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Berlin, Germany (2010 – present)

The Merciful Nuns are a gothic rock band from Berlin, Germany and the successor to Artaud Seth’s previous band Garden of Delight. The group is strongly influenced by the more guitar-driven gothic rock bands like The Sisters of Mercy, The Merry Thoughts, Fields of the Nephilim and gothic rock bands from the late 80’s & early 90’s. The band’s lyrical content deals with the occult, Thelema, ancient cultures/The Megalithic Age, and spiritual progression. The band consists of three members which are Artaud, Jawa and Jon. Their debut album “Lib. I” was released in 2010 followed by their E.P. titled “Body Of Light”. Their second album’s (Hypogeum II) release date was set to January 28th, 2011; 12 August 2011 saw the release of the combined DVD/CD set “Infinite Visions”.


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  • darkwood67

    The only band they remind me of is G.O.D. it's nothing new and nothing unique but very much atmospheric, the way good goth music should be, imho. As for the rip off stories, such a sad and silly approach, it's quite difficult these days to create a unique sound so practically everything could be considered a rip off of something else. I hear a lot of bands in their music, definitely SoM and FotN but also The Cure, Skeletal Family, Killing Joke, NIN even The Tea Party...and just a reminder because there are a lot of McCoy fans saying big words, when I first listened to FotN and was blown away, guess what, they were considered a bad SoM rip off... history repeats itself. Great Atmospheric Gothic Music thats what MN is!!

    24 Sep 5:03pm Reply
  • PJPSounds

    @ tadeox: Sisters of Mercy name is actually taken from Leonard Cohen's song so not really unique at all... and MN are not Sisters of Mercy ripoff as Eldritch mostly sings about girls which is quite boring after 3(sic!) albums. MN on their 6 albums were exploring magickal things Eldritch never heard of...

    20 Apr 8:56pm Reply
  • slofox78

    Exosphere is pure perfection ! O_o

    3 Feb 5:22pm Reply
  • adrianomozzo

    Amazing.

    24 Jan 3:07pm Reply
  • Miss80

    Exosphere, the last album is just huge! nice surprise Artaud!

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • PJPSounds

    Hello everybody, you might find this interesting http://www.last.fm/music/Sia-Apantha-Cali/Theory+of+Practical+Chaos+(2012). Cheers

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • dirtydogintex

    never did care for jim daniels.... or jack ftm

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Coffinwood_Mill

    I tend to agree that it is generally a "cheap ripoff" as tadeox says, but ultimately, I don't give a fuck because it's not as if you're getting anything else from FOTN or Sisters at this point anyway for the most part. So, basically, if you enjoy the shit they've done, give Merciful Nuns a try. It's nothing spectacular or even good for that matter, but it just might tide you over. Or just throw on old FOTN / Sisters, which is what I generally do.

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Else_something

    when I heard theirs music first time I was sure it's Fields of the Nephilim...anyway it's also piece of very nice sounds

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • tadeox

    twinkle: ps. I almost forgot, next time you make a criticism [as you see you're also doing what you're blaming] try to give some arguments about the subject and avoid just attacking the person you're disagree with. Have a nice life.

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • tadeox

    theres a reason to critizice: to point what deserves attention and to point what is merely a ripoff to sell records and make money. Feel free to think whatever you want, i am aswell free to expose what i please. Sorry i have more important things to do to keep replying, i just end with this thought: You [and mn apologizers] are free to drink a bourbon called 'Jim Daniels' and like it, but that will not change three facts: A)it still is a cheap ripoff, B)it's not even whisky and C)you need a lot of taste and experience to enjoy the original stuff.

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • twinkle_prbh

    Tadeox: i just think your attitude is unnecessary. As i said, if you don't like the band, there's no reason to come here. Many persons likes the band and your opinion will not change this. So, IMO, you just want to create intrigue. But yeah, if you want to stay and keep writing unnecessary things, you are free for that.

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • tadeox

    twinkle: i was replying to another user. If you use these forums only to praise bands is your choice, i will keep writing what i like and what i don't.

    27 Jan 2013 Reply
  • twinkle_prbh

    Tadeox: if you don't like Merciful Nuns or Artaud Seth is very simply, just don't hear their music. There's no need to come here and write about the band, take your opinion for yourself. As i said, is very simply like this. PS: sorry my bad english.

    27 Jan 2013 Reply
  • tadeox

    people that writes apologies for a rip-off trendy musician: well... Carl McCoy has been writing about ancient cultures, lovecraft mythology and magick WAY BEFORE before this clown. Eldritch MADE a sound many others -such as this one -copied; even the name 'Merciful Nuns' seems like a cheap parody of Sisters Of Mercy. Quantity doesn't mean Quality: Seth made the same dull record a dozen times -at least it sounded so- when he was impersonating Carl McCoy, and now he will do the same as a AE clone.

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Zamek168

    Merciful Nuns at The Castle Party 2012 in Bolkow, POLAND + http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqeZebapTzY

    26 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Miss80

    Goetia IV (merci Solar) du grand Artaud plus mystique que jamais et toujours cette sublime voix Gothique à part entière, et le live Live at The Nunhood Gathering je vous dis plus rien achetez-le et bonne écoute jamais déçu avec merciful Nuns

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Zamek168

    Merciful Nuns at The Castle Party 2012 in Bolkow, POLAND http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJMBT43r_hA

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • SynTecH-X

    Pretty good and gothic.

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • PJPSounds

    People say that G.O.D. and Merciful Nuns are S.O.M and FOTN ripoffs... Well Seth writes about things mr Eldritch probably never heard of and they release records twice a year not like every 10 years like FOTN. Apart from that, they dig deeper in ancient cultures, occult and magick then most Goth bands combined.

    10 Oct 2012 Reply
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