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“This is departure, this is goodbye, the last chapter is now written, no truth here and no lies.
Into chaos we fly.”
(WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW - The Departure)

2008, 2010, 2012, 2014. Whispers In The Shadow stay true to their own tradition and release with “BEYOND THE CYCLES OF TIME” the long-awaited last part of their epic four-album-cycle. The album has already made history in the WITS universe even before the recording began. The band managed to mobilize their faithful fan base so that the crowdfunding-campaign for the album on pledgemusic.com reached 100% in just five days.

The five Austrians have been an inherent part of the gothic scene since 1996 and are significantly involved in the conservation of the classic goth-rock. The characteristic WITS-sound has internationally established long ago and features flaring, partially somber guitars, which meet booming bass, fulminant drums and psychedelic keyboard. From the wall of sound arise together with the unmistakable voice of band-founder Ashley Dayour those picturesque images in the mind of the listeners, who finally understand the meaning of the lyrics.

Thematically, Whispers In The Shadow took their path into the depths of occultism with their album INTO THE ARMS CHAOS, released in 2008, and started a four-album-cycle, which deals with the four alchemic stages of the transformation. Since then they took the listeners in ever new worlds of sound every two years, starting with epic songs (INTO THE ARMS OF CHAOS – 2008), to harder rock-sound (THE ETERNAL ARCANE – 2010) and tribal noise-rock (THE RITES OF PASSAGE – 2012) to the disinfected dark wave (BEYOND THE CYCLES OF TIME – 2014). The artwork of every record, each one linked to the previous album, is another linking element aside from mystic voice samples and the lyrics which are inspired by occult greats like Austin Osman Spare, Kenneth Grant and Aleister Crowley as well as authors like Philip K. Dick and H.P. Lovecraft. The whole collection of the diversified artworks, which have been designed by SPINE for WITS in the last six years, are published as an own Whispers-tarot deck.

With BEYOND THE CYCLES OF TIME Whispers In The Shadow have now reached the end of their journey, the circle closes. The increasing warmth and confidence of the musical cycle are destroyed by heavy cold and thus unusual clarity manifests. Frosty synth-sounds meet monotonous, static drumbeats, the groundbreaking sounds are fueled by cold ambient and post-punk. Solely Ashley Dayour’s voice gives some warmth and guides the listener through those decayed towns and lonely places, which the music compulsorily creates in the mind and are rediscovered in the elaborately designed booklet. And so Whispers In The Shadow succeed once more to astound the listeners and to cope with the high expectations at the same time. With unforeseen self-confidence and totally blunt they catapult themselves back into the chaos, as the cycle ends with the very sample with which everything began back in 2008: “No order only chaos!”

Liberated they return from their journey thus, back to the beginning, because the beginning is the end is the beginning. There is no happy ending.

 

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  • Ashley Dayour 1331

    Guitars, Vocals, Lyrics,
    Concepts & Production,
    W.I.T.S. Founder


    since 1996
    Also:
    COMA DIVINE, ICARUS SYNDROME, L’AME IMMORTELLE

    • Martin Acid

      Keyboards, Piano, Moog


      since 1998
      Also:
      ACID 666

      • Fork

        Bass Guitars


        1998 – 2001 and since 2005
        Also:
        SEX WITHOUT NAILS BROS.-CREW

        • Lazy Schulz

          Live Guitars


          since 2009
          ALSO:
          EMINENCE OF DARKNESS, LUC STARGAZER

          • Georg Kutscher

            Drums and Percussion


            since 2014
            ALSO:

            Discography

            Studio

             

             

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            BEYOND THE CYCLES OF TIME

            Solar Lodge / Alive
            Release Date 04.04.2014

            1. Crossroads
            2. His Name is Legion
            3. Left Hand Anthem
            4. Safe & Sound
            5. The Sacrament
            6. Lilitu’s Claws
            7. Incantation
            8. Agent of Chaos
            9. The End of Future
            10. Adversarial Light
            11. The Departure

             

             

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            THE RITES OF PASSAGE

            Solar Lodge / Alive
            Release Date 14.04.2012

            1. Path 29
            2. The Rites of Passage
            3. Wrds made Flesh
            4. Call to Arms
            5. Back to the Wound
            6. The Tempest
            7. Reinvention
            8. Wormwood Star
            9. Transmutation Babalon
            10. The Secret of Silence
            11. Revealed as Light

             

             

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            THE LIGHTBRINGER EP

