v For 'desperate' fans..Check the two recent Dominion-III albums. Both Elisabeth Toriser and Tharen are featured in them. Their style is not exactly similar to Dargaard, but a bit more EBM/Industrialish. But there is still a haunting Dargaard aura in that project as well. But with a more futuristic tone, rather than an ancient one.
Now in the start of Autumn they started getting more listeners again (a bit logical, as expected), around 400 per day, as the diagram above shows. @sanja717 It's better and more artistically honourable to just release 4 masterpieces and stop gloriously, as Dargaard did, rather than keep releasing more and more mediocre, redundant and useless albums every 1 or 2 years, just for financial profit (e.g. Anathema, Dream Theater, Ulver, Nightwish etc.)
Tharen in the last recording/mixing phase for the new Amestigon LP, "so not much time for anything else" according to him :(
I hope for a new album next year in 2014 maybe.
meanwhile we have 3 great releases coming out soon that will keep my ears entertained till then:
1- Sopor Aeternus - Poetica
2- Aardia - A Journey To The Unknown.
3- Dementia Ad Vitam - L’Éloge de l'Origine
According to the 'recent listeners trend' above: Around 600 Dargaard listeners here in the last winter, but only around 350 on average, now in June. ;) Maybe because the day is longer ; and this is mainly night music. Sometimes, I think I am drifting in a cesspool of metal-alt-goth mediocre pile of sounds, only to discover diamonds like [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i66cczbS948]March Of Shadows[/url]. (Not even Top-15 here) I hope Tharen makes some new music in the future, no matter the name of the band.
Yes, these kinds of bands (Summoning as well) are on a big hiatus. Only the fans keep them alive. However, in most disbanbed metal-rock bands usually a reunion album happens. (from Celtic Frost, to Yes, to Accept, to Crimson Glory, Maiden with Dickinson, Priest/Halford etc.). And then a 'reunion' tour follows. I am not sure if this is the case in darkwave/ethereal, given there is less financial motivation for such a reunion, because of the limited commercial success in this genre. I mean, only Dead Can Dance used to enjoy some broader relative success outside the [tag]ethereal[/tag] underground.
@LibreLibre It's all comes down to a matter of taste. If you don't like those (Amestigon, Dominion III), no one will force you to listen to them. There are plenty of underground bands to dig. You don't seem to like Industrial/EBM then that's probably you don't dig Dominion III, even though they have the same line-up with Dargaard. Besides, like I said, it's Tharen decision to continue with BM these days. He won't ask any fans if he doesn't ever want to do ethereal-darkwave stuff. No one will force him to. Especially when his band Dargaard didn't really enjoyed much commercial success.