|Also known as||Flowing Tears & Withered Flowers|
|Origin||Wadgassen, Saarland, Germany|
|Past members||Manfred Bersin|
Flowing Tears was a German gothic metal band founded in 2003 in Wadgassen. Their original name was Flowing Tears & Withered Flowers, which they used for their first several releases. The band's final lineup consisted of vocalist Helen Vogt, guitarist/keyboardist Benjamin Buss, bassist David Vogt and drummer Stefan Gemballa. The group used dark themes and images, musically and lyrically.
1994–1999: Formation and first albums
The band formed in 1994 under the moniker Flowing Tears & Withered Flowers. Under the first name, they released a demo called Bijou in 1995, two full-length albums: Swansongs in 1996 and Joy Parade in 1998, and an EP named Swallow in 1999. On Swansongs, Manfred Bersin contributed the male vocals. After the EP's release, the band abridged their name to "Flowing Tears".
2002–2004: Serpentine and vocalist change
With the release of Serpentine in 2002, the band would build on the work they did with Jade, adding a slightly more up tempo and a less melancholy sound. After the release of Serpentine, Stefanie Duchêne left the band for personal reasons. The replacement vocalist became Helen Vogt,. With a sound similar to that of Serpentine, and Vogt's vocal similarities with Stefanie Duchêne's vocals, the band released their 5th studio album, Razorbliss.
The band toured with After Forever in April and May 2004. On October 20, 2004, just seven months after the release of Razorbliss, two founding members of Flowing Tears, Björn Lorson and Cristian Zimmer (the first of whom was still in the band's lineup at the time), died in a car accident.
2008–2014: Thy Kingdom Gone and a hiatus
October 2008 saw the release of Flowing Tears' sixth full-length album, Thy Kingdom Gone. It is a concept album containing 12 songs, along with artwork made by Seth Siro Anton, an artist who has done work for Moonspell, Soilwork, and Paradise Lost.
The band is on hiatus according to a Facebook status update in January 2013 by Helen Vogt, she expressed that she does wish to record a new album someday. However, she announced in March 2014 that Thy Kingdom Gone would be the band's final album.
- Helen Vogt – vocals (2003–2014)
- Benjamin Buss – guitars, programming, keyboards (1994–2014)
- David Vogt – bass guitar (2007–2014)
- Stefan Gemballa – drums (2002–2014)
- Lena Fischer – keyboards (1994–1995)
- Björn Lorson – guitar (1994–1995) (deceased)
- Manfred Bersin – vocals (1994–1998); guitar (1996–1999)
- Christian Zimmer – drums (1994–1997) (deceased)
- Stefanie Duchêne – vocals (1998–2003)
- Eric Hilt – drums (1998–2000)
- Mike Voltz – keyboards (2000)
- Frédéric Lesny – bass (1994–2007)
As Flowing Tears & Withered Flowers
- Bijou (demo; 1995)
- Swansongs (1996)
- Joy Parade (1998)
- Swallow (EP; 1999)
As Flowing Tears
- Jade (2000)
- Serpentine (2002)
- Razorbliss (2004)
- Invanity – Live in Berlin (2007)
- Thy Kingdom Gone (2008)
- Flowing Tears Interview @ ice-vajal.com
- Flowing Tears Introduce New Singer! bravewords.com. 2003-05-20. Retrieved on 2010-08-21.
- Flowing Tears On Tour With After Forever bravewords.com. 2004-04-19. Retrieved on 2010-08-21.
- Founding Members Of Flowing Tears Perish In Car Crash bravewords.com. 2004-11-03. Retrieved on 2010-08-21.
- Flowing Tears – New Album Details: News @ metalstorm.ee
- FLOWING TEARS LAID ON ICE facebook.com Retrieved on 2014-11-03.
- Flowing Tears @ metalstorm.ee
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