Samsas Traum Overview
Samsas Traum (Samsa's Dream) is a band from Germany, fronted by Alexander Kaschte. The band is now based in Austria. Their music consists of elements of dark metal, symphonic metal, Neue Deutsche Härte and cantastoria. The name is derived from the 1915 novel The Metamorphosis's character Gregor Samsa.
Samsas Traum started in 1996 when Kaschte released his first solo tape. Three years later the solo project became a group of three, and their official debut "Die Liebe Gottes - Eine märchenhafte black metal Operette" [Trans.: "The Love of God - a black metal fairytale Opera"] divided the scene:
Some people said that ST was the best newcomer of the year, other people rather started to hate them, at least also because of some provocative statements by Alexander Kaschte. The follow-up appeared in 2000 with "Oh Luna mein" [Trans.: "O, Luna mine"]; a musically matured and varied album of more polished arrangements, balanced instrumentation and beautiful choir-parts. In this time Alexander went on to create his darker alter-ego Weena Morloch, which was more noise music based, and included samples from horror movies. Many more Samsas Traum albums have been released each year, with more Industrial/Classical arrangements. The two new albums, which have been released in November 2007 were also heading new and old ways: While the first Album was most likely a Black Metal-Epos ("Heiliges Herz - Das Schwert deiner Sonne"), the other one was an acoustic and very personal one (Wenn schwarzer Regen..)
The limited first edition of "Heiliges Herz" came in a special book format and a slipcase with silver foil embossing. The 44 booklet pages were bound in linen and made of a special paper with a lacquer print and contain lyrics, liner notes, many photos illustrations exclusively done for the album. Additionally, there was a bonus CD which contained remixes by Pain, Wumpscut, P.A.L, L'Âme Immortelle, In Strict Confidence and Ingo Römling. Also included are unreleased songs and material from Alexander Kaschte's archives.*1996: Kazanian "Die Drei Mütter" / Samsas Traum "Nostalgische Atavismen" (Demo tape)
*1996: Homerecordings (Second Demo)
*1998: Elite (Third Demo)
*1998: Einblick in ein elitäres Debüt-Album (Fourth Demo)
*1999: Wiederveröffentlichung von Kazanian "Die Drei Mütter" / Samsas Traum "Nostalgische Atavismen"
*1999: Die Liebe Gottes - Eine märchenhafte black metal-Operette (Trinity)
*2000: Oh Luna Mein (Trisol)
*2001: Utopia (Trisol)
*2001: Nostalgia (Trisol; old Album with Demo Material)
*2002: Ipsissima Verba (Trisol; EP)
*2003: Tineoidea oder: Die Folgen einer Nacht - Eine Gothicoper in Blut-Moll (Trisol; includes Bonus-CD)
*2003: Arachnoidea oder: Von Babalon, Scheiterhaufen und Zerstörungswut (Trisol; Remix Album of "Tineoidea", with Bonus CD)
*2004: Endstation.Eden (Trisol; Single/Best of - comes with Bonus-CD)
*2004: a.Ura und das Schnecken.Haus (Trisol; DoCD)
*2005: Einer gegen Alle (Trisol; DoDVD & DoCD)
*2005: Einer gegen Alle (Trisol; Promo-Single)
*2005: "Die Liebe Gottes", "Oh Luna Mein", "Utopia" and"Tineoidea" (DoCDs)
*2007: Heiliges Herz - Das Schwert Deiner Sonne (Trisol; DoCD)
*2007: Wenn schwarzer Regen (Trisol; DoCD)
*2009: 13 Jahre lang dagegen - Anti bis zum Tod (Trisol)The band has covered many songs, including, but not limited to: Hier kommt Alex (Die Toten Hosen), Terra Titanic (Peter Schilling), Alice (The Sisters of Mercy) and many more.
Their cover of is featured as a bonus track on the re-release of L'Âme Immortelle's album Wenn Der Letzte Schatten Fällt Wenn Der Letzte Schatten Fällt (album)
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