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Originally influenced by Dream Theater, IQ and Saga, NERONIA has developed their unique style. Strong and memorable hook lines are carefully embedded into colourful and complex arrangements. Every song delivers a charismatic atmosphere to the listener combined with an intense narrative element.
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. This album is a beautiful summary of their early musical style combing their original musical roots with new charismatic vocals. The album release was 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. Songwriting was followed by recordings in 2007. In 2008, NERONIA released "Blue Circles". The album showed a new and more complex dimension and wide musical range which is still anchored in the tradition of the best progressive rock music. Offering drama as well as delicate acoustic work, some excellent musicianship was combined with quality production. "Blue Circles" 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", NERONIA was then, however, massively knocked back as a result of a break-in to their studio, which saw practically all of their equipment stolen, and cost almost three years worth of time.
"Limnotapes" describes the evolution from the first record, "Nerotica", to "Blue Circles", to the current world of NERONIA and has been chosen as the NewEARS album of the month in July 2014, has been reviewed positively 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 which forced him to move to another country. 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. Whilst still preserving the core of what NERONIA stands for - strong melodies, complex arrangements and pronounced vocals - a less keyboard, more guitar driven attitude was developed.
In the following months, the band locked themselves away to find new arrangements to be able to perform the existing song material live, and added some cover songs from Saga, Queen and Styx to add spice to the live set. 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 now, only one year after releasing "Limnotapes", the band proudly presented their fourth CD called "NERO" on December 2015. The new material perfectly reflects the transition of the band to a heavier, more metal oriented side and a maybe more "modern" style, while keeping the melodic base line of NERONIA.
In May 2016 the Musicvideo "Raindrops" was nominated as finalist during the Berlin Music Video Awards 2016 in the Category "Videoshop".
Current plans are to play some live shows in 2016 and 2017 to get more in touch for present and potential future fans, and to show off our currently underestimated talents. As far as songwriting is concerned, we have already started to work on a concept album, which has been a dream which has been put off for several years but had to be put back due to various external reasons. Stay tuned, we will keep you informed about the ongoing process.
And to those who were wondering: The name NERONIA originates from the massive Greek-style festival, created by NERO.

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