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ALPHAVOX – Die erste Stimme Gottes

Ein neues gemeinsames Projekt: ALPHAVOX taucht aus den Archiven des Musiklabels SOLAR LODGE auf! Ins Leben gerufen von seinem Inhaber und kreativen Kopf: Artaud Seth (MERCIFUL NUNS, ehemals GARDEN OF DELIGHT) und umgesetzt von einer elitären Zusammensetzung von Label- und Gastmusikern. Geboren aus dem kollektiven Wunsch, das dynamische und individuelle Potenzial verschiedenster Künstler zu einem zusammenhängenden Projekt zusammenzuführen und inspiriert vom britischen Label 4AD, wurde der kreativen Ausdrucksfreiheit freien Lauf gelassen. Das Ergebnis ist ein Triumph kreativer Brillanz, der in einem einzigartigen, homogenen Opus voller dunkler Energie und subtiler Texte zum Ausdruck kommt. Die beteiligten Musiker und Sänger*innen sind: Din-Tah Aeon (AEON SABLE), Aeleth Kaven (LA SCALTRA), Ashley Dayour (WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW), John Wolf (YOUR LIFE ON HOLD) und Artaud Seth (MERCIFUL NUNS). Weitere Beitragende sind Mike York (ehemals GARDEN OF DELIGHT), Lars Kappeler (SWEET ERMENGARDE) und Rev Gonz (ehemals LOVE LIKE BLOOD). Lassen wir die Protagonisten selbst zu Wort kommen:


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LUXIFER, der Lichtbringer der Lodge.

Merciful Nuns sind eine Gesamterscheinung auf der Bühne! Die Band tritt seit vielen Jahren mit einem äußerst stimmigen Konzept aus Visuals, Ton und Licht live in Erscheinung. Ein bedeutender Teil der Crew ist Luxifer! Er kennt jeden Merciful Nuns Song und erarbeitet für jede Show zusammen mit der Band ein stimmiges Lichtkonzept. Wir laden Luxifer ein, im Dark Chamber ein wenig „Licht“ in das Dunkel seiner Person zu bringen.

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CONVENTION III: all hail to the Lodge!

An extraordinary event of Berlin Based Record Label Solar Lodge Edition No3. This was organised for the 2nd time in Bochum (1st time in Nov. 2018). Bochum is the perfect location for people coming from the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. After a 3,5h drive we arrived at Kulturzentrum Bahnhof-Langendreer at 18.00. In a local ‚kino cafe‘ next to the venue, we met other Convention participants. Together, we looked forward to what was to come…

The doors opened at 19.00. What immediately caught my eye was a large banner of one of the typical Merciful Nuns Giants. The merchandise stand was located next to the stage, there was something for everyone. A perfect opportunity to complete your collection with hoodies, t-shirts, albums of the Solar Lodge bands but also side-projects of the band members. Here was your chance, don’t say you didn’t know it. The venue was fantastic. The audience could stand close to the stage and this was of course the charm of a club concert. Quite a contrast to Sinner’s Day Summer last week. An indoor concert made it a bit more intimate. Familiar faces from the Nunhood and making contact is always nice. There was plenty of opportunity for networking. Meanwhile, the crew was busy getting everything ready as the first performance started at 19.45.

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YOUR LIFE ON HOLD – „Echoes from the Bardo”

Many things, emotions, events, states of mind inspire us. Often these are the inspirations that we unconsciously experience at first through pictures, words, or encounters and that later return to our memories and thoughts and leave something lasting behind. Such as the question during an earthly life: “Why do we even love when we know that everything has to end?”

Jan, congratulations to your new fulltime album “Echoes from the Bardo”! You named it with: “the most personal record to date”. Please allow me to start with one last thought of your latest words in the last Solar Lodge interview in summer. “When making music, new ideas also spontaneously pop up. It all pretty much comes together while working on the songs. It’s like the pieces were already there, but at some point, you start seeing the general images of the puzzle.” Is the puzzle complete for your new album? Yeah, pretty much. It really feels good overlooking the whole project now. It all makes sense to me: the songs, the lyrics, the concept and the artwork. I never felt that complete finishing an album in fact. Now I hope people will like it as well, and I hope they will resonate with the underlying concept of the album. A funny thing though, once the puzzle is completed, the pieces start to change again and take new shapes. The perspective changes and gives me, even while being the writer of the puzzle, an exotic feeling.

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Ausnahmezustand Corona – ein Bericht der Solar Lodge Bands nach 100 Tagen

Die Auswirkungen des Corona Virus hat die Musikbranche hart getroffen. Konzerte und Festivals wurden abgesagt und eine Aussicht auf Besserung ist nicht in Sicht, düstere Zeiten für Kreative. Welche Auswirkungen hat das auf unsere Bands, haben wir uns gefragt. Wie gehen sie damit um? Welche Pläne gibt es dem entgegenzuwirken? Und setzt die freigewordene Zeit vielleicht sogar Energien frei, um an neuen Songs und Alben zu arbeiten? Jawa Seth fragt nach…

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Your Life On Hold – Videointerview

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Your Life On Hold – Interview

Since 2017 Your Life On Hold is based at Solar Lodge Label. First please tell us, how did the collaboration with this label come about?

John Wulf: I remember when I started making gothic rock music, which happened rather spontaneously while experimenting with guitar sounds in the studio, that at some point things were turning seriously. I felt I was working on something special and strong. So I really wanted a good label that could fit the philosophy and perspectives that I had in mind for the project. Solar Lodge, being my favourite gothic rock label, was in fact the first label I mailed. I was happy to receive positive feedback quite quickly. And the rest, well, the rest is history.

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