E Nomine

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E Nomine
GenresMonumental dance
Gregorian vocals
Techno / Trance
New-age music
Years active1999–2008
LabelsPolyGram Records
Polydor Records
Universal Records
WebsiteeNomine-Germany.de (Official Website)
MembersChristian "Chris Tentum" Weller
Senad Fuerzkelper Giccic
Past membersFriedrich "Fritz" Graner

E Nomine (from the Latin In Nomine, "In The Name Of") is a German musical project, formed in 1999, by producers Christian Weller and Friedrich "Fritz" Graner. Their music, which they call monumental vocal style, is a combination of trance, techno, and vocals which closely resemble Gregorian singing and chanting. Other vocals are performed by German voice actors such as long-time collaborators Christian Brückner and Rolf Schult. The primary languages in the songs are German and Latin.[1]

The project released its first album, Das Testament, in 1999. It was followed by Finsternis in 2002, Die Prophezeiung in 2003 and a compilation in 2004 (Das Beste aus... Gottes Beitrag und Teufels Werk), which also included new songs. After a few years with no news of the project, e-mail correspondence between a fan and Chris Tentum (Weller) revealed that the group was in the process of producing new material, due for release some time in the near future. A year after this came to light, a new single from E Nomine appeared on Amazon.de entitled Heilig,[2] due for release on December 28, 2007. The release date was pushed to mid-February 2008. Due to problems with their publisher, hard copies were never shipped, and the song was only made available for download.[3]

In the year 2012, the founders of E Nomine Weller and Graner started a new project, Schlafes Bruder, a Hardrock band which uses Latin chorus. It is a self-proclaimed revolution of E Nomine.[4] The theme of their first album is the Crusades. The lead vocalist is Graner himself, who sang also Heilig and Excalibur, the last two known (but never officially released) E Nomine songs. Both songs are on the first Schlafes Bruder album, released on March 13, 2013.

E Nomine's Christian-themed song "Vater Unser" (Our Father) and album Das Testament were very popular among the German public.[5]


E Nomine was founded by German producers Christian Weller ("Chris Tentum") and Friedrich Graner ("Sir Fritz") in 1999 after the huge success of the song "Vater Unser" (Our Father), which was included on their first album released that same year (Das Testament) and their most famous work as well. The project combines electronic sounds with recitations by guest voice actors, operatic chants and choirs, all performed by the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the same from the also German musical project Lesiëm.[1][6]

Their first album was followed by Finsternis in 2002, which drew influences from horror films and occult themes,[7] and Die Prophezeiung in 2003, which was especially inspired by stories of prophecies about the end of the world, the struggle between light and darkness, death and the afterlife.[8] A special edition of Die Prophezeiung, with a classical rearrangement, was released under the title Die Prophezeiung: Klassik Edition.[9]

In 2004, the project released their final work together, a compilation entitled Das Beste aus... Gottes Beitrag und Teufels Werk, which also presented new songs.[10] The only new release by the project after the album was the single "Heilig" in 2008, after which no news were published until the former founders of E Nomine emerged with a new rock band, Schlafes Bruder.[3]


The project had the collaboration of several actors in the narration of their songs.

  • Christian Brückner in the songs: "Vater Unser", "E Nomine (Denn sie wissen nicht was sie tun)", "Das Abendmahl", "Vater Unser Part II (Psalm 23)", "Mitternacht", "Dracul's Bluthochzeit", "Deine Welt", "Das Omen (Im Kreis des Bösen)", "Mysteria", "Das Tier in mir".
  • Martin Keßler in the songs: "Himmel & Hölle", "Ave Maria", "Aus dem Jenseits", "Carpe Noctem", "Opus Magnum".
  • Frank Glaubrecht in the songs: "Der Fürst der Finsternis", "Hallelujah", "Der Exorzist", "Das Rad des Schicksals", "Die Posaunen von Jericho".
  • Joachim Kerzel in the songs: "Die 10 Gebote", "Die Sintflut", "Per l'Eternita", "Das Tier in mir (Wolfen)".
  • Michael Chevalier in the songs: "Zorn - Die 12 Verbotenen Töne", "Herr der Schatten", "Spiegelbilder".
  • Thomas Danneberg in the songs: "Bibelworte des Allmächtigen", "Im Zeichen des Zodiak", "Nebelpfade".
  • Eckart Dux in the songs: "Angst", "Die Nachtwache", "Wiegenlied".
  • Rolf Schult in the songs: "Die Schwarzen Reiter", "Hexenjagd".
  • Helmut Krauss in the songs: "Das Böse", "Schwarze Sonne".
  • Otto Mellies in the songs: "Wer den Wind sät...", "Der Ring der Nibelungen".
  • Joachim Tennstedt in the songs: "Exitus", "Friedenshymne".
  • Jürgen Thormann in the songs: "Seit Anbeginn der Zeit", "Der Prophet".
  • Manfred Lehmann in the song: "Séance".
  • Wolfgang Pampel in the song: "Anderwelt (Laterna Magica)".
  • Elmar Wepper in the song: "Die Runen von Asgard".
  • Gerrit Schmidt-Foß in the song: "Laetitia".
  • Elisabeth Günther in the song: "Morgane Le Fay".
  • Tobias Meister in the song: "Mondengel".



