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Vienna, Austria (1994 – present)

Angizia, founded in 1994 by Michael Haas (also known as Engelke), is an avantgarde group from Vienna which has been also categorized as “Circus Metal”. It can be defined as a mixture of 19th century operetta, Central European folk music with a little touch of gothic dramatism and a bit of metal as well. All band members are highly skilled musicians, often conservatory schooled, including Jochen Stock of Dornenreich, Christof Niederwieser of Korova and KorovaKill, and multi-band drummer Moritz Neuner.

Their first work, Die Kemenaten scharlachroter Lichter (1997) was accepted positively by critics. The band’s next work was the “Russian trilogy” consisting of the albums Das Tagebuch der Hanna Anikin, Das Schachbrett des Trommelbuben Zacharias and 39 Jahre für den Leierkastenmann. “39 Jahre für den Leierkastenmann” (subtitled “Ein Stück für die Judenstadt”) is a play of three acts that narrates the misfortunes of four Russian and Jewish musicians during World War II. In 2004 they released Ein Toter fährt gern Ringelspiel (limited edition). The band released “Kokon. Ein schaurig-schönes Schachtelstück” in 2011, and released their last album to date, “Des Winters finsterer Gesell” in March 2013.

Band’s discography:

* Kissarna (demo), 1994
* Mysterious Realms / Heidebilder (split with Amestigon), 1996
* Die Kemenaten scharlachroter Lichter, 1997
* Das Tagebuch der Hanna Anikin, 1997
* Das Schachbrett des Trommelbuben Zacharias, 1998

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  • LadyBazzie

    What an awesome band?!

    6 Jun 9:45am Reply
  • PhAntOmEttA

    2_am_everywhere listen to 2001? 2004 und 2011 , not early works !! although they've started to use metal again at 2013 album

    11 Sep 2013 Reply
  • i_am_everywhere

    not that much "avant-garde" as i have expected. more metal (and a little bit of neoclassical)

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Yazna-

    39 Jahre für den Leierkastenmann best album :3 but also I like her new works as DWfG

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • JDisc

    @Vejdom/NumaET Devil Doll is probably the best musical influence to have for a band.

    30 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ScepSpec

    heavier than expected... gots to love it

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
  • FyoMiDos

    sehr ordentlich.

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Vejdom

    http://www.progvisions.nl/reviews_uk/ang_lei_uk.htm Quote: "In fact I´m sure that Haas has been lately listening to Devil Doll a lot." :D Whats not bad at all....

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • spindelgroll

    Nobody forces Angizia to write new albums. They work absolutely independent. KOKON and DWFG - that's a new era and not music from 11 years ago. You just have to think about the message of every album. "39 Jahre für den Leierkastenmann" had to sound that catchy and melodic (it was the character of this plot). In my opinion DWFG sounds totally modern and avantgardistic - and...suitable to the plot). I love especially KOKON and DWFG, but also adore "39 Jahre für den Leierkastenmann" and "Ein Toter fährt gern Ringelspiel". KOKON and DWFG are full of art. Yes, I think, that's avantgarde.

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Verrjerah

    I guess, i can't directly describe my thoughts about that, especially due to my not so good English. But, what i can say easily - no one song from the new album catches me and strikes into my heart, like almost the every song from albums of 1996-2001 years, which are real masterpieces. Feeling like Angizia is not able to find really good melodies and vocal parts, but somebody forces them to write new albums, so they make something like this and Kokon... Yes, i found some interesting in songs 2, 3 and some at the end of the album, but they dont stand any comparison to old stuff. I remind you that it is my own opinion and feelings. And i dont want to contest due to the difference in tastes etc...

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
  • spindelgroll

    Great viadiva, I think the same (so many Mexicans love Angizia withough speaking or understanding German) - I just thought it could be a reason for Verrjerah's "disliking", cause well...the plot itself is the base for the whole work. But of course Angizia is also unique and wonderful without having insight in the plot. And I like the fact, that Angizia offers different styles and "muscial characters" on their albums, while achieving an unique avantgardistic art.

    8 Apr 2013 Reply
  • viadiva

    @spindelgroll, I can say that I still do not know any of German. But I completely lost of DWfG, adore kokon, love 39JfdL and DSdTZ. It is completely surprising for me 'cause I barely can listen songs without knowing about what their lyrics about...

    8 Apr 2013 Reply
  • spindelgroll

    Of course: The better you speak German the more you will love Angizia.

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • spindelgroll

    @Verrjerah - what an absurdity. DES WINTERS FINSTERER GESELL is such a mature work. Pure art. Also kokon was an absolute masterpiece. I can't follow your opinion. Angizia developed over so many years - step by step - no other band can reach Angizia's unique music style. What a brilliant work. I just can recommend it to everyone.

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Verrjerah

    New album is not good. Not that bad, than Kokon, but much worse than other.

    5 Apr 2013 Reply
  • gobbonero

    yet another masterpiece :)

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Violetdusk

    So unique, going to have to get the new album!

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Werkelmann

    Brilliantes neues Album.

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • einegegenalle

    yep, the new album is indeed a masterpiece.

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Nyar-lathothep

    Well, similiar artists isn't completly useless. In fact Eviga from Dornenreich is one of the main singers of angizia (Similiarity ahoi!) and also the new angizia album has some very strong metal influences also reminiscent of Dornenreich and Nocte Obducta. Also Stillste Stund is also a very original avantgarde-darkwave band I really like, it is not really similiar, but people who like angizia may also like these 3. - The rest is useless.

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
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