For many, the mention of the name Nosferatu invokes images of a German vampire film starring Max Schreck as Count Orlok, which was released in 1922 under the full name, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. Although there's certainly a lot that can be discussed about that nearly 100 year-old film, it is not what I want to talk about in this week's post. Besides, I've been familiar with that particular vampire release for quite some time and therefore, didn't just discover it. Instead, I'm dedicating this post to a musical group that recently came to my attention.
Thanks to a post I found last month on a website called Dark Side of the Net, I was pointed toward an entity known as Night Breed Radio, an excellent source of dark wave, Goth rock, industrial and electronic music.While listening in one day they played a song by a band bearing the name of Nosferatu and all I could think was, wow! Within minutes I had sampled several more pieces of their material and these did nothing to lesson my enthusiasm for the group; if anything, I grew even more impressed.
Nosferatu, a second-wave band, which heralds from the U.K.,was formed during the spring of 1988. It consisted of three original members, which included Damien Deville on guitar, Vlad Janicek playing the bass and Sapphire Aurora doing the vocals. At that time the small ensemble incorporated the use of a drum machine for percussive purposes. More recently however, it has employed the services of a live drummer and keyboardist. Further, the group has gone through various personnel changes over the years and today, Deville remains the only original member of the group.
I could go on talking about how Nosferatu is one of the few British Goth rock bands to make it on t he charts in both the U.K. and Germany, or perhaps I could try listing some of their albums, of which Wonderland (2011) is the newest addition. The fact of the matter though, is that I really don't know all that much about them, what each CD sounds like, etc. Instead, I just like their music and that's why I want to give them mention here. Maybe some of you will check them out and will like them too. I do believe that they have turned out and are continuing to create some damn good Goth rock.
Check out Nosferatu's official website here.
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