Missa Depositum CustodiAntichrisis was founded by singer and songwriter Sid in a small village near the German-Belgium border. Originally meant to be a solo-project, Sid was soon joined by guest-vocalist Willowcat and within a few months the legendary 80 minute demo-tape "Missa Depositum Custodi" got recorded.
Cantara Anachoreta“Missa Depositum Custodi” received an amazing feedback within the underground community and was out of stock soon after its release in early 1996. That success led to negotiations with various independent labels and a contract with Ars Metalli.
September 1996 saw the beginning for Antichrisis' first studio session for their debut album "Cantara Anachoreta". Sid — by this time still known by his nom de plume Moonshadow — recorded the album within 14 days with Willowcat's vocal support.
Willowcat leaves, Näx joins in"Cantara Anachoreta", the band's striking debut, hit the audience by January '97 and was enthusiastically received by the press: only once in a blue moon had a newcomer's first album indicated such well-defined and incisive style aligned with an amazingly vast number of different musical influences with enormous implicitness and distinction.
Although Antichrisis' music was always inspired by Irish Folk, these influences weren’t that obvious due to the band's conventional instrumentation hitherto — until Alexander “Näx” May joined the project in 1997 adding a completely new timbre to Antichrisis' sound with his Irish bagpipes.
A Legacy of LoveMeanwhile Antichrisis had signed to Napalm Records, and in Spring 1998 the debut's successor "A Legacy of Love" got recorded with new female vocalist Lisa.
Though this album did bear a few Metal references again it primarily became a wonderful and brilliant Folk-Pop-album, containing songs that could have easily entered the charts like "Nightswan", "Our Last Show" or the smashing "Forever I Ride".
On tourAntichrisis hit the stage for the first time during an European tour with Tristania, The Sins Of Thy Beloved, Siebenbürgen and Trail of Tears, this time with new singer Dragonfly who had replaced Lisa for the time being.
Not only did Antichrisis promote "A Legacy of Love" on that tour but the band also took the chance of introducing some new Dancefloor-influenced stuff from their forthcoming album "Perfume" to an astonished audience.
PerfumeAntichrisis entered the studio in Summer 2000, this time reinforced by keyboarder Tilo Rockstroh, drummer Jens-Nils Kuge and guitarist Jens Bachmann, to forge their third album "Perfume”.
Though songs like "Like The Stars", "Goodbye to Jane", "Hole in My Head", "Carry Me Down" or "Wasteland" proved once more Antichrisis' claim for the charts, this venturous album lacked support by Antichrisis' former label Napalm Records who weren't too happy about the band's increasing pop-appeal due to being afraid of losing their Goth credibility.
DowntimeIt seemed that Antichrisis hadn't survived the daring musical experiment of “Perfume”. But the reason for the band’s long downtime between 2001 and 2005 was Sid’s emotional and physical breakdown in Spring 2003 after some promising new studio sessions.
Therefore Antichrisis had to be put on the back burner for quite a long time until Sid got back on his feet and reformed the band in 2005.
2006 - 2007
A Legacy of Love Mark IIAntichrisis re-recorded and re-produced “A Legacy of Love” again, as they wanted to show how the band’s new line-up would sound like.
This revised version of "A Legacy of Love" saw its release on Reartone Records in early 2006 as a digipack-edition titled "A Legacy of Love Mark II" and it definitely didn't sound at all like a simple re-issue.
2008 - 2011
Disintegration & refoundationBefore Antichrisis could go on working on the production of "The Legacy Remains", Reartone Records decided to stop all further releases, which meant basically the end to the former band constellation, because the band was depending on rehearsing and recording in Reartone's own studio.
Not Fade AwayBut as Sid is not someone to easily throw in the towel, he decided to carry on together with his wife Ayuma (vocals). So Antichrisis was reduced to a duo again - and that line-up finally released the self-produced album “Not Fade Away” in 2012: this album is also the first album in Antichrisis’ history that is released as a digital download only and without an external record company or an external producer: everything was done by Sid & Ayuma themselves, from cover artwork to recording sessions as well as from production to mastering.
“Not Fade Away” is the perfect epitome of what Antichrisis 2012 is all about. Of course there’s still Post Punk and Gothic elements to be found on tracks like “Here Comes The Night” and “Adrenalin” but Antichrisis also developed further into the direction of Electronica and Dancefloor with songs like “Ocean’s Too Wide”, “The Point of No Return” and “Crossing The Line”.
