Season of Mist, French independent label for Metal and Rock

Sopor Aeternus (Gothic)

Sopor-aeternus

Biography

Officially founded in 1989, the Germany based SOPOR AETERNUS & THE ENSEMBLE OF SHADOWS is one of the last of the very few dark groups/projects in Europe (in fact, on this planet), who have based the sacred trinity of their music, poetry and visual appearance on the explicit emphasis of the highly individual expression of pain, isolation, depression, token suicides and the desperate search for the "sacred reunion"; all conceived and acted out by SOPOR's sole protagonist ... – the transgendered and utterly beautiful Goddess (and likewise tragically Butoh-esque creature) Anna-Varney Cantodea.

Perhaps best described as "introverted exhibitionism", the holistic concept of Anna-Varney 's ritualistic/Jungian art is not necessarily rooted in the grounds of a commonly accepted sense of aesthetics ... – which is one of the many aspects that gives his/her work its serious and most unique character.

Though the music playfully fuses elements of classical, baroque, medieval, and even electronic music, the essence of SOPOR AETERNUS & THE ENSEMBLE OF SHADOWS always remains entirely "gothic".

Despite the fact that to this very day Anna-Varney still refuses to perform her magic(k)al work live in front of a human audience, SOPOR AETERNUS & THE ENSEMBLE OF SHADOWS have long gathered cult status in underground circles worldwide.

Strongly recommended to be approached only with an open heart and mind, the profound darkness (and occasionally subversive humour) of Anna-Varney 's multi-layered (yet fragile) art is mainly intended as a spiritual healing-process for the wounded soul...

Line-up

Name Instrument
Anna-Varney Cantodea Vocals, various instruments
Susannah Simmons Violin
Naomi Koop Violin
Liz Hanks Cello
Mike Davis Oboe, English Horn
Andrew Piper Clarinet
Doreena Gor Bassoon
Daniel Robson Trumpet
Fenton Bragg Trombone
Eugene de la Fontaine Tuba
Burt Eerie Drums
Terence Bat Drums

Releases Season of Mist

Som717

Like a Corpse Standing in Desperation – 3

General information
: Tue, Dec 07 2010
: Gothic
: SOM717
: US and Canada only

Som716

Like a Corpse Standing in Desperation – 2

General information
: Tue, Dec 07 2010
: Gothic
: SOM716
: US and Canada only

Som715

Like a Corpse Standing in Desperation – 1

General information
: Tue, Dec 07 2010
: Gothic
: SOM715
: US and Canada only

Som714

Sanatorium Altrosa – Musical Therapy for Spiritual Dysfunction

General information
: Tue, Jan 11 2011
: Gothic
: SOM714
: US and Canada only

Som713

Les Fleurs du Mal

General information
: Tue, Jun 02 2009
: Gothic
: SOM713
: US and Canada only

Som712

La Chambre d'Echo – Where The Dead Birds Sing

General information
: Tue, Jan 11 2011
: Gothic
: SOM712
: US and Canada only

Som711

Nenia C'Alladhan

General information
: Tue, Apr 07 2009
: Gothic
: SOM711
: US and Canada only

Som710

Songs from the Inverted Womb

General information
: Tue, Mar 24 2009
: Gothic
: SOM710
: US and Canada only

Som709

Dead Lovers' Sarabande – Face Two

General information
: Tue, Mar 24 2009
: Gothic
: SOM709
: US and Canada only

Som708

Dead Lovers' Sarabande – Face One

General information
: Tue, Mar 24 2009
: Gothic
: SOM708
: US and Canada only

Som707

The Inexperienced Spiral Traveller

General information
: Tue, Mar 10 2009
: Gothic
: SOM707
: US and Canada only

Som706

Todeswunsch – Sous le Soleil de Saturne

General information
: Tue, Mar 10 2009
: Gothic
: SOM706
: US and Canada only

Som705

Ich töte mich jedesmal aufs Neue, doch ich bin unsterblich, und ich erstehe wieder auf: in einer Vision des Untergangs

General information
: Tue, Mar 10 2009
: Gothic
: SOM705
: US and Canada only

Som704

Es Reiten die Toten so schnell

General information
: Tue, Sep 22 2009
: Gothic
: SOM704
: US and Canada only
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