grown to become one of the most commercially successful Second Wave Gothic
Rock Bands Worldwide since their foundation by Damien DeVille in 1986.
have sold well over 100,000 copies worldwide of their own Singles & Albums
plus hundreds of thousands of songs on compilation albums since their first
have the credibility of being one of the few elite UK Gothic Rock bands to
enjoy chart success both In The UK & Germany.
have a vast Back Catalogue of independent releases
including 11 albums :
albums released in the USA,
albums released in Germany,
6 albums released in the UK
album released in Russia & Ukraine,
singles released in the UK&
4 singles released in Germany
songs appearing on 55 different compilation albums (released worldwide),
DVD (released in the UK),
repertoire of over 100 Songs
played over 300 concerts in 14 countries since 1988 including Austria, Belgium,
England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Republic
Of Ireland, Scotland, Spain & Wales.
South London, Harrow and Northwood to the World's Stage
Damien DeVille acquires his 1967 Vanden Plas Princess
hearse and sets out to found gothic rock band NOSFERATU hooking up with friends
from South London and the home counties to play various instruments. Provisional
line ups are put together including Alan E. Tulley, Steven McCann, Dean Aslett,
Gary E, ,Steven Broome and Hamish Mitchey.
NOSFERATU rehearse in various studios in and around South London including
121 at Lombards Roundabout, Croydon, Downside Studios, Ruden Way, Epsom and
in Mr DeVille's parents garage in Mitcham, South, London.
are played at a Scout hut on Sanderstead Hill with video footage captured
on cine camera (soon to be released on youtube). Alan E. Tulley leaves NOSFERATU
His position in the band as lead vocalist is briefly replaced by David Baron
(one of Mr DeVille's school friends).
Damien DeVille joins Brian Kennard's "Sister Midnight",
based in Ruislip Middlesex. Other band members include Mark Meek (The Dreaming),
Neil Bufton (The Big Bang and T Rexstacy), Darren Williams and Belle Star.
Chris Clark played one gig with Sister Midnight and was promptly sacked after
a poor performance at The Hastings Crypt.
DeVille (from London) leaves Ruislip based Glam Goth band "Sister
Damien DeVille is given the telephone number of Vlad Janicek (former
keyboard player of Goth band "The Dreaming") by Sister Midnight
keyboard player Mark. DeVille who is looking to further Hard-core Gothic Rock
band NOSFERATU telephones Vlad (from Harrow, Middlesex) to arrange a meeting
to discuss the project. Vlad brings along his girlfriend Sapphire Aurora (from
Northwood, Middlesex & former vocalist for "The Dreaming").
The three agree to form a new band with Sapphire on Vocals, Damien on Guitar
& Vlad on bass.This band will become known as "NOSFERATU".
After several months of song-writing, keyboard programming by Vlad & drum-machine
programming by Damien, NOSFERATU have enough songs to commence live performances.
They rehearse in various studios across London & Middlesex and make their
live debut on October 05th at The
Rock Garden, Covent Garden, London.They are joined onstage by Mydey (who
controls the tapes & keyboards) This concert is solely promoted by Damien
& Vlad leafleting London Nightclubs such as Kit
Camden Electric Ballroom
plus shops in Carnaby
Market & Hyper
Hyper. 28 people turn up to see NOSFERATU play a set that is plagued by
poor onstage sound, plenty of feedback from Damiens guitar and a finale when
Sapphires Drink is kicked over the guitarist's effect pedals. Disgusted by
The poor sound, DeVille smashed his recently acquired Gibson
SG guitar onstage.
NOSFERATU return to the live scene and play their 2nd concert, this time at
"The Flag" in Wembley, London, supporting "King Called The
Culprit" & Goth No-Hopers "Whiskey
& The Devil". The event is promoted by Frank Drake of Flag
Promotions (which is still very active and popular on The London Club
Scene today). Despite a hostile welcome from the audience, NOSFERATU play
through their entire 45 minute set, once again joined for the 2nd and last
time by Mydey (again on tapes & keyboards). After the concert, Sapphire
leaves the band for the 1st time.
Sapphire rejoins the band in time for their 1st Demo Recording Session at
2nd Sense Studios in Harrow, Middlesex
(owned & run by BBC Top Of The Pops 2 Sound Engineer Andy Hewitt). Three
songs are recorded and mixed over a period of 3 days, "Bloodlust",
" Pathway Of Flowers" & "Merlin".
With the mixed demos in the can, NOSFERATU commence tape duplication and mail
and hand-deliver demo cassettes to selected UK Indie Record Labels. Nick Jones
Records (who shares an office with Merciful
Release at the time) is impressed with the band, but does not have the
financial resources to allow them to be taken onboard his own label. Also,
a licensing deal by The lead singer of 1960's band The
Honeycombs is rejected by NOSFERATU Vlad points out that Flickknife
Records have turned down NOSFERATU for being too Gothic, whilst Flicknife
have a coffin for the main door to their office which in itself is a contradiction.
After numerous song-writing sessions, photo-shoots & rehearsals, NOSFERATU
take to the stage once more and play concerts at The
Hastings Crypt (which is engineered by Alan "The Cat" Pelling
(who started The Torture Garden
William Morris Club & New
Merlins Cave in Kings Cross, London. Their concert at The
Kings Head in Fulham, London is cancelled as Vlad arrives too late to
play. The band also embark on a night time trip to see Sir Francis Dashwoods
Hellfire Club in
West Wycombe, Bucks. Once again Sapphire leaves the band who then concentrate
on their songwriting.
