Hard to believe that this music, the mystical key dark wave, the fruit of the efforts and imaginations of two people - the founder of the project, a professional engineer and keyboardist Tharen (Abigor, Amestigon, Heidenreich, Graumahd, Dominion III) and vocalist Elisabeth Toriser (Soulhunt, Abigor, Antichrisis , Graumahd, Dominion III). Tharen: "Dargaard - the name of the damned place, fortress, which rises in eternal darkness after the tragic destruction, which suffered its defenders. I learned the name of some books in the genre of" fantasy, "I liked the sound and meaning of the word. Dargaard was organized by me in 1997 after I worked a few black metal groups (Abigor, Amestigon, Heidenreich). After parting with Abigor, where I sang, I'm still doing some keyboard intro to them, as for Heidenreich and his group Amestigon . And in 1997 I decided to start his own project, as I felt the strength to implement many ideas associated exclusively with the use of keyboards in metal music. I just wanted to create something of their own, without interfering with others' ideas. At this hour, and was born Dargaard . After I wrote the music for the first album, I first thought about the vocals. I knew Elisabeth to work on the disc Abigor 'Nachthymnen' and one local band that's asked of her. It was a wise decision to say, because it all happened as I had hoped - it has brought their own ideas into the world and gave Dargaard debut 'Eternity Rites' special touch. And as soon as Elisabeth Toriser (Abigor, Antichrisis, Dominion) has taken up this case in 1998, we were able to successfully finish the recording debut album with the finished work came to Napalm Rec. You can watch Dargaard Video on YouTube. I knew these guys for a long time, since the early days, and they listened Abigor material very soon signed us. " It should be a brief talk about other projects Tharen - Abigor, Amestigon, Heidenreich, Dominion3 ... Tharen: "difficult to work with Abigor, due to the leadership of Thomas, and because it is often necessary to work in an emergency procedure, but on the other hand, it is interesting. Amestigon was and is my personal black metal band, everything depends on from me. It is something closer to the sources, in the spirit of early Darkthrone and Burzum. We reformed with new members: Silenius: vocals, Tharen: drums, vocals, keys, Herr Wolf: Guitars, Jorg Lanz: Guitars. with reformed Amestigon we recorded trial. In Heidenreich, I occasionally played some keyboard parts, has never been a full member.
With Dominion, we have recently signed up for Napalm Rec., and released our debut album 'The Hand And The Sword'. In Dominion I am responsible for music and for the vocal, a little "distortion" I must say ... It's kind of industrial / electronic / ritual / ambient - for simplicity I have called _apocalyptic electronic music_.Seychas I fully engaged Dargaard, Dominion, and a little bit "obnovlennym_ Amestigon_. Elisabeth: "I am also involved in the Dominion, sang some vocals on 'The Hand And The Sword'. But of course, Dargaard my main band. At this point, only the Dominion project, tougher on music." So, Dargaard a step in the direction of the beaten track black metal, a kind of experiment. Tharen: "It is always difficult to describe his music, but, in short, like this: I do not like the definition of _darkwave_, because too many directions at this stage does not compare with us. I myself would call it a classic, with medieval influences, ritual music or something like that. " By itself the question of whether the participants of the project of classical education. Tharen: "A child 6 years old I started taking piano lessons, it's been a long time." Elisabeth: "I am also a child mastered the piano, church organ and guitar and sing with the age of three, but never took classical singing lessons." Thus, the debut album 'Eternity Rites', came to OU Napalm Records Draenor Productions in October 1998. 'Eternity Rites' (Recorded and mixed at Hoernix Studios by Georg Hranda and Tharen during 1998) in August next year Dargaard were again in the studio.
