Disharmonic Orchestra

Disharmonic Orchestra

Genre: Death Metal/Grindcore (early), Progressive Death/Avant-garde Metal (later)
Origin: Austria
Status: Active

DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA are an Avant garde/ experimental death metal/ Grindcore act formed in Klagenfurt, Austria in 1987. The band was formed by guitarist/ vocalist Patrick Klopf, drummer Martin Messner, bassist Herwig Zamernik and guitarist Herald Bezdek. The latter would leave DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA in 1988, leaving the band a three-piece. After recording three demo tapes in 1988 ( "Requiem for the Forest", "The Unequalled Visual" and "Hypophysis Rehearsal") the band was discovered by record label Nuclear Blast who signed them. The first release on Nuclear Blast wat the 1989 split EP with Austrian label mates PUNGENT STENCH. DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA released a second EP in 1989 called "Successive Substitution" and the band were also featured on the Witchhunt Records compilation album releases "Disappeared With Hermaphrodite Choirs" and "Disharmonisation" before releasing their debut full-length studio album through Nuclear Blast records called "Expositionsprophylaxe" (1990).

The band had up until this point been a grindcore act but that would change with the release of their second full-length studio album "Not to be Undimensional Conscious" (1992) which brought progressive/ avant garde and experimental elements into the band´s death metal sound. The band left Nuclear Blast and their third full-length studio album "Pleasuredome" (1994) was released through Steamhammer. DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA broke up after the "Pleasuredome" album, but reunited around 2001 and released their fourth full-length studio album "Ahead" in 2002 once again on the Nuclear Blast label. Both "Pleasuredome" and "Ahead" have left the really extreme metal elements from the earlier releases behind but maintained an avant garde metal sound. Bassist and founding member Herwig Zamernik left DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA in 2008 and was replaced by Hoimar Wotawa. Allthough there has been no new releases from the band since the 2002 "Ahead" album, the band is still active and play select shows around europe.

DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA´s inclusion in the Prog Archives database was approved by the Progressive Metal Team.


Studio albums
- Expositionsprophylaxe  (1990)
- Not to Be Undimensional Conscious  (1992)
- Pleasuredome  (1994)
- Ahead  (2002)
- Fear of Angst  (2016)

- The Unequalled Visual Response Mechanism  (1988)
- Requiem for the Forest  (1988)
- Hypophysis Rehearsal  (1988)

- Successive Substitution  (1989)

- (It Was) Just a Thought / Mind Seduction  (1992)

- Pungent Stench / Disharmonic Orchestra  (1989)


Current members:
Martin Messner - Drums (1987-present)
Patrick Klopf - Vocals, Guitars (1987-present)
Hoimar Wotawa - Bass (2008-present)

Past members:
Harald Bezdek - Guitars, Vocals (1987-1988)
Herwig Zamernik - Bass (1988-2008)
Martin Sovinz - Electronics (2001)

Disharmonic Orchestra

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