VIRGIN BLACK BIOGRAPHY
Virgin Black is an Australian Gothic/Doom Metal band. VIRGIN BLACK GENRES
Formed in Adelaide, Australia, in the early '90s, Virgin Black's line-up features
Rowan London (vocals, piano, keyboards),
Samantha Escarbe (lead guitar),
Luke Faz (drums).
After series of demo recordings in 1995/1996, the group began gaining international recognition with 1998's Trance EP, eventually signing with the End Records a year later.
Boasting a complex, cinematic sound, both gothic and metallic in nature, their debut album â€śSombre Romanticâ€ť followed in 2000 and saw their core line-up augmented by choirs and string sections in the studio, the better to embellish their grandiose mood metal.
The second album Elegant and Dying is creating a sad, epic but romantic sound. The extremely emotional arrangements are further enhanced by Rowan Londonâ€™s unique mournful yet poetic singing style. The songs are presented with numerous angles and at times coming out as soundtrack scores, at others as classical compositions or even as subtle weeping lullabies that make the music as dynamic as it is dark and passionate!
On March 10, 2006, The End Records announced in a press release that Virgin Black will be releasing three albums in 2006. The trio of albums is collectively titled Requiem. First, Requiem - pianissimo is a strictly classically-oriented album featuring instrumentation from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, choral singing, and solo singers. Second, Requiem - mezzo forte will build on the styles Virgin Black used in their previous albums. Lastly, Requiem - fortissimo will also feature a classical influence; but it will primarily have a death/doom metal sound heavier than anything else Virgin Black had ever played before this point in their history.
The centerpiece album, Requiem - mezzo forte, was released in May 2007, coinciding with a show at the Elements of Rock festival in Switzerland.
VIRGIN BLACK LYRICAL THEMES
VIRGIN BLACK ORIGIN
Australia (Adelaide, SA), formed in 1995
VIRGIN BLACK CURRENT RECORD LABEL
The End Records
VIRGIN BLACK STATUS
VIRGIN BLACK CURRENT LINE-UP
Rowan London - Vocals, Piano, Keyboards (1994-) (ex-Discarnated)
Samantha Escarbe - Lead Guitar, Cello
Grayh - Bass, Vocals
Luke Faz - Drums
Mark Kelson - (Session) Guitar (The Eternal (Aus), Cryptal Darkness, ex-Black Majesty (Aus), Desolate Eternity, InSomnius Dei, ex-Paramaecium)
VIRGIN BLACK PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Brad Bessel (1993-1994) (Synnöve)
Aaron Nicholls (1996-1998)
Graham Billing (1995-1996)
Ian Miller (Also did vocals)
Daniel Bushby (1993-1994)
Kelvin Sugars (1994-1995)
Dino Cielo (1995-)
Craig Edis (Also did vocals)