L'Âme Immortelle

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L'Âme Immortelle
L'Âme Immortelle performing in 2015
L'Âme Immortelle performing in 2015
Background information
OriginVienna, Austria
GenresDarkwave, dark electro, electro-pop
Years active1996–present
MembersThomas Rainer (vocals, keyboards)
Sonja Kraushofer (vocals)

L'Âme Immortelle (French for "the immortal soul") is an Austrian darkwave duo formed in 1996. 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.


Sonja Kraushofer and Thomas Rainer at Nocturnal Culture Night festival 2016


L'Âme Immortelle was formed in 1996[1] 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.

Trisol Records[edit]

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.

Supersonic Records[edit]

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 in 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 22 June 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".[2]

Return to Trisol[edit]

In December 2007, Trisol Records announced that L'Âme Immortelle had returned to the Trisol label to release a new album, Namenlos. Released 1 January 2008, Namenlos is a two-CD double-album.[3] 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 18 November 2011, the band announced 27 January 2012 as the release date for their tenth studio album Momente.[4] On 27 April 2012, a new album, Fragmente, featuring remixed versions of 10 songs from Momente (five by Rainer, five by Kraushofer) was released [5]

Solo projects[edit]

In 2000, Thomas Rainer released the first album, Gesellschaft:Mord, for his side project with Joachim Sobczak, Siechtum.[6] 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.[7] The first release for this electro/industrial project was titled "Kunst ist Krieg". In 2008, the second album, titled "Feuer frei!", was released.

Persephone, a.k.a. Sonja Kraushofer, returns with a fourth 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.[8]

Ashley Dayour, the long term guitarist of the band, released several records with his other band, Whispers in the Shadow. The last one was "Yesterday Is Forever" in 2020.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak positions
AUT[9] GER[10]
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
2004 Gezeiten 16
2006 Auf deinen Schwingen 45
January 2008 Namenlos 39
August 2008 Durch fremde Hand
January 2012 Momente 62
April 2012 Fragmente
November 2014 Drahtseilakt
January 2018 Hinter dem Horizont 36
January 2022 In tiefem Fall 33

Compilation albums[edit]


Year Title Album Peak positions
AUT[9] GER[10] SWI[11]
2000 "Epitaph" Dann Habe Ich Umsonst Gelebt
2001 "Judgement"
2002 "Tiefster Winter" Als Die Liebe Starb
2004 "Brennende Liebe"
(Oomph! feat. L'Âme Immortelle)
Wahrheit oder Pflicht 11 6 35
2004 "5 Jahre" Gezeiten 26
2004 "Stumme Schreie" 47
2005 "Fallen Angel" 47
2006 "Dein Herz" Auf deinen Schwingen 70
2006 "Phönix"
2006 "Nur du" 66
2008 "Es tut mir leid" Namenlos
2008 "1000 Voices/Bleib - DJ-Single"
2012 "Absolution" Momente
2012 "Banish"


  • Disharmony – Live! (2003)
  • Jenseits der Schatten (2008)


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  2. ^ "Best of for L'ame Immortelle". Side-line.com. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  3. ^ "L'Ame Immortelle returns to Trisol for 'Namenlos' 2CD". Side-line.com. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Coma-online.com". Coma-online.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  5. ^ "L'ame Immortelle: Sonja Kraushofer about "Fragmente"". Lame-immortelle.blogspot.com. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Siechtum". Discogs.com. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Nachtmahr: Solo-project L'Ame Immortelle's Thomas Rainer out now". Side-line.com. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  8. ^ "4th album for Persephone". Side-line.com. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
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  10. ^ a b "Suche nach 'L'Âme Immortelle'" [Search for 'L'Âme Immortelle']. Charts.de. Media Control. Retrieved 10 June 2012.[dead link]
  11. ^ "L'Âme Immortelle". Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 June 2012.

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