Stefan Hertrich

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Stefan Hertrich
Birth nameStefan Andreas Hertrich
Born (1976-05-09) 9 May 1976 (age 44) Türkenfeld, Germany
GenresGothic metal, industrial metal
Occupation(s)Author of spiritual audio books, Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, electronics
Years active1990-Present
Associated actsDarkseed, Shiva in Exile, Betray My Secrets, SpiRitual

Stefan Andreas Hertrich is a German vocalist and composer for the band Shiva in Exile, formerly of Darkseed, Betray My Secrets, and SpiRitual. The band is quoted as a "new age/oriental/gothic project" started in 2003 by the former PC game soundtrack composer from Munich, Germany. In 2003, Ethnic, the debut album was released by Canadian label Trostlos Records. In 2004, the album won the Just Plain Folks Music Award in the category "Best New Age/World Album 2004".[1] Since 2011 he is mainly occupied with writing spiritual audio books.


Hertrich first started his music career as the lead vocalist of the band Darkseed. Darkseed is a German gothic metal band, formed in 1992. Darkseed, beginning as a death metal band, took a more unconventional song writing method that aimed more towards the gothic experimental route.[2] Hertrich left Darkseed in 2006 to pursue his own projects.

Shiva in Exile[edit]

Hertrich has stated that the band's name conveys a spiritual view about the world. He has stated that its meaning intends the world lacks a spiritual point-of-view or morale and that "Shiva" or "Spirituality" is in Exile. However; he has also stated that the name "is a bit too negative" and has noticed more people integrating spiritual aspects into their life.[3]

He is available on


  • Darkseed - Romantic Tales (1994)
  • Darkseed - Midnight Solemnly Dance (1996)
  • Darkseed - Spellcraft (1997)
  • Darkseed - Romantic Tales (Re-issued 1998 with tracks of the Demo Darksome Thoughts)
  • Darkseed - Give Me Light (1999)
  • Betray My Secrets - Betray My Secrets (1999)
  • Sculpture - Sculpture (1999)
  • Darkseed - Diving Into Darkness (2000)
  • Shiva in Exile - Ethnic (2003)
  • Darkseed - Astral Adventures (2003)
  • Darkseed - Ultimate Darkness (2005)
  • SpiRitual - Pulse (2005)
  • Shiva in Exile - Nour (2008)
  • Wenn der Wald spricht... - Weisheiten aus der Sicht der Natur (audio book, 2011)
  • Wenn der Wald spricht... - Weisheiten aus der Sicht der Natur 2 (audio book, 2013)
  • Kraftortreise - Der Soundtrack zur Waldhörbuchreihe (2013)
  • Impulse aus der Geistigen Welt 1 (audio book, 2014)


  1. ^ "Shiva-in Exile". Retrieved October 10, 2009.
  2. ^ allmusic
  3. ^ Tema (2006). "Interview: Stefan Hertrich ("SHIVA IN EXILE")". Retrieved October 10, 2009.

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