Mario Hirzinger

Mario decided to leave SERENITY in 2012 - occasionally he still can be seen performing with us live!

 

born February 17th

Occupation

Nurse (in a kidney dialysis centre)

Gear

Korg Triton Extreme (61 keys), Yamaha S90ES, Shure SM58 microphones

Albums

ARENA - Contagion, DARK TRANQUILLITY - Character, NEVERMORE - Dead Heart In A Dead World, SANCTUARY - Into The Mirror Black, PAIN OF SALVATION - The Perfect Element, SOILWORK - Natural Born Chaos, SPOCK'S BEARD - The Light, IN FLAMES - Reroute To Remain, DEVIN TOWNSEND - Ocean Machine/Biomech, AMORPHIS - Elegy, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ - Bleeding, MERCENARY - The Hours That Remain, LIVE - The Distance To Here, EDGE OF SANITY - Crimson II, RAGE - Black In Mind, UNEARTH - The March, INTO ETERNITY - Buried In Oblivion, TYPE O NEGATIVE - Life Is Killing Me, BLIND GUARDIAN - Imaginations From The Other Side, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - As Daylight Dies, BLACK SABBATH - Heaven And Hell, DREAM THEATER - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory, SENTENCED - Crimson ... and something around 25 (or 50? or 75?) more

Influences

Sven Karlsson (SOILWORK), Rikard Zander (EVERGREY), Martin Brändström (DARK TRANQUILLITY), Ronny Tegner (PAGAN'S MIND), Morten Sandager (MERCENARY), Richard West (THRESHOLD), Josh Silver (TYPE O NEGATIVE)

Books

A Fire upon the Deep & A Deepness in the Sky (Vernor Vinge), The dark Tower (Stephen King), Hyperion/Endymion (Dan Simmons), The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien), Dune-saga (Frank Herbert), Ilium/Olympos (Dan Simmons), Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams), Soul Music (Terry Pratchett), The Book of Corum (Michael Moorcock)

Movies, TV shows and music DVDs

This is Spinal Tap, The Lord of the Rings, Blade Runner, Dune, Star Wars, Alien, Almost Famous, Stardust, Groundhog Day, The 'burbs, Austin Powers, Naked Gun, The Life of Brian, Nightmare before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Sleepy Hollow, Big Fish, La Cité des Enfants perdus, Hogfather, Die Piefke-Saga, Muttertag, Serenity, Firefly, Twin Peaks, The Moomins, The Simpsons, Spongebob Squarepants, South Park, Family Guy, American Dad, RUSH - R30, EVERGREY - A Night To Remember, PAIN OF SALVATION - Be (original stage production), RAMMSTEIN - Völkerball, PINK FLOYD - Pulse

Favourite food

Easchdöpfiblattl mit Kraut, Tiroler Gröstl mit Ei (impossible to translate but awesome!), salads, venison with chanterelles and "Semmelknödel", mediterranean food, asian stuff like sushi, ice cream, fruits and vegetables, Austrian bread (not that white, awful, styropor tasting sandwich shit!), sweets like "Punschkrapfen" and "Golatschen", peanut butter (damn, if it only wasn't that fat!)

Favourite drink

Water, black tea with honey, beer, caipirinha, white rum with cola

Best Serenity gig so far

Show at Waerdse Tempel in Heerhugowaard (NL) in 2007 ... and of course supporting DIO in August 2004 was a really great experience!

Best visited concerts

SAVATAGE 1998 in Salzburg (A), STRAPPING YOUNG LAD 2001 at With Full Force (D), KILLSWITCH ENGAGE 2008 at W:O:A (D), RAGE with orchestra 1996 in Kufstein (A), BLACK SABBATH 1995 in Telfs (A), DEEP PURPLE 2006 in Innsbruck (A), SYMPHONY X 2008 in Munich (D), SPOCK'S BEARD 1999 in Salzburg (A), NEVERMORE 2001 in Innsbruck (A), AC/DC 2009 in Vienna (A), RAMMSTEIN 2010 at Nova Rock (A), AMON AMARTH 2010 at Nova Rock (A) and many more

Hobbies

Reading books and magazines (especially articles about astronomy, biology, evolution, archaeology, geography and travel), listening to music and creating it, lying in the sun, scuba diving & swimming (mostly in our country’s beautiful lakes, creeks and gorges), hiking, snow shoe hiking, sledging, skiing, sleeping, dreaming, meeting friends and having some beers together, watching movies, browsing the web, being on the road with SERENITY

Personal music history

My great grandfather used to play the accordion until he died at the age of 98. Noone else in my family played an instrument at that time so my parents urged me to learn to play accordion too – and so I did, at least for the following five years. Aged 14 I got my first keyboard at Christmas, it was a middle class Casio piece but nevertheless it was much money for my Dad back then, I’m still very thankful for that! When I was 17 a friend of mine who played drums asked me to start a metal band together with another friend on guitars. That band’s name was SHENANIGAN and it was the ignition to my “career”. We started to write our own songs and to rehearse regularly, people joined in and quit again, we began to play live shows, our name changed into NOT RESPONSIBLE, QUOTH I, McFARMERSSON and finally into SERENITY. In 1997 I took over lead vocals and concentrated on singing but still played keys until the big change in line up in 2004. Suddenly playing was more important again and I soon noticed the gap between mine and my bandmates’ abilities. The only consequence was to attend piano lessons which I started at the age of 28 – and here I am, still trying! Also check out the awesome albums “End Of Time” and "Wage Of Disgrace" by Austrian melodic death band LOST DREAMS to which I contributed synths and some vocals.

Goals for the future

See these bands live: PAIN OF SALVATION, COHEED AND CAMBRIA, ANDROMEDA, RUSH and TEXTURES, travel back in time to see PINK FLOYD and LED ZEPPELIN live in the seventies;))), stay healthy, get out of the red, do more sports, meet more girls, get some more tattoos, try other kinds of art like painting and drawing (was quite good as a kid), visit interesting places i.e. Canada, the USA, the near East, the Baltic states, Scandinavia, … one day own a mountain lodge to relax, have parties and love Tyrolean style there;)