Christian Muenzner started playing guitar at the age of 11, first inspired by bands such as Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Metallica and Megadeth in the early 90′s. He taught himself the basics of guitar playing by learning songs of those bands and playing along to their records. He started playing his first live shows only one year later at the age of 12. Around the same time he started taking guitar lessons, where his first guitar teacher introduced him to bands and players like Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Dream Theater/John Petrucci and Paul Gilbert. His life changed after attending a Paul Gilbert clinic in 1995, after which Christian started practicing 6-8 hours a day for a while, working with instructional video tapes of players like Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, George Lynch, Richie Kotzen, Greg Howe, Steve Lynch, Michael Romeo, John Petrucci and Marty Friedman. This was the era in which Christian built the foundation for his technique. In 1997 Christian attended a 4 day Vinnie Moore guitar clinic. From the mid to the late 90′s Christian played in several local bands, until he joined the band Defeated Sanity in 1999, with whom he did his first professional recordings.
In 2001 he attended the Munich Guitar Institute (MGI), where he studied with great players like Wolfgang Zenk (ex Sieges Even, 7for4) and Uli Wiedenhorn and got schooled in subjects such as ear training, harmony and theory, sight reading, improvisation etc. In that time he also studied music styles such as Blues, BeBop, Fusion and Funk. Christian graduated the MGI in 2002.
In that same year, he joined the band Necrophagist, with whom he played between 2002 and 2006, appearing on their 2004 album Epitaph, to which he contributed 50% of the guitar solos as well as writing some of the bass lines and a few riffs to one song. After having played around 50 live shows with Necrophagist, he left the band in early 2006 due to personal reasons.
Between 2006 and 2008 Christian played with the German heavy metal outfit Majesty (which was later re-named to Metalforce for a while), with whom he played several shows all across Europe and supported the band Manowar at the Magic Circle Festival in 2007 and 2008, playing in front of more than 22.000 people (in 2007), which marks Christian’s biggest show up to date. Two songs from the 2008 MCF show can be seen on the Manowar DVD „Magic Circle Festival Vol. 2“.
In early 2008 Christian joined the progressive death metal band Obscura, with whom he recorded the albums „Cosmogenesis“ (2009) and „Omnivium“ (2011) and played more than 190 live shows throughout Europe, the USA, Japan and South East Asia. Between 2009 and 2011 Obscura toured with bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Atheist, The Black Dahlia Murder, Nile, Hate Eternal, The Devin Townsend Project and Children Of Bodom to name a few. In late 2011 Obscura played their first headlining tour in North America, followed by a succesful European headlining run in spring 2012. The band returned back to Japan in July 2012 and played their first live show in Mexico City in December of the same year. In March 2013 Obscura did another short headlining run through Germany, Austria and Switzerland, in November 2013 the band did another 3 week run through central Europe, this time supporting the Death To All Tribute tour which featured the classic “Human” Line Up.
In April 2011 Christian released his first all instrumental solo album „Timewarp“, which he describes as „80′s Shrapnel Records Shred meets modern metal“. The album features Hannes Grossmann (Obscura, Blotted Science, ex Necrophagist) on drums, Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Death, Control Denied, Artension, Sebastian Bach, ex Iced Earth, ex Testament etc) and Jacob Schmidt (Defeated Sanity) on bass, Daniel Galmarini (Mercury falling) on keyboards, as well as guest appearances by Bob Katsionis (Firewind), Ryan Knight (ex Arsis, The Black Dahlia Murder), Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry), Derek Taylor (Eniac Requiem, Crimeny, Shrapnel solo artist) and Alex Guth (Stormwarrior, Born Again). While definitely being rooted in Christians 80′s and 90′s neoclassical and metal influences, the album also contains elements of jazz and fusion music and showcases sides of his playing not heard on any of his previous recordings. „Timewarp“ went to be the 2nd best selling instrumental guitar album on Guitar 9 Records for the year 2011.
In 2009 Christian also joined the Swedish band Spawn Of Possession, for which he recorded all the solos for the most recent album „Incurso“ (2012).
Christian is also a member of Ron Jarzombek’s musical venture Terrestrial Exiled, along with Obcura drummer Hannes Grossmann and Spastic Ink/Riot bassist Pete Perez. So far Terrestrial Exiled have released only one song called „Duodecimal Levorotation“.
In April 2012 Christian joined the classic German Thrash Metal Band Paradox and appeared on the album “Tales Of The Weird”, which was released worldwide via AFM Records on December 14, 2012. Christian played with the band until summer 2014.
