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Schwarz Stein
Schwarzstein
Schwarzstein logo
AKA Rudolf Steiner (2002)
another cell (2006)
Spelling シュヴァルツシュタイン
ルドルフシュタイナー (2002)
Status indies, semi-active
Origin Tokyo, Kantō
Years 2001 - 2004
2006 (as another cell)
2014-present (revival)
Genres Electro/Darkwave
Synthpop
Dark electro
Labels Midi:Nette (2002-2004)
トロイメライ (2014-present)
Related Hora
Kaya
Website schwarz-stein.jp

Schwarz Stein was a unit formed as Rudolf Steiner in 2001. They originally disbanded in 2004, but revived in 2014.

BiographyEdit

Rudolf Steiner (2001 - 2002)Edit

The unit was formed in 2001 as Rudolf Steiner. They released a demo tape in June and had their first live at Takadanobaba AREA on July 9th. Later scouted by former MALICE MIZER guitarist Mana, they temporarily stopped activities after their live at Roppongi Y2K on March 26th 2002 and signed a contract with Midi:Nette to re-debut as Schwarz Stein.

Schwarz Stein (2002 - 2004)Edit

Schwarz Stein held their first live on July 31st 2002 at the Moi-meme-Moitie presents event Dis inferno a SHIBUYA-AX. Their first single Perfect Garden was released on the same day under Mana's label Midi:Nette. From November 2002 to January 2003 Schwarz Stein went on their first national tour as the opening act of Moi dix Mois.

In June 2003 they released their first album New vogue children and had a twoman concert with D'espairsRay at Takadanobaba AREA on the 19th. On August 4th they held their first oneman gig at Roppongi Y2K.

Schwarz Stein disbanded after their oneman concert at Shibuya O-WEST on March 29th 2004, citing musical and personal differences. One night revival took place at Ebisu LIQUID ROOM on December 15h 2004 (Dis Inferno III: Last Year Party).

Hora retired from live activity and would sometimers release solo CD's on his website, while Kaya kept quiet for a couple of years while working on a new project.

another cell (2006)Edit

Schwarz Stein briefly came back as another cell to release a mail-order only self-produced mini-album in 2006. At that time Hora was working on his solo project and Kaya was planning to come back to the music scene after an almost two years hiatus. another cell wasn't meant to be a Schwarz Stein revival, but a one-release only session unit which basically reworked some of Hora's solo material and even a Rudolf Steiner song.

Revivals (2011 - present)Edit

Schwarz Stein had two more revival concerts at Takadanobaba AREA on July 31st 2011 (Recurrence of Hallucination) and November 24th 2012 (Kaya Anniversary -Schwarz Stein-). They also released a new mini-album titled Recurrence of Hallucination.

Ten years after their disbandment, Kaya announced a full-fledged reunion of Schwarz Stein. The duo would have a few releases but no steady live activity. In March, Schwarz Stein released a new single, entitled GEBET, which featured a new track, lapis lazuli, and a rerecording of Rise to Heaven. They also held a one-man live, GEBET -eins SUN,acht NOIZ,WR-, at Shibuya REX on March 23rd. During this live event, they announced another new single, COCOON-Fallen-, expected in July. They will also hold their 3-man presents live Succubus Garden -Westen- at OSAKA RUIDO on July 4, and their presents live Succubus Garden -Osten- at Yokohama NEW SIDE BEACH on July 19 with ZIZ and Ken Morioka.

In October, the duo made their United States debut at Anime USA in Washington D.C. Besides performing, they had their own panel, autograph sessions, photoshoots, and a private meet and greet. Kaya also organized a tea party for the attendees, who were served tea and pastries, along with a performance by Kaya himself.

