Zeno Roth

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Zeno Roth
Background information
Also known as Hans Joachim Roth
Born (1956-06-30) 30 June 1956 (age 60)
Düsseldorf, Germany
Genres Hard rock, blues-rock, pop-rock, heavy metal, neo-classical metal, classical
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, keyboards, bass, drums
Labels EMI Music
Associated acts Electric Sun, Uli Jon Roth
Notable instruments
Custom Stratocasters

Zeno Roth (born 30 June 1956) is a German guitarist and songwriter, playing in a neoclassical/blues style. He is the younger brother of guitarist Uli Jon Roth.


In the 1970s, Roth and Ule W. Ritgen formed Black Angel in Hanover, and played together for a few years while attending university. After the band, which played music influenced by Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, etc., broke up in 1977, Ritgen played bass in the band of Zeno's brother, Uli Jon Roth, appearing on three Electric Sun albums. By 1980, Zeno Roth and Ule Ritgen were again working together, now playing in a more melodic style. They were joined by Michael Flexig on vocals, and the band was named ZENO.

Their first (Self titled) album was released in 1986.[1] Zenology, was released in 1995, with songs that had been composed in the non-active period. A third album, Listen To The Light, was released in 1998. In April 1999, the band signed with Toshiba EMI(EMI Music Japan).

In the annual reader's pop poll of 1998 by Burrn! magazine, Listen To The Light was voted No. 2 as an album, and Zeno Roth reached the position No. 2 (guitarist) and No. 3 (songwriter). "Meet Me At The Rainbow" reached No. 9 as a tune. In 2000, Roth re-released the first three albums, with bonus tracks, on a set called The Making Of ZENO. A compilation of previously unreleased material, Zenology II, was released in 2004.

In September 2006, the new studio album Runway to the Gods was released.

Again, Zeno Roth is voted No. 2 as a guitarist in the annual Burrn! poll 2006.


  • Zeno (1986)
  • Zenology (1995)
  • Listen to the Light (1998)
  • Zenology II (2005)
  • Runway To The Gods (2006)


  1. ^ "Reviews". 98 (11): 100. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 

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