Stillste Stund (German: Stillest Hour) is a German musical group. It was formed by Oliver Uckermann and female vocalist Birgit Strunz in 1998. The lyrics are written primarily in German, supported by male and female vocals. The band's name comes from Friedrich Nietzsche's most famous book: Also sprach Zarathustra. Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Second Part - Die Stillste Stunde.
There were originally two supporting female vocalists: Birgit Strunz and Inanis Kurzweil. Inanis appeared on the band's first three releases.
Ein Mensch, ein Ding, ein Traum, the band's debut album, was released in mid-2000. In May 2002, Stillste Stund was nominated as Best Newcomer Band by German music magazine Orkus. The ever-popular "Der Untergang" from Ein Mensch, ein Ding, ein Traum, was featured on four different compilations, all in two years. Some of the lyrical content is inspired by legends and fairy tales and the thoughts of such notable German philosophers and novelists as Friedrich Nietzsche, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Joseph von Eichendorff, and Hermann Hesse.
In 2001, the band released their second full-length album Ursprung Paradoxon. Its release gained Stillste Stund much popularity throughout Europe and even parts of South America. The music consists of theatrical, classical, and industrial influences. The band's album artwork and sleeve design and website design is all made by Birgit Strunz. This album featured the first part of the Alice Trilogy named "Alice (Der Spiegeltanz). Originally the track was written for the anniversary of their label Alice In... and was inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Their next album Biestblut - Zwei in Einem (Ein Gedankenkonstrukt in sieben Szenen) appeared in late 2003. The musical content of this concept album has a much more classical influence. "Nebelland", "Golem", "Weltwinternacht", "Sublunaris", and "Wo die Wirklichkeit schweigt" are among some of the notably popular tracks from Biestblut. This was also the last album featuring additional female vocal support from Inanis Kurzweil.
In 2005, Stillste Stund presented their fourth album Blendwerk Antikunst as a worthy successor to Ursprung Paradoxon. The lyrics are written mostly in German, with the exception of three songs in English: "Apocalyptic Noon", "Darksomely", and "Obsessed With Purple".
The most recent album Von Rosen und Neurosen - Eine erlesene Sammlung grausamster Albträume was released on March 14, 2008. The standard edition features twelve tracks all sung in German. The limited edition of this album includes a bonus disc named "Alice EP" with ten tracks that continues and ends the very popular story that began on the second album Ursprung Paradoxon with the track "Alice (Der Spiegeltanz)"(amongst other titles the EP features a rematered version of Alice (Der Spiegeltanz) and unshortened versions of Alice II and III).
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