Angels & Agony
A Dutch Futurepop / Darkwave / Synthpop / Electro Industrial band consisting of vocalist Reinier Kahle, guitarist Erik Wierenga, DJ Marco van Belle on synthesizer and backing vocals and Fried Bruggink as sound engineer and drummer.
The band formed in 1995 and produced two EPs before its first full album, Eternity (2001). Eternity was produced by VNV Nation's Ronan Harris. Other high-profile collaborations include Axel Ermes of Girls Under Glass, Diorama, and SiTD.
Metropolis Records is the band's US distributor since 2004.
According to Reiner, the name of the band symbolizes the duality of human experience. It was also the name of a graphic novel Reiner worked on in 1995 simultaneously to founding the band.
A 2007 interview commented on the musical style of the band, noting that, in contrast with many Electro Industrial projects whose lyrics center on violence and provocation, Angels and Agony songs are philosophical and humanist in character. To this Renier replied: "The lyrics are meant to be 'universal', multi-interpretable and objective, in a way.... I'm just not the guy to write songs, singing 'Fuck' 116 times in 4 minutes, or singing I'd like to cut up my bitch or what have you not."
Metropolis Records describes the band's music thus: "Although the music can be dark and melancholic, but still danceable with pumping beats and sequences, the songs have a very positive message."
1) Unity EP (1999)
2) Darkness EP (2001)
3) Eternity album (2001) (re-released 2007 with new artwork)
4) Forever EP (2002)
5) Salvation EP (2003)
6) Avatar album (2004)
7) Unison album (2007)
8) Monument album (2015)
Members Name Check
- Reinier Kahle, guitarist *Erik Wierenga
- DJ Marco van Belle on synthesizer and backing vocals
- Fried Bruggink as sound engineer and drummer