With Sapphire rejoining the band, NOSFERATU return once again to Second Sense
Studios in Harrow and record three new songs "Emma Louise", "Anaal
Nathract" & "False Gods". Marjorie Macklenenberg, a representative
for a Dutch Television company films one of the recording sessions which is
later broadcast on Dutch television. New manager Victor Taylor signs NOSFERATU
to his Agency and books several concerts for them.
NOSFERATU embark on their last concerts with Sapphire Aurora which culminates
in a Saturday Night Headline slot at The Prestigious "Fulham
Greyhound", in Fulham, London.Vlad would play this concert with a
10 watt practice amp (kindly loaned to Mr DeVille by Carole
Bohanan, President Of The
Vampyre Society) as DeVille had recently blown Vlad's main amp by wiring
live connections to earth.
New Vocalist Gary Clarke "Incubus" joins NOSFERATU this month.
Nightbreed Records release a compilation album "New Alternatives".
It contains the NOSFERATU track "Bloodlust". The band's first outing on vinyl.
NOSFERATU play numerous concerts in and around London including "Opera
On The Green" in Shepherds Bush, "The
Venue" in New Cross (supporting The
Mean Fiddler, The Moonlight
Club in Hampstead, Islington Powerhaus & Brentford
Red Lion (where they are joined by Felo De Se which is the embryonic "Children
On Stun"). NOSFERATU's live following is accelerating quickly, aided
by Vlad's Fanzine "Grimoire". Incubus is carried on stage at concerts
in a coffin which was built for DeVille. Incubus also preaches from a Pulpit
onstage (an elaborate concept by Vlad, later copied by Marilyn Manson some
10 years later). Vlad also designs and builds a 3 piece wooden backdrop fitted
with a Goats skull which exhales smoke and allows NOSFERATU more props to
liven up their onstage performances.
NOSFERATU tour the UK for the first time together with Every
New Dead Ghost.They take in 7concerts and play in Newcastle On Tyne, Leeds,
Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham, Bradford & London. At the end of the
tour Incubus leaves the band.
Damien DeVille and Vlad Janicek found Possession Records and a UK distribution
deal with York based APT follows.
After months of advertising & auditioning, NOSFERATU find a new vocalist,
Louis DeWray who is based in Bordon, Hampshire. Louis is NOSFERATU's third
NOSFERATU inclusive of founder member Damien DeVille on guitar, enter the
studio to record their Debut EP "The Hellhound". Consisting of 6 new songs,
this is produced on cassette and 12" vinyl.
The debut EP "Hellhound" is released and receiving an excellent review in
The NME, sales accelerate and a second run
of the vinyl is quickly pressed up and sells out immediately.This debut single
is very kindly financed by Vlads mother.
NOSFERATU play a 10 date UK tour to build the base for their next release.
Support on most dates comes from Children On Stun They play in Hastings, Liverpool,
Glasgow, Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Cardiff, London & Leicester and are
joined by Drummer Belle Star.
Damien DeVilles 1967 Hearse is used as Tour Vehicle much to the amazement
of The police, who give the band a road escort out of Derby after their concert
!! NOSFERATU also team up with The SGC on their comeback London gig at The
Camden Underworld which proves to be a sellout show! They run into Tony
James (of Generation
X, Sigue Sigue Sputnik &
Sisters Of Mercy) backstage
NOSFERATU record a wealth of new songs. Enough for their next single "Vampyres
Cry" and its follow up "Diva". DeVille's boss Terence Morgan, MD of
A.E.Morgan Publications, Epsom kindly agrees to finance NOSFERATU's 2nd
Single "Vampyre's Cry". He will also finance the "Diva",
"Inside The Devil" & "Savage Kiss" singles and lend
the band a total of nearly £15,000. Without which, they may never have
progressed to International Release's.
NOSFERATU again with The SGC play at The New Cross Venue to an audience of
over 800 people. They are joined on drums once again by Belle.
NOSFERATU set off on a 10 date tour of The UK in Damien
DeVille's Hearse to support the release of their new single "Vampyres
Cry" (noticeably reviewed in Melody
Maker and NME). NOSFERATU are contacted by a young journalist, Brian Warner
(later to become known as Marilyn
Manson) for a feature in the "Propaganda"
Magazine which he edits. Hollywood journalist and fashion model Michelle
Duncan is sent to Cardiff and interviews the band, which then receive a 5
page spread published in the magazine.
NOSFERATU book themselves into "Dance
Attic Studios" in Putney, South London to rehearse for The "Diva"
Tour. Unbeknown to the band, the studio turns out to be a Rehearsal Studio
for Ballet Dancers, Choreographers and the like. The Clientele are not impressed
when the band arrive in DeVilles hearse, unload Vlad's PA System into the
studio and play Loud "Kick Arse" Gothic Rock 10 feet away from snooty
women in leotards eating salmon & cucumber sandwiches in the posh restaurant.
