Sopor Aeternus timeline

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Sopor Aeternus timeline

Sopor-Aeternus-timeline

Sopor Aeternus timeline/ Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows (Latin: sopor æternus “eternal slumber”; often referred to or stylized as Sopor Aeternus or Sopor) was founded by Anna-Varney (then known as Varney) and Holger in 1989 and began as a Neue Deutsche Todeskunst musical project. The two had met in Frankfurt in a Goth club called Negativ, during one of Cantodea’s rare outings into the public world.

Anna-Varney’s work is extremely personalized, melancholic and pessimistic, drawing on a number of different musical and visual styles, and has garnered a cult following.

genres: neoclassical dark wave, dark folk, neo-medieval, gothic rock

Sopor Aeternus timeline


1989-1993

Cantodea and Holger worked together on a low budget in order to purchase musical equipment, and recorded three demo tapes: Es reiten die Toten so schnell…, Rufus and Till Time and Times Are Done. The three demos were recorded between 1989 and 1992, with Es reiten… being the only publicly released cassette. The demo tapes are collectively referred to as “Blut der Schwarzen Rose” (German: “Blood of the Black Rose”) or “The Undead-Trilogy”. Shortly after the cassettes were produced, Holger left Sopor Aeternus.

Demo Tapes

Es reiten die Toten so schnell… (1989)

tracklisting:
  • Omen Sinistrum............................................ 00:00
  • Dead Souls.................................................... 02:01
  • Stake Of My Soul.......................................... 08:19
  • Beautiful Thorn............................................ 09:22
  • Baptisma...................................................... 14:23
  • The Feast Of Blood........................................19:08

Rufus (1992)
Till Time and Times Are Done (1992)


1994

In 1994, Varney signed with the DA label Apocalyptic Vision and released her first album, …Ich töte mich…. The album, like the demo tapes before it, showcased darkwave music with a neo-classical bent, punctuated by Varney’s tortured voice and the recurring imagery of death, despair, philosophical pessimism, and vampires. It is unknown if Varney received financial assistance to produce the record.

studio album
Ich töte mich…

tracklisting
  • Travel On Breath (The Breath Of The World)............................. 00:00
  • Falling Into Different Flesh.......................................................... 03:47
  • Tanz Der Gramsaukeit................................................................. 08:59
  • Im Garten Des Nichts (A Secret Light In The Garden Of My Void) 14:35
  • Time Stands Still (But Stops For No-One)..................................... 25:25
  • Do You Know My Name? (Falling ... Reprise)................................ 34:06
  • Penance & Pain............................................................................ 38:24
  • Holy Water Moonlight................................................................. 44:43
  • Beautiful Thorn............................................................................ 50:31
  • The Feast Of Blood....................................................................... 55:30
  • Dark Delight(s) (Dedicated To Victor Bertrand)........................... 58:06
  • Baptisma................................................................................. 01:01:51
  • Birth Friendish Figuration (The Inner Hell)............................ 01:07:34

 


1995

Sopor Aeternus’ second album, Todeswunsch, was an abrupt change in direction. While the album retained qualities of darkwave music, the album was stripped of its heavy use of synthesizers and drum machines. A companion EP, Ehjeh Ascher Ehjeh, was released later that year. Varney would also record four songs for an Apocalyptic Vision compilation, Jekura – Deep the Eternal Forest; two of the songs appeared under the pseudonym White Onyx Elephants.

