Can a dark melancholy atmosphere and a catchy Pop musical appeal go hand in hand? When listening to Blutengel, the answer has to be a definitive “yes.” Evolving out of the fetish-Electro-project Seelenkrank in 1998, the group around mastermind Chris Pohl, one of the scene’s most prolific workaholics, was planned as a crossover of genres and emotions right from the start. Elements of electronic Pop music and Euro Dance are delicately mingled with the symbolism, the themes and the romantic appeal of the Gothic novel and the classic horror film. Add to that a wee bit of fetish eroticism and you get a catchy and highly addictive, yet alluring mixture. That the “dark side”, if presented in the right fashion, can have a solid mass appeal should become clear to anyone who looks into the success story of the vampire motif in the pop culture of the 20th and 21st century. In Blutengel’s music, dark imagery and romantic horror stories about vampires, death and the quest for eternal life are set to a musical backdrop that – be it dance- oriented or basking in pompous elegies – will have you hooked instantly.