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Everything what's associated with Sopor Aeternus or Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows and Anna-Varney Cantodea music, art and etc.

Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows is a or band consisting solely of Anna-Varney Cantodea. Not much is known about Anna-Varney, save for the tortured life she lived which led to the band's existence. She has said in several interviews that she spent nearly three decades in extreme states of depression, despair and loneliness, all of which resulted in her discovery of the "Ensemble Of Shadows", otherwordly presences and/or voices who stirred her musical senses and guided her to share the works in her head with the public. She does not speak much on the subject of the Ensemble, nor does she perform live "in front of humans". Anna-Varney does have a sense of humour however, such as admitting she loves Darth Vader and changing the Fruit of the Loom logo to "Fruit of the Tomb", which incorporates his/her face into the design.

The music itself is quite emotional and dreary, using a variety of brass, woodwinds (in particular, flutes), string quartets and various guitars. In some instances, synthesizers and drum machines or real percussion is used. Anna-Varney has clearly stated that she creates her music about herself, solely for herself. Various themes include death, suicide, karmatic pain, loneliness and sadness. A very important concept is the idea of becoming or being a woman, or at least removal of the male genitalia in favour of attaining the female variant (in later album artwork, Anna-Varney is usually shown nude with a vagina which has been edited in by computer rather than having her body surgically altered due to spiritual conflicts; in either case, Anna-Varney is now referred to by the pronoun "she" instead of "he".) There are also several musical themes that reappear in her works; the most notable example is the song "Birth - Fiendish Figuration" which has appeared in at least four forms on separate releases. Other songs contain similar melodic lines or lyrics from an earlier release.

Life - a book of painful tongue that hurts our ears.

The boy has built a catacomb, he is living in a tomb. below the ground, where there's no sound, he is hiding from the (terrible) world. It took me a while to realism that we all have secrets and fears ...- is it then a surprise that we close our minds from the pain that is causing these tears ?.."~ There Was Country By The Sea

Started on 08 05 2007

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  • Melinda_M

    love music of Anna.

    28 Mar 2015 Reply
  • hibermycus

    6 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Quetzalcoatl

    Hello! Please vote for correct FULL name of the artist "Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows" Vote here: It will take only 5 seconds. Thank you!

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • musicafreakiya


    20 Sep 2012 Reply
  • GeographyI

    Attention, moderator need! If you interested - write PM to me.

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
  • RedjMusic

    any Anna/Sapor updates. Love her.

    4 Sep 2011 Reply
  • andra1303

    Anna... our Goddess...

    24 Jun 2010 Reply
  • GeographyI

    a bleeding star, why?

    15 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Gwragged


    20 Oct 2009 Reply
  • reniador

    Anna Varney is the great!

    29 Sep 2009 Reply
  • salamanje

    even though i love her music a lot, i know less about her than a fan of her music knows. some days ago one friend of mine told me that she killed herself and i couldnt believe this. can someone confirm that?

    30 Aug 2009 Reply
  • salamanje

    i wonder if she is dead or living now?

    25 Aug 2009 Reply
  • sopor6

    Like a Corpse standing in Desperation - PART 4 will be released in October! Its a DVD of reissued material! The track list for the DVD is~ THE GOAT THE DOG BURIAL (slightly altered version) AND BRINGER OF SADNESS DEEP THE ETERNAL FOREST (NTSC & PAL version) THE BELLS HAVE STOPPED RINGING (colour & b/w version) DEAD LOVERS' SARABANDE 1 (trailer) LES FLEURS DU MAL (teaser) So, I hope this means a new LP is not far Beh

    16 Aug 2009 Reply
  • sopor6

    Anna did a P.S.A. and did a mini song Harlan-schliessen!

    22 Feb 2009 Reply
  • sopor6

    Anna Always record's in Nov and Dec, and we usually see info on new CD in Jan and Feb... But I have not seen an info and news on new CD makes me think it will be much later till we will see something new?

    15 Feb 2009 Reply
  • agachmura

    hmm... that's true i haven't seen book of les fleurs du mal yet , but i think that the music still have this special climate :o)

    2 Feb 2009 Reply
  • GeographyI

    Sopor Aeternus finally merged as official name Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows. Thanks all for flaging and correcting artist name and her songs.

    1 Feb 2009 Reply
  • GeographyI

    I didn't say that i wasn't enjoying Les flaeur su mal. Just it's too much diffrent from other albums,. and if tyou have seen comics book of Les flaeur du mal you will understand. Enough suffering. Maybe i'm mazochist, but i liked this suffer and dark ages.

    23 Jan 2009 Reply
  • agachmura

    i don't agree - i really enjoy les fleurs du mal .

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • GeographyI

    ssork. I bought les fleur du mal, but new SOPOR isn't about shadowsphere. She is the same of million under atmoshphere. And that's sad.

    13 Jan 2009 Reply
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