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Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows


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Germany (1989 – present)

Officially founded in 1989, the Germany based Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows is one of the very few dark groups/projects who have based the trinity of their music, poetry and visual appearance on the explicit emphasis of the highly individual expression of pain, isolation, depression, token suicides and the desperate search for the “sacred reunion”; all acted out by their sole protagonist – the transgender Anna-Varney Cantodea.

Best described as “introverted exhibitionism”, the holistic concept of their ritualistic/Jungian art is not necessarily rooted in the grounds of a commonly accepted sense of aesthetics – which is one of the many aspects that gives their work its serious and most unique character.
Though their music playfully fuses elements of classical, baroque, medieval, and even electronic music, the essence of Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows always remains entirely “goth”.

Despite the fact that to this very day they still refuse to perform live in front of a human audience, Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows have long gathered cult status in underground circles worldwide.
Strongly recommended to be approached only with an open heart and mind, the profound darkness (and occasionally subversive humour) of their multi-layered (yet fragile) art is mainly intended as a spiritual healing-process for the wounded soul.


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  • sopor6

    The Boy Just finished the transfer to cd! Maybe only one with this :)

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
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    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Kastjnot

    Post-romantic соглашусь, и что еще удивительнее, при такой плодовитости, качество не теряется, каждый альбом все лучше и лучше, на мой взгляд.

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • haadeus

    wow. it's like listening to the morbid older sister of Suede, the cousin of C93.

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • sopor6

    side B:ambient track ("The Boy") 18:59 min. DAMN pretty much a 19 min track!!!

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • sopor6

    Thats understandable indeed! all great we all have are favs!! ) I just feel les fleurs has that Victorian madness sound with a touch of emotion and silliness that is amazing! It just seems Amadeus would love this album! When I hear this album I think of the movie lol just do!! LOL :)

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • haterdomingo

    yeah..i mean i love the titletrack and in der palästra. it was my first sopor-album, but honestly, theres too much strange stuff on it, that i can't enjoy. like that bar of soap song and tracks like that. its just not the kind of atmosphere and feeling i want to get when i put on a sopor album. too "funny" if you know what i mean. i kinda understand that it was important for varney and thats cool but its just not my cup of tea. the dead lovers albums instead are SA for me i guess. they are just incredible.

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Think I found the point where her material became a lot more interesting and less repetitive, Dead Lovers' Serenade is the same level of quality that first drew me in on A Strange Thing to Say!

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • sopor6

    Thats fine list! BUt seriously Nothing beats Les Fleurs!!! NOTHING!!!! dead can't touch that album!! not evening close!!!

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • haterdomingo

    dead lovers sarabande 1 & 2 > songs from the inverted tomb > todeswunsch > es reiten die toten so schnell > la chambre d'echoes > les fleurs du mal > the inexperienced traveller > rest... but its quite difficult to make up a ranking, due the great quality throughout their (earlier) discography. hope her following work is going to have a bit of the good old sopor vibe. not really digging the latest stuff..

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • acclamationsun

    Hello Sopor Aeturnus, best wishes to you. I trust you are enjoying the year. Thank you for the soothing music.

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • sopor6

    Track for the up coming interview LP (The Boy) -Ambient track

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Jaina999

    Штопор и термос. Но мне нравится :3

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • McQueen3211

    'Songs from the inverted womb' is my favorite album.

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Going through her work chronologically is tough...lots of repetitive tracks and use of German. I'm dedicated enough to find where she got to the quality of A Strange Thing to Say, though.

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • clamp

    I'm fucking in love.

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • LiTTle-HoRn

    "Have You Seen This Ghost?" is still my favorite Sopor record.

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Uoltera

    Mine ^_^

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Horakhty

    Sopor covering Cher's "Bang Bang"! Wow!

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Post-romantic

    Ну как можно быть такими трудоголиками!

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
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