In 2007 Matei Damian-Ulmu founded the melodic-progressive metal band Highlight Kenosis with the support of the singer Oana Maria Stoica. Alexandru Berehoi, Dragos Serbanescu and John Ciurea joined the band and in 2008 they recorded their first album together, "Glowing", produced and mastered in Sweden by respectively Teddy Möller (from Loch Vostok) and Lawrence Mackrory.
After the launch of "Glowing", Highlight Kenosis had two singles ("A drop of You" and "It wasn’t love") on the first place of rock charts in Bucharest. The band also toured in Romania, Bulgaria, Germany and Sweden: over 200 live concerts, tv shows, radio and magazine interviews, and in 2009, they opened for Glenn Huges at the Kystendil Festival in Bulgaria.
In 2009, Adrian Sardi and Dan Alexandru joined the band to work on a new album, "Change". However, in the spring of 2010, only Matei and Oana drove to Sweden (with all musical equipment for 3 day and 3500km!), where the album would be once again mixed and mastered by Teddy Moeller's Blueflame Productions. The results pleased the members so much, that they decided to stay in Sweden for good! Matei created then an international program "Promoting East-European Metal in Scandinavia" and after presenting the project to Stefan Gheorghiu in Bucharest, the leader of U.C.I.M.R. (The Interpretative Creation Union of Romanian Musicians), the proposition was accepted and Matei would receive then financial help to deal with costs of production of "Change".
HK signed in 2011 a contract with Dave Smith, the leader of Ravenheart Music, an English Record Label from London which promotes female fronted metal bands. Dave released and distributed the band's second album all over the world.
After six months struggling to adapt to Nordic cultural differences, weather, prices and language, Matei decided to leave Sweden for a more central country in Europe. Since Germany seemed like a reasonable decision, and after visiting over 30 German cities, Matei met the manager Nadja Perle and together, they decided to move to Cologne in order to reunite the band.
In the spring of 2012, Oana joined Matei and Nadja, while the search for musicians who could complete HK went on. Right then, the drummer from West-Germany, Daniel Busenius, joined the band, followed by the sound engineer and musician, Sebastian Jung. Highlight Kenosis seemed to be complete and on the way to its members' dreams, but the singer Oana did not seem to share that dream anymore. For such reasosn she left the band, after playing at Essen Original Festival.
For three months the founder Matei Damian-Ulmu, had a hard time keeping the dream alive, but together, HK was a strong team and kept looking for a lead singer through countless auditions with more than 15 singers with musical studies background. In December of 2012, as a special Christmas present, the Brazilian singer Marina La Torraca (Synnoveriem, Avantgard) became the new front-woman of Highlight Kenosis.
Right then, the band started to work on their third studio album, this time with Florian Mathes on the drums, Marius Roje on the keyboards and Matei on the guitars and bass - as well! HK also counted on the vocal production of Amanda Somerville (Trillium, Avantasia, Epica, Kamelot). As for the hard work at their own studio, the sound engineer Amaury Laureau was the big-time savior! Starting April, the work moved from Germany to Holland, HK deciding for a collaboration, concerning mixing and mastering, with the famous guitar player, composer and leader from After Forever, Sander Gommans.
The band is now stronger than ever, ready to release their upcoming album and receiving only positive reviews on the new line-up. Good vibrations are everywhere so...rock on!!! The motto remains the same: 'No compromises!'