Direct Booking präsentiert
+ WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW
+ DJ Thomas Thyssen (Pagan Love Songs, Darkness & Light)
Goth & Death Rock – Post Punk – Guitar & New Wave
(vor und zwischen den Bands / before and between the bands)
“The founding fathers of American goth rock, CHRISTIAN DEATH OFFICIAL took a relentlessly confrontational stand against organized religion and conventional morality, with an appetite for provocation that made Marilyn Manson look like Stryper. Regardless of who was leading or performing in the group, Christian Death set themselves up to shock, both in their cover art and their lyrics, which wallowed in blasphemy, morbidity, drug use, and sexual perversity. Their self-consciously controversial tactics set them apart from the British goth scene, having more to do with L.A. punk and heavy metal, and thus the band dubbed its sound "death rock" instead; however, their sensibility was ultimately similar enough that the "goth" designation stuck in the end. - Steve Huey Rolling Stone
It has been said that Christian Death changed the world, that their inspiration can not be denied.
Their influence has been celebrated by a multitude international artists and vary from the likes of Korn to Trent Reznor, Type O Negative to Marilyn Manson, Cradle of Filth to The 69 Eyes. Their fingerprint can be found in many Death, Doom and of course, every Goth band on the planet.
There have been 15 "official albums", in multiple versions and in a variety of releases in a dozen counties, each followed by many performances around the world many times.
Founded in Los Angeles, California in the Eighties, the band has reinvented itself many times and has had so many line up changes that if every member, former and part time member were in the same place it would be a small town.
The main influence and longest members are Valor (male vocals & guitar) and Maitri (female vocal and bass guitar). In 2016 they will be bringing to audiences around the world performances from their new album "The Root Of All Evilution" on Knife Fight Media (digitally), The End Records (CD) and Season Of Mist (vinyl).
One of the top ten Goth bands of all time - Rolling Stone
WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW
“The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom...for we never know what is enough until we know what is more than enough.”
William Blake (English visionary Mystic, Poet, Painter and Engraver. 1757-1827)
The five Austrians have been an inherent part of the gothic scene since 1996 and are significantly involved in the conservation of the classic goth-rock. The characteristic WITS-sound has internationally established long ago and features flaring, partially somber guitars, which meet booming bass, fulminant drums and psychedelic keyboards. From the wall of sound arise together with the unmistakable voice of band-founder Ashley Dayour those picturesque images in the mind of the listeners, who finally understand the meaning of the lyrics.
Thematically, Whispers in the Shadow took their path into the depths of occultism with their album INTO THE ARMS CHAOS, released in 2008, and started a four-album-cycle, which deals with the four alchemic stages of the transformation. Since then they took the listeners in ever new worlds of sound every two years, starting with epic songs (INTO THE ARMS OF CHAOS – 2008), to harder rock-sound (THE ETERNAL ARCANE – 2010) and tribal noise-rock (THE RITES OF PASSAGE – 2012) to the disinfected dark wave (BEYOND THE CYCLES OF TIME – 2014). The artwork of every record, each one linked to the previous album, is another linking element aside from mystic voice samples and the lyrics which are inspired by occult greats like Austin Osman Spare, Kenneth Grant and Aleister Crowley as well as authors like Philip K. Dick and H.P. Lovecraft.
After 20 Years on the Road to excess they return from their journey thus, back to the beginning, because the beginning is the end is the beginning. There is no happy ending.
, #Drum kit
, #Gothic Rock
, #Gramophone record
, #Heavy metal music
, #Keyboard instrument
, #Los Angeles
, #Marilyn Manson
, #New wave music
, #Punk rock
, #Rolling Stone
, #Aleister Crowley
, #Trent Reznor
, #Cradle of Filth