NOSFERATU are even more surprised to see Richard
Fairbrass (of Right
Said Fred) peering into their rehearsal room when they are running through
the "Diva Set". "Dance Attic" was at the time owned by
Fred & Richard Fairbrass. After the rehearsal NOSFERATU were told that
they would not be welcome rehearsing there anymore. Right Said Fred.........Let's
ban NOSFERATU(sounds like a song)
An additional 10 date UK tour is to support their new single "Diva". The first
500 copies are pressed in red vinyl and are so scarce and in demand that even
the band cannot get hold of a copy . NOSFERATU receive their first known Radio
One Airplay as DJ
Steve Wright plays "Diva" on his Show plugging their tour dates. John
Peel also plays the single on Radio One. The
Exeter concert is moved from 17th to 10th October and the tour dates reworked
as the venue double-booked The Cranberries
and NOSFERATU on the same date.
saw NOSFERATU gigging with Doctor
and The Medics at Nottingham Rock
City, playing to a capacity crowd. A meeting at Camden
Underworld between NOSFERATU and Dave Roberts of SGC (acting as Los Angeles
based Cleopatra Records A&R Man) is fruitful
and NOSFERATU sign a licensing deal with Cleopatra Records for their debut
album "Rise". Cleopatra were originally interested in a compilation of all
of the singles, but as the debut album "Rise" was just about to be recorded,
they decided to release this. (The original compilation album materialized
into "Legend"). This deal is buoyed up by the 5 page feature in USA's "Propaganda"
Louis DeWray & Damien DeVille book the band into Vonns Studio in Islington,
North London, but decide to visit House In The Woods Studio, Bletchingley
to check out the facilities. They bump into 2 of The
Manic Street Preachers who are using the studio for demos. So impressed
with the studio, they cancel Vonns and book House In The Woods.
NOSFERATU enter The House In The Woods Studio and record their debut album
"Rise" with Doc Milton as Engineer & Elizabeth
Everett who sings backing vocals on "Siren" "Alone"
& "Inside The Devil". The album takes a little over 2 weeks
to record & mix. Damien DeVille meets Stephan Thiemann and secures a distribution
deal with EFA Medien GmBH of Germany.
Supported by a 13 date UK Tour (taking in Brighton, Stoke On Trent, Manchester,
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Southend, Bristol, Cardiff,
Southampton & London), the first of their recordings to enter the charts
was the single "Inside The Devil", which reached Joint Number 131 (along with
Duran Duran's "Ordinary
World" and Metallica's
"Sad But True") in The
UKs National Gallup Chart in April 1993, which was a fantastic achievement
for the band and for their own record label. Not many independent Record Labels
manage to get into The National Top 200 UK Chart without major financial backing,
let alone a single by a Gothic band! It was also the bands first release on
compact disc. Louis DeWray leaves NOSFERATU He would later go on to form the
band "Ditzy Micro".
saw the complete full release in the UK, Germany & USA of NOSFERATU's debut
album "Rise". Digitally mastered in Chris
Birkett's (producer of "Nothing
Compares To You" by Sinead
O'Connor) studio in Kingston
Upon Thames, it is a 12 track album and appears on vinyl, cassette and
compact disc. This was to be the bands 1st official release in Germany with
distribution by EFA, and in The USA
via Los Angeles based Cleopatra Records with distribution by Caroline
(who are really EMI/Virgin).
To date this album has sold over 14,600 units worldwide and is NOSFERATU's
best selling release yet. It is still selling now, although as download.
NOSFERATU hold auditions for a replacement vocalist in Survival
Studios, Acton, London.
Both Niall Murphy &
are short-listed, with Niall Murphy (from West Drayton, Middlesex) taking
the role as new NOSFERATU Lead Singer.
NOSFERATU enter their favourite Surrey Haunt "The House In The Woods
Studio" and record "Savage Kiss", "Time Of Legends"
& "The Keepers Call" for the forthcoming single "Savage
Kiss". They are joined by Joby Talbot
on Saxophone, who later joins The
Divine Comedy and composes the theme tunes for UK Television shows "Father
Ted" & "The
League Of Gentlemen".
Halloween saw NOSFERATU playing overseas at a successful 2 night stint at
"The Gibus" in Paris.
The trip nearly ends in disaster on the return journey as the clutch on DeVille's
hearse gives up the ghost on a Paris motorway on a Sunday.
Aided by an 11 Date UK Tour (taking in Newcastle, Nottingham, Leicester, Manchester,
Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham, Exeter, Cardiff, Southampton & London),
the single "Savage Kiss" reaches Number 16 in The UK Independent Chart in
December 1993. It was the bands highest chart position to date.
Niall Murphy & Damien DeVille run into Screaming
Lord Sutch who is staying at the same hotel as the band in Birmingham.
Telephone numbers and business cards are exchanged, but sadly nothing comes
from their meeting.
Cleopatra Records release a compilation of NOSFERATU's early Recordings as
an album titled "Legend".
saw NOSFERATU performing more overseas concerts in Belgium and Holland.
A six date tour of Germany is played taking in Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Ulm,
Munich and Heidelberg. The Leipzig was the largest concert NOSFERATU had played
at the time. NOSFERATU Headline this 3 day festival (with The
Cocteau Twins and The
Cranes headlining the other 2 nights) and playing to an audience of over
3,000 people per gig.
NOSFERATU return to "The House In The Woods Studio" in Bletchingley,
Surrey and record their 2nd Studio album "The
Prophecy", again with Doc
"Octopus" Milton (former guitarist of Alien
Sex Fiend) as Engineer & Co-Producer. The album takes 2 weeks to record
and mix.The song "Savage
Kiss" is re-recorded with the manic guitar solo moving place in the
song as well as Niall Murphy's vocals being reworked 3 extra songs are recorded,
For Love" (which only appears on The US Pressings of the CD, "I
Love The Dead" ( a fantastic Alice Cooper Cover version which has
never been released) & "The
Chauffeur" (which was never completed and now lies on a Big
Country Reel of tape as they booked the studio immediately afterwards
and the studio had no spare tape).
