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Sopor Aeternus

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1989 marks the founding of this deepest of dark bands, Sopor Aeternus (Eternal Rest, or Rest of Death). It started once the two music artists referred to as Varney and Holger fulfilled within a Frankfurt, Germany goth membership. With no cash to buy musical instruments, that they had to create their music totally in their minds. Even so, they released a triad of lyrically extreme yet officially flawed demonstration cassettes (Ha sido Reiten Die Toten therefore Schnell, Rufus, and ‘Right up until Time and Moments Are Done) in 1992. From then on, Holger still left the band as well as the recently shaped label Apocalyptic Visions created a pastime in Varney’s music. In 1994, a debut Compact disc with the intensive name Ich Tote Mich Jedesmal Aufs Neue, Doch Bin Ich Unsterblich Und Erstehe Wieder Auf In Einer Eyesight des Untergangs, or Ich Tote Mich… for brief, premiered as a restricted edition. Tracks like “Tanz der Grausamkeit” and “HAVE YOU ANY IDEA My Name” had been quickly uncovered and became underground cult strikes, taking the record into two re-releases. Carrying on as the exclusive individual performer in Sopor Aeternus, Varney also credits the Outfit of Shadows on her behalf inspirations. They are spirits, beings who she says she receives the musical compositions from. She also functions through depression using her music, as could be heard in the demos, created at the same time when she was gravely sick and vulnerable to shedding her eyesight. She details her subsequent functions as “introverted exhibitionism.” Also, they are expressions of severe, intense discomfort. Varney’s second record, Todeswunsch ­ Sous le Soleil de Saturne (“Deathwish ­ Beneath the Sunlight of Saturn”) a 1995 discharge, was a inquisitive mixture. While musically it appears perhaps a little gentler and much less depressive, its lyrics had been therefore painfully evocative that she stated she discovered herself weeping while documenting a number of the tracks. The theme? “Suicide, special suicide.” The Outfit of Shadows dissuaded Varney from committing suicide, and in 1997, as she handled problems of her transexuality, she extended her name to Anna-Varney. She’s portrayed in interviews the sensation that her record Inexperienced Spiral Traveller, from 1997, is certainly her “most severe” discharge, despite its product sales achievement. Voyager ­ the Jugglers of Jusa implemented in 1998. The tune “Feralia Genitalia ­ Appearance from the Jugglers” displays a gender procedure theme. Yet possibly the most uncommon song is really a cover edition of Kraftwerk’s “Das Modell” which she results in Latin and performs on the baroque harpsichord. 1999 brought the discharge of Deceased Lover’s Sarabande (Encounter One). It really is steeped within the discomfort of inevitable reduction and loss of life. Dedicated “to 1334,” it commemorates the suicide of previous Christian Loss of life member Rozz Williams on Apr 1, 1998. Anna-Varney and he previously developed a companionship through letter composing and had considered a cooperation, which unfortunately, was to never be. As is usually quality of her intentionally mysterious strategy, she steadfastly declines to describe the lyrics of the sluggish, grieving, dark creation. After that, in March 2000, arrived the companion quantity, Deceased Lover’s Sarabande (Encounter Two), with an increase of of Anna-Varney’s catacomb deep, stygian strength.

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Full Name Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows
Music Songs In der Palästra, Tales From the Inverted Womb, May I Kiss Your Wound?, Little Velveteen Knight, ...And Bringer of Sadness, Do You Know About the Water of Life?, Saturn Devouring His Children, Totes Kind / Little Dead Boy, Hades "Pluton", A Strange Thing to Say, Something Wicked This Way Comes..., No-one Is There, La Prima Vez, Helvetia Sexualis, La Mort d'Arthur, Saltatio Crudelitatis, Not Dead but Dying, The Sleeper, Tanz der Grausamkeit, Beautiful Thorn, Some Men Are Like Chocolate, The Urine Song, The Feast of Blood, On Saturdays We Used to Sleep, Sopor Fratrem Mortis est, Backbone Practise, Holy Water Moonlight, The House Is Empty Now, Across the Bridge, Memalon, Shave, If You Love Me, Dark Delight
Albums Les Fleurs du Mal, Todeswunsch - Sous le soleil de Saturne, Songs from the Inverted Womb, Dead Lovers' Sarabande, Ich töte mich..., Have You Seen This Ghost?, Es reiten die Toten so schnell, The Inexperienced Spiral Traveller, Mitternacht - The Dark Night of the Soul, Poetica, Sanatorium Altrosa, Like a Corpse Standing in Desperation, Voyager: The Jugglers of Jusa, Es reiten die Toten so schnell..., Ehjeh Ascher Ehjeh, La Chambre d'Echo, Dead Lovers' Sarabande (Face Two), The Goat / The Bells Have Stopped Ringing, Like A Corpse Standing In Desperation 3, Children of the Corn, Flowers in Formaldehyde, A Strange Thing to Say, Like a Corpse Standing in Desperation 2


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1 Instead of music videos, she is known to make slide-shows with extremely neurotic pictures.


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1 [when asked how she looks at other bands on the underground scene in Germany:] Unfortunately, at least 99% of what comes from this so-called underground scene in Germany is nothing but crap... pointless, boring and totally unnecessary. It doesn't even deserve being labeled underground, as it is basically just the same commercial shit you get anywhere else. I am sorry, but it's true. Sometimes I really wonder why the hell some of these kids are making music in the first place... but then again it is rather obvious. I guess, for the majority of them it is just another nice hobby... they probably think it is kind of cool to be in a band... and attract girls.
2 [when asked how she defines her music, and when compared with other bands:] No, actually I do not feel like belonging to any of the genres listed above... and I always found it very difficult to describe the music of Sopor Aeternus to anyone. If I had to define it for some reason then all I could say would be that it is rather... fragile.
3 [about having cancer:] I became weak, sick, was losing my eyesight and got very very close to cancer. I didn't leave the house - expect for about once a month - neither able nor willing to move or speak... Sleep became my only "joy", even though I was tortured by violent and ugly nightmares. I literally became a living dead, a marionette of my own "moods".
4 I am simply Anna-Varney ... also known as: "(S)he with the S in brackets", ha! Well, the old question: are you a woman or a man? To which the answer is: yes, of course!
5 [about having cancer] I became weak, sick, was losing my eyesight and got very very close to cancer. I didn't leave the house - expect for about once a month - neither able nor willing to move or speak... Sleep became my only "joy", even though I was tortured by violent and ugly nightmares. I literally became a living dead, a marionette of my own "moods".
6 [when asked how she defines her music, and when compared with other bands] No, actually I do not feel like belonging to any of the genres listed above... and I always found it very difficult to describe the music of Sopor (Aeternus) to anyone. If I had to define it for some reason then all I could say would be that it is rather... fragile.


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