Falk Ullmann - VocalsRuediger Zaczyk - Guitars & VocalsLutz Beberweil - Bass & VocalsThomas Dumke - Drums
Rising from the ashes of the German neoprogs ULYSSES, the initial line-up of the band was formed in 2002. In 2004, "NEROTICA" was released, followed by a series of very successful club gigs and enthusiastic reviews.
During a phase of musical reorientation the band split up in 2005 and band members went separate ways with their own projects. However, there was still creative energy burning within the core of the band which resulted in an intensive search and audition process and NERONIA reformed in 2006. The new line-up started working on their own musical identity, going beyond what NERONIA had done before. In 2008, NERONIA released "BLUE CIRCLES" which was recognized widely by the international rock community and was nominated in two categories for the Italian 2009 Progressive Rock Awards amongst other awards.
The production process of the third album "LIMNOTAPES" began shortly after the release of "BLUE CIRCLES". "LIMNOTAPES" has been chosen as the NewEARS album of the month in July 2014, followed by many positive reviews in various famous magazines like Classic Rock Society, Eclipsed or PowerPlay.
During the final writing and recording sessions of "LIMNOTAPES" it became obvious that Mike Stone, friend, keyboardist extraordinaire and band member from the earliest days of NERONIA had to leave the band due to professional reasons. The remaining members decided not to fill the resulting gap but to take the chance to head in more rock - or even metal oriented - direction that had evolved during the writing process of the last Limnotapes songs.
In the following months, the band locked themselves away to find new arrangements to be able to perform the existing song material live. NERONIA played some test gigs in 2015 which proved their ability to perform as a quartet. At the same time the songwriting for the next CD moved on quickly and progressed so fast that, only one year after releasing "LIMNOTAPES", the band proudly presented their fourth CD called "NERO" on December 2015. In May 2016 the Musicvideo "RAINDROPS" was nominated as finalist during the Berlin Music Video Awards 2016 in the Category "Videoshop".
On March 30th 2017, NERONIA released their 5th album "PURE" which is the first unplugged album. Selected songs from the last four albums are included as well as the song "What else?" that forms a musical transition to the already announced concept album. Minimalistic instrumentation combined with polyphonic vocals.
Shortly after the release of PURE, NERONIA started to work on new song material. Within the following months, the image of the planned concept album takes shape.On June 16th 2019, NERONIA prereleased the first single "Rhythm of life".The release of the new album was on January 15th 2020.The Rocker (www.the-rocker.co.uk) writes about Second World:
Album number six from German progsters Neronia who themselves rose from the ashes of neo-progsters Ulysses. So they’ve been around the block a bit. So there is no doubting they know how to play their instruments. You don’t last long in the prog world if you can’t do that. Check out what happened to LaHost (aka the worst prog band I ever saw) if you want proof. Naturally this is a concept album. As it should be. Mind you the concept seems to be about a musician who gets lost in a world of drink and drugs before finding his way back to happiness thanks to his friends and loved ones. Which is hardly King Arthur and The Space Octopuses. A lot of the music seems to be linked via guitar motifs but that might just be my ears. It’s also very melodic prog so don’t come here if you’re on the hunt for crazed paradiddles. Or space octopuses. But they are very good at what they do. My ageing ears seem to pick up bits of Twelfth Night (the band not the play) and when the harmony vocals kick in it lifts the whole thing tremendously. There are some excellent guitar solos and the sometimes stray into more classic seventies rock territory. Have a listen to “Kiss Of A Rainbow” for proof of that. It’s also my favourite tune which shows where my head lies. Falk Ullman has a great voice for this sort of thing and does a bang up job throughout. If you were looking for more modern prog comparisons I’d suggest they sometimes enter Arena territory. It’s a strong album from start to finish even if a lot of the material clings to similar tempos and arrangements. a good one though.
MetalAddicts: Fans of Prog Metal won’t be disappointed by Neronia and “Second World.” There are lots of features they have in common.
The Powerplay Magazin Review (7 from 8 Powerpoints): Neronia are definetly a band to check out...