Gloryhammer is an international symphonic power metal, epic and fantasy band, founded by Christopher Bowes, vocalist of Alestorm , a multi-national pirate metal band. They launched their debut album Tales from the Kingdom of Fife through Napalm Records in March 2013. Each member of the group represents a character in the story that narrates the album, and in live concerts, there clothing is characterized by its corresponding role.
Gloryhammer emerges in 2009 as a project idea during a tour of the British bands Alestorm and Sorcerer's Spell. After looking for a suitable singer for more than a year, in mid-2011 Christopher Bowes set eyes on Thomas Winkler in a video on the Internet, he was the singer of the Swiss heavy metal group Emerald. Although he first rejected the offer due to other commitments, Winkler had decided to join the band later that year, after Bowes asked him for the second time, and finally he became the permanent singer of the group.
In the spring of 2012 Gloryhammer was in London for the first photographic session, and in the middle of the same year they entered the recording studio LSD-Tonstudio, located in Lubeck that belongs to producer Lasse Lammert, who had worked with Alestorm previously The group met again at the beginning of 2013 in Berlin, where they recorded a music video for the release of their first single "Angus McFife", directed by Oliver Sommer (AVA Studios).
On March 29, 2013, their debut album Tales from the Kingdom of Fife was published through record label Napalm Records. The name of the album refers to song themes, which tell the story of Scottish heir prince Angus McFife. According to a statement by the founder of the group, Christopher Bowes, this idea should extend up to 21 albums.
Gloryhammer made its first appearance at a festival on the main stage of the Metaldays Festival (formerly Metalcamp) in 2013, where other groups of the same genre, such as King Diamond, Iced Earth and Sonata Arctica, also played. Since then they have been on tour around the world, such as Australia, the United States, England and Germany. On June 12, 2015, the band announced that on September 25 of the same year it would release its new album, entitled Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards. On the occasion of the presentation of this album, Gloryhammer made a European six-weeks tour with Stratovarius and Divine Ascension, which included 5 dates in Spain (Bilbao, Madrid, Seville, Valencia and Barcelona).
Gloryhammer's style is influenced by power metal of the late 90's, with a style orientation similar to the first Rhapsody records. Other critics see similarities between their music and that of Blind Guardian and DragonForce. The voice is firm, multifaceted, clear and has been described by several critics as a pioneer for the genre. Regarding the structure of songs, most verses are classic, and the lyrics tell a fantasy story that takes place in medieval Scotland.
On 16th May 2017, Gloryhammer was nominated as best band in the category "Up & Coming" of the Metal Hammer Awards 2017 by the German edition of international music magazine Metal Hammer.
In January 2018, the band did a headlining tour across Europe, consisting of 24 shows in a row of which 11 shows were sold out.
In September of 2018, they toured together with Alestorm through North America for the first time, playing 19 shows in the USA and Canada.
On January 30, 2019, the band's official Facebook page announced the album Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex, which was released on May 31, 2019. Following the album's release was the band's first North American tour as headliners in June with Æther Realm as support.
Story: In the distant future of the year 1992...war has returned to the galaxy. One thousand years have passed since the brave hero Angus McFife defeated the evil sorcerer Zargothrax in the battle of Dunfermline, trapping the wizard in a frozen prison of liquid ice. But now, a cult of unholy chaos wizards are plotting to release their dark master from his ice-bound tomb and once again unleash the sorcerer Zargothrax upon the universe. The tragic destiny of the Galactic Empire of Fife now hangs in the balance once again.
Christopher Bowes (Zargothrax, Dark Sorcerer of Auchtermuchty) keyboards, backing vocals
Paul Templing (Ser Proletius, Grand Master of the Templar Knights of Crail) guitars, backing vocals
James Cartwright (Hootsman, Barbarian Warrior of Unst) bass, backing vocals
Ben Turk (Ralathor, the Mysterious Hermit of Cowdenbeath) - drums
Thomas Winkler (Angus McFife, Crown Prince of Dundee, Heir to the Kingdom of Fife) – lead vocals
Michael Barber – keyboards (2016–present)