In May 2014 Christian released his second solo album “Beyond The Wall Of Sleep”, which, like the first one, is completely instrumental, but has a darker and heavier edge than the first album, with a stronger emphasis on riffing, melodies and atmosphere without neglecting the display of guitar pyrotechniques which people loved on “Timewarp”. The influence of late 80′s Shrapnel Releases is even more evident on “Beyond The Wall Of Sleep”. The album was produced by Per Nilsson of Scar Symmetry, the line up consisted of Jimmy Pitts (Spastic Ink, Fractured Dimension) on keyboards, Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Noneuclid, Alkaloid) on bass and Hannes Grossmann on drums, and features guest solos by Christian’s friends Terry Syrek and Danny Tunker. The album was financed through a very successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, where 150% of the desired goal were reached. The album was very well recieved and got very positive reviews, often emphasizing the fact that there is a strong focus on catchy and memorable songwriting on the album and that the tunes are also very accessable to non guitar players/musicians as well. In December 2014 Christian played his solo material live for the first time.
In the summer of 2014 Christian decided to leave Obscura due to the band’s busier schedule in order to explore different musical ventures with the band Alkaloid and to focus more on his solo career. In the summer of 2014 the recordings for Alkaloid’s debut album took place. The band features former Obscura colleagues Hannes Grossmann on drums and Linus Klausenitzer on bass, and the 3 guitar assault of Danny Tunker, Christian Muenzner and Morean (Dark Fortress), who also handles the vocals. Like Christian’s 2nd solo album, the Alkaloid debut was financed with a very successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign which raised almost 20.000€. The album entitled “The Malkuth Grimoire” was then released in March 2015. The music of the band can be described as a very unique mix of progressive rock/metal and technical death metal. In September the same year the first live shows of Alkaloid took place, first a short headlining run with 3 shows in Ireland and peaking with an unforgetable show in Cairo, Egypt, making Alkaloid the first german metal band to ever play in Egypt.
Upon leaving Obscura Christian formed his very own band called Eternity’s End, as he found his writing style develop more into a power metal direction with a progressive and neoclassical twist. Classic melodic metal being Christian’s first love musically, it had always been his dream to form a band in that style with a powerful, melodic vocalist. Parallel to working on the Alkaloid debut Christian started composing 10 songs for the Eternity’s End debut album. Finding the right vocalist for the set of songs was not an easy task as Christian was looking for a powerful, ballsy singer rather in the vein of a Ronnie James Dio or David Coverdale than the super high pitched vocal style that many bands in that style go for. After checking out several different singers, the right man for the job was found in Ian Parry, who is known for his work with Elegy, Ayeron, Consortium Project and who has also released a couple of solo albums. The album was recorded between fall 2014 and spring 2015. Joining Ian and Christian on the album are again keyboard wizard Jimmy Pitts and the rhythm section of Hannes Grossmann and Linus Klausenitzer. The album was once again mixed and co-produced by Per Nilsson. The band is currently seeking for the right label and hope to be able to release the album by early 2016. Christian says: “I’m really happy with the outcome of the songs. Ian Parry is doing a fantastic job with the vocal delivery, and I think that Jimmy Pitts and me laid down some of the best solos we ever recorded. The album is filled to the rim with heavy riffs, neoclassical chord progressions, big choirs, lots of guitar and keyboard solo trade offs, big orchestrations and epic melodies. I think that the main difference to other bands in the neoclassical genre is that we have a way heavier edge to our music and are equally influenced by artists from the neoclassical/progressive metal genre as well as a lot of speed & thrash metal. This is a band that is proud to say we play power metal, but with a more modern approach and production and a fire and attitude that has been missing in the genre for too long now!”
Aside from the mentioned recordings, Christian did a lot of guest guitar solos for bands and artists such as Gorod, Fallujah, Paul Wardingham, James Norbert Ivanyi, Adrian Weiss, A Loathing Requiem, The Ritual Aura and many many more. He also played live session guitar for the band Nightrage for 14 shows in 2006, where he stepped in for guitar hero Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne), for Stormwarrior in 2008 and 2014, for the band Starchild in the fall of 2014 (playing a European tour in support of Edguy and Unisonic) and for The New Black and Nader Sadek in 2015.
Christian is endorsed by Ibanez Guitars, ENGL Amplification, TC Electronics and D’Addario Strings.