Darkseed Overview

Darkseed is a German Germany gothic metal band, formed in 1992. Darkseed, beginning as a death metal band, took a more unconventional song writing method that aimed more towards the gothic experimental route. They changed their music to gothic metal on their first studio album Midnight Solemnly Dance.


Early years, death metal era (1992-1994)

Beginning as a death metal band, Darkseed released two demo albums in 1992 and 1993, playing more gothic experimental routes, not wanting to take the traditional methods of generic death metal,. They had several line up changes after their underground success, which resulted in Darkseed's year long hiatus.Darkseed started as a death metal band. Allmusic defines them as "not wanting to take the traditional methods of generic death metal that everyone's heard a million times since Napalm Death's "Scum", Germany's Darkseed take a more unconventional song writing method that aims more towards the gothic experimental route". In their first studio album, they changed their music to gothic metal and became a part of German gothic metal movement. Later they changed their style into a more traditional heavy metal sound. They also have an influence from industrial metal music, as two of the members claim to be fans of Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.

After the release of Ultimate Darkness in 2005, the following message was posted on their official site:

"History shows that German Gothic Metal isn’t the most exciting sound you can listen to. However, DARKSEED’s latest longplayer "Ultimate Darkness" promises to rock even this genre!"

They have also cited to be a fan of various bands such as Dead Can Dance, Slayer, In Flames, Dream Theater and Testament Testament (band)
Current members

*Harald Winkler / backing vocals, drums (1992 / 1996), lead vocals (2008 / present)
*Thomas Herrmann / guitar (1995 / present)
*Tom Gilcher / guitar (1999 / present)
*Maurizio Guolo / drums (2004 / present)
*Armin Dörfler / keyboards (2003 / present)
*Michael Behnke / bass (2005 / present)

Former members

*Stefan Hertrich / vocals, programming (1992 / 2003,2004 / 2006)
*Martin Motnik / bass(2003 / 2006)
*Rico Galvagno / bass(1995 / 1999)
*Andi Wecker (deceased) / guitar (1992 / 1998)
*Jadek Dworok / guitar (1992 / 1995)

Guest members

*Sasema / female vocals on Midnight Solemnly Dance and Astral Adventures
*Willi Wurm / drums(1997 / 2000)
*Marcus B. / drums on Astral Adventures
*Sandra Ott / flute on Midnight Solemnly Dance
*Christian Decker / piano on Midnight Solemnly Dance
*Raimund Repp / violin on Midnight Solemnly Dance
*Catharina Boutai / female vocals on Spellcraft
*Christina Mann / female vocals on Spellcraft
*Gan Pierre Gelke / piano and Keyboard on Spellcraft
*Doris Zwemuller / female vocals on Give Me Light
*Gabriel Isuku / percussion on Give Me Light

* Sharing the Grave (1992)
* Darksome Thoughts (1993)


* Romantic Tales (1994)

Studio albums

* Midnight Solemnly Dance (1996)
* Spellcraft (1997)
* Romantic Tales (Re-issued 1998)
* Give Me Light (1999)
* Diving Into Darkness (2000)
* Astral Adventures (2003)
* Ultimate Darkness (2005)


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