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ArnoHistory (1989-2001)
01. ArnoCorps Invents ArnoCore
02. Tragedy Hits
03. The Second Coming
04. Beyond Austria
05. Cold Front Turns to Red Heat
06. Return to Graz
07. London Invasion
08. Tragedy Strikes Again
09. Banished
10. Rebirth In the US

 

 

 

 

 



Using this time to relax with family and friends, the members of ArnoCorps took jobs to help pay for the equipment they were left without. It was during this time that Holzfeuer began to delve into Austria's darker side of lore. He researched everything from old newspapers and out of print books to listening to elderly villagers talking after a few drinks to get the information he wanted. Holzfeuer had begun an intellectual search for the dreaded Jäger, Austria's answer to the Sasquatch of America and Scotland's Loch Ness monster. Introduced to Holzfeuer by his grandmother when just four years of age, he feared she had taken the details of the story to the grave with her.

The Jäger or 'hunter' is believed by many to be a relic of some extinct species that survived by hunting for its prey. Tales of sightings of the 'hunter' have surfaced in just about every generation of Austrians and has been the final theory in the occasional unsolved missing persons case. It is told that the hunter stalks its prey from high in the treetops of the Bohemian Forest, where it camouflages itself with branches and leaves. When the time is right, lore says, the hunter, or predator, swoops down and, using launchable claws, puts its prey down in a terrifically gruesome manner (this 'launchable claw' theory, suggests to some that the beast is equipped with a superior intellect, possibly of alien origin). Using this information, Holzfeuer penned the song "Predator", a sort of homage to the monster and a retelling of the centuries old expedition lead by two explorers, Frans Feilschen and Dillon Schmutzig, whose party is rumored to have met their demise at the hands of the elusive creature amidst a controversy of lies and betrayal— leading to the emotional chorus "What happened to you Dillon? You used to be someone I could trust!".

Finally, when armed with new equipment, a few new songs and a rejuvenated energy, ArnoCorps decided it was time to answer the calls of their European fans and return. So, Holzfeuer, Karl, guitarist Vinzenz Wieselhinten and drummer Eduard Affelieber returned to the taxing life of the touring audio assault unit, sleeping an hour or two whenever possible, playing all night and trying to find time to work on new material and pump iron. After a show in Luxembourg, the troop was approached by a London promoter who was touring Europe looking for groups who had something new to offer. He found this in ArnoCorps. "The first time I saw them, " said Timothy Dalsey of Westminster Abbey, "I was in utter shock. I had never seen anything like them before. When they first got on stage, I just saw a bunch of bodybuilders with instruments, but when they played,....holy Mary mother of God, they blew my bloody mind. The crowd went absolutely mad, I couldn't believe it. After the show, I approached them and told them that if they could get to London, I'd book them at every club I could."

Next: London Invasion

 
 
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