The origin of the band's name "Athor" comes from a title that A Thousand Rains.
Athor is a Melodic Folk/Gothic Metal Band which was founded in Autumn 1999 in Izmit, Turkey. One E.P. and one album was recorded, which although they did not produce for a recording deal, boosted the band. As for the musical characteristics perspective, Athor's music is being mixed by the Celtic and Folk melodies with heavy and thrash metal riffs on Gothic melodies bases. In addition, the band include frequently use of keyboards, slow parts and improvised influences. The lyrical themes of Athor's music mostly related to the mystic world of dreamside that is created by the thousand rain drops and also, usually with historical&epic stories and generally heroes themes.
Athor was founded in 1999 by Erkan Yesilbas (guitar) and Onur Senyildiz (keyboards).The band's name, Athor, is chosen by the inspiration of the thousand rain drops which constitutes of the lyrics.
In the same year, Atakan Ozturk was taken into the band as drummer, Bulent Karayazi as bass guitar-player, Altan Secmen as singer and Athor is finally teamed up for the project. Female vocals were performed by Berna Biber.
Following year, May 1999, the first demo, A Thousand Rains, which contains 6 songs, was recorded and mixed at the Studio Ekol, Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey but, the band gave up to distribute this and boosted the band for radio channels and concert organizations. In the same year, April 1, 2000, the band with this line-up played its first live performance at the Buddha Bar, Kadikoy, Istanbul and subsequently, on June 9, 2001, the second one is performed as the opening act to Katatonia's show at Kazablanka Club, Istanbul. In this period, the band gave interviewed to several fanzines and magazines and the song, Secret Way is played on Australia and South America radio stations.
In 2002, Athor finished to record a nine-song debut album, Autumn in Dreamland, at the Studio Era, Izmit. The band is invited to perform at the Metal Monster Festival and played its second live performance on October 17, 2002 at Kemanci Bar, Istanbul with newly recruited bass guitar-player Cem Pakkan instead by Bulent Karayazi. On this second show, Athor united the old and new songs with audience.In 2003, Athor took to the stage at Rock Station Festival 6, Ankara, Turkey, with the new drummer, vocalist and rhythm guitarist, nevertheless, the band was well-received by the audience. Tankard and Mourning Caress from Germany were the couple of bands which joined to this festival, too. The song, Crystal Gate which was played live at this festival, broadcasted on Rock Market music program consisting of heavy metal music videos airing on Turkish Radio Television.
After this duration, the band was split-up.
Athor did not play again until 2011, when Erkan decided to reunite the band and the skeleton crew was kept of the band so far as possible.
Altan Secmen - Vocal
Cem Pakkan - Bass Guitar
Erkan Yesilbas - Guitar & Keyboards Programming
Atakan Ozturk - Drum