|Birth name||Alex Holzwarth|
4 October 1968 |
|Genres||Power metal, symphonic metal, progressive metal, neoclassical metal|
|Associated acts||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, former member of Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody of Fire. He is the brother of bass guitarist Oliver Holzwarth.
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 Tobias Sammet's symphonic/power metal opera Avantasia. 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 albums The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon (released in April, 2010).
On October 9, 2016, Alex announced his departure from Rhapsody of Fire to pursue other projects to work on.
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