Elis was a gothic metal band from Vaduz, Liechtenstein, formed by Sabine Dünser and Pete Streit in 2003 after the split of Erben der Schöpfung in 2002. The band temporarily split up in February 2012 after lead singer Simone Christinat’s departure. However, a month later, the band began doing a search for Christinat’s replacement and the search was successful. Elis has since “disbanded” in order to from a new group called Zirkonium, with Swiss singer Kathrin Schlumpf as their lead vocalist
Elis began their musical career under the name ‘Erben der Schöpfung’ in 2000. In 2001, they released their first single “Elis” as well as their debut album Twilight.
Following their split with Oliver Falk, the band re-emerged in 2003 under the new alias Elis (taken from the single/song by their former band). Produced at Mastersound Studio by Alexander Krull (Atrocity, Leaves’ Eyes), God’s Silence, Devil’s Temptation was simultaneously released on Napalm Records with the re-release of Erben der Schöpfung’s 2001 debut, Twilight.
Soon after the release of God’s Silence, Devil’s Temptation, Elis focused their energy on writing new material for their second offering. Between their song writing and recording duties, they found time to tour in a headlining capacity with label mates Eisheilig and The Vision Bleak. The tour took them to Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium. God’s Silence, Devil’s Temptation was inspired by the works of Trakl and drawing on the experience gained with Erben Der Schopfung, the newly created formation recorded immediately full-length album God’s Silence, Devil’s Temptation. In January 2004, the disc God’s Silence, Devil’s Temptation was # 1 in the charts at The Gothicworld.de. The same success has made the single ‘For Such A Long Time’.
In March 2004, they returned to the studio, under the guidance of band manager and producer Alexander Krull once more, to record the twelve new tracks featured on their second album. Released in October 2004, Dark Clouds in a Perfect Sky, showed a maturation of the band’s sound. A video clip for the album’s opener, “Der Letzte Tag” (translated to: The Last Day), was included with the release as well. The second CD ‘Dark Clouds in a Perfect Sky’ caused obvious association with the best works of Within Temptation or The Gathering.
The Dark Clouds tour took place in April 2005. Elis played in Germany, Austria and Belgium, and were supported by Visions of Atlantis and Lyriel. The band offered a preview of the new material during festival performances at the Wave-Gotik-Treffen and M’era Luna Festival. Further opportunities for the fans to experience the new album live were planned for October, as the band embarked on a European Tour with Atrocity, Leaves’ Eyes, and Battlelore. This tour ended with a performance at the Metal Female Voices Fest 3. This concert wasn’t just the last of this little tour, it also was the last concert with guitarist Jürgen “BigJ” Broger, who left the band amicably soon after.
The third release from Elis, a concept album titled Griefshire, was planned for release in late 2006 or early 2007. The band wanted to complete a tour with Leaves’ Eyes and Atrocity, but, unfortunately, on July 8, 2006, Sabine died of a cerebral hemorrhage. An announcement on the band’s official website a day later stated that the album Griefshire would be released in Sabine’s memory. A further announcement in September announced that the band would continue with a new singer.
Griefshire was released in Europe on November 24, 2006 on Napalm Records. The North American release date was January 16, 2007. On December 28, 2006, it was finally announced that the new female singer is the Austrian metal singer Sandra Schleret, former vocalist of Dreams of Sanity and Siegfried, and guest singer on some Samael albums.
After that, they started a tour that took them for the first time to Mexico (as guest stars for the Festival Oscuro event in August 2007).
In order to show how Sandra’s voice would appear on the next studio album, the band released the MCD Show Me The Way, on November 2, 2007 in Europe and on November 6, 2007 in the U.S., that features Sandra Schleret on the two new versions of the song “Show Me the Way” as well as three non-album tracks from Grieshire’s recording sessions, still with Sabine Dünser’s voice. November 2, 2007 on the label Napalm Records released a new single of ‘Show Me the Way’.
In early 2008, the band posted on their official bandsite that they would be working on their 4th studio album that year. In September 2008 they went to a German Mastersound studio with producer Alex Krull with a new vocalist and recorded participated a song for the album with Michelle Darkness (End Of Green). The band performed a few live shows before entering the studio to record the new album. On November 22, 2008, it was announced that the name of the new album would be Catharsis, a title dear to Sandra Schleret due to the illnesses she went through shortly before joining Elis.
Catharsis was released on November 27, 2009 by Napalm Records. Critics for the release were from mixed to positive.
In May 2011, the Elis web site announced that Sandra Schleret had made a decision to leave the band. The following day, the band posted that the remaining members “agreed to give it one more try, but with a fresh start.” She was replaced by Simone Christinat in June 2011.
Christinat’s departure and new project
In late February 2012, Simone Christinat announced to the rest of the band that she would be departing from the band, due to increased stress. A few days later, the band opted to call it quits.
In March 2012, the band announced the search for a new singer for a new project. In April 2012, it was announced that the search had been successful and new material was being written. The new singer’s identity was however not revealed.
Franco “Franky” Koller – drums (2003–2004)
René Marxer – drums (2004)
Jürgen “Big J” Broger – guitar (2003–2005)
Sabine Dünser – vocals (2003–2006)
Sandra Schleret – vocals (2006–2011)
Simone Christinat – vocals (2011–2012)
God’s Silence, Devil’s Temptation (2003)
00:00 01. For Such a Long Time
04:30 02. Where You Belong
08:36 03. Sie Erfasst Mein Herz
13:08 04. Do You Believe
17:20 05. Engel der Nacht
21:10 06. Gods’s Silence
25:51 07. Devil’s Temptation
30:39 08. Come to Me
35:06 09. My Only Love
39:25 10. Child
44:23 11. Abendlied
Bonustrack (Digipack Release)
47:46 12. Betrayal
Dark Clouds in a Perfect Sky (2004)
00:00 1. Der Letzte Tag
04:31 2. Anger
08:24 3. Lost Soul
13:27 4. Perfect Love
17:47 5. Heart in Chains
28:19 6. Die Zeit
26:12 7. Black Angel
30:35 8. Devil Inside You
35:20 9. Rebirth
39:20 10. Are You Missing Me?
43:12 11. Ballade
Bonustrack (Digipack Release)
43:38 12. Show Me Heaven
00:00 1. Tales from Heaven or Hell
04:17 2. Die Stadt
08:36 3. Show Me the Way
12:42 4. Brothers
17:06 5. Seit dem Anbeginn der Zeit
22:47 6. Remember the Promise
26:11 7. Phoenix from the Ashes
30:30 8. How Long
34:34 9. Innocent Hearts
39:45 10. Forgotten Love
44:09 11. The Burning
48:52 12. A New Decade
Bonustrack (Digipack Release)
52:41 13. Heaven and Hell
00:00 01. Core of Life
04:09 02. Twinkling Shadow
08:35 03. Warrior’s Tale
14:41 04. Des Lebens Traum, des Traumes Leben
18:48 05. I Come Undone
23:12 06. Firefly
27:39 07. Morning Star
31:57 08. Das kleine Ungeheuer
35:51 09. Mother’s Fire
39:54 10. Rainbow
44:05 11. The Dark Bridge
49:03 12. Ghost of the Past
54:33 13. No Hero