            Echozone
            Release Date 04.2011
            1. Helel Ben-Shachar (Suspiria Part 1)
            2. Lightbringer
            3. First We Take Manhattan
            4. Blood, Sweat and Tears (Piano version)
            5. Clouds Without Water (Lost in Desire Remix)
            6. Moments Of Hope and Despair (Suspiria Part 2)

             

             

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            THE ETERNAL ARCANE

            Echozone
            Release Date 04.2010

            1. Halos at dawn
            2. If Uriel falls
            3. The lost souls
            4. Clouds without water
            5. From Aeon to Aeon
            6. Blood, sweat and tears
            7. Amenta descending
            8. Blessed in disguise
            9. Sutuach
            10. God of confusion
            11. The wheel of pain
            12. The eternal arcane

             

             

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            INTO THE ARMS OF CHAOS

            (How to steal the Fire from Heaven)
            Echozone
            Release Date 10.2008

            01. The Arrival
            02. Killing Time
            03. Neither Neither
            04. The Nighside of Eden
            05. Damned Nation
            06. Babylon Rising I
            07. Babylon Rising II
            08. Confessions
            09. The Last Time
            10. Down by the Sea

             

             

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            NOVEMBER Re-Release

            Alice in…/ Dark Dimensions
            Release Date 01.2008

            01. Can you hear me ?
            02. A song fort he radio
            03. Train
            04. Never go
            05. Following the stars
            06. Voice
            07. Hypnotised
            08. The green blue dream
            09. November
            10. Sleep: unsealed 07

            Bonustracks:
            Remember
            Childhood dreams
            The haunted house
            “Heroes” (David Bowie Coverversion)


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            LAUDANUM Re-Release

            Alice in…/ Dark Dimensions
            Release Date 01.2008

            01. No Colours
            02. Face
            03. The night turns
            04. Rain
            05. Found
            06. The weeping tree
            07. Coldsong
            08. Trip café
            09. More than words
            10. Cold water
            11. Crying eyes
            12. Drowning like the moon

            Bonustracks:
            Old (demo 1998)
            A Forest ( the Cure Coverversion )
            The weeping tree (live 1998)
            Coldsong (live 1998)

             

             

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            PERMANENT ILLUSIONS

            Tri 106 CD / Trisol Rec. / EFA
            Release Date 09.2001

            01. Subsequent Pleasures
            02. Really Me
            03. Car Crash Theme
            04. Glass City
            05. Pandora Speaks The Truth
            06. Pandora´s Calling
            07. Pillowcase
            08. City Talk Theme
            09. Zero Man
            10. Step 2 Step
            11. Place I have To Go?
            12. Permanent Illusions I
            13. Permanent Illusion II
            14. Permanent Illusions III

             

             

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            TASTE OF DECAY

            Tri 045 CD / Trisol Rec. / EFA
            Release Date 04.2000

            01. Here I Go Again
            02. Let Me Breathe
            03. Sense
            04. Nothing Stays Forever
            05. Velver Mirror
            06. Umbrella Man
            07. If Blue Turns Red
            08. A Taste Of Decay
            09. The Edge Of Time

             

             

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            NOVEMBER

            MOS 014 CD / MOS Records / EFA
            Release Date 07.1999

            01. Can you hear me?
            02. A Song for the Radio
            03. Train
            04. Never Go
            05. Following the Stars
            06. Voice
            07. Hypnotised
            08. The Green Blue Dream
            09. November
            10. Sleep


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            LAUDANUM

            MOS 008 CD / MOS Records / EFA
            Release Date 10.1997

            01. No Colours
            02. Face
            03. The Night turns- now playing
            04. Rain
            05. Found
            06. The Weeping Tree
            07. Cold Song
            08. Trip Café
            09. More than Words
            10. Cold Water
            11. Crying Eyes
            12. Drowning like the Moon

             

             

            Compilations & Live

             

             

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            DEAD LETTER SONGS 2007-2014

            Self-Released as limited Bonus Crowd-Funder exclusive

            1. Broken Arrow
            2. Coinsedence
            3. The Daughters of Jerusalem
            4. Falling Skies
            5. Until the End of the World
            6. East
            7. Tower Control
            8. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
            9. I Die : You Die
            10. Cycles of Time / Hereafter

             

             

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            BORROWED NIGHTAMERS & FORGOTTEN DREAMS

            (the remixed, the reworked and the abandoned)
            Echozone
            Release Date 04.2009