NOSFERATU's second studio album "The Prophecy" is Digitally Mastered at Youth's
(of Killing Joke's) Butterfly
Studios in Brixton, South London. Nik Fiend of ASF
makes an impromptu and unexpected appearance at the studio when NOSFERATU
Their second studio album "The Prophecy" reaches Number 14 in The UK Independent
Chart. This, their highest chart position yet, was achieved even though the
11 Date Prophecy Tour was cancelled by Vlad (due to internal band politics)
after only 2 shows. If the tour had continued, the album would have most certainly
gone into the Independent Top Ten. Their opening track "Requiem" was also
played on Radio One for five successive
evenings. Niall Murphy leave NOSFERATU, closely followed by Vlad Janicek.
Vlad sets up a band called Shadowmaker (named after a song from The Prophecy
albums). This band was known in the industry as both Shedmaker and Shakermaker.
DeVille (Lead Guitarist) as the only founder member in the band. Possession
Records is dissolved. Vocalist Dominic
LaVey from Belfast and Ex Return
To Khafji Vocalist joins this month. Songwriting commences for the next
Bass Guitarist Dante
Savarelle from Liverpool joins the band.
Damien DeVille founds a new record label, Hades
Records. The band enter into the depths of The House in The Woods studio
to record their next single, "The
Haunting" (once again engineered & co-produced by Doc "Octopus"
Milton) is released in Germany and in The UK in October. The single goes on
to sell well and pave the way for the next album. Dante Savarelle is mocked
by DeVille & LaVey as he appears on British Television as The Bass Player
in Mike Dixon's band on "Brookside"
( a UK "Soap" Television show).
NOSFERATU set out on a 7 date UK tour which culminates in them headlining
The Marquee. This is the
4th time the band headline The Marquee and play once again to a capacity crowd
NOSFERATU return to the Gibus in Paris
to play another Halloween concert (despite being stopped at Gard
Du Nord Railway Station at Gunpoint by French Police, who do not like
the look of the band).The show is filmed for French television and appears
on the US video for "The
Haunting", superimposed with footage taken from the
original 1922 film "NOSFERATU".
Of Darkness" (named after the Hammer film "Dracula
Prince Of Darkness") is recorded, once again at House In The Woods Studio
with The Good "Doc"
Milton Engineering & Co-Producing.
Mixing of the album "Prince Of Darkness" is completed at House In
The Woods Studio Bletchingley and Mastered by Andy LeVien at RMS
Studios in South Norwood, London.
Damien DeVille and Doc Milton re mix the track "Testify"
for The Damned Re-Mix
album "Testify" in between viewing The Euro
96 England versus Germany football match. Or was it the other way round?
DeVille lays some guitar
tracks down on the Remix. He is now proud to say "I played guitar on
a song by The Damned". One lifetime ambition accomplished.
A six date UK tour promotes the sales of the "Prince of Darkness" album which
is released at the very end of August. It reaches Number 2 in the German
NOSFERATU are about to tour Germany again when the promoter is forced out
of business. Disheartened, the band retreat and make plans for their next
NOSFERATU are asked to record The
Cure's song "100
Years" for a Cure Tribute album titled "100
Tears". They then travel to Bruges,
Belgium to headline an All-Day Festival and play to over 600 people (supported
by Inkubus Sukkubus, Goethes
Erben and more).
sees NOSFERATU playing Dublin
for the first time to a capacity crowd at The Tower club. It is worth
noting that no other Gothic band has achieved this feat yet.
NOSFERATU headline an All Day Festival at Nottingham's
Damien DeVille meets Rat
Scabies at "The Arch" Studio in Kew, London to discuss drumming
on the new NOSFERATU album "Lord
Of The Flies".
Dante Savarelle resigns from the band citing that "DeVille & LaVey
are impossible to work with"
NOSFERATU record and mix the "Lord Of The Flies" album. Doc Milton (long time
NOSFERATU Studio engineer/CO-Producer) plays bass
guitar on the album, whilst Rat Scabies plays drums on 3 memorable songs.
sees NOSFERATU's fifth album (fourth studio album) "Lord Of The Flies" being
released in the USA.
A short UK tour promotes the UK Release of the album "Lord Of The Flies".
They are joined by bass guitarist Stefan
Diablo (age unknown, from Lee,
South London). "Lord Of The Flies"album is also released in
Germany this month.
NOSFERATU are asked to record their interpretation of The David
Bowie song "Starman"
for use on a Tribute album to David Bowie, alongside The Mission, Sigue
Sigue Sputnik, Alien Sex Fiend & Gene
New songs for the album "ReVamped"
are recorded at The House In The Woods Studio, Bletchingley, Surrey. Rat Scabies
drums and Stefan Diablo plays bass on some of the songs.
NOSFERATU edit and remix tracks for The "Revamped" ReMix album at House In
The Woods Studio. Their favourite engineer & CO-Producer"Doc Milton"
is at the helm. DeVille's PlayStation
cohorts Jason Page & Deniz Ahmet both remix tracks for this album.
NOSFERATU headline the Haus
Leipzig venue (part of the Wave
Gothik Treffen Festival) in Germany
and play to a capacity crowd of 2,500 people. They are supported by UK based
"Inertia" and the French band "L'Aime
They cover the song "People
Are Strange" for the Doors
Tribute Album, which is released by Cleopatra Records Worldwide in February
NOSFERATU are asked by US based Dancing
Ferret Discs Label to pen a song to be used in conjunction with the "Vampyre:
The Masquerade" role playing game. They write, record, and mix the song
is Young" in one evening. It is released on the "Music
for the Succubus Club" album in December 1999.