Year Title Chart-Positions
Germany Austria Switzerland
1999 Das Testament 23 17 85
2002 Finsternis 3 6 61
2003 Die Prophezeiung 12 18 76
2004 Das Beste aus… Gottes Beitrag und Teufels Werk ("The best of ... God's contribution and work of Satan") 30 37 -

An album called Das Dunkle Element ("The Dark Element") has appeared on some P2P sites. This is a fake album created with various remixes, interludes, the contents of Das Böse, Heilig, and some of the tracks on Die Prophezeiung Re-release and Klassik edition, as well as some of the Das Testament Digital remastering.[11]

Re-issues and Re-releases[edit]


1999 "Vater Unser" Das Testament
2000 "E Nomine (Denn sie wissen nicht was sie tun)" Das Testament
2001 "Mitternacht" Finsternis
2002 "Das Tier in mir (Wolfen)" Finsternis
2003 "Deine Welt" Die Prophezeiung
2003 "Das Omen im Kreis des Bösen" Die Prophezeiung
2003 "Schwarze Sonne" Die Prophezeiung
2004 "Vater Unser Part II (Psalm 23)" Gottes Beitrag und Teufels Werk
2005 "Das Böse" Finsternis
2008 "Heilig" Single
Year Title Chart-Positions
Germany Austria Switzerland
1999 Vater Unser 4 1 10
2000 E Nomine (Denn Sie Wissen Nicht Was Sie Tun) 29 27 90
2001 Mitternacht 13 12 47
2002 Das Tier in mir (Wolfen) & Die Schwarzen Reiter 29 26 92
2002 Deine Welt 24 29 -
2003 Das Omen (Im Kreis des Bösen) 24 36 -
2003 Schwarze Sonne (feat. Ralf Moeller) 36 41 -
2004 Vater Unser Part II – Psalm 23 53 42 -
2005 Das Böse - EP 44 56 -
2007 Heilig - - -

Speculated end[edit]

Some fans speculate that the E Nomine musical project has already ended.[1] Their official website has not been updated since early 2005, and no material has been officially released since Das Böse. In December 2007, the single Heilig was stated for release, but due to complications with their record company, it was pushed back into January and eventually February 2008. Despite this, an actual hard copy was never shipped to any stores and was only sold via select online music stores.[3]

Sometime in the middle of 2008, various videos of an E Nomine performance emerged on several video sharing websites which contained a live music and acrobatic performance to select previously released work. It contained an introduction of "Das Beste aus... Gottes Beitrag und Teufels Werk", as well as the new "Heilig" and an unannounced new song "Excalibur". This performance was dated to late 2007.[12]

In recent times, all albums have stopped being stocked in music outlets, and became listed as "discontinued". Friedrich "Fritz" Graner has left the group as well, leaving the project in the lone hands of Christian Weller. With little news since 2008, the status of the project is questionable and probably finished.

In 2012, the band started from anew and changed their name into Schlafes Bruder.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "E Nomine biography on Last.FM". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Heilig on Amazon.de". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Heilig on Discogs". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  4. ^ Infos | Schlafes Bruder Homepage
  5. ^ Polydor Germany Taps Into Teenage Zeitgeist. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 12 August 2000. p. 53. Among Scharnweber's labelmates are ambient/electronic outfit E Nomine, whose religious-themed top five single "Vater Unser" (Our Father) and album "Das Testament" (The Testament)--both released in November 1999--clearly struck a collective chord with the German public, thanks in part to its use of the sampled voices of leading U.S. movie starts including Rober De Niro, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Nicolas Cage, and John Travolta. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  6. ^ "Lesiëm on Last.FM.". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Finsternis review on Laut.de (in German)". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Die Prophezeiung review on Sa-CD.net". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Die Prophezeiung: Klassik Edition on Last.FM". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Das Beste aus... Gottes Beitrag und Teufels Werk on Discogs". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  11. ^ "E Nomine biography on MusicMe". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Heilig and Excalibur live at AFA 2007 on VK.com". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  13. ^ Schlafes Bruder, literally translated: Sleep's Brother. In this context reader should be reminded of an aphorism by the Greek philosopher Pythagoras of Samos, according to which the sleep of the mind is a brother of death.

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