Das Ich

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Das Ich
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Background information
Origin Bavaria, Germany
Genres Electronic music
Neue Deutsche Todeskunst
Dark Wave
Industrial music
Years active 1989–present
Labels Danse Macabre
Metropolis
Massacre
Associated acts Seelenzorn
Members Bruno Kramm
Stefan Ackermann

Das Ich is a German electronic music group formed in 1989. The group, fronted by Stefan Ackermann and Bruno Kramm, were one of the prominent founders of and contributors to "Neue Deutsche Todeskunst" (New German Death Art) a musical movement in the early 1990s. The German term das Ich makes reference to the Freudian concept James Strachey translated as "ego" (lit. "The I").

History[edit]

In 1989, the members of Das Ich founded the Danse Macabre record label.[1] Their first full-length album, Die Propheten, was released in Germany in 1991 and was reissued in the US in 1997, selling over thirty thousand copies. In 1996, the album Egodram saw the group moving towards a more rhythmic, industrial dance-oriented sound, resulting in the club singles "Kindgott" and "Destillat". The album was followed by an American tour in 1996 and 1997. This was followed by 1998's Morgue, a concept album based on the work of Gottfried Benn.

Bruno Kramm (2013)

In 1999, they released a remix album, Re-Laborat, that included work done by popular electro-industrial bands. Bruno Kramm released his solo spin off Coeur in 2000.

In 2001, Das Ich released the album Antichrist, which is a critical reflection on world politics. In 2002 the Best Of Album Relikt was released.

In 2004, they released the double album Lava, made of:
Lava:Glut: Disc with more instrumental than industrial tracks.
Lava:Asche: Disco with dance versions of song from Lava:Glut.

In 2006, they released an additional dual album:
Cabaret: Disc with circus style songs, like the name implies, and more instrumental.
Varieté: Disc with remix versions of Cabaret, made by bands like Stillste Stund, Metallspürunde, FabrikC.ect.

In the same year, they released a new DVD, Panopticum.

Stefan Ackermann (Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2013)

The band was undergoing a hiatus due to the health problems of the lead singer, Stefan Ackermann.[2] They had their Comeback at the Wave-Gotik-Treffen in 2013.

Band members[edit]

Live Band Members[edit]

  • Martin Söffker (Live Member from 2008 till present day)
  • Stefan Siegl (Sissy) (Live Member in 2006)
  • Kain Gabriel Simon (Live Member from 2000-2006)
  • Daniel Galda (Live Member from 1994–1999)
  • Chad Blinman (Live Member from 1994–1996)
  • Jakob Lang (Live Member from 1998–1999)
  • Michael Schmid (Live Member from 1999–2000)
  • Ringo Müller (Live Member from 2006)
  • Damian Plague (DJ) (Live member from 2004 DE /2009 USA)

Das Ich in Film[edit]

Music by Das Ich made up the soundtrack of the movie Das Ewige Licht, directed and produced by Hans Helmut Haessler.

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

  • 1990: Satanische Verse (Satanic verses)
  • 1991: Die Propheten (The Prophets) (Re-released in 2009)
  • 1994: Staub (Dust)
  • 1998: Egodram
  • 1998: Morgue
  • 2002: Anti'christ
  • 2004: LAVA:glut (LAVA:ember)
  • 2006: Cabaret (Limited Box Set issued featuring Remix album 'Varieté' and DVD 'Panopticum')
  • 20??: Koma (Coma) Release date: ??? Das Ich have been constantly shifting the release date since May 2010, and starting from the autumn 2010 they are altogether silent about the album at all.

Extended Plays[edit]

  • 2008: Kannibale

Remix Albums[edit]

  • 2000: Re-Laborat
  • 2004: LAVA:asche (Remixes of Lava:glut; LAVA:ash)

Singles[edit]

  • 1994: Stigma
  • 1998: Kindgott (Child god)
  • 1998: Destillat

Soundtracks[edit]

  • 1996: Das innere Ich (The Inner Self)

Compilations[edit]

  • 1999: Re-Kapitulation (Compilation, US only)
  • 2003: Relikt (Compilation; Relic)
  • 2007: Alter Ego (Best-Of Compilation)
  • 2007: Addendum (Compilation of remixes, rare tracks and alternate versions)

Live Albums[edit]

  • 1995: Feuer (Live; Fire)

Video[edit]

  • 2002: Momentum (VCD/DVD)

Side projects[edit]

  • 1995: Die Liebe (feat. Atrocity, LP; The Love)
  • 2000: Coeur (CD) (Solo project released as 'Kramm')

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Label Discogs Entry
  2. ^ News of Stefan Ackermann's Illness