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* The Essence is a Dutch rock band formed in 1984. The Essence signed to Midnight Music after a year of gigging. In 1986 the collaboration resulted in the release of their debut album “Purity” preceded by the 12” single “Endless Lakes”, which were both received very well, especially in Holland and Germany. A track very popular with the radio- and club-DJ’s was “The Cat”, which was remixed and released as a second 12”. 1987 saw the release of the follow-up album “A Monument of Trust” and the single “A Mirage”, a catchy tune that made the top 10 in Spain. It was then, that The Essence started to tour Europe extensively, building up a strong and faithful following in amongst others, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

The popularity of the band continued to grow with the release of the third album “Ecstasy” in 1988. The videos of the singles “Only For You” (1989) and “Like Christ” (1990) got regular airplay on MTV. The group recorded their fourth CD “Nothing Lasts Forever”, a powerful and dark concept album, released November 1991, making its way to an ever growing following around the world, including Japan and the USA.

A “best of…” CD was released by Cherry Red Records in 1994 entitled “Dancing In The Rain”, accompanied by the single “A Mirage ‘94 - The Mixes”. The following year, a coverversion of “A Mirage” by Spanish group “Esquema” was again a hit in Spain.

1996 saw the release of the fifth studio-album ‘Glow’, on CNR international records, receiving great critical acclaim and more than ever proving the original and international potential of the band.


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  • rafamello_23


    16 Feb 9:12pm Reply
  • aneasthesia

    I'm not quite sure if I'm distracted by the fact that the singer sounds exactly like Rob Smith...So far it's one of the best post-punk I've come across...but I'm not sure how to handle that. I guess it breaks my cure-loving heart that The Cure didn't write these songs...

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Tymbolic

    Definitely Cure clones, but still enjoyable.

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • chingishan76

    Крутые ребята! на сей день мой любимчики! а музыка у них мелодичнее чем у CURE - так как в ней больше NEW - WAVE(а) !!!

    30 May 2014 Reply
  • yuri_s_a_n

    sadly I only got the torrent of their best of album and their records are almost impossible to find in music stores...

    21 May 2014 Reply
  • yuri_s_a_n

    This group is very interesting, their sound takes influence from The Cure and underground post-punk like Sad Lovers and Giants and Mary Goes Round. And when autumn comes I will dig their music, for it will fit the season very well.

    20 Feb 2014 Reply
  • My_Name_Is0_0


    1 Feb 2014 Reply
  • limonad_limonad

    Кьра много не бывает.

    30 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Lord_DeviL_

    скушновато, второй кьюр.. так себе

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Nighell

    The Essence and SL&G

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • grunnwald

    Роберт Смит сам про них говорил еще в 80х : "Не стоит их воспринимать серьезно...они же голландцы" )))

    21 Sep 2012 Reply
  • TheDarkMinstrel

    That's true, it does sound like The Cure and the singer sings exactly like Robert Smith. They're a Cure copy but it sounds far better than some shit you can listen to, today. So, a copy but a good one ;).

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Lihriotgrrrl

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
  • RogueDoll1971

    It's a really good Cure copy

    4 Feb 2012 Reply
  • SeventhTime

    Though for all the cure worship, Nothing Lasts Forever is a fantastic album

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
  • SeventhTime

    Im all for being influenced by other bands but these guys almost sound like a Cure tribute band. The vocals are almost the same as Smithy's! If a group like this came out now they would get murdered by the press, a lot of groups cop it now for being far less derivative than these guys. Still The Essence have some very nice songs.

    9 Jan 2012 Reply

    ese sonido es una rememoranza neta a the cure, buena banda!

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Big_Electro_Cat


    4 Aug 2011 Reply
  • AcronymBlood_

    a reflected dream <3

    24 Apr 2011 Reply
  • grunnwald

    No, just the voice, like Robert Smith

    25 Mar 2011 Reply
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