studio album: Todeswunsch
EP: Ehjeh Ascher Ehjeh

tracklisting
  • Flesh Crucifix (Suffering From Objectivity).................... 00:00
  • Die Bruderschaft Des Schmerzes (Die Unbegreiflichkeit Des Dunklen Pfades, Den Die Kinder Saturns Gehen...)....... 01:52
  • Shadowsphere (The Monologue-World And Subconsious Symbols) - Part I .............................................................................. 07:44
  • Shadowsphere - Part II ................................................... 12:47
  • Saltatio Crudelitatis (Tanz Der Grausamkeit, Vers)....... 15:24
  • Just A Song Without A Name......................................... 21:13
  • Soror Sui Excidium (Geliebte Schwester Selbstzerstorung) 21:43
  • Le Thiatre De La Blessure Sacrei................................... 26:19
  • The Devil's Instrument.................................................... 29:18
  • Todeswunsch (Vers)...................................................... 34:39
  • Drama Der Geschlechtslosigkeit (Part I)...................... 40:19
  • Freitod - Phantasien....................................................... 42:25
  • Drama Der Geschlechtslosigkeit (Part II)..................... 45:51
  • Saturn - Impressionen.................................................... 51:01
  • Somnambulist's Secret Bardo-Life (Does The Increase Of Pain Invites The Absence Of Time)....................................... 53:49
  • Not Dead But Dying........................................................ 58:07
  • Only The Dead In The Mist............................................ 01:03:23
  • This Profane Finality..................................................... 01:08:36
  • Cage Within A Cage (...Within A Cage Within A Cage...) 01:13:12
tracklisting
  • Anima (I).................................................... 00:00
  • Shadowsphere (II)..................................... 00:51
  • Saltatio Crudelitatis................................... 03:24
  • Freitod-Phantasien.................................... 09:03
  • Anima (II)................................................... 12:27
  • Tanz Der Grausamkeit (Demo Version)....15:30

Other releases
Jekura – Deep the Eternal Forest (1995) – a compilation featuring four songs by Sopor Aeternus


1996


1997

Sopor’s third album, The Inexperienced Spiral Traveller, was released in 1997 alongside a remix album, Voyager: The Jugglers of Jusa. It was around this time that Varney changed her name to Anna-Varney Cantodea.

studio album
The Inexperienced Spiral Traveller

tracklisting
  • 01 - Sylla'boreal (Embracing The Dead Prior To The Service) 00:00
  • 02 - Question(S) Beyond Terms (Who Is Confronting The Impossible) 05:05
  • 03 - C'ayllagher A Dom'bhrail (There Is No Need To Remind Me) 10:50
  • 04 - To A Loyal Friend 11:49
  • 05 - Never Trust The Obvious (Or The Innocence Of Devils) 18:48
  • 06 - The Inexperienced Spiral Traveller A Fragment 25:41
  • 07 - Memalon 30:50
  • 08 - Memories Are Haunted Places (Birth - Fiendish Figuration, Vers.) 38:14
  • 09 - Die Widerspenstigkeit Unerwanschter Gedanken 43:57
  • 10 - Synchronicity (To Saturn Orion) 46:30
  • 11 - Totenlicht (Infant In The Face Of Time) 46:57
  • 12 - Ein Freundliches Wort... (...Hat Meine Seele Beruhrt) 53:00
  • 13 - Die Toten Kehren Wieder Mit Dem Wind 58:11
  • 14 - May I Kiss Your Wound 01:01:06
  • 15 - Ein Gutiges Lacheln Auf Den Gesichtern Der Toten... 01:06:55

remix albums
Voyager – The Jugglers of Jusa

tracklisting
  • 00:00 The Inexperienced Spiral Traveller (A Fragment 2)
  • 05:07 Memalon (2)
  • 12:34 Alone (By Edgar Allan Poe)
  • 19:03 Modela Est (Kraftwerk Cover)
  • 23:40 Birth (Instr)
  • 26:31 Feralia Genitalia (Arrival Of The Jugglers)
  • 33:02 Saturn Impressionen (Jusa,Jusa)
  • 34:30 May I Kiss Your Wound (Saturn Orion)
  • 37:20 Alone (2)
  • 43:27 The Inexperienced Spiral Traveller A Fragment (Instr)
  • 50:25 Ein Freundliches Wort Hat Meine Seele Beruhrt (Defined And Fragile)


1998