LineupEdit

SS member 1 Kaya
Vocals

ZephyrZone → MetiesISOLA → Schwarz Stein → another cell Kaya Kaya, Node of Scherzo Kaya Kaya, Schwarz Stein, Femme Fatale Kaya, Schwarz Stein

SS member 2 Hora
Keyboards, Programming, Backing Vocals

VELVET EDEN → Schwarz Stein → Hora, another cell Hora Hora, Schwarz Stein

DiscographyEdit

All music by Hora, all lyrics by Kaya (except where noted).

AlbumsEdit

SS New
New vogue children
full-length

(2003.6.30)

Tracklist
  1. The alternation of generations -conception-
  2. Release me
  3. Rise to Heaven
  4. Queen of Decadence
  5. Transient
  6. BIO GENESIS
    lyrics: Hora
  7. fester love
  8. Succubus
  9. New vogue children
  10. The alternation of generations -increase-

Notes

  • First press in slipcase with different artwork
SS Artificial
Artificial Hallucination
full-length

(2004.2.25)

Tracklist
  1. Testament
    lyrics: Hora
  2. Addictive Epicurean
  3. Profane gene
  4. CREEPER
    lyrics: Hora
  5. the alternation of generations -expire-
  6. Emergence of Silence
  7. Perfect Garden -SK0520MIX-
  8. Corroded cage
  9. Schism
  10. Last Hallucination

Notes

  • First press in slipcase.
Anothercellcd
another cell
mini-album

(2006)

Tracklist
  1. ARCHETYPE.01
  2. Blazing Darkness
  3. INNER UNIVERSE -cybernated-
    lyrics: Hora
  4. funerary dream
  5. FROZEN PAST -raze-
    lyrics: Hora
  6. 黒揚羽
  7. INDWELL -outer planet-
    lyrics: Hora
  8. ARCHETYPE.02

Notes

  • Limited to 1,000 copies, mail-order only.
  • A remixed version was given for free at a talk show on 2016.4.15 (no package).
SS Recurrence
Recurrence of Hallucination
mini-album

(2011.6.20)

Tracklist
  1. REMIND
  2. PREDICT -Rosen Clarion-
  3. HYPNOS
  4. GENUINE -Recurrence-
  5. SIRIUS -Hallucination-

Notes

  • Limited to 1,000 copies, mail-order only.

SinglesEdit

SS single1
Perfect Garden
single (2002.7.31)
Tracklist
  1. Perfect Garden
  2. beautiful the virgin
SS single2
Current
single (2003.11.17)
Tracklist
  1. Current
  2. Syphilis and Disorder
  3. Current (Instrumental)
  4. Syphilis and Disorder (Instrumental)
SS single3
GEBET
single (2014.3.26)
Tracklist
  1. lapis lazuli
  2. Rise to Heaven -2014-
  3. lapis lazuli (Instrumental)
  4. Rise to Heaven -2014- (Instrumental)
SS single4
COCOON -Fallen-
single (2014.7.2)
Tracklist
  1. COCOON -Fallen-
  2. Succubus -2014-
  3. COCOON -Fallen- (Instrumental)
  4. Succubus -2014- (Instrumental)
SS single5
Sleeping Madness
single (2014.11.5)
Tracklist
  1. Sleeping Madness
  2. Lilith
  3. Sleeping Madness (Instrumental)
  4. Lilith (Instrumental)

Demo TapesEdit

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Queen of Decadence
demo tape

(2001.6.1)

Tracklist
  1. 黒揚羽
  2. Queen of Decadence
SS demo2
Perfect Garden
demo tape (2001.12.11)
Tracklist
  1. 腐った果実
  2. Perfect Garden

VideosEdit

SS DVD1
Recurrence of Hallucination -LIVE-
live DVD

(2011.12.24)

Tracklist
  1. Testament
  2. Perfect Garden
  3. Rise to Heaven
  4. Queen of Decadence
  5. GENUINE
  6. Transient
  7. 黒揚羽
  8. beautiful the virgin
  9. CREEPER
  10. Syphilis and Disorder
  11. Succubus
  12. Current
  13. New vogue children
  14. Photo Gallery

ReferencesEdit

External LinksEdit

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