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EMERGENCE was formed in 1999 by by founding members Robert Holman (aka The Apostate) and Erik Kosnar (aka Vathan K) as an experimental gothic-rock/electro project. The duo soon enlisted the aid of Noel Johannes on keys, and spent a turbulent inaugural year trying out first one guitarist and then another, and then a third. Later that year Noel left the band to be replaced by a series of guest performers for the live act, while in the studio, The Apostate and Vathan formed the core creative unit in EMERGENCE.

In 2000 the group was joined by Kim Kosnar, (known affectionately as Ms. Anthropy) on keys and bass while Vathan took on the role of live-guitarist. This line-up, augmented by periodic guest performers, provided the syncretism the group needed to take the industrial/goth scene by storm, performing shows in over 12 US cities from San Francisco to Chicago and recording and self-releasing three CD EPs in three years. The group appeared at GothCon 2002 in New Orleans, and has won the respect of DJs and fans alike throughout the US and in Europe, inspiring their own form of dancefloor bedlam.

After being signed to Chicago based Negative Gain Productions, the group’s first full-length CD The Science of Suffering, hit the streets in 2003, combining provocative vocals, old-school industrial guitarwork, and the blend of dark electronica and hard-hitting beats that has become the hallmark of the EMERGENCE sound.


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