Neue Deutsche Härte
|Labels||MOS Records/Supersonic/Trisol Music Group (current)|
|Associated acts||Persephone, Nachtmahr, Siechtum, Whispers in the shadow, Coma Divine|
|Members||Thomas Rainer – vocals, keyboards |
Sonja Kraushofer – vocals
L'Âme Immortelle (French for "the immortal soul") is an Austrian darkwave duo. Many of L'Âme Immortelle's songs feature melancholy or lovelorn lyrics in German or English, and juxtaposed harsh male and emotional female vocals. In 2004 they switched label to the now defunct Supersonic Records (a subsidiary of Sony BMG) and their work moved away from the band's electronic roots to the heavier Neue Deutsche Härte (New German hardness) genre. In 2008 they went back to their former label Trisol and they returned to their musical roots.
L'Âme Immortelle was formed in 1996 in Austria by friends Thomas Rainer and Hannes Medwenitsch. Soon vocalist Sonja Kraushofer, a former classmate of Rainer, joined and the band sought a record contract. They released their first album, Lieder die wie Wunden bluten, in 1997 on MOS Records in Liechtenstein, which became popular in the underground German dark culture.
In 1999, L'Âme Immortelle switched to Trisol Records (part of Trisol Music Group GmbH). From 1998 through 2001, L'Âme Immortelle released another LP yearly, each bringing the band greater popularity. In 2002, Medwenitsch left the band Kraushofer and Rainer recruited Ashley Dayour (from the Austrian band Whispers in the Shadow) as a guitarist and the re-formed L'Âme Immortelle released a new single, Tiefster Winter in November 2002. In 2003, L'Âme Immortelle released Als die Liebe starb, as well as Seelensturm, a collection of re-issued and re-mixed early material.
In 2004, the band switched labels again, this time to major label Supersonic, a subsidiary of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. The first issue following the switch was a collaboration with Oomph! on the initially non-album (it was later inlided on a re-edition of the album Wahrheit oder Pflicht) single "Brennende Liebe" (released as Oomph! feat. L'Âme Immortelle); they also appeared in the video. Following that, L'Âme Immortelle released a new album, Gezeiten, which includes some of their most popular songs like "5 Jahre", "Stumme Schreie" and "Fallen Angel". A significant change in L'Âme Immortelle's style is evident now that the band is on a major label, notably the electronic instrumentation of earlier work was less prominent in Gezeiten.
Their eighth album Auf deinen Schwingen was released on August 2006 along with the single "Phönix". The record also includes songs like "Wohin" which contains text from another famous LAI song "Aus den Ruinen", and "Nur Du"—a song which totally differs from older L'Âme Immortelle works. The music video for this song is a cartoon, an unusual thing for the band.
Out since June 22 on Gun Supersonic is LAI's 10 year retrospective best-of album 10 Jahre. 10 Jahre presents the highlights of their career with hit tracks and fan favourites taken from each of their albums. This release also includes two brand new exclusive tracks,"Let Me Fall" and "Come Closer".
Return to Trisol
In December 2007, Trisol Records announced that L'Âme Immortelle had returned to the Trisol label to release a new album, Namenlos. Released January 1, 2008, Namenlos is a two-CD double-album. Trisol's press release denied that the band's label switch was motivated by poor performance of its last Supersonic album Auf deinen Schwingen, but hinted that the band was returning to its pre-Supersonic style.
On November 18, 2011, the band announced January 27, 2012 as the release date for their tenth studio album Momente. On April 27, 2012, a new album, Fragmente, featuring remixed versions of 10 songs from Momente (five by Rainer, five by Kraushofer) was released 
In 2000, Thomas Rainer released the first album, Gesellschaft:Mord, for his side project with Joachim Sobczak, Siechtum. The following two albums were Diagnose:Zeit and Kreuz:X:Feuer, which featured remixes by God Module and Megadump.
In 2007, Thomas Rainer released his debut album under the Nachtmahr moniker. The first release for this electro/industrial project was titled "Kunst ist Krieg". In 2008, the second album titled "Feuer frei!" was released.
Persephone, aka Sonja Kraushofer, returns with a 4th album. After the Trisol release "Home" (2002), "Atma Gyan" (2004) and "Mera Sangeet Kho Gaya" (2004), "Letters to a Stranger" is to be released on the Curzweyhl label.
Ashley Dayour the long term guitarist of the band released several records with his other band Whispers in the shadow. The last one was "Into the arms of chaos" in 2008.
|1997||Lieder die wie Wunden bluten||—||—|
|1998||...In einer Zukunft aus Tränen und Stahl||—||—|
|1999||Wenn der letzte Schatten fällt||—||—|
|2001||Dann habe ich umsonst gelebt||—||48|
|2003||Als die Liebe starb||—||38|
|2006||Auf deinen Schwingen||—||45|
|August 2008||Durch fremde Hand||—||—|
|January 2018||Hinter dem Horizont||—||36|
- Seelensturm (2003)
- 10 Jahre – Best Of (June 2007)
- Best of Indie Years (May 2008)
- Unsterblich - 20 Jahre L'ame Immortelle (February 2016)
- Letztes Licht (January 2019)
|2000||"Epitaph"||Dann Habe Ich Umsonst Gelebt||—||—||—|
|2002||"Tiefster Winter"||Als Die Liebe Starb||—||—||—|
(Oomph! feat. L'Âme Immortelle)
|Wahrheit oder Pflicht||11||6||35|
|2006||"Dein Herz"||Auf Deinen Schwingen||—||70||—|
|2008||"Es Tut Mir Leid"||Namenlos||—||—||—|
|2008||"1000 Voices/Bleib - DJ-Single"||—||—||—|
- Disharmony – Live! (2003)
- Jenseits der Schatten (2008)
- Best of for L'ame Immortelle
- L'Ame Immortelle returns to Trisol for 'Namenlos' 2CD
- :News: L’Âme Immortelle Announce New Album for January 2012 Archived 2012-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
- L'ame Immortelle - Sonja Kraushofer about "Fragmente"
- Nachtmahr: Solo-project L'Ame Immortelle's Thomas Rainer out now
- 4th album for Persephone
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