Umbra Et Imago
Niemcy / Germany
Date of establishing :
darkwave, Gothic, Gothic Metal, Gothic Rock
Band members:Mozart - vocals
Lutz Demmler - bass, vocals, production
Sascha Danneberger - guitar
Madeleine Le Roy - vocals, show
Migge - drums
Biography:The band Umbra Et Imago was founded by its leader Mozart in the fall of 1991. On purpose, a new counter-statement to the young and rising gothic culture was meant to be made. Yet, its name ( unsubstancial shadow) is issued and put on stage. Because of the brand new concept, the band was never easy to deal with. Refering to the Austrian psychiatrist Dr. Sigmund Freud as far as “ Sexuality is the axis of our being”, the cornerstone of the underdog-band was found. Spontaneity and experimentality were celebrated with boundless energy. The line-up consisted of Michael Gillian, Nail, Thosten B. and Mozart. In 1992 the band started live performances, which where fueled by their visual effects from the first time on. The artist Dirk Lakomy, supporting the band in its early days, illustrated the band’s phantasy with his pictures and artwork.
The first album “ Träume, Sex und Tod” was released in 1992, followed by “ Infantile Spiele” one year later, which became their break-through.
“Gothic Erotic” turned into a Club hit. In very short time, the band achieved a large fan community, which prooves an unusual loyalty in the meanwhile 3rd generation.
In 1995 a sudden incision was made. The band’s line-up changed. Michael Gillian, Thorsten B. and later on Nail left the band, being replaced by Lutz Demmler and Alex Perin.
This line-up change also lead to a musical turning-point.
With the album “ Gedanken eines Vampirs” the band began to manifest a new sound, dominated by guitar. Live shows started involving models as a fundamental of their legendary show concept, which belongs to Umbra Et Imago as sun does to summer.
After a few more line-up changes, the band grew musically from a spontaneous, emotional and pathetic act, to a hard-boiled and excellent crew, skilled in nailing things where they belong.
The lyrics ( as the author Mozart comments himself) come from many different influences such as literature, biographic elements and off course observation of today’s life.
They fall from odd subtle humor into a spotting, evil mirror of our society and its irony.