The Awakening is a musical project founded in JohannesburgSouth Africa in by vocalist, songwriter, guitarist and The Bell - Feed - 9 Songs Ashton Nyte. The sound has been described as a hybrid of gothic rockindustrial rock and new wave - a combination that was described by Nyte as "dark future rock. As of The Awakening has been based in the United States. The Awakening is credited in the press as "South Africa's most successful gothic rock act and one of the top bands in the far broader alternative scene.
Guitarist-vocalist Ashton Nyte began his musical career as front man for the South African rock band Martyr's Image, formed in early InNyte asked Martyr's Image bassist Jenni Hazell and guitarist Philip Booyens to join him in his new project, which was tentatively titled "Children of the Torch" but later changed to "The Awakening" just prior to their first show in February Immediately following The Awakening's first performance, Nyte began production of his first studio album, Risen.
More concerts followed, and amidst a steady schedule of shows Mister Spaceman - The Holy Modal Rounders - Stampfel & Weber returned to the studio to record his cover of the Simon and Garfunkel song " The Sounds of Silence. The Awakening became both immediately famous throughout South Africa and the focal point of much controversy due to the dark stylings and sound.
The Awakening's second album, Requestembraced the electronic and industrial sounds of s new romantic movement. The Awakening began to Beast Teeth - Indiana Junk - Sword Of Greg & Ellen Elias even more notice in the mainstream radio and media with the singles "Maree", "Rain" and "Before I Leap.
The video was shot in the middle of winter, which posed a unique and potentially dangerous challenge for Nyte who performed under icy water during filming, was painted black in body paint, and hosed clean for other scenes. The video brought more public exposure and was aired on several music shows throughout Africa. In November Ashton Nyte launched his own independent record label, Intervention Arts, and reissued the two previous Awakening albums as remastered editions with bonus tracks and new layouts.
The albums were picked up by US and German distributors, and as a result The Awakening quickly built an international fan base. The hit single Rain was picked up in the USA and featured on various radio stations and cd compilations. With a new five member Bridges - Tin/Bag - Bridges line up, Nyte created The Awakening's third album, Ethereal Menacewhich utilizes elements of industrial music. This style was later dubbed as "dark future rock".
The album displays a range of sounds between darkwave and classic gothic rock. The Fountain single went to No. Garrick van der Tuin replaced Glenn Welman as a live drummer which influenced the harsher sounds heard on the album. One of the album's singles, The Maker spent two weeks at No. Nyte released his third solo album, Sinister Swingin The Awakening then released a seventh studio album, Razor Burn.
With the European distribution and marketing of Massacre Recordsthe album received more notice than previous albums as well as positive reviews from alternative music press.
A second US tour followed. The live tour lineup included gothic fashion designer Rose Mortem on piano and keyboards, who married Nyte the same year. On February 15,Nyte announced on The Awakening's official website that there would be a release of a new anthology compilation titled Anthology XVfeaturing two new songs as well as remixes, reworkings, and updated versions of The Awakening's most well known songs.
The Awakening's music has evolved since its early years. While Risen strongly emphasizes an older school of guitar-driven gothic rock, Request embraced electronics and the s new romantic movement. Like many other artists who prefer to create under a band name, The Awakening is "the creative brainchild of Ashton Nyte. Unless otherwise indicated, all album instrumentation, vocals and lyrics are written and performed by Nyte, who describes his goals of live performance as "a ritual - type experience based on theatrical on-stage appearance and performance.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Awakening. Retrieved 2 June The March (Single Version) - The Awakening - Sacrificial Etchings (Selected Works 1996 - 2002) Archived from the original on 15 June Retrieved 8 February Retrieved 4 April Retrieved 28 January The March (Single Version) - The Awakening - Sacrificial Etchings (Selected Works 1996 - 2002) HM Magazine HM Magazine.
Retrieved Blue Monday - Fats Domino - Fats Domino April Intervention Arts. Retrieved 6 March Absolute Tabs. Archived from the original on 26 September Retrieved 24 April SA Rock. Retrieved 4 October Retrieved 1 May Open Publishing. Retrieved 22 September Interview with Ashton Nyte [ permanent dead link ]. Ashton Nyte. Sacrificial Etchings Anthology XV. Categories : South African gothic rock groups South African alternative rock groups Dark rock groups.
Wish I Neva - Fil Straughan - My Music Pt. 1, Andy Williams - Canadian Sunset, Love Is Everywhere - Various - Club Sounds Vol. 61, Nerve Button - Nerve Button - Nerve Button, Maleficent Descends - Unknown Artist - Magic Kingdom - Event Party Music