SAXORIOR were brought into being in 1994, Matthias
Eschrich (vocals, guitars) and Kai–Uwe Schneider (vocals, guitars),
being the only remaining original members today.
The band´s name stands for „Saxon Warrior“.
In the same year the band produced the first demo
tape „The First Fight“.
In late 1995 they released the first album „Return
From The Dark Side”. Life and death, the universe,
emergence and fading are the lyrical topics.
In December the CD was presented by Radio „Energy“.
Live shows with Eminenz, Benediction and Iced Earth
were played with new keyboarder Frank Nitzsche, who
is still a member to this day.
In August and September
1996 the songs featured on the MCD „Beyond Conceptions“ were recorded
self-produced by the band.
The CD release party in
Altenberg / Erzgebirge in October 1996 got excellent feedback.
The years 1997 and 1998 were reserved for live
performances with Eisregen, Dunkelgrafen and Enslaved among others.
Furthermore new material for new songs was
1999 would become the
most productive year so far peaking in a performance at
Bischofswerdaer Open Air among many other
Also „Portent of
Eternity“ was released by the underground label G.U.C.. It features
many key elements still present in
A quote from „Legacy“ 03/99:„They offer a great mix
Black and Pagan Metal.
Aggressive high speed
parts are contrasted with solemn instrumental passages and sounds
the keyboard emphasizing
the mood of the songs.
SAXORIOR have managed to release an album creating
such an epic, thrilling atmosphere that in your mind´s eye you see
riding across the battle field to fight a glorious
fight for honor and freedom.
„Hagen von Tronje“ was presented on an Ablaze
sampler gaining the bands loads of recognition.
SAXORIOR dedicated the first half of 2001 nearly
exclusively to songwriting to record the third long player „Saxot“ in
For the first time this album contains a cover
version, Mike Oldfield´s „Tubular Bells“.
Most of the lyrics deal with the epoch when Saxonia
Wittekind and his arch nemesis Charlemagne play an
important role in this.
Also parts of the
Nibelung saga were given a special treatment by rearranging the
overture of the Richard Wagner opera of the same
In September, despite a
lengthy absence from the live stage, the release party at Dresden´s
„Flat Black“ also featuring
Eminenz and Minas Morgul
turned out to be a successful event.
The following year was filled with live shows
throughout the German federal territory.
Highlight of the year 2002 was the „Under The Black
Sun“ festival near Berlin joining Roots, Lumbugre and Taake.
In 2003 the vinyl album
„Von Rache und Schmerz“ was released in a limited edition of 500
The special features of
the record are cover version of AC/DC´s „For Those About To Rock“,
sung by Gorgoroth,
Baltak (Australia), and a live
recording on the B side.
The second half of the
year was mainly devoted to recording the next album „Never Ending
Battles“ apart from a few live shows.
2004 started with a live show at Dresden´s Scheune
club together with Dew Scented and others. The material recorded at
occasion was used to produce a live clip for „Fire
of Retaliation“ for SAXORIOR´s website.
In March the new CD „Never Ending Battles“ was
released by Battlegod-Production (Australia), the band´s new label.
The events of the 30-year war in Saxony are the
main focus of the album, which is rounded out by “Dem Meister“, a
piece dedicated to
Richard Wagner, which uses a few themes from his
body of work.2004
and 2005 were exclusively dedicated to live shows.
Highlights were a show with Belphegor, the
„Bands Battle“ in Stavenhagen mit Thyrfing, Raise Hell and Centinex,
the Devil Days in St. Leonhard (Austria)
with Benediction, Mystic Circle, God Dethroned among others,
the Chronical Moshers Open Air in
Reichenbach/Vogtland with Vader, Disaster as well as the charity show
Dresden for the benefit of children
suffering from cancer.
At the SIM EVIL band contest ranked
among more than a 100 bands, which
the release of „Never
Ending War“ on the corresponding Rock Hard compilation.
Finally the label
managed to organize an appropriate distribution partner,
Twilight, and by late summer 2006
the recordings for the new
commenced.It was released in December 2007 gaining so much
that the Digipak version (including a cover of the
KISS song „Creatures of the Night“) was sold out in no time.
A quote from Interregnum-Musik:„When you only have
mediocre amateur material it´s easy to grow beyond your limits, but if
already fighting at the forefront and then surpass
the previous work, that´s worth a bow.“Völkerschlacht“ is an
album full of anthems,
sonic paintings of
battles, angry outbursts of
Pagan Metal, intoxicating high
culture of the guitar.
The songs seem to
overflow you and carry you away in an undertow.
Still you are able to
acknowledge all the adorable details, that make the new SAXORIOR
record so unique….“
Since 2008 SAXORIOR have found new allies
in terms of music and personality with Andy on drums and Thomas on
The new line up´s first show was completed
successfully at the Interregnum Festival in Gnoien on 05.08.2008.
Thus the line-up was functional again, up
to this day, re-energized for the band´s 15th
anniversary with fresh metallic energy !
The following years went
by a little less hectic. Live appearances like METALFEST 2010 (with
BEHEMOTH, SEPULTURA, MARDUK,
DEICIDE, ARKONA and many
more) were highlights.
During this time the
deliberations and research for the
new album „SAKSEN“ began.
The title and the
general concept were agreed on pretty early on. The “time voyage” to
the issue of the Saxon migration proved to be
quite time consuming, as
everything was meant to be authentic yet entertaining.
The first demos were
recorded as early as 2013 at the band´s home studio.
On 27.9.14 SAXORIOR played their 20th
anniversary show as an open air in Dresden and everybody involved
By the end of 2014 a new strong business
partner was found with EINHEIT PRODUKTIONEN reinforcing the motivation
for the album
production and a new musical future!In 2015, after eight years, the successor of
“Völkerschlacht” came out: SAKSEN!
Das first album in the most stable line-up to date.In the years following
SAXORIOR were able to land a few “bigger gigs” with high
caliber acts such as the
Darktroll Festival, Raknarök,
Barther Metal Open Air, the first Pillorian tour.
The first basic ideas for the next studio
effort came about mid 2017.
For various reasons the work on the new
material was delayed thus concept and demos were completed in late
2018 and recordings
for “Hem” (old Saxon for “home”) could
In terms of music this album will be
a bit heavier than its predecessor and lyrically it will deal with the
„Sächsische Schweiz“ (Saxon
Switzerland), its formation, the Hussite
wars and a few old legends. A mid 2019 release is scheduled so
commemorating the 25th
band anniversary ...
„ ...so the battle will go on. “
1994 - The First Fight
1995 - Return From The
Dark Side (CD)
1996 - Beyond
1999 - Portent Of
2000 - Saxot (CD)
2003 - Von Rache und
Schmerz (Of Revenge And Pain) (LP)
2004 - Neverending
2007 - Völkerschlacht
2015 - Saksen (CD/LP)
2019 – Hem (CD/LP)