Riddare av Koden
|Riddare Av Koden|
Riddare Av Koden
|Origin||Secunda, South Africa|
|Genres||Melodic Death Metal/Epic|
|Years active||2006 - Present|
|Members||Heimdall Av Koden
Steven De Pina
|Past members||Daniel Wilson
Riddare Av Koden is a Melodic Death Metal/Epic band from South Africa. Formerly known as Elegy, the band had to change its name in November 2009, when the underground success of their debut album attracted the attention of Universal Records. They then became known as Riddare Av Koden, when translated from Swedish, means "Knights of the Code", and currently perform and release under that name.
- 1 Musical characteristics
- 2 Band History
- 3 Members
- 4 Discography
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Riddare Av Koden is musically influenced by a range of bands and artists over many different genres. From In Flames to Hans Zimmer; Lady Gaga to Children of Bodom; Equilibrium;Randy Rhoads, and even Classical Jazz.
With the adoption of Keyboards in 2010 and the noticeable orchestral introductions of certain tracks with occasional Classical and Folk instruments during live performances, the band has been described as having Neoclassical elements included in their music.
The Elegy Era (October 2006 - November 2009)
Elegy was formed in October 2006, by brothers Nathan and Daniel Wilson, who were 17 and 23 at the time. The two brothers asked Shay Av Koden to assume lead guitar duties, having been childhood friends and sharing a passion in Heavy Metal. The trio then began writing songs and looking for a vocalist and bassist. Travis Seager then joined the band as vocalist. Kevin Webber was asked to join the band temporarily to complete the line-up for their first show in Secunda, Mpumalanga.
Kevin Webber became a permanent member in the band, and strong friendships began forming between the members of Elegy. After their first show, the band began working on an LP to gain entry into the South African Metal scene. During this period, Travis Seager left to pursue his career as an artist. Shay then assumed lead vocal duties and Elegy went into studio to record their debut LP - "A Voice Will Call", which landed them a distribution deal with Electromode Records - South Africa's biggest distribution label.
Riddare Av Koden Era (November 2009 to Present)
Elegy began searching for new names, opening up the debate to fans worldwide after losing their distribution deal with Electromode.
Within a week of receiving the change notice they announced that their new name was to be "Riddare Av Koden".
The name change caused much controversy between fans and the public, and was announced officially on 16 November 2009.
May 2010 - Riddare Av Koden began working with Multi-instrumentalist and Composer Steven de Pina and, in September 2010 he was officially welcomed into the band as Keyboardist and Folk instrumentalist.
In April 2011, Daniel Wilson (one of the two founding members) announced his departure from the band.
Riddare Av Koden in 2011 took a break from constant live performance and only played exclusive shows and festivals throughout the year with Cameron Zuccarelli on drums and their very first International performance in Gaborone, Botswana.
They released "A Voice Will Call" for free download worldwide, and grew to 40,000 Fans on Facebook.
2012 didn't see performance activity from the band as the members of Riddare Av Koden were on a Sabbatical/Hiatus. Later that year, Nathan Wilson and Kevin Webber also announced their departure.
Heimdall Av Koden
Shay Av Koden began composing new music & looking for musicians to test the Suites in a Live environment.
He adopted the stage name "Heimdall Av Koden".
Thomas then suggested that they ask Pepi Petkov to assume second guitar/vocal duties. Pepi had come from Autumn Sun, a Melodic Death Metal band, having toured with the likes of Kreator, Cradle of Filth and other big names.
In late 2013, Steven De Pina returned to compose and play for Riddare.
William Bishop, who also played with Thomas in Fuzigish, joined the band as bassist and backing vocalist.
Riddare welcomed William into the band, under the stage name "The Bishop."
In late 2013, Tom and The Bishop went back to Fuzigish only, due to touring demands, and Nikola "Hellas" Bruni returned to play drums for Riddare.
With the new line-up, the band found a common interest in Bodybuilding and Mixed Martial Arts training. The image evolved into a classier, more sophisticated portrayal of Heavy Metal, drawing inspiration from high-end fashion labels.
During this time, the concept & artwork for "Dynasty" was created by Jason Enslin & Heimdall Av Koden.
Riddare Av Koden adopted the phrase "Novus Ordo Seclorum".
In late 2013, it was rumored that Andols Herrick, ex-Chimaira, would be the studio drummer on the Dynasty record.
- Elegy (2007)
- "Riddare Av Koden Official Page". Retrieved 4 June 2011.
- "Riddare Av Koden Official Facebook Page". Retrieved 9 March 2009.
- "Riddare Av Koden Official Myspace Page". Retrieved 9 March 2009.
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