Le Grand Guignol


Le Grand Guignol
Michel Spithoven (aka Boltthorn, Spit) (Drums Rivendell, Abstract Rapture, ex-Falkenbach, ex-Dreams Of Nabid, ex-Enid), Ingo Merten (Bass Live Member), Yves Blaschette (Guitar, Keyboard), Philip Breuer (Vocals), Patrick Damiani (aka Hagalaz) (Guitar, Bass Isenheim, Rome, Rivendell, ex-Enid, ex-Nebelhorn, ex-Falkenbach), Shadow (Drums [1997-1998])

INFO : This one adresses to the one or two of you who might have noticed that VINDSVAL has experienced a change of name.

To comfort you and to help you dry your tears, pleace notice that: After a decad(enc)e of artistic thriving, coherence had innovation leave the halls of VINDSVAL to have it relocated to a theatre bearing the name of LE GRAND GUIGNOL. For the francophobics among you, LE GRAND GUIGNOL means, dilettantishly translated, "the big buffoon", but we appeal to your general knowledge to make sure that you can situate the name in its appropriate artistic and historical context. To the ones that never heard about VINDSVAL before, please have a cosy seat in the front row and read about the past acts of the band: 1996 In winter, VINDSVAL comes fourth in the south of Luxembourg as the successor band of “Dregoth”, an extreme metal band founded by Patrick, Philip and Yves. (see, there has already been a change of name, and it hurt no one, so get used to the new -and definite!- one) With both Patrick and Yves alternating on drums and guitars, an early collection of own songs is amateurishly recorded under the name of "Codex Nocturnus". 1997 VINDSVAL is helped out by Shadow, himself drummer of the fellow luxembourgish black-metal band “Black Candle”.

With his participation, the first and only real demo-tape “Of Heathen Blood And Soil” is recorded on august 16th. About 50 copies are given away among friends. 1998 Having trouble finding appropriate rehearsal rooms in Luxembourg, VINDSVAL decides to build up the headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany, the home ( for studying purposes at that time) of Patrick and Philip.

By this decision the band has to leave Shadow and finds a new drummer in Michel, originally playing in the luxemburgish heavy-metal band “Dreams Of Nabid”. 1999 With this line-up (Patrick, Philip, Yves, Michel) and after half a dozen of rehearsals, VINDSVAL enters the Psycho-Sound-Studios in Karlsruhe from february 15th to 17th to record its debut-album "Imperium Grotesque", with Patrick on guitars and bass and Yves on keyboards. Shortly after the release of the self-produced and -financed debut, the band comes to meet Ingo, former bassist of the progressive-metal band “Timesphere” and only german member of VINDSVAL. 2000 VINDSVAL signs a deal with “Skaldic Art Productions”, a label run by Vratyas Vakyas from Falkenbach. The first Skaldic Art action for VINDSVAL is the re-release of the “Imperium Grotesque” album with an enhanced artwork. 2001 VINDSVAL starts the recording- and writing-odyssey for their new album "The Great Maddening" at the Prosecco-Studios Karlsuhe (former Psycho-Sound). (see again, name-changes are popular in these latitudes) 2006 VINDSVAL renames to LE GRAND GUIGNOL, who hereby finishes the endless recording sessions for "The Great Maddening" at the TidalWave Studios (former Prosecco and now run by Patrick himself).

(see ... ah, you saw![sic!]) To suffice stereotypes ...

not only red wines ripe with age ... New-founded label MADDENING MEDIA gets plastered by "The Great Maddening" and begins a collaboration with LE GRAND GUIGNOL. 2007 LE GRAND GUIGNOL opens the bottle and pours "The Great Maddening" for anyone daring enough to deal with the consequences! To be excessively consumed ....

https://legrandguignol.bandcamp.com/ Founded in southern Luxembourg in late 1996, LE GRAND GUIGNOL (back then acting under the name of Vindsval) release a first raw demo in 1997. Soon they discover their passion for outré compositions, preserving the harshness of extreme metal, yet adding wickedly catchy tunes, symptomizing in deep-felt emotions and thus creating gloomy atmospheres, which the band refers to as "grotesque metal". The debut-album "Imperium Grotesque", which was originally intended as another demo, was recorded and released in 1999 and was re-released with a different artwork in the following year by Skaldic Art Productions. After a very long recording-session and reconsidering both musical and lyrical concepts, coherence had Vindsval change their name into LE GRAND GUIGNOL at the dusk of 2006. In 2007, Maddening Media prepares the stage for LE GRAND GUIGNOL, who hereby unleash upon the audience a chef d 'oeuvre of yet unheard grandeur and grotesque sublimity, carrying the haunting name of "The Great Maddening". Just like their namesake (a french genre-theatre who opened its doors at the blade-crossing of the 19th and 20th century), LE GRAND GUIGNOL rise the curtain and let the public partake in their enrapturing tales of madness. First buds of a forthcoming concept-album are currently blooming in the twisted minds of LE GRAND GUIGNOL ... 1997: "Of Heathen Blood ..." (demo tape) - Vindsval 1999: "Imperium Grotesque" - Vindsval 2000: "Imperium Grotesque" (re-release) - Vindsval 2007: "The Great Maddening" - LE GRAND GUIGNOL

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