Highland Glory

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Highland Glory
Origin Kolbotn, Norway
Genres Power metal
Years active 2001–present
Labels Massacre Records
Website Highlandglory.com
Members Jan Thore Grefstad
Per Olav Olsen
Halvor Gustafson
Knut Egil Tøftum
Jarle Byberg
Past members Trine Elise Johansen
Lars Andrè Rørvik Larsen
Morten Færøvig
Håvard Indrebø
Stian Andre Braathen
Jack-Roger Olsen

Phoenix Rizing was a Norwegian power metal band.

Norwegian power metal pioneers, , who released 2 albums worldwide ; ”Rise from the Ashes” (1998) and ”Eternal Crusade" (2000), the band changed their singer and formed Highland Glory in the spring of 2001.

With a fresh new start and an increased potential, the band developed their style of melodic metal in a heavier and more traditional direction on the debut-album, “From the Cradle to the Brave” (2003).[1] The artwork was created by Mark Wilkinson (famous for his work with Marillion, Fish, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, etc.), who has worked for the band ever since. Still signed to Face Front (the label run by Frode Øien, chief editor of Scream Magazine) for Scandinavia, but the debut-album was licensed to Massacre Records for the rest of the world. The follow-up “Forever Endeavour” (2005) took the different aspects of the band's sound even further, showing a natural, yet darker and more atmospheric progression. In the autumn of 2007 singer Jan Thore Grefstad left the band, and was replaced by Trine Elise Johansen in the winter of 2008. The change from a male to a female singer naturally affected the band's sound, but the trademark still proved to be intact on the album "Twist of Faith" (2011), yet the band had developed in a more mid-tempo and even more melodic direction. Having previously only toured their native country, the band finally got to play outside of Norway, in both Sweden and Germany. The band parted ways with singer Trine Elise Johansen, keyboard-player/guitarist Lars Andre Larsen and drummer Morten Færøvig during the autumn and winter of 2011. A year later guitarist Per Olav Olsen, drummer Stian Andre Braathen, keyboard-player Halvor Gustafson and singer Håvard Indrebø finally completed the new line-up, which only lasted a year. The band's original singer Jan Thore Grefstad returned in the winter of 2013, after showcasing his talent in Swedish metal band Saint Deamon, "Norske Talenter" (Norway's Got Talent) and "The Voice – Norges beste stemme".

In January 29, 2017, guitarist Jack Roger Olsen announced his departure from the band via the band's official Facebook, citing lack of motivation and progress.

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