)
2020 • Blessed Be The Hunter (Full-length)
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