Penumbra are both a gothic metal band from Paris, France and also a name for Mark Warren's ambient project.PENUMBRA GENRES
1) Penumbra (gothic metal band)
Their lyrics are themed toward love, angels, witches, death, emotions. They formed in 1996.
1996 - Creation of the band
Even though the band has been founded rather by chance: while visiting a concert one day in 1996 Dorian (guitar) met Jarlaath (voc.) and soon after they had rather introduced each other they found themselves philosophizing about metal in general and in particular. They realized that they had very much in common regarding their musical ideas.
Both of them took the view that there are too many bands around sounding all more or less the same but not enough of them using classical music influences.
So it happened that they arranged a rehearsal together with a soprano and a synthetizer. Jarlaath also played the oboe. This rehearsal went so outrageously fine that they decided without the slightest hesitation to leave their bands and to found Penumbra (at this point they called themselves Imperatoria).
1997 - Recording of the first demo - Concert in Paris with Misanthrope
Around November of 1996, Imperatoria had a split and Jarlaath who is rapidly joined by Dorian and Herr Rikk, create Penumbra with three others musicians.
Their first appareance was at the St. Denis University Festival where exclusively metal bands were playing. But the people unexpectectedly were absolutly enthusiastic about the "outsiders". A short time after this first live experience they got the offer to play with the French metal band Misanthrope, and again, the respect they met were positive in every respect.
Penumbra realized very soon though that the visual aspect of their shows played a very important role. Therefore they completed theirs shows with theatrical effects like costumes, pyrotechnic stakes etc.
They realized their first demo the same year. Falling into my soul sold very well and they were regarded benevolently.
1998 - Recording of Emanate
Summer 98, the recording of the album Emanate starts. Benedicte leave the band and join Misanthrope, she was replaced at keyboards with Zoltan. Two sopranos and a baritone takes part at the recording: Medusa, Elise and Aramis.
1999 - 2000 - Concerts in Paris, Pratteln, Leipzig...
End of 98, Nicolas leave the band and join Forest of Souls, he will be temporarely replaced with Herr Rikk's brother: David. Scyllia, a soprano, join the line up. Begining of 99, Herr Rikk became the drummer of Temple of Baal and give up his place to Hekchen. A new bass-player, Aldric, came in the same time. The band takes part to some concerts: Boulogne, Paris, Orleans (France), Pratteln (Swiss) and to the 9th Leipzig festival where Penumbra was the only French band represented...
2001 - Recording of the second album The Last Bewitchment
Begining of 2001, Scyllia decided to join another musical project and leaves Penumbra. Hekchen and Aldric leaves the formation too. April/May 2001, Garlic (drums) and Agone (bass guitar and backing vocals) came to the band. The recording of the album starts... End of 2001, The recording of The Last Bewitchment ends. Medusa leaves the band for any personal reasons.
2002 - Realisation of the second album and live return of the band
First quarter of 2002, Penumbra found a new lyric singer, Kyrsten. The band, accompagned by Stephanie (a guest singer), participates to three concerts in Holland and to the Within Temptation french tour.
2) Penumbra (Mark Warren)
Penumbra is one half of :zoviet*france:. Penumbra have released one album on ZION TRAIN's label Universal Egg entitled "Anoraks". This will be followed by the release of the album "Skandinavien" on Iris Light and a further album to be released by :zoviet*france:'s own label, Charrm.
"Skandinavien" takes source recordings made in Skandinavia and twists them with minimal techno beats and ambient textures.
PENUMBRA LYRICAL THEMES
Love, Angels, Death, Emotions
France (Paris), formed in 1996
PENUMBRA CURRENT RECORD LABEL
PENUMBRA CURRENT LINE-UP
Asphodel - vocals (Nowonmai)
Jarlaath - vocals, oboe
Néo - guitars
Loic - guitars
Agone - bass (Lux Incerta, Synoptia)
Arathelis - drums
Zoltan - keyboards
PENUMBRA PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Nicolas (1996-1998) (ex-Forest of Souls)
David (Herr Rick's brother) (1998-1999)
Herr Rikk (1996-1999) (ex-Temple of Baal, ex-Nydvind)
Bénédicte (1996-1998) (ex-Misanthrope (Fra))