Work on the new NOSFERATU live album "Reflections
Through a Darker Glass" is started in October and completed in November.
The track "Ascension," which features Rat Scabies on drums, appears on the
new Cleopatra Records compilation album entitled "Gothic
"The Night Is Young" a song written especially for the compilation album "Songs
from the Succubus Club" is released. A new song "Lucifer
Rising" the mooted title track for the next studio album is demoed.
cover version of "People
Are Strange" is released by Cleopatra Records on the album
"Darken My Fire", a collection of Doors songs .Some people may notice
the sound of a lawn mower on the recording which was added for that extra
zest, or so the band say.
NOSFERATU release their first live album "Reflections
Through A Darker Glass"in USA & Canada. It contains recordings spreading
from 1991 to 1999 and covers concerts in Germany, France and Belgium as well
as the UK.
NOSFERATU's moody instrumental track "Eye Of The Watcher" is released by Cleopatra
Records and appears as the first song on the album "Vampire
"The Haunting" appears on the "Dark
Noise" compilation album and the video to "The Haunting" appears on DVD
for the first time on the Cleopatra Records "Goth
again NOSFERATU's cover version of The Doors "People Are Strange" appears
on a CD. This time it surfaces on the "Covered
In Goth" album.
NOSFERATU rework their song "The Night Is Young" and re-record "Lucifer Rising",
this time with the addition of Rat
Scabies on drums. Both of these songs are to be released on the album
Best Of NOSFERATU: Volume 1 The Hades Years". Both of these songs will
be the first recordings from Rat Scabies "G.A.F." to be released
using State Of The Art Technology.
The new NOSFERATU album "The Best Of NOSFERATU: Volume 1 The Hades Years"
is mastered at John Sykes
(Guitarist for Whitesnake) Berlin
Studios in Blackpool. It contains 10 songs and 1 video.
Philadelphia based Dancing Ferret Discs release the new NOSFERATU album "The
Best Of NOSFERATU: Volume 1: The Hades Years" in the USA & Canada.
NOSFERATU return to the UK Stage playing concerts at Nottingham
Rock City, Leeds Joseph's Well
& London Camden Underworld.
They are joined by session drummer Matt Cherry who takes their Live Outfit
up to a 4 piece. A riotous set is played at all 3 concerts with Stefan Diablo
demolishing one bass guitar during each show. For the finale of the Sold-Out
London show, during their last song "Darkness Brings", Stefan Diablo
smashes his bass guitar to smithereens and hands out parts of it to an unsuspecting
audience. At the very end of the set, Damien DeVille also smashes one of his
guitars, but in true "let's not do anything by half style" leaves
the guitar plugged in and receives a mighty electric shock when the guitar
disintegrates. Dominic LaVey collapses onstage at the end of what will be
his final performance for NOSFERATU
Monday February 11th, the new NOSFERATU album "The Best Of NOSFERATU:
Volume 1: The Hades Years" is released in the UK with distribution from
Shellshock & Pinnacle.
Having agreed to play The Mera
Luna Festival in Hildesheim, Germany as his final show for NOSFERATU,
Dominic LaVey changes his mind at the last minute, decides not to appear at
the concert and leaves the band in a desperate attempt to recruit a singer
for the massive festival.They are fortunate enough to find help from former
Iron Heart Vocalist Christian Slaughter (from Berkshire) who learnt the whole
NOSFERATU Set in less than a week, which is in itself a remarkable achievement.
Whilst rehearsing at Stanbridge
Farm Studios in Handcross, West Sussex, NOSFERATU are surprised and delighted
that The Sex Pistols are
rehearsing for the Jubilee 25th Anniversary Concert in the barn next door.
NOSFERATU down their instruments and enjoy a fantastic hours enjoyment listening
to The Sex Pistols rehearse "God
Save The Queen", "Anarchy
In The UK", "Holidays
In The Sun", "Pretty
"Substitute", "Did You No Wrong" and more. Not many bands
can say they have heard the Pistols rehearse, let alone a "free concert".
With only three 6 hour rehearsals with Christian
Slaughter, NOSFERATU play at The Mera
Luna Festival in Hildesheim, Germany to 6,000 people.
NOSFERATU commence re-working demos with Christian Slaughter but are informed
by their licensor that they must find a more suitable singer if they wish
to continue with their Recording Contract. Sadly Christian Slaughter departs
the band which now comprises of Damien DeVille & Stefan Diablo. The search
is now on for suitable vocalist.
Damien DeVille meets up with Former NOSFERATU Vocalist & Lyricist Louis
DeWray at Mr DeWray's Residential Recording Studio in Hampshire, with a view
to them recording the new album. This would be the 1st time in over 10 years
that they have met up.
NOSFERATU converge on The Recording Studio for the 1st major rehearsal with
Louis DeWray back on vocals, Damien DeVille on guitar, Stefan Diablo on bass
& J.J.Bones on drums. They all formally agree to record a New NOSFERATU
album with Mr DeWray at the helm as Producer. More songs are demoed with the
band due to commence recording early 2004. A Major photoshoot of the new line
up is scheduled for late 2003.
Once again NOSFERATU enter the studio to complete their photoshoot and work
on recording songs for their new album.
NOSFERATU return to the recording studio and record another 3 songs for their
NOSFERATU play concerts at Magazin 4 Club in Belgium and headline the Vampiricon
Festival in Duisberg Germany, where they are supported by After Forever. These
concerts are the first ones with the current lineup. It is also the first
time that Mr DeWray & Mr DeVille have appeared together on the same stage
since May 1993.