The result - the album "In Nomine Aeternitatis" was released 03/06/2000. In Nomine Aeternitatis (2000) (Composed and programmed at Stronghold Dargaard during the years of 1998 and 1999. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Georg Hrauda and Tharen in Tonstudio Hoernix in 1999.) Tharen: "On this album we had a budget more impressive, We worked more on the sound, and indeed, in general, on this Cd. I enjoyed working with Georg Hrauda in Hoernix Studio, he is a really professional sound engineer, but as I do studying for this profession, in the ground and he was able to produce the lion's share records and produce them, so we had more opportunities for creativity, as compared with the first disc. Title ('In Nomine Aeternitatis') means _vo vechnosti_ name, and it reflects the concept of the trilogy and some of my personal philosophy. As explained in the booklet I did not write the actual text of the ancient languages, we took the original texts of ancient authors. " Elisabeth: "... I chose the ancient lyrics, this is a special thrill for me is to dig into these texts, the message is passed down through thousands of years, the connection times. Latin and Greek language used for the storage and transmission of ancient occult knowledge, and hundreds of years - the sound of language causes some association I have three songs on the album are taken from the ancient poets, two of them - the ancient texts, one written in Latin, Ovid (2000 years ago), and one in Greek .... this is my favorite, I have been looking for a suitable text for our music: it is about the ship, caught in a storm. It's a feeling ... The outstanding play of thought and emotions of a man who died thousands of years nazad_ Alkaios of Mytilene wrote this text 2400 years ago. " Dargaard gave only one exclusive concert in Leipzig June 12, 2000 at Napalm Halls ... Were hired two more singers to reliably convey all the nuances of vocals. But most of this experience is not repeated, and not even plan on it.
Tharen: "I am a sound engineer, and Elizabeth works as a doctor, so that we do not have time to tour ..." Tharen: "I write all the music using only your computer and the Roland XP-80 Workstation_ I love doing all the music himself, without any compromise with anyone else. So I write down all the" midi "party, but everything else is recorded, mixed and the master in this studio, which is called _Hoernix_ in Lower Austria, not far from the Mego hometown. Well, just do not have a microphone in my house for $ 3,000 and other equipment, all kinds of lotions that are in this studio. " Dargaard in the studio since the end of August 2000 recorded a third album. It is published 18 June 2001. It's called 'The Dissolution of Eternity' and completes the trilogy dedicated to eternity. As usual, used the ancient texts. Elisabeth "We used three of the original text of Horace at this time: _Thy Fleeing Time", _In The Omnipresence Of Death "and _Prophecy Of Immortality". We decided to translate their names into English in order to indicate their content for those who do not understand Latin, or do not want to bother translating ... Most importantly, these texts are fully fit into the concept. "Now the liner notes. Big letter E meaning" eternity "(forever) and some text on the edges ... Ttharen:" Elizabeth drew the letter and _E ", and the hawk in the booklet, well, I developed the concept of registration and all other graphics. Germanic runes written text with non-traditional font style, for example, there are no letters _y ". So I had to get out. The text reflects the name - 'The Dissolution Of Eternity' ". Elisabeth:" The letter E as if imprinted in the weathered rock. The stone may symbolize for the people forever, for there is much longer than us. But at the same time, it is also subject to change and eventually destroyed. "Tharen:" Once we finish our next disc trilogy 'The Dissolution Of Eternity', we write the best songs from three albums with the orchestra. On the first album 'Eternity Rites' was intended to limit the trilogy, and we are quite satisfied with the result. But it is time to open a new chapter in the history of Dargaard.
While I can only say that I hope the next disc to record and mix the whole right at home, even if it takes a lot of time and money for the purchase of equipment. "In March 2004, the Austrian duo Dargaard presented to the audience's fourth album - _Rise And Fall '. This the album does not start another trilogy, but it is conceptual and is dedicated to adventures in the world of "fantasy," a character named Lord Soth. All English-language lyrics written by the Tharen. He also wrote the music, vocal lines and texts in ancient languages ??- the work of Elisabeth. this time recording, mixing and mastering were made in Pure Sound Studio with Thomas Ranosz (Dominion III). All instrumental and vocal parts performed on the disk itself Tharen and Elisabeth. Only male choirs he helped write a few friends. Tharen: "Our music is very melancholic, many called it darkwave, although it is sufficient, or even classical influences of ritual music. Some kind of a gloomy soundtrack of the Middle Ages, which is to scroll in the brain of the listener. In general - use your imagination.
Maybe it was worth writing about this group in the post in the "Gothic", however, I would have attributed this band to a completely independent genre, although the masses is certainly not the case. When I first tried to describe them - it was really hard. Even within a single song album seemed noticeably different, even in the atmosphere, but that they were united, still wonder - what it is. If it happened, that someone of you familiar with the work of this group, please unsubscribe, very interested in your opinion, I am waiting.)Dark Angel