VG/JW -- C.D. for © Vargotah

Dark-edged. Intriguing. Seductive. Hard-hitting. Poetic. Pick your poison to describe Vargotah, the constant evolving experiment for the lyrical and musical talents of namesake mastermind Var Gøtah. It isn't accurate to call them a group: Despite the fact that Gøtah fronts a line-up of varying multinational artists solidified to a sinister alliance, he is the only permanent member of the avant-garde formation, mononymously known as Vargotah. As the charismatic frontman puts it bluntly: "Don't believe in us, we are a lie."

The musician, lead singer and composer solely heads the artistic and musical direction since founding the project in 1999. Due to the diversity of involved musicians, rotating cast and perpetual change of location, Vargotah regard themselves as a multinational act, primarily of american-european heritage. Along with writing all of the lyrics, Var Gøtah is likewise recording, audio engineering, designing and producing the band's whole body of creative output which purely consummates through an artistic perspective rather than satisfying mere commercials.

Appearances of the dark rockers have always been an eclectic mix of concerts, secret gatherings and art performances. Underground audiences welcomed the invitation-only events which were held in privacy. It's no coincidence that this veiled subculture, wallowing in glum, melancholy and escapist motifs, slowly won the band a cult and established their own niche. Followers endearingly refer to the group also as the »Cult of Vargotah« or »The Vargotah Cult« while fans associate them with modern day vampires and the occult.

Var Gøtah's brooding persona, his vampiric affect and creative instincts have ever been a powerful and unrepentant catalyst for sultry music, gloomy stage presence and intense visuals. Gøtah's distinctive sonorous low voice, his poetic-twisted lyrics and hook-laden songwriting, the peculiar sound design and development of uncommon musical ambiences helped Vargotah to formulate a unique sonic signature marked by reinvention.

The musical style of Vargotah fuses a wide gamut of musical genres and techniques, densely layered facets of forcefully driven alternative rock, metal, goth, industrial, electronica and psychedelic influences with those of undetermined traditional origins. Dark poetry, romanticism and surrealistic-dreamesque themes are counter portrayed by scientific-futuristic subjects and post-modern sound experiments; ranging from otherworldly soundscapes, incandescent-hypnotic sonorities to resonating emittances and feedback-heavy elements. Carrying the silent whispered air of captivating mystery, intrigue and cryptic visions, the strange blend of unusually arranged songs, odd segues and extensive forays into exploring abstract tonal textures reflect their efforts to create moods rather than grinding genre specific clichés. The band's quietly sinister imagery, subdued appearance and darkly sensual looks fashion an amalgam of code, secrecy and concealed ambitions, moreover, illuminate their ambiguous appeal. It's when Gøtah's deep, lush and hypnotizing vocals collide with those passion-fueled aural collages, that the obscure art-rock visionaries run at full blast, spreading out saturnine wings over a violent temper that is heavy, dangerous, striking, deeply emotional and fascinating.

Vargotah's trajectory over the past years has been a series of limited vinyl-only records released on Nonaural, followed by remixes and unplugged versions of songs not available before. With their latest offerings from the upcoming album Memeplex the enigmatic entity amongst Vargotah will serve up another hour of their own particular mix of heavy alternative sound, muscular metal riffs, highly emotive phrases and coldly haunting sci-fi aesthetics: Be prepared for a never ending reverie in a darker vein.

Discography: 2001 Blitz Breeze | 2002 A Kiss To Your Precious Lips | 2002 Black Heroin | 2006 Dirty Black Summer (Danzig Tribute Album) | 2005-2007 Nine Inch Nails Remixes (The Hand That Feeds, Only, Survivalism) | Memeplex (TBA)