WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN Leipzig 18.05.2018 Day 1

written by Marko Jakob

The Last Cry

Brighton-based British band THE LAST CRY has been around since the mid-80s. At that time, they released their first singles. Since then, the band had dissolved, but reunited several years ago. Their current album is called ‘Goodbye’. The entrance to the Täubchenthal started at 4.15pm, only a quarter of an hour before the concert began. It all went quickly at the entrance and so the concert started on time, the hall was already half filled.

This cool band really got the audience going with their fast gothic rock, although also some slower songs were included the program. The singer’s clear voice and the overall sound were striking and it was clear how much singer Andrew enjoys being on stage. After just over an hour the audience rewarded them with a big round of applause. A great first concert at the WGT 2018 at the Täubchenthal.

01. The Night 02. Punishment 03. Falling Away 04. Perfume 05. Isolate 06. Life Of Lies 07. No Resistance 08. Nowhere 09. Haunting Me 10. To Dream 11. Song About 12. Prison 13. Walking


UNDERTHESKIN is a one man studio project but live they perform as a trio. Their debut album ‘Undertheskin’ has received positive reactions worldwide. The Täubchenthal was already completely filled. The audience was totally enthusiastic from the beginning, reacting to the extraordinary voice of singer Mariusz. The band proceeded to convince us with great guitar-wave with many instrumental passages. The concert was extremely varied – from carpets of sound with incredible guitar alternating with deep bass lines and drum beats. Too bad that this great gig lasted only 40min.

01. Fade 02. Borders 03. Cold 04. Wrong 05. Fall 06. Undone 07. tRain 08. Burn 09. Wave

The Beauty Of Gemina

The band THE BEAUTY OF GEMINA was founded in 2006. They have already released seven albums, some of which have achieved considerable chart success in Germany and Switzerland. Gothic rockers with Lichtenstein-based singer Michael Sele delivered an absolutely perfect show in Täubchenthal. As expected, the singer was on the stage clad in black with his trademark cool high boots. In the completely full hall they played many of their well-known songs. Highlights included the great CALVIN RUSSELL cover of ‘Crossroads’ and the acoustic version of ‘Dark Rain’. A totally great gothic rock performance, which would fit WGT every year.

01. Intro – End 02. All Those Days 03. Prophecy 04. Suicide Landscape 05. Hunters 06. This Time 07. Darkness 08. Crossroads 09. Bittersweet Good-bye 10. The Lonesome Death Of A Goth DJ 11. Rumours 12. Seven-Day Wonder 13. Dark Rain (Acoustic)

Merciful Nuns

The band MERCIFUL NUNS was founded in 2010 and emerged from the band GARDEN OF DELIGHT, which was dissolved in 2008. They have released 10 albums during this time and have played together with FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM. When the MERCIFUL NUNS entered the stage, it was wrapped in fog, totally in tune with their gloomy Gothic Rock / Metal music. Massive guitar walls blended perfectly with the deep, penetrating voice of singer Artaud Seth. It was a very atmospheric set in a great location. Throughout the day in the Täubchenthal audience continually changed for the different bands, but some members remained in place all day long and the gallery was filled. The audience would probably have liked to have had more of this concert, as it was probably going to be one of the band’s last gigs.

Skeletal Family

The band SKELETAL FAMILY was founded in 1982. Their debut album made it to no. 1 on the independent charts. A probable reason for this was a joint tour with THE SISTERS OF MERCY, which increased their awareness considerably. The last band of the evening also attracted the masses into the Täubchenthal which was still totally filled with people even having to stand in the entrance area. Their last album was released almost 10 years ago, in that year the band broke officially for the second time. Nevertheless, they perform live every once in a while and, like last year, were guests here in Leipzig again at the Wave Gotik Treffen. Their mix of gothic and post punk rock, along with singer Anne Marie’s cool, high voice, was a hit with the crowd. It was a fascinating performance and ended with great rejoicing, bringing the first day of the festival at Club Täubchenthal to a close.