Nosferatu is a rock band from the 80s. They are amongst the artists who were part of the gothic movement of the decade. They joined the ranks of bands like KISS and 'The Sisters of Mercy' and later on inspired acts like the 'Nine Inch Nails' and Marilyn Manson. In the early days, when they first came together, they consisted of Damien DeVille, Sapphire Aurora and Vlad Janicek. Today, after all the member changes, DeVille is the only consistent, original one left. The original band began what is now called the 'Second Wave' of Goth. Having sold about 100,000 articles in singles, albums and live concert DVDs, they are amongst the highest selling bands of their kind. The group's current lineup has recently released their brand new album entitled 'Wonderland'. Their latest endeavor is to promote this album around the world. Nosferatu tickets are available for purchase for the various officially announced dates.
While many of the gothic rock inspired artists have emerged from the United States, Nosferatu is one of the few groups that have come from the United Kingdom. Their songs and image did find global appeal; however, there are two countries where their status was elevated above the rest and this was Germany and their native nation. These were the places where they earned the most credibility and chart success. For a long time, they have worked as independent artists, releasing a total of 11 albums which have spawned around 8 singles. They also have a DVD recording of one of their live shows and 48 compilations. They have 100 songs in their portfolio and have sold Nosferatu tickets for more than 300 concerts during the span of their career. This has been in countries all over the world, but with more concentration in Europe than anywhere else.
Their name comes from an old German cult film about vampires which was based on 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker. Since this adaptation was unauthorized, the production was halted and forbidden to be sold to the public. It was the vampire cult appeal behind the film and the fact that it exuded rebellion which inspired the band the most. It seemed like the most fitting choice for a Gothic group that wanted to stand out.
The group began when, in 1988, DeVille left his band of the time?'Sister Midnight'. A couple of months after he had parted ways with it, he was contacted by another former band member, Mark, who used to play keyboard for the group, and by Vlad Janicek, who used to be in 'The Dreaming'. The two musicians proposed that now that they had left their original groups behind, they should start a project of their own together. DeVille jumped on the idea right away, for he was already looking for talented musicians to start a hardcore Gothic band. On their first meeting, Janicek brought his girlfriend, Sapphire Aurora along. She was the former lead vocalist of 'The Dreaming'. She became the final piece in the puzzle; and thus Nosferatu was born.
The group spent several months preparing original work. They all chipped in what they had learnt as songwriters and brought many other technicalities to the table. For example, Janicek was an expert with keyboard programming, while DeVille had a sound knowledge of drum lining. When they had enough original material, they began to head out and test drive them in various venues, where they would perform them live. They went around most of London, and through their own hometown of Middlesex in the hope that they would capture the underground music audiences. It is a popular story that in the early days, there was one particular venue that had a bad sound system. The poor mixing drowned Sapphire's voice and highlighted the pitches in the guitar playing. With an audience of around 30 people, the bad quality frustrated DeVille so much, that he ended up smashing his guitar in frustration.
Their latest work, 'Wonderland' is a culmination of more than seven years worth of work. DeVille again served as the principle songwriter. This time, it is Louis DeWray who is lending his vocals to the tracks along with his guitar and keyboard playing skills. He has also produced the album, with a little help on the mixing front by Belle Star, who is also the drummer. The band has commented that this new record presents a completely different side to the band, one that they have not experienced in the prior albums.