Janus (musical project)

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To be distinguished from Janus (US band).
Janus
Origin Germany
Genres Neue Deutsche Härte, electronic
Years active 1995–present
Labels Trisol
Website knochenhaus.de
Members Dirk "Rig" Riegert
Tobias "Toby" Hahn

Janus is a German musical project led by Dirk "Rig" Riegert and Tobias Hahn. The name comes from Roman mythology, specifically the god Janus, who ruled over gates and doors.

History[edit]

From the beginning, Janus consisted of only two members - Dirk "Rig" Riegert, songwriter and vocalist, and Tobias "Toby" Hahn, programmer and piano player. Throughout their albums Janus has used many guest musicians, up to and including an entire orchestra.

Despite positive criticism, the debut album "Vater" failed to attract much attention. However, with further releases, Janus gained more popularity within the German alternative scene.

Musical characteristics[edit]

The music style of Janus is not easy to define. It can be labeled as Neue Deutsche Härte with influences of Drum & Bass, Trip Hop, Tango and Film score elements.

Like the mythological god, Janus has two faces: aggressive electronic pieces, and ballads with acoustic instruments. In their concerts, Janus is often assisted by guest musicians, who can also be found on the albums, although they are not official members of the band.

Janus uses the German language to describe such human emotions as hate, despair, insanity, fear, and loss.

Line-up[edit]

Members

  • Dirk "Rig" Riegert - Vocals and lyrics
  • Tobias "Toby" Hahn - Programming and piano

Discography[edit]

Releases[edit]

  •  ????: Liebeslieder (first demo, under the name Rorschach)
  • 1995: Schlafende Hunde (second demo, limited to 25 copies)
  • 1997: Vater Demo (self-distributed, limited to 500 copies)
  • 1998: Vater
  • 1999: Isaak
  • 2000: Schlafende Hunde (see German Wikipedia article)
  • 2001: Hundstage
  • 2002: Winterreise (self-distributed, limited to 500 copies. With German-language covers of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen and Disarm by Smashing Pumpkins)
  • 2004: Auferstehung
  • 2004: Kleine Ängste (only available on the limited edition of Auferstehung, inspired by the German version of the Little Fears RPG)
  • 2004: Kleine Ängste (spoken word, self-distributed and limited to 666 copies)
  • 2005: Live Bootleg DVD (self-distributed, limited to 400 copies. Footage from a concert in Leipzig)
  • 2005: Nachtmahr
  • 2005: Die Alpträume des Herrn Riegert (spoken word, only available on the limited edition of Nachtmahr)
  • 2005: Live Bootleg DVD (self-distributed, limited to 400 copies. Footage from a concert in Koblenz)
  • 2006: Vater Deluxe (self-distributed re-release of the first album Vater and bonus tracks from the Vater Demo)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • Touched By The Hand Of Goth Volume IV – Saitenspiel
  • Nachtschwärmer 3 – Rorschach
  • Mondenblut 1 – Gescheitert
  • Sonic Seducer Cold Hands Seduction Vol. XVII – Was uns zerbricht
  • Dark Roses - 36 Mystic And Electropop Romantics – Isaak (Single Edit)
  • Leichenschrei - Trisol Bible Chapter 2 - Kleine Ängste
  • Orkus Presents The Best Of 2004 (Part 2) – Paulas Spiel
  • Orkus Presents The Best Of 2005 - Grabenkrieg

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