October 4, 1968 |
||Power metal, Symphonic metal, Progressive metal, Neo-classical metal,
||Rhapsody of Fire, Avantasia, Sieges Even, Blind Guardian, Avalon
Alex Holzwarth was born on 4 October 1968 in Landshut, Germany and is a professional drummer, and current member of Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody of Fire.
He is the brother of the band's bass guitarist Oliver Holzwarth. He is also a former member of Avantasia, a former live member of Blind Guardian, and the current bassist for Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody of Fire.
He started playing drums at the age of ten. The first instrument that he bought was a Troyan Drum with Paiste hi-hats. His first drumming teacher was Seppl Niemeyer.
In 2000 he joined Italian symphonic/power metal band Rhapsody Of Fire with the release of Dawn of Victory, succeeding Daniele Carbonera. He was also the drummer of German progressive metal band Sieges Even, in which his brother played bass, until the band's separation in 2008.
In 2001 Alex was a session drummer for both Tobias Sammet's Avantasia symphonic/power metal operas. The Metal Opera features many musicians from the power metal scene, but Holzwarth is credited for all drums in the first two Avantasia releases (with the exception of track 10 on The Metal Opera Part II). He also served as session drummer for several songs on Avantasia's new albums The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon (released April, 2010).
He also has played and recorded with other bands such as; Angra, Paradox, Dol Ammad, Looking Glass Self, Sieges Even, Hexfire, Pergana.
He was a part of Luca Turilli's Rhapsody album Ascending to Infinity, but left the band in 2012 to be fully in the original Rhapsody of Fire.