Eternity’s End was founded in 2014 by guitarist and songwriter Christian Muenzner (Alkaloid, ex Necrophagist, ex Obscura, ex Paradox) who wanted to realize his life long dream of forming a neoclassical power metal band with powerful classic metal vocals. Although it is a completely new band, each member has a long history in the metal scene, all having worked with successful, well respected bands and having appeared on a variety of well acknowledged albums world-wide. Besides Muenzner the original line up included legendary vocalist Ian Parry (ex Elegy, ex Vengeance), keyboardist Jimmy Pitts, drummer Hannes Grossmann (Alkaloid, Blotted Science, ex Obscura, ex Necrophagist) and bassist Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Alkaloid). The band recorded their debut album The Fire Within in 2015, which was mixed, mastered and co-produced by Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry) and was released in Spring 2016 via Power Prog Records.
The album was financed through a successful crowdfunding campaign in which the band reached 133% of the originally intended financial goal. Although very well-received by fans and critics alike worldwide, The Fire Within did not get the support it needed due to the band’s former label vanishing. Rather than breaking up, it was decided that the band would continue creating music, this time with a second guitarist in the fold. Band founder Christian then offered Québécois Guitarist/Songwriter Phil Tougas (First Fragment, Chthe’ilist) the opportunity to join the band in 2017, to help write new material for the band’s second album Unyielding. The result is a shift towards a twin-guitar oriented power metal album with a more aggressive approach. The line-up was completed a year later with elite power metal veterans, vocalist Iuri Sanson (ex Hibria) & bassist Mike Lepond (Symphony X), while featuring original members Jimmy Pitts (keyboards) and Hannes Grossman (drums).
The band’s 2nd album, Unyielding, incorporated the same neoclassical elements and complex keyboard work already present on The Fire Within, all while taking cues from the mid to late 90’s German/European Power Metal classics and the 80s US Power Metal scene. The intent was to create riff-oriented and straight-forward, technical yet catchy power metal hymns with a high emphasis on harmonized leads and guitar solo duels that bring to mind the golden age of Shrapnel Records guitar heroes. The highlights were numerous on this album, including “Into The Timeless Realms”, “Unyielding”, “Blood Brothers”, and “Beyond The Gates Of Salvation”.
Now to the present day, where the band has recruited Justin Hombach on guitars, and welcomes back bassist Linus Klausenitzer. This lineup has recorded the new album, Embers Of War, which will contain all the flashy craziness of Unyielding and is filled to the brim with very aggressive riffs and high speed drumming, Racer X/Cacophony inspired dual guitar shredding and trade offs, soaring vocals and epic, catchy choruses. Embers Of War showcases Eternity’s End’s classic heavy metal and speed metal influences slightly more than the first 2 albums and will be focused very much on the guitars with only some light keyboard textures.
Eternity’s End – The Fire Within (2016)
Eternity’s End – Unyielding (2019)
Eternity’s End – Embers Of War (2021)