NOSFERATU play their first London show with Louis DeWray back on vocals at
The Camden Underworld. They are supported by The
Last Rites, & Ghost Of
Lemora. Both Louis & Damien approach The Wright Brothers (from The
Last Rites) and suggest that they headline the show as they were fundamental
members of Fields Of The
Nephilim. Nod & his brother refuse the headline slot and press for
NOSFERATU to headline. Both Louis Dewray & Damien DeVille reluctantly
accept their offer and headline the show, which in their eyes turns out to
be one of the best NOSFERATU concerts ever !!. Fortunately enough, it has
been videoed and may well end up on a future NOSFERATU DVD.
& December 2004
NOSFERATU write and record more songs for their forthcoming album
J.J.Bones is sent to prison in Armley
NOSFERATU ask Eddie McEvil to drum on the Song "Somebody Put
Something In My Drink" as J.J.Bones is obviously not available. This
single is re-recorded and mixed and will be NOSFERATU's 1st CD Single Release
for 10 years
Due to other engagements, Stefan Diablo is unable to play on all
dates of the June 2005 NOSFERATU Tour so new bass guitarist "Six"
joins the band. Rehearsals commence at Earth Terminal Studios.
NOSFERATU have more intensive rehearsals for their June 2005 Concerts
NOSFERATU play UK Shows in Kingston On Thames, Islington & Exeter
to support the release of their latest single, a cover of The Ramones "Somebody
Put Something in My Drink"
New NOSFERATU single
Put Something In My Drink" is released on Monday 04th July.
More songs for the forthcoming album are worked
on in the studio.
On the 20th October, Mr DeVille's friend, the beautiful
Eileen Daly visits Mr DeWrays Recording Studio in Hampshire. Eileen lays
down some backing vocals on the song "Bombers". NOSFERATU are interviewed
and filmed for Eileen's New Television Series "Peek A Boo" which
is being shown on Sky TV.
Damien DeVille arranges licensing terms and distribution with Pandaemonium
Records, Stuttgart, Germany for "The Best Of NOSFERATU:Vol. 1",
"Lord Of The Flies", "Prince Of Darkness" albums &
Put Something In My Drink" CD Single
DeVille also finalises distribution agreements with Masterpiece
Distribution of Genoa, Italy who will be distributing "Visionary
Vampyres" DVD, "Somebody Put Something In My Drink" CD Single,
"Best Of NOSFERATU: Vol1", "Lord Of The Flies" & "Prince
Of Darkness" albums as well as the new studio album.
NOSFERATU confirm a short Tour of Mexico in March 2006 which will take in
Mexico City, Morelia, Guadalajara, San Luis Potosi, Chihuahua & Monterrey.
NOSFERATU change the working title of the New Studio Album to "The Long
Lost Weekend". The band had to change the title after the threat of legal
action from Axl Rose Atorneys.
All stock of The "Visionary Vampyres" Ltd Edition DVD Boxed Set
as well as the last pressings of The "Prince Of Darkness" CD Album
sell out. No further copies will be made.
Both Louis & Damien have interviews published
in Mick Mercers Online Fanzine "The Mick".Anyone interested in viewing
or downloading a copy should go to http://www.mickmercer.com/pdfs/the_mick_23.pdf
NOSFERATU play their first Italian concert at The Rainbow in Italy supporting
In order to pav the way for the New NOSFERATU Studio album "The Long
Lost Weekend", NOSFERATU decide to issue an album of early recordings
entitled "Vampyres, Witches, Devils & Ghouls.............The
Very Best Of NOSFERATU". It is released in the USA on Tuesday
Initially this album was to be titled "The Best Of NOSFERATU Volume 2:
The Possession Years" but was re-titled at the request of The US Licensee.
NOSFERATU introduce their New Keyboard Player
"Chrys" takes NOSFERATU
up to a 5 piece band and is the 1st dedicated keyboard player the band have
feature on Eileen Daly's
"Peek A Boo Show"
on Redemption TV, (Sky Channel 368 from 10pm to 2.30am) Their episode
has been aired a wonderful 20 times !
NOSFERATU start a competition to
win one of Damien DeVille's guitars, autographed by all 5 members of the band.
The objective here being that new NOSFERATU t-shirts are designed for the
band by their fans.
NOSFERATU play concerts in Valencia, Spain (Excession Festival),
Dornbirn, Austria (Judgement Day Festival), and a club gig in Athens, Greece
first tranch of NOSFERATU albums & singles are released as MP3 downloads
through the IODA network online. This takes NOSFERATU's distribution mainstream
and into such online shops as i-Tunes, Amazon, Play.com, Shock Hound, Nokia
NOSFERATU"Anthology" Album, a 2 CD retrospective album)
is released in Germany, Austria & Switzerland on Friday 26th May 2006
under licence to Pandaemonium Records of Stuttgart.
NOSFERATU play on The Main Stage (Agra
Halle) at Wave Gothik Treffen, Leipzig, Germany on Sunday 04th June.to
over 6,000 people.This concert was the first to feature a full 6 person lineup.
NOSFERATU's"Anthology" album is released in the Ukraine.
This is the first time that a NOSFERATU album has been released in this territory.
NOSFERATU are announced as the headline band for The 1st State of
Goth Festival in Bochum, Germany on Friday 24th November 2006.
