Origin: Saarbrücken, Germany
Genres: Gothic Metal
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Flowing Tears  

This German band, who released their first few releases under the longer name Flowing Tears And Withering Flowers, is one of the better bands currently operating under the gothic rock/metal banner. Stylistically they might remind one of late-period The Gathering, though vocalist Stefanie Duchêne's rich, emotive vocals are not of the soprano variety, but a mid-range similar to Agnete Kirkevaag of Madder Mortem or Mariana Holmberg of Left Hand Solution. The songs flow (no pun intended) nicely, expressing melancholy and sadness but never depressing or dreary. Serpentine, their latest release, is a mature, expressive gothic metal, highly recommended.

In January of 2003, Duchêne decided to amicably leave the band for personal reasons, a move that might have been a serious blow to the band as her vocals were one of the cornerstones of the band's grace and style. But a replacement was found, in the person of Helen Vogt, and in 2004 the new album Razorbliss was released. Vogt fills Duchêne's shoes admirably, and the band follows suit, as Razorbliss is a fine followup album to Serpentine.

Current Members

Helen Vogt


Benjamin Buss

guitars (Powerwolf, ex-Red Aim)

David Vogt


Stefan Gamballa

drums (ex-Mercury Tide, ex-Powerwolf, ex-Red Aim)

Former Members/Guests

Stefanie Duchêne


Manfred Bersin


Frédéric Lesny


Mike Volz


Christian Zimmer

drums RIP: October 20, 2004, killed in a car accident

Eric Hilt



1996 Seven Art
  1. Flowers in the Rain
  2. Waterbride
  3. Fallen Leaves
  4. Arion
  5. Crystal Dance
  6. Flowing tears & Withered flowers
  7. ... along a Dreamin Ocean ...
  8. ... and I Drown ...
  • Manfred Bersin
  • Benjamin Buss
  • Frédéric Lesny
  • Christian Zimmer

Joy Parade 
1998 Seven Art
  1. Purple Red Soil
  2. Gerion
  3. Joy Parade
  4. Bluefield
  5. Odium
  6. Trust
  7. Sundrops
  8. Spirals meet the Sea
  9. Rainswept
  10. The Day you took my Breath
  • Stefanie Duchêne
  • Manfred Bersin
  • Benjamin Buss
  • Frédéric Lesny
  • Eric Hilt

(EP) Swallow 
1999 self-released
  1. Swallow
  2. Love will tear us apart
  3. Purple red soil
  4. Odium
  • Stefanie Duchêne
  • Manfred Bersin
  • Benjamin Buss
  • Frédéric Lesny
  • Eric Hilt

2000 Century Media
  1. Godless
  2. Sistersun
  3. Swallow
  4. Lovesong for a dead child
  5. Under the red
  6. Turpentine
  7. The one I drowned
  8. Vanity
  9. Radio heroine
  10. Coma garden
  11. Jade
  12. White horses
  • Stefanie Duchêne
  • Manfred Bersin
  • Benjamin Buss
  • Frédéric Lesny
  • Mike Volz
  • Eric Hilt

Reviews:   Metal Observer 

2002 Century Media
  1. Intro
  2. Starfish ride (for a million dollar handshake)
  3. Serpentine
  4. Children of the sun
  5. The marching sane
  6. Breach
  7. Portsall (departure song)
  8. Justine
  9. The carnage people
  10. Merlin
  11. Cupid of the carrion kind
  12. For tonight
  • Stefanie Duchêne
  • Benjamin Buss
  • Frédéric Lesny
  • Stefan Gamballa

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Metal Observer 

2004 Century Media
  1. Razorbliss
  2. Believe
  3. Virago
  4. Undying
  5. Radium Angel
  6. Firedream
  7. Ballad Of A Lonely God
  8. Snakes Of Grey
  9. Mine Is The Ocean
  10. Maladine
  11. Unspoken
  12. Pitch Black Water
  • Helen Vogt
  • Benjamin Buss
  • Frédéric Lesny
  • Stefan Gamballa

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 

Invanity - Live In Berlin 
2007 Ascendance
  1. Swallow
  2. Undying
  3. Portsall (Departure Song)
  4. Lovesong For A Dead Child
  5. The Marching Sane
  6. Merlin
  7. Pitch Black Water
  8. Dead Skin Mask
  9. The Weeping Song

Thy Kingdom Gone 
2008 Ascendance
  1. Orchidfire
  2. Pain Has Taken Over
  3. Rain Of A Thousand Years
  4. Grey
  5. Thy Kingdom Gone
  6. Words Before You Leave
  7. Miss Fortune
  8. Colossal Shaped Despair
  9. Kismet
  10. For My Enemies
  11. Souls Of The Neon Reign
  12. The War We Left Behind
  • Helen Vogt
  • Benjamin Buss
  • David Vogt
  • Stefan Gamballa

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal 


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