1990 TILO WOLFF established the band LACRIMOSA, nowadays one of the most successful and respected acts of the alternativ music-scene worldwide! 2004 he established SNAKESIN? But why?
On his website he writes: “The center and the main idea of LACRIMOSA is, that every composition is based on a poetry. This concept was exactly the right thing at that time and still is the right thing to this day! And so that nothing will change this in future, I had to create a new frame for compositions which aren’t the result of the inspiration matured from the word but tell a story on their own. So SNAKESKIN was born. The second skin. This second skin represents another surface now, just like SNAKESKIN’s musical surface – the arrangement and production – is different from LACRIMOSA’s. But underneath this skin, there is the same heart beating.”
And really, on the second SNAKESKIN album with the interesting and conceptional title “Canta’Tronic”, a relationship with LACRIMOSA can’t be denied and still, it sounds so different, that it would hardly match the album history of LACRIMOSA.
In the center there is the concept which the title already names: sung electronic. Already on the debut the occasionally strongly alienated voice which reminded of the cries of wild animals stood in the foreground. Here, Wolff still goes a step further: with his this time nearly un-alienated and emotional voice he draws partly very touching and partly surprisingly catchy melodies over the mainly rhythmical compositions which creats a immense tension. But not enaugh, because this tension finds her perfection in the connection of hard electric beats with the unpronounceably versatile voice of KERSTIN DOELLE, the great opera singer, which already convinced the audience with enthusiasm as the representative of Germany at the concerts on the occasion of the EU expansion back in 2004! Here worlds collide and a new music arises: Canta’Tronic!
About the history of the Cantadoras and Cantadoros
If one would ask a Cantadoro when everything actually started, one would get the answer: “Sometime in front of an eternity… but Orpheus was one of us and Miriam from the Bible. Oh yes, Saint Franziskus also, didn’t he compose this wonderful Canticum Solis?” Fado-singers and Druids also belong to them. But who is a Cantadoro? So much is certain, it isn’t learnable if this certain fire doesn’t burn in the voice, in the soul! The Spanish express it as follows: a Cantadoro is somebody who is holding his own torn and bleeding heart in his hands, singing about this pain to keep him and this pain alive. He is singing for love and at the same time embodies it himself. A deep spirituality and the believe in the determination to sing are strong parts of him. A Cantadoro stands for the power and high intuition. The “Canto el hondo” – “the chant of the wolf” is the symbol for it.