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Sol Invictus is an English and group fronted by Tony Wakeford.
Wakeford founded Sol Invictus in order to pursue his own musical ideas. He was an original member of Crisis and Death in June with Douglas P… He formed Sol Invictus in 1987, working with Ian Read and Karl Blake. He has been the sole constant of the group, as it continues to bring forth new forms and conceptions.

Wakeford has described Sol Invictus as a “cabaret band from Hell for the fin-de-siècle” and has referred to his work as . He has said the name “comes from a pre-Christian Rome-based cult. Many of its trappings were taken over by the church. The name means ‘the unconquered (or victorious) sun’, and it was brought back by the legionnaires returning from Persia. The sun has always been an important symbol and as the cult of Sol Invictus nearly defeated Christianity at one point it seemed a good name to use. I also love the sound of Latin. “

Sol Invictus imagery and lyrical content, especially initially, was strongly influenced by a antipathy for the modern world and materialism. The band also had considerable interest in Heathen and Mithraist themes, often reflecting an explicit antipathy to Christianity. Wakeford has written from a melancholic position of doomed Romanticism, which laments the loss of beauty, love, and Culture. He sees Americanism as a scourge upon Europe, as expressed with pitch-black humour in his song, “Death of the West” from the album of the same name.


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  • Patiomkin

    After few extra spins I love this album even more. Once Upon a Time is a wonderful, well-rounded addition to Sol Invictus' grandiose discography. Anderson did a great job on it - his well-balanced guitar-work really added a lot of refreshing, embellishing textures to a solid Sol Invictus formula. Also, Wakeford's vocals are exceptionally good. Live long and prosper, Sol Invictus!

    12 Oct 7:11pm Reply
  • arch_cthulhu

    New album is incredible. Old spirit with a new cover.

    12 Oct 5:15pm Reply
  • Sanjuro54

    News for any gigs?

    8 Oct 6:09pm Reply
  • itsmysandwich Did a rough "review" of the new album.

    8 Oct 2:14am Reply
  • Patiomkin

    I already love the new album, after only one spin. To be honest it seems a little uneven, but one can not deny its soul, freshness, and good old Sol Invictus-style pessimistic flair, which is ironically decadent in itself. Yeah!

    2 Oct 11:40am Reply
  • why-am-i-here

    Love that new album art

    1 Oct 10:09pm Reply
  • Vantaig

    New album is magnificent. A year from now Tony announced that it would be different from the previous material, and I myself expected something that I would not like so much. I was wrong.

    1 Oct 7:46am Reply
  • itsmysandwich

    Not a surprise there! Great new stuff.

    30 Sep 3:24pm Reply
  • Axeman_Eugene

    The new album has some pretty good stuff

    26 Sep 6:41pm Reply
  • jokumuko

    I always think the cat is a collar/cloak when I see profile pic in my playlist.

    27 Aug 1:50am Reply
  • State-records

    for fans of death in june -

    14 Aug 3:16pm Reply
  • Sanctus0815

    The new album will be out on 26. sept.

    10 Aug 9:58am Reply
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  • Matt_Armonia

    Хороший чувак, многим интереснее Тибета и Обрезанного

    19 Jul 9:32am Reply
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  • Aryakafashi

    Am I the only one facing a problem listening to their tracks on spotify?

    5 Apr 3:37am Reply
  • RajhinLXXXVI

    "Looking for Europe" is probably one of the best neofolk songs I've ever heard. [2]

    3 Apr 7:26am Reply
  • moneyisflesh000

    The anti-modernism of Sol Invictus is actually Modernism.

    28 Feb 12:16am Reply
  • FaultyClockwork

    Of what I've sought out of Sol Invictus' work I think "Lex Talionis" is my favorite. "In the Rain" is an easier listen and as such I've listened to it more, but the blend on "Lex Talionis" of neofolk and industrial (with maybe some of the post-punk vibe of his earlier works thrown in) really makes it a beautiful singularity of an album and one of the most perfect fusions of the involved genres. Other half industrial/electronic, half neofolk albums like C93's "Imperium" or DiJ's "Nada!" don't create the same atmosphere or feeling that SI's opus manages to. Though Wakeford later rejected the naïve anti-modernism you can find on "Lex Talionis" I find the themes rather appropriate for what the album delivers musically. "Lex Talionis" is truly a classic.

    22 Feb 1:53am Reply
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