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Karlsruhe, Germany (1993 – present)

1. Darkwave/Gothic Rock band formed in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1993 by Johannes Berthold.

Scarcely another band among the German-speaking Alternative /(Dark)Wave-scene has polarized media and audience within the last fifteen years as much as ILLUMINATE. Either praised up to the skies or torn apart as “Schlager” (a German derogatory term for bad pop songs) – be that as it may, for the last decade, Johannes Berthold and his band have left their mark on the Dark scene…

ILLUMINATE manage to combine classical elements, dance rhythms, electronic sound collages, romantic piano parts and heavy guitars without being unfaithful to their typical, unmistakable sound. After seventeen years of band history, 12 studio albums, world-wide life-performances, and having an enormous fan-base, ILLUMINATE are one of the most successful acts of the Alternative / Dark Wave-segment.


* Johannes Berthold - Vocals, Piano, Keyboards, Programming, Bass Guitar
* Manja Wagner - Vocals
* Sylvia Berthold - Vocals
* Jörn Langenfeld - Guitar, Bass Guitar
* Johannes Knees - Keyboards
* Stefan Dittrich - Drums, Programming


1993 Poesie (MC)
1994 Es atmet (Maxi-MC)
1996 Verfall
1997 Erinnerungen
1998 Erwachen
1999 Nur für Dich (Promo-Maxi-CD & Special-Promo-Maxi-CD)
1999 Letzter Blick zurück
2000 Dunkellicht (Maxi-CD)
2000 Ein neuer Tag
2001 Bittersüßes Gift (Maxi-CD)
2002 Kaltes Licht
2003 10x10 Schwarz (Best-Of)
2003 10x10 Weiß (Best-Of)


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