Nosferatu (band)

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Nosferatu
OriginUnited Kingdom
GenresGothic rock
Years active1988–present
LabelsDark Fortune, Cleopatra Records, Hades, Pandaemonium, Possession & Gravitator
Websitehttp://www.officialnosferatu.co.uk
MembersTim Vic
Damien DeVille
Thom
Belle Star
Past membersVlad Janicek
Sapphire Aurora
Dominic LaVey
Gary Clarke
Niall Murphy
Chris Clarke
Stefan Diablo
Louis DeWray

Nosferatu is an English second wave gothic rock band. In 2019 the members are Tim Vic (vocals and guitar), Damien DeVille (lead guitar), Thom (bass guitar) and Belle Starr (drums).

History[edit]

Nosferatu was formed in February 1987 by Vlad Janicek (Bass/Keyboards) and Sapphire Aurora (Vocals). Damien DeVille (Guitar) joined in March 1988 to complete the first gigging lineup. Vlad Janicek was the majority songwriter until 1994 and designed all the early releases and the distinctive band logo.

From the start Nosferatu were unashamedly gothic and were infamous for touring using a hearse owned by Damien. They drew on Victorian Gothic and Vampiric imagery and stood often alone in championing the stylistic excesses that many of their contemporaries were either to scared to admit to or did not have the nous to carry off. Despite their no-nonsense commitment to a scene many were too scared to align with they built an impressive fanbase via regular releases, tours and publication of their own magazine, Grimoire.

Sapphire Aurora provided vocals until April 1990, Gary Clarke sang briefly with the band from April-October of 1990. From 1991 to April 1993 lyrics and vocals were provided by Louis DeWray. Niall Murphy then sang with the band until November 1994 and Chris Clark joined the band briefly in 1994 on drums.

Dominic LaVey provided vocals from March 1995 to February 2002 in the later version of the band, then Louis DeWray returned as vocalist and songwriter in 2003, having performed in the meantime with Fashionable Living Death and his own band Ditzy Micro. DeWray played guitar, bass, keyboard and percussion in the band at various times until December 2014.[1] He contributed the majority songwriting and instrumentation of the 2011 Wonderland album, which was developed over a seven-year period.

The band has performed over 320 concerts in 14 countries since 1988, including Amphi Fest in Cologne, Germany in 2016, the Wave Gothic Treffen Festival in Leipzig, Germany in 2015, 2011, 2009, 2006, 1999 & 1994; the NCN Festival in Deutzen, Germany in 2012; the Mera Luna Festival in Hildesheim, Germany in 2007 & 2002; the Castle Party Festival in Poland in 2011; the DV8 Festival in York in 2011 & 2010, England; the Judgement Day Festival Dornbirn in 2006, Austria; the Existence Festival in Valencia, Spain in 2006; the Vampiricon Festival in Duisburg, Germany in 2003; Sacrosanct Festival London in 1995 and Reading in 2014; the Waregem Gothic Festival in Waregem, Belgium in 2010 and the Lumous Festival in Tampere, Finland in 2011.

Recordings[edit]

Nosferatu's albums, singles and DVD have sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. During recording sessions the band sometimes included guest musicians: Rat Scabies of The Damned played drums on Lord of the Flies, ReVamped, The Best of Nosferatu Volume 1: The Hades Years, and "Visionary Vampyres" DVD Ltd Edition Boxed Set. Joby Talbot's saxophone can be heard on The Prophecy album. Simon Doc Octopus Milton played bass guitar on The Lord Of The Flies album.

Milton also engineered and co-produced NOSFERATU's Rise, The Prophecy, Prince of Darkness and Lord Of The Flies albums as well as their singles Inside The Devil, Savage Kiss and The Haunting.

Louis DeWray also participated in the band's studio work. He recorded, mixed and mastered the 2011 album Wonderland at his Earth Terminal studio in Hampshire, UK.[2]

Nosferatu received both national and independent chart success in the UK and Germany with their early releases peaking with The Prophecy in 1994 which peaked in the UK Indie Chart at number 14 on release. Had the band not split just prior to release, it would almost certainly have entered the Top 10. The band has independently released eleven albums including 5 studio albums,[3] 8 singles, 1 DVD and various songs featured on 54 compilation albums.

Studio Albums[edit]

Live Albums[edit]

  • Face The Master (Bootleg) Cassette
  • Reflections Through A Darker Glass (March 2000) CD

Compilation Albums[edit]

  • Legend (Jan 94) CD & Cassette
  • ReVamped (July 99) CD
  • The Best Of Nosferatu: Volume 1: The Hades Years (Dec 2001) CD
  • Vampyres, Witches, Devils & Ghouls: The Very Best Of Nosferatu (Feb 2006) CD
  • Anthology (2 Disc Album) (May 2006) CD

Singles[edit]

  • The Hellhound (Sept 91) 12" and cassette single
  • Vampyres Cry (March 92) 12" and cassette single
  • Diva (Sept 92) 12" and cassette single
  • Inside the Devil (April 93) 12" and CD single
  • Savage Kiss (Nov 93) 12" and CD single
  • The Haunting (Sept 95) 12" and CD single
  • Somebody Put Something In My Drink (June 2005) CD single
  • Black Hole (April 2010) CD single

Box Sets[edit]

  • Visionary Vampyres DVD (June 2005) DVD & 3 Albums; Ltd Edition Boxed Set

Early Releases[edit]

  • Bloodlust (Jan 1989) Cassette
  • Symphony of Shadows (Jan 1990) Cassette
  • The Deathmaster Remixes (Sept 91) Ltd Edition Cassette
  • The Gathering (Oct 92) Ltd Edition cassette

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Principles of Goth Orchestration – An Interview with Nosferatu". The Terrorizer. By Miranda Yardley on 12 July 2011
  2. ^ "Louis DeWray - We're in the calm before the storm". Revista the 13th Magazine. in Spanish.
  3. ^ "NOSFERATU NOSFERATU - Gothrock needs a kick up the arse!". Peek-a-Boo Magazine, 16/06/2012, Chris KONINGS
  4. ^ "Album Review". Alex Henderson, Rovi, published on 103.5 QMFM

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