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Agathodaimon (GER)

Releases:
“Carpe Noctem (Demo) 1996”
“Near Dark (Demo) 1997”
“Tomb Sculptures (Compilation) 1997”
“Blacken the Angel (Full-length) 1998”
“Bislang (EP) 1999”
“Higher Art of Rebellion (Full-length) 1999”
“Chapter III (Full-length) 2001”
“Serpent’s Embrace (Full-length) 2004”
“Phoenix (Full-length) 2009”
“In darkness (Full-length, planed) 2012”

Official Page: http://www.agathodaimon.de

Band(s) Alike / Related: Wallachia (NO)

Origins & Connections: from Mainz, Germany, the band started with Vlad Dracul (Rusu Andrei of Romanian origin) on vocals, lyrics & keyboards. The band uses Romanian lyrics from Mihai Eminescu’s poems.

Activity Periods & Styles: Agathodaimon was formed in September 1995 by Sathonys (guitar) and Matthias Rodig (drums). A first demo was recorded in April 1996, entitled “Carpe Noctem”. The music style could be characterized as symphonic black metal, with an under-produced sound. A second demo “Near Dark” was released a year later and soon a full album was scheduled for early 1998, but had to be delayed after Romanian vocalist Vlad was denied return to Germany by the authorities. “Blacken The Angel” was released without Vlad and for their second album “Higher Art Of Rebellion” the band traveled to Romania to record it. The band gradually turned from symphonic black metal to a more varied mixture of styles making it a well known Gothic band. The following releases “Chapter III”, “Serpent’s Embrace”, “Phoenix” and “In Darkness” established the Agathodaimon band among the successful but cliché Gothic Metal bands.

Best Musical Skills: lyrics and atmosphere

Short Bio & Review: Agathodaimon was formed in September 1995 by Sathonys (guitar) and Matthias Rodig (drums). After placing some ads in several music magazines, they soon found the right band mates in Vlad (vocals, keys) and Marko T. (bass). After several rehearsals, it was obvious that a second guitar player would benefit the sound of Agathodaimon. After a few months, Hyperion joined the band. Together, a first demo was recorded in April 1996, entitled “Carpe Noctem”. Although only recorded on eight tracks in just a few hours, it received excellent reviews. A second demo “Near Dark” was released a year later and soon a full album was scheduled for early 1998, but had to be delayed after Romanian vocalist Vlad was denied return to Germany by the authorities. “Blacken The Angel” was released without Vlad and for their second album “Higher Art Of Rebellion” to avoid further troubles with Vlad’s immigration, the whole band traveled to Romania’s capitol to record the second album together. In 1999 Vlad decided to leave the band due to musical differences and geographic distance. The band turned from symphonic black metal to Gothic music and image, the band wanted to mix both the progressive and melodic elements with the raw and straight attitude from the debut album. “Chapter III” marked another important step, as the songwriting procedure was changed and for the first time, a pre-production was done to analyze the songs before the final recording process. Meanwhile, more gigs and festival appearances at Wacken, Wave Gotik Treffen, Summer Breeze etc. were done. The following releases “Chapter III”, “Serpent’s Embrace”, “Phoenix” and “In Darkness (planed)” establishes the Agathodaimon band among the best but also commercial Gothic ones.

Additional Info: Rusu Andrei (aka. Vlad Dracul) is also known for its personal project RA (Drusus).

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