NOSFERATU have their song "Wicker Man" included on a new
compilation album by Cleopatra Records of Los Angeles titled: "This Is
Gothic...The Batcave Anthology"
NOSFERATU now have the following deals in place,
all arranged by Damien DeVille:
Non exclusive licenses for USA & Canadian Territories
Exclusive license for "Anthology" album for German, Austrian &
Exclusive license for "Anthology" album for Russian, Ukrainian&
Exclusive Distribution for Italy
Shellshock Distribution: http://www.shellshock.co.uk/
Exclusive distribution for The UK for physical product & Non-exclusive
online distribution via a number of E_tailers including:I-Tunes, Napster,
Sony Connect & MSN plus others
NOSFERATU record their next Single "Black
Hole" at Earth Terminal
This Single will be released as a Limited Edition CD in a Metal Tin &
as a download. The three songs which will appear on the Single as a taster
for the New NOSFERATU Album will be "Black Hole", "Bombers"
& "I Don't Wanna Live This Life".
All stock of NOSFERATU vinyl, which is becoming increasingly collectable has
sold out!. Recently a copy of The 1992 NOSFERATU 12" single "Diva"
in red Vinyl realised £ 125 on the Internet Auction Site EBay, whilst
a copy of the 1993 CD Single "Inside The Devil" realised £
NOSFERATU play The Mera Luna Festival,
Hildesheim, Germany supporting Tool on The Hangar Stage.
NOSFERATU play a Special Halloween show in Basingstoke Hampshire
alongside Voices of Masada and The Ghost of Lemora.
NOSFERATU perform at Wave Gothic Treffen Festival in Leipzig, Germany
on The Parke Buhne Stage.
This is the 4th time that NOSFERATU have played at Wave Gothic Treffen Festival
and the first time that they have played an open air concert.
European Tour Dates and release date for the Single Black Hole are announced.
New NOSFERATU single "Black Hole" is released on Monday 12th April.
It reaches Number 6 in the Amazon UK CD Single chart on Saturday 17th April.
NOSFERATU play concerts at Southampton Joiners, Nottingham
Rock City & Whitby - The Other Side Festival with Stefan Diablo making
a welcome return to bass guitar duties. The next single "Horror Holiday"
is played at all shows along with new songs "Silver", "Black
Hole", Baby Blue" & "Bombers"
NOSFERATU single "Black Hole" appears on the cover CD of German
A remix of the NOSFERATU Single "Black Hole" entitled "Black
Hole (Cathedral Mix)" is released on the German Album "Darkness
Before Dawn Volume 2"-
This is the 46th commercially released compilation album that NOSFERATU has
NOSFERATU's concerts at The DaDa
Club in Athens are rescheduled
NOSFERATU play at The Lumous Festival
in Tampere, Finland.
NOSFERATU are confirmed a slot at the Pray Silence Festival in Lisbon, Portugal
in August 2011.
NOSFERATU play at The Waregem
Gothic Festival in Belgium. The following day they play DV8 Festival in
York and join Ed
Tudor Pole onstage for a rendition of his hit single "Swords Of 1,000
NOSFERATU announce the official UK release date for their new studio album
tracklisting of the "WONDERLAND" album is complete and NOSFERATU
confirm this to be : Horror Holiday, Entwined, Black Hole, Wonderland, Jackal,
Bombers, Silver, Somebody Put Something In My Drink, Monument and Spectre.
NOSFERATU's"WONDERLAND" album is released in the UK, Italy &
NOSFERATU play at the Agra
Halle Main Stage at Wave Gothic Treffen Festival in Leipzig, GERMANY in
front of a 6,000 strong audience."Darkness Brings" appears on the
Strobelight Records compilation
album "Another Gift From Goth".
NOSFERATU perform at DV8 Festival in
York and Castle Party Festival in Wraslaw,
Poland. NOSFERATU's cover version of The Ramones "Somebody Put Something
In My Drink" appears on the Castle Party compilation album in Poland.
NOSFERATU commence work on their next studio album
NOSFERATU play their first London concert for six years at Nambucca.
NOSFERATU play at The
Dark Gathering Festival in Madrid, SPAIN with Jacquy Bitch and Soror Dolorosa.
NOSFERATU play at Spiders
Web Festival in Bristol
NOSFERATU play at The
Nocturnal Culture Night Festival in Deutzen, Germany to 900 people.
More songs are demoed for the new NOSFERATU studio album.
More concerts are negotiated for 2013 to celebrate NOSFERATU's 25th
Anniversary at the front-line of Gothic Rock.
NOSFERATU enter the studio W/C Monday 19th August and
work on more songs for their new studio album.
NOSFERATU confirm appearances at Dark Munich Festival,
GERMANY in April 2014.
NOSFERATU confirm appearances at Sacrosanct Festival,
Reading in September 2014 and at The Bram Stoker Film Festival, Whitby in
NOSFERATU perform at Sacrosanct Festival for the
first time since 1995.
NOSFERATU perform at The Bram Stoker International
Film Festival in Whitby, England.
Louis DeWray's position as NOSFERATU
vocalist is terminated. Tim Vic and Gonzo take over from Louis DeWray as NOSFERATU
NOSFERATU are gear up for the
Wave Gothic Treffen Festival, Leipzig, GERMANY on Friday 22nd May 2015
with new vocalists Tim Vic and Gonzo following Louis DeWray's departure from
the band in December 2014.
NOSFERATU have a full page feature
in the summer issue of German magazine "Gothic" which has been distributed
to over 35,000 readers. Extra copies of this issue were printed due to the
articles on Marilyn Manson and The Prodigy.
