Sopor Aeternus – “Ich Tote Mich Jedesmal Aufs Neue…” – [Apocalyptic Vision]
Gothy goth gotherson. This 1994 recording is the first solo project of Anna Varney-Cantodea, originally of the Neue Deutsche Todeskuns (New German Death Art) movement from Germany. Her back story is as interesting as the cd “Ich Tote Mich…”. Transgender, animal rights activist, pro euthanasia supporter, vegan and vegetarian efforts supporter, abused by both parents from an early age, out of body experience at age six while under sedation having a tonsillectomy, follower of Roman gods Saturn and Jupiter, pen pals with Rozz Williams of Christian Death. This just scratches the surface of this complicated, fascinating person. Her music is not made for humans but for herself and dead children. “Ich Tote…” is early Sopor, all darkwave synths: medieval and renaissance orchestration, chimes, synth drum beats, lyrics of despair, loneliness, vampires, darkness. And the best darn goth voice around: that nasal, spidery, high pitched spooky warble that only the best can provide. This type of dedication to one’s belief in all aspects of their life is so honorable. On a par with Nuit Noire. Pure out-there sincerity.