Garden of Delight
Garden of Delight
were heavily influenced by second-wave goth rock bands like The Sisters of Mercy and Fields of the Nephilim, certainly resembling their forerunners in terms of sound while often surpassing them conceptually. However, Artaud sneered at the notion that the Garden of Delight was a "goth" band. Though there was a certain degree of Sisters and FotN influence, Garden of Delight's music had an incredible diversity. Indeed, while all of their albums have had thematic consistency, their music changed greatly through the years.
The Garden of Delight were never content with a particular "sound." They adopted one, mastered it, synthesized it with something else, and then moved on. To firmly label the Garden of Delight would imply musical stagnation, which is quite far from the truth. After the release of the original seven albums, Artaud broke up the band in 1997. Three years later, he reunited it and again released a steady stream of albums, as usual dealing heavily with all kinds of occult and esoteric subject matter. In 2005 the band released the first of the three-album Lutherion cycle.
Just after Lutherion III, the band released the album Darkest Hour, an album which bid farewell while revisiting the diversity of sounds the band had employed through its long career. G.O.D. performed its final concert late in 2008, and finally broke up for all time. The successor to G.O.D. is Artaud's new band the Merciful Nuns, a project that explores much the same lyrical territory as Garden of Delight but is less experimental and bombastic in its sound. Official Site 2) Garden of Delight is a German Celtic Folk band.
The claim they play "Celtic Rock / Irish Speed / Gothic Folk". Bandmembers Michael M. Jung - Vocals, Guitars, Mandolin, Banjo, Mandola Dominik Roesch - Fiddle, Backing Vocals Sascha Lotz - Guitars, Backing Vocals Alex Golub - Drums Elton Scharf - Bass Dunday - Bass Steffen Petry - Flute Dario Gebel - Guitars Alex Heinz - Drums Discography 1999 - Songs of the early days 2000 - Songs about love, desire and parting 2001 - Celtic legends 2002 - Traditional & unplugged 2003 - Celtinus 2003 - Hey Hoh 2004 - The last Banshee 2004 - Pirates & Heartbreakers 2005 - Dunkle Seelen 2005 - Keltenherz "Gothicca" 2005 - Rebels, Roses & Celts 2006 - The dancing gypsy 2007 - Boneman-Live 1 2007 - Boneman-Live 2 Sideprojects Keltenherz Finnegan Und Der Kobold - a musical/play. Official site 3) Garden Of Delight was also a very obscure first wave Gothic Rock band from Norway that put out two singles, and an album (that no one has ever seen) active between 1982-1987 after which the band's members changed musical directions. Garden of Delight, reminiscent of the early Cure's instrumental style, released two singles in 1984 of which “Blessed Minutes” and its B-Side “Glory”, appears to have been the first.
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