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- including artwork for Jewel Case
aka "We are here We are now"
01 - Mother Talk
02 - Shine
03 - Iceflower
04 - Leviathan
05 - Earth We Walk Upon
06 - Last Night
07 - Stormclouds
08 - Das Gelübde (Intro)
09 - Das Gelübde - feat. Andy Julia (Soror Dolorosa)
10 - Pandorum (Intro)
11 - Pandorum
Christ-Ian – Guitars and Voices
Caveman – Bass
Steve Leafs – Drums
Detmold. Not exactly a metropolis. However, there was in this idyllic small town an underground, a subcultural scene whereas until this day opera, theater, classical museums and mainstream events are on the agenda.
In addition to some indie, punk and hardcore bands were The Home Of The Hitman, a band influenced by the British new wave and gothic rock around guitarist and songwriter Christ- Ian.
That was in the 90s when the gothic wave was on its peak before it subsided with the end of the great bands of the genre by the end of that decade.
Two albums and many concerts did the band and became an important part of the local underground scene before they split up in 1999.
After years of musical abstinence Christ-Ian 2010 reached back to the guitar and for the first time to the microphone, recorded some demos and felt that the time had come to return.
He had not forgotten his roots, so with Steve Leafs on drums and Andreas Bracht on bass-guitar salvation AMP was founded.
New wave, alternative rock, classic guitar rock with dark undertones are the foundation of the band. This manifested itself in 2012 with the release of the first album "hidden faces".
Since today the subcultural scene has been displaced, commercialized or does simply no longer exist, it is difficult to find organizers and clubs, to play concerts.
Yet salvation AMP have played numerous, partly completely self-organized concerts to far beyond the region and look forward to a growing fan base, that doesn´t hesitate to travel far distances in order to see the band live.
The concerts are played with a passion and dedication that can only be found rarely in this form and has thus become a hallmark of the band.
Has much changed in the genre to fun events or half-playback shows, so here is a real live experience full of dynamic and rough elegance.
Although set up only as a trio, the band takes the listener into a sea full of spherical guitars, in which the bass-guitar and the drums are found secure and solid as a rock and above it Christ-Ian's harsh and clear voice, full of drama and pure energy.
Highlight on this show "Das Gelübde" sung together with Andy Julia from Soror Dolorosa.
aka "Sound & Deathmold"
01 - Hologram
02 - A Dead Yesterday
03 - Damaged Dreamer
04 - Dany
05 - The Figure Of The Night
06 - Low End
07 - Soror Dolorosa
08 - Silver Square
09 - Sound & Death
10 - Beau Suicide
11 - American Chronicle
12 - Autumn Wounds
13 - Trembling Androgyneous
Hervé Carles - Bass Guitar
Nicolas Mons - Guitar
David-Alexandre Parquier - Guitar
Franck Ligabue - Drums
Andy Julia - Vocals
Formerly from Toulouse (southern France), SOROR DOLOROSA was originally founded in 2001, with Andy (Nuit Noire, Mutiilation, Peste Noire, Celestia, Darvulia, Fornication) on drums, Franck (ex Funeraell) on guitar, Herve (ex Funeraell) on bass, and Christophe Guenot (ex Funeraell) on vocals.
Herve came up with the name of SOROR DOLOROSA because of a novel titled "Bruges-la-morte" by Georges Rodenbach, a Flemish symbolist writer from the late 19th century.
A novel marked by symbolism of nostalgia and mourning. SOROR DOLOROSA means "Sister Pain" in Latin, one could almost translate it as "lovers of pain" in a more Baudelaire way...
The band recorded an unpublished demo, then the line-up changed in 2003 with the arrival of Emey (ex Contrast, Unscarred ...), who replaced Franck on guitar.
Subsequently they recorded a second unpublished demo and did some gigs until they split in 2005.
In August 2007 they reformed with the present line up. A month later, based on songs written by bassist Carles Herve, the band recorded a third unpublished demo whose content sounds definitely Gothic Rock and Death Rock, influenced by groups such as Christian Death, Bauhaus, and The Sisters of Mercy.
From that time, Soror Dolorosa's style became more personal and they found an own identity as a band. The songs were now written by the four members together, though still mostly based on the bass guitar.
They took on a Cold Wave colouring, more in line with bands such as The Cure or Human League, but also with hints of 70's rock like Deep Purple or Black Sabbath and retaining the Sisters of Mercy-like Gothic Rock influence.
Soror Dolorosa made their first record appearance with "American Chronicle" in March 2008, on the free compilation "Poisoned Dead Frogs" (Manic Depression): http://www.manicdepressionrecords.com/frogs.php
When the third demo was out on myspace, the group was contacted to release an EP through the British label Todestrieb Records.
This 6 track EP, entitled "Severance", wasn't released until August 2009 due to production delays and is being distributed through underground ways, while the band promoted it with successful live performances all over France.
Some time in 2009, through the help of Neige (Amesoeurs, Alcest), the band came in contact with Northern Silence Productions, who offered to release their upcoming albums on their newly founded sublabel Beneath Grey Skies, and subsequently produced the debut full length "Blind Scenes", recorded in August 2010 at Drudenhaus Studio.
To use the band's own words: "The album is quite cold, with misty blue moods. 'Blind Scenes' would rather be perceived as scenes unseen, that is to say, out of time and out of the real world.
As a state of grace overshadowed by the inevitability of everyday life. The lyrics are heartfelt and talk about regrets, coldness, alcohol abuse, as well as forfeiture, but mostly nostalgia, hence the blue color of the music."
That's also why they chose "Drudenhaus Studio" (CNK, Alcest, Les Discrets, Varsovie, Necroblaspheme), recommended by Neige, who described it as an ideal place to record their music.
On the one hand because the studio is analog, and on the other hand because it is located in Brittany's countryside, isolated from the rest of the world, with compulsory rain in August.
It was produced by Benoit Roux "Mr. Xort" (ex Anorexia Nervosa), who recorded additional keyboards.
The album artwork & layout was done by Metastazis, who is one of the best illustrators/designers of the underground scene and worked for Alcest, Anathema, Antaeus, Enthroned, Forgotten Woods, Gorgoroth, Immolation, Secrets of the Moon, Taake, Listenable Records, Osmose Productions & Warner Bros.
So, that's how Soror Dolorosa appear today, which is quite a feat, knowing their respective influences.
Andy, as a drummer, has been marked by Black Metal and Metal in general but also by the likes of Human League, Fields of the Nephilim or Ulver's latest albums. Herve is a big fan of The Cure, Depeche Mode and Christian Death. Emey is somewhat influenced by Metallica, Satriani, Vai, but also Blues & Movie Soundtracks. Franck listens to bands as diverse as Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi or The French Variety, as well as Reggae, although he is primarily a Beatles fan. However, since the basics for their songs often come from bass riffs, the colour of the music naturally goes into the direction of Gothic/Death Rock and Cold Wave.
Andy Julia photography: https://www.facebook.com/andyjulia?fref=ts
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