NOSFERATU perform a headline
slot to a 1,600 capacity crowd at Wave Gothic Treffen Festival, Felsen Keller,
Leipzig, GERMANY with new vocalists Tim Vic and Gonzo following Louis DeWray's
departure from the band in 2014.
NOSFERATU have an article published in the July issue
of German magazine "Sonic Seducer".
More songs for the imminent NOSFERATU releases are
demoed in GERMANY. Secret club gigs are performed in Germany to test the new
Further NOSFERATU songs are demoed. 3 previous
NOSFERATU albums are sent for pressing on vinyl.
Each has a gatefold sleeve. One release is in blood coloured vinyl, one in
snow coloured vinyl and one in clear blue vinyl. These vinyl albums will be
available in April 2016 in very limited quantities by mail order only from
NOSFERATU's Austrian distributor.
NOSFERATU confirm the first of their 2016 festival appearances. Amphi
Fest in Cologne, GERMANY.
NOSFERATU commence recording their sixth studio album
at John Sykes "Berlin Studios". The working title for this release
is "Grail Hunting".
NOSFERATU record more new songs in GERMANY.
Copies of the covert limited edition, gatefold sleeved, coloured vinyl albums
are distributed to members of the NOSFERATU Secret Society.
NOSFERATU announce the release of their forthcoming single "London Calling
/ Within The Realm of A Dying Sun" on limited edition vinyl CD and download.
Click sleeve below for further details.
headlined the 1,000 capacity Orbit Stage on the MS Rheinenergie on the River
as part of the Amphi Fest on 23rd July 2016. Special thanks to all who attended
and made this an extremely enjoyable event.
An extremely positive (10 out of 10) review of NOSFERATU's performance at
Amphi Festival can be read in Reflections
of Darkness Magazine
play more European shows in fall 2016 to support the release of their latest
Calling / Within The Realm of A Dying Sun" available
Limited Edition CD Single (DFRCDS010),
Limited Edition 7" coloured vinyl (DFRV010) and
Click sleeve below for further details.
Milton, we miss you mate.
More songs are demoed for the forthcoming album "Grail
Further studio dates for February 2017 are confirmed
for NOSFERATU's new album "Grail Hunting". NOSFERATU's agent is
in the final stages of finalsing a landmark concert.
Big thanks to Berliner Unterwelten for the subterranean
subterfuge. We must do it again.
have been in a studio somewhere in the western hemisphere recording songs
for their 6th studio album "Grail Hunting".
Vic, Stefan Diablo, Damien DeVille and Belle Star recording the new NOSFERATU
album "Grail Hunting".
Star and Diablo keeping a watchful eye on the recording.
have received delivery of the "London Calling/Within The Realm"
CD singles, T-shirts and postcards.
NOSFERATU commence mix down of songs from their forthcoming
album "Grail Hunting".
More s ongs are mixed from the forthcoming NOSFERATU
studio album "Grail Hunting"
Mr Stefan Diablo decided that after 20 years of recording
and gigging with NOSFERATU he will now focus primarily on his work within
The Neville Staples Band. We wish him and the band the very best of luck and
Our friend Tom steps into the
position of NOSFERATU bass guitarist. Some of you will have met Tom.
before when he played bass guitar at several NOSFERATU European shows in 2016,
2017 and 2018. It's good to have you onboard buddy. Onwards and upwards.
Berlin here we come!
are available now from www.wegottickets.com
for our London Show at The 100 Club with our friends "Children on Stun".
Please note that this show is advance tickets only and none will be available
on the door on the night. #nosferatuband
NOSFERATU will be performing at Leeds
Library Lending Room on Saturday 16th March 2019 with Children on Stun
and Momento Mori. Further concerts will be announced soon.
NOSFERATU are very much looking forward to meeting you
at the Leeds and London concerts next week. More concerts will be announced
NOSFERATU would like to thank everyone who attended
our recent concerts in Leeds and London. It was the largest crowd we have
ever played to in Leeds in our 31 year history and the 100 Club in London
was nearly sold out. Thanks a million!! Stay tuned for our imminent announcement
of more concerts and the long awaited release of "London Calling."
NOSFERATU commence printing new t shirts for the tour with the circular logo
(below) on the front and tour dates on the reverse. London Calling T Shirts
are also being printed again with the German tour dates on the reverse.
NOSFERATU will be playing at Castle Party Festival,
Bolkow, POLAND in July 2020. Visit www.castleparty.com
for further information and to buy tickets.
have confirmed that they will return to The 100 Club in London. Belle Star
will be drumming the main set & DJing and Punk Rock Icon Rat Scabies will
sit on the drum stool for a number of Punk Rock Covers. End of Green will
be the main support act and the third band will be confirmed. Details on the
Buy Tickets page.
have confirmed a concert at LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, GERMANY. Details on the
Buy Tickets page.
NOSFERATU would like to thank everyone that came to
their concerts in Mannheim and Esslingen, Germany. Extra spexial thanks to
End of Green for
giving NOSFERATU the opportunity of playing Mannheim with them. Thanks also
to Wisborg for playing the Esslingen
show which was recorded and is now being editted ready for a special release.
A few photos from Mannheim are below and more will follow soon.
would like to thank the 1,100 strong audience who turned out to see them support
End of Green at
LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, GERMANY on Saturday 18th January 2020. WE LOVE YOU!!!
photos from this concert can be viewed at https://lka-longhorn.de/galleries/end-of-green/
and at https://www.facebook.com/officialnosferatu
returned to the stage and played their first post-pandemic concert at Dark
Malta Festival 2022.