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The Sisters of Mercy

The Sisters of Mercy is one of the most influential gothic rock bands, despite the existence of only three proper studio albums.

Formed in the UK in 1980 and taking their name from a Leonard Cohen song, the only constant members of the group have been Andrew Eldritch (vocals and guitars) and Doktor Avalanche, a drum machine.

A disagreement between Eldritch and guitarist Wayne Hussey and bassist Craig Adams resulted in Hussey and Adams trying to form another band called Sisterhood[?]; subsequent legal action and the surprise release of material by Eldritch on the Album 'Gift' under the name of 'The Sisterhood' caused Hussey and Adams to form The Mission UK.

After the release of its third album in 1990, the Sisters released two compilation albums. Although Eldritch still tours with background musicians as the Sisters (mostly in mainland Europe), there has been no new recorded material from the band since 1993. Several new songs have appeared in the live shows, however the persistent rumours of a new album have yet to find substance.

Emphasis is on the electronic snare drum and heavy bass drum, suitable for dancing. FM synths replace analog synths & crisp sound leads to pop results. Lyrics/vocals are dracula sounding.



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