by Thomas Bedward October 11, 2020
A product of the Gothic wave that swept through Los Angeles in 1989, The Deep Eynde began with Fate Fatal, a dark creative visionary with a penchant for brutal performance theatre and uncompromising industrial sounds. With a unique style that reflected the dark reality of the post ‘80s era, the band rebelled against the blossoming grunge aesthetic of Seattle and carved their own path, delving into darker, Gothic styles and spiked deathrock anthemics.
Fueled by the same visceral energy that inspired punk legends The Damned, T.S.O.L, Agent Orange and Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Deep Eynde quickly became more than just a sound, they shaped an all-encompassing experience, one that centered on heavy theatrics and a flair for the macabre. With live shows that frequently featured draconian costumes, fakeblood, andlive insects, The Deep Eynde were quick to assert themselves as one of the most exciting and unhinged acts around.
As the ‘90s went into full swing, Fata Fatal and The Deep Eynde set the standard for live shows, pushing boundaries whilebanned by virtually everyvenue in L.A., including The Troubador, The Whiskey, and the infamous El Rey Theatre.
With The Deep Eynde’s future in question, their luck turned when Fox News featured the band in a documentary about the Gothic Scene.It was a pivotal moment for The Deep Eynde, shining a nationwide spotlight on their talents and cementing them as one of the movement’s driving forces. Further exposure in vampire novels like S.P Somtow’s 'Vanitas’ and television series 'The Vampire Diaries’ brought the band well and truly in the public eye, and before long they had become all but unstoppable.
In 1994, just after the release of debut album ‘City Lights’, The Deep Eynde were picked up by German record label Apollyonand supported their United States touringalongside rising acts like AFI and Linkin Park. After several U.S. tours,Deep Eynde had already claimed notorietyat celebrated venues with Thein Atlanta, and CBGB’s in New York.
By the dawning of 2000, Californian skateboard legend, Duane Peters signed the The Deep Eynde to his own label, Disaster Records, along with Bomp Records and international label People Like You Records, helping the band release a trio of massive albums in ‘Shadowland’, ‘Bad Blood’, and their own anthology, ‘The Dark Years’.
It took a further decade before The Deep Eynde would finally begin to slow their step, and in 2010 they signed with Cargo Records for the release of their last, and arguably best, album ‘Spell*Bound’. An album that harked back to their Gothic sound, ‘Spell*Bound’ was filled with brooding and celebratory lyrics, capturing a dark energy and touching on themes of dead loves, lost soul mates, and eternal melancholy. It was a classic and unadulterated illustration of The Deep Eynde’s style, laying the band to rest with a final anthemic masterpiece,
While The Deep Eynde might now be just an unshakeable part of L.A.’s wild musical history, Fate Fatal has continued to carve his path through modern music with a string of other acts including The Hellriders, A Million Machines, and Josh Hawk.
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