Hyperium Records was a German independent record label specializing in darkwave, neoclassical, ethereal, gothic rock, and ambient music, founded by Oliver Roesch (also known as "Oli" Roesch) and Oliver van Essenberg in 1991. Roesch died on August 1, 2002 in a motorcycle accident.
Heavenly Voices compilations:
Hyperium are best known for their Heavenly Voices compilation series, which featured prominent use of female vocals in a neo-classical, neofolk, world music, trip-hop or ethereal style. "Heavenly Voices" has often been used as a genre term, particularly during the mid to late 1990s.Love Is Colder Than Death claim that the series was inspired by their music.
The first few compilations featured music by many of the label's own artists, as well as guest appearance by other notable bands of the ethereal/gothic/darkwave scene including Bel Canto, Faith & the Muse, Gitane Demone, In The Nursery, Miranda Sex Garden, Ordo Equitum Solis and The Moon Seven Times. In 1997, American independent label Cleopatra Records released a Hyperium licensed compilation called Heavenly Voices subtitled, "A collection of the finest female vocals in ethereal, darkwave & gothic".
The following are artists with releases on Hyperium Records:
Calva y Nada,
Love Is Colder Than Death,
Sleeping Dogs Wake,
The Tors of Dartmoor,
The following artists were co-released by Hyperium Records and Projekt Records:
Black Tape for a Blue Girl,
Love Spirals Downwards,
Soul Whirling Somewhere
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