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Dark Sanctuary


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Paris, France (1996 – 2009)

Dark Sanctuary is a group founded in Paris, France in February 1996. Their songs can be categorized primarily as “dark atmospheric”, most of them having a unique feel to them - mixtures between , and music, relying on classical instruments for the most part. Their first official release was a 20 minutes single track MCD, “Funeral Cry”, released in 1997 and, at that time, the band only consisted in two members, Arkdae on keyboards and Marquise Ermia on vocals.

In 1998, the band wanted to increase its strength by adding new members: another keyboards player, Hylgaryss, a percussionnist/bassist, Sombre Cÿr and a violinist, Eliane joined Dark Sanctuary. Together, they recorded the first album, “Royaume mélancolique” and made their first concert in September 1998 near Paris.
In November 1999, they signed with Wounded Love Records and after the second violinist Marguerite joined, they recorded their second album, “De lumière et d’obscurité”, which was released in November 2000. But, right after their recording sessions, Marquise Ermia left the band to carry on her studies, and a new singer, Dame Pandora, thus joined Dark Sanctuary.

Their third album, “L’être las - L’envers du miroir” was recorded in March 2002 and released at the beginning of 2003, few months after the release of a two-track single. This album, which has had a huge success in France and Germany, definitely established Dark Sanctuary as one of the greatest bands in this musical style.


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