Apart from that there’s still Antichrisis’ search for the perfect pop song with “The Fire Went Out”, “Creatures of a Jade Lagoon” or “Walking With Angels”, their love for Indie & Alternative guitar sounds that’s shimmering through “Who You Are” and “Shine”; the duo’s passion for Irish music that is reflected by songs like “Restless Years”, “Endless Flow” or “Lament for Kira” — and finally there are those in-betweeners like “Night Train” or “Have You Been Loved?” that simply don’t fit into any of the aforementioned categories.
2013 - 2019
Baduhenna & working on FoxfireGoing back to the good old DIY-principle seemed to be just what the doctor ordered: the digital distribution of “Not Fade Away” performed flawlessly, and so Antichrisis started working on the movie score to A. Forster's SciFi filmlet "Baduhenna”.
This was a challenging task for Antichrisis as "Baduhenna" turned out to be a movie without any dialogue: like in the silent film era the music had to underscore the entire movie reflecting the emotions of all characters of the pursued Enoe tribe.
Although this movie score is entirely based on synths and keyboards, it doesn’t mean that Antichrisis won’t be doing “traditional” stuff any more. On the contrary: their next album “Foxfire” will definitely pick up the threads of “Not Fade Away” again.
FoxfireDue to various health issues and some other annoying incidents, the release of "Foxfire“ unfortunately took much longer than expected. However, the album itself is a kind of review of Sid’s life with all its vicissitudes so far.
Once again, a wide variety of musical styles are applied — and due to Sid’s musical biography, Punk inevitably came into play: when listening to tracks like "Romeo“, "Last Night“, "St. Materiana“ or "The Night is Still Young“ it becomes quite obvious in which scene Sid had spent his teenage years. And with a song like "Et In Arcadia Ego“ Sid's fondness for Post Punk is not neglected either.
Antichrisis’ preference for catchy pop songs always emerges from under the surface, as it is proven with tracks like "Gravity on Mars“, "No Going Back“, "Is Anybody There?“ or "“Forever and a Day“.
Nevertheless Antichrisis still haven’t lost their experimental attitude: "After the War“, "She Lay Waiting“ and "Jane’s Redemption“ can be considered as almost psychedelic and pretty far out.
One of Antichrisis’ most important songs is "Goodbye to Jane, a song that already appeared on "Missa Depositen Custodi“, "Cantara Anachoret“ and "Perfume“. "Foxfire“, however, seemed to require a complete reinterpretation, which is why "Goodbye to Jane“ got transformed into a deeply touching piano ballad for this album — and with "Jane’s Redemption“ another encounter with Jane in the afterlife takes place to finish the album.
„Foxfire“ marks the end of a musical journey that started with "A Legacy of Love“ and continued with "Not Far Away“, because Antichrisis’ upcoming album will reveal a completely new and exciting side of a band that never went down the easy path.
The provisional end of the album era"Living With You On Top Of The Mountain" is the first track in a series of single releases that will follow because Sid & Ayuma came to the conclusion that releasing albums is no longer appropriate for Antichrisis.
Antichrisis’ decision to refrain from releasing albums furthermore is based on the band’s mode of operation: In the past Antichrisis went into a studio to record a complete album within a few weeks, but nowadays home recording allows the band a completely different method. Sid & Ayuma are often working on many songs simultaneously, but only a few of them are suitable for an album release, because an album always requires a certain coherence or homogeneity of the material it contains. But what do you do if you are working on an EBM track, a piano ballad and an ambient piece at the same time? What happens when you have finished one of these aforementioned tracks and would like to release it, but you don't know whether you will write other pieces of music in a similar vein in the future, so that a coherent album emerges?
Antichrisis has evolved artistically in such ways that neither Sid nor Ayuma want to limit themselves to any restrictions of musical style of fashion: if they feel like writing and producing a moody synth track, then that's what they'll do, whereas the next song could turn out to be an utterly noisy piece of guitar rock - but it's almost impossible to achieve a coherent album sequencing with that approach.
However, if putting aside the thought of an album release, Antichrisis will be able to release a single track as soon as it's finished, and listeners won’t have to wait several years until another Antichrisis album is ready for its release.
From a musician’s perspective it is definitely much more satisfying to be able to release a song as soon as it is mixed and mastered, instead of having to put it on hold because another 8 tracks have to be finished first in order to finally have enough material for an entire album.
Hence Antichrisis released a 4 singles in 2021, starting with "Living With You On Top Of The Mountain", followed by "The Lineman's Call", "Ghosts" and "As The Snow Falls".