            Part 1: Borrowed Nightmares
            1. The Arrival (John A.Rivers)
            2. The Nightside of Eden (Sieben)
            3. Train 2009 (Eminence of Darkness)
            4. Damned Nation (Thomas Rainer)
            5. A Taste of Decay (QEK Junior)
            6. Killing Time (Jenn Vix Remix)
            7. Pandora’s Calling (Persephone)
            8. The Arrival (Garden of Delight)
            9. Damned Nation (The Shallow Graves)
            10. Babylon Rising (IceAges)
            11. Killing Time (The House of Usher)
            12. Down by the sea (Cults of the Shadow)

            Part 2: Forgotten Dreams – the lost 2005 Tapes
            13. Everybody
            14. Karma Revolution
            15. We better go
            16. Waste (Broken Day Version)
            17. Optimistic Day

             

             

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            A COLD NIGHT

            Alice in… (Live in Vienna 25.10.2006)
            Release Date 07.2007

            01. Sin of Sins
            02. Face
            03. Rain
            04. Waste
            05. Pandoras calling
            06. The night turns
            07. Nothing stays forever
            08. A song for the Radio (extd.Vers.)
            09. Permanent Illuions (Part 2)
            10. Permanent Illuions (Part 3)
            11. I wanna be your dog
            12. Green blue dream
            13. Drowning like the moon (live 2000)

             

             

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            EVERYTHING YOU KNEW WAS WRONG

            Trisol Rec. / EFA
            Release Date 03.2003

            CD 1: Velvet Illusions – Live 2002
            01. Waste
            02. Nothing stays forever
            03. Pandora’s calling
            04. Drowning like the Moon
            05. A Taste of Decay
            06. Zero Men
            07. Permanent Illuions (Part 1)
            08. Permanent Illuions (Part 2)
            09. Permanent Illuions (Part 3)
            10. A Song for the Radio (extd.Vers.)

            CD 2: Velvet Suggestions – the Old Days 97’ – 99’
            01. No Colours
            02. The Night turns
            03. Rain
            04. Found
            05. Train
            06. Never Go
            07. The green blue dream
            08. November (live 98’)
            09. Old Days (Demo 97’)
            10. Child (Demo 97’)
            11. Falling (Demo 97’)
            12. Berlin Instrumental No.I (Demo 97’)

             

             

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            AUTUMN LEAVES AND TRIPPY DREAMS
Live EP

            (Fanclub only release)
            Release Date 02.2000
            1. Train
            2. Found
            3. Velvet Mirror
            4. Coldsong
            5. Green blue dream
            6. Crying eyes
            7. Song for the radio (extd.Version)

             

             

            DVD

             

             

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            SEARCHING FOR LIGHT – Live in Vienna DVD

            Echozone
            Release Date April 2011

            Disc 1 22.07.2010, Szene, Vienna
            1. Clouds without Water
            2. The Arrival
            3. If Uriel falls
            4. The Lost Souls
            5. Nothing stays forever
            6. Damned Nation
            7. Neither : Neither
            8. Amenta Descending
            9. Blood, Sweat & Tears
            10. Down by the Sea

            Disc 2 16.02.2008, Szene, Vienna
            1. Pandora’s Calling
            2. Damned Nation
            3. Nothing stays forever
            4. Neither : Neither
            5. Killing Time
            6. A Taste of Decay
            7. Down by the Sea

             

             

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            IMAGES & ORACLES live DVD

            Echozone
            Release Date: 04.04.2014

            Live in Frankfurt, 14.04.2011 Das Bett
            1. The Rites of Passage
            2. If Uriel Falls
            3. The Lost Souls
            4. Neither : Neither
            5. Damned Nation
            6. Amenta Descending
            7. Blood, Sweat & Tears
            8. Babylon Rising I+II
            9. The Night Turns
            10. Drowning like the Moon

            Live in Vienna, 16.04.2011 Szene
            1. The Rites of Passage
            2. The Arrival
            3. If Uriel Falls
            4. The Lost Souls
            5. The Last Time
            6. Drowning like the Moon
            7. Damned Nation
            8. Amenta Descending
            9. Babylon Rising I+II
            10. The Night Turns
            11. Revealed as Light

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            Datum Stadt Location Land
            16.08.2014 Kettering Alt Fest 2014 United Kingdom
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            26.09.2014 Berlin Urban Spree Germany
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            27.09.2014 Warszawa Progresja Music Zone Poland
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            22.11.2014 Leipzig Moritzbastei Germany
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            29.11.2014 Frankfurt/Main Das Bett Germany
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