Breaking news

out: 18.10.2019

We are proud to announce our new album Mater Mortis - Supernatural Encounters!
Finally it happens again.
CD will be released in a gatefolded Digisleeve with a full colour, 16 page booklet.

Mater Mortis
...awakened by the affinity to the horror genre - be it the past or the modern pearls.
We are writing the year 2017. The two Northern Hessians Janusz Zaremba and Mark Hofmann set out to record supernatural events in word and sound, entirely in the tradition of the Brothers Grimm. And history also knows that you can rely on North Hesse, since North Hessian mercenaries fought in America not far from the small town of Sleepy Hollow. One of those (meanwhile headless) mercenaries is still told today. And the acoustic garb of the encounters is as different as the events themselves. The palette ranges from Darkwave to Gothic Rock to New Retro Wave and a touch Industrial. Samples from old films help to tell the story and round off the acoustic garb.

Please allow us to introduce ourselves

The history of the band

The band formed in 1992 as a solo project of Mark (guitars, vocals, programming).
Even the first release, which was the 7" Unholy, advanced to a selling hit, thanks to the track 'Fallen Angel', which became a dance-floor classic.
After the success of the limited 7" Janusz (guitars, vocals) and Silke (vocals, bass) joined the band to record the first album Malleus Maleficarum (1993).
The album contained also the 2nd single hit, Sacrificium.

The year 1994 brought the fans Ignis Fatuus: Irrlichter as the second successful strike, with the song 'Victim Of Love' on steady rotation everywhere.

1995 was the year where another vinyl release was realised: In Amoris Mortisque, a limited split 10" with Italian labelmates ATARAXIA, in clear and blue translucent vinyl. The cover was a unique piece of art with black foil printing, a sticker and a postcard of each band was part of it.

Due to the demand of the original songs of Unholy, an expanded version was released on CD back in 1997. The EP highlighted a collaboration with Jeff Diehm on vocals and Peter J. Gorritz on guitar, both members of the beloved band The Last Dance.

Now it should take the band til 1999 to have another album release, which was anderswelt. It was meant to outstrip the other albums in any way.
The song favourite by DJs was 'Faerieland'.

Akashic Recordings in 2002 was a compilation of rare material that not have been featured on a band's own release but it also contained 2 new tracks.

The end of the year 2009 saw the re-release of their 2nd album Ignis Fatuus: Irrlichter, not a simple re-release but all songs were completely re-edited. A bonus track was added as well.

Finally, 2011 hailed the comeback of the 3 artists with their new album nachtwaerts, which was already extoled by the press before its initial release on September 2nd.

In honour of its 20th anniversary, a special 2LP Vinyl of Malleus Maleficarum was released in 2013. The album was completely remastered for a vinyl release and two extra tracks were added.

In 2014, now as a duo, Mark and Janusz started to work on a special soundtrack project The 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse, which was released as a CD-EP/Digipak in May 2015.

The 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse

CD-EP in 6-Panel-Digipak

Malleus Maleficarum

2LP with gatefolded Cover


CD | LP+CD Set

Ignis Fatuus: Irrlichter

CD in DVDpak

Akashic Recordings

CD in Disc Box Slider, later in Jewel Case

dts-Surround edition

CD in Digipak


CD, 1st edition in Super Jewel Case



In Amoris Mortisque


Ignis Fatuus: Irrlichter

CD, 1st edition in Digipak

Malleus Maleficarum

CD, 1st edition in Digipak