The band was formed in 1989 in Kenigsberg (Kaliningrad) by Eugene Lebedev and Andrew Timofeyev. Two years later they recorded their first demo, "Rain"; after that they change the name of the band to "Constant Dream". In 1992 they record their second demo, "The Dull Opera". During the next few years, new demos were published regularly ("Cold", "Keeping Silent") and in 1995 they changed the name of the band to No Man's Land and recorded another demo, "Deepest Dream". (In Vladimir Igoshin's (producer of Romowe Rikoito) opinion, all NML's creative works up to year 1995 had nothing to do with "gothic" music; instead, it was closer to "Russian rock"). In 1996 the band recorded their gothic rock album, "Garden of Love", most of the songs were in English. During the following year the band worked in the same stream and published a demo album "Tears" with melodic "gothic" music in 1997. After a long period of silence the band changed the name to "London / Paris" and started to join the pop stage, according to our data. What you find in Russian Gothic Compilation, is the song "Falling into Night" from their last album, "Tears".
"Rain" - 1991 (self released tape)
"The Dull Opera" - 1992 (self released tape)
"Cold" - 1993 (self released tape)
"Keeping Silent" - 1994 (self released tape)
"Deepest Dream" - 1995 (self released tape)
"Garden of Love" - 1996 (self released album)
"Tears" - 1997 (self released album)
2000% Live Energy III - "Janette's Tears" - 1998 (CD - SOYUZ)
Russian Gothic Compilation - "Falling into Night" - 2000 (CD)
NO MAN'S LAND "Garden of Love" - 1996
This seems to be the first Russian release in the area of modern gothic rock. But, on the other hand, the album's quality cannot but please. It was recorded professionally and found us in its CD-R version so I could fully enjoy the beautiful music and excellent quality. Any gothic rock project with male vocals is bound to be compared with classics of the genre and this album is not an exception: it gives me association with Fields of the Nephilim and with the later projects of Corpus Delicti and Nosferatu. Excellent guitar melodies, great rhythm and fine male vocals (lyrics in English) draw a very good impression.
NO MAN'S LAND "Tears" - 1997
The more mature NML album (hard to say what its number is) seems to me much more interesting and original than the previous; most of the lyrics is in Russian, and those in English are quite few. The album is still referred to as Gothic Rock, but it's already hard to compare it with Fields of the Nephilim: it sooner resembles the early and fairly softened Decoryah: a kind of "No Guitars Doom". The music has become more romantic and melodical, a lot of female backing vocals have been added. The interesting thing is, that out of nine songs of the album, I liked the following three: "Jeanette's Tears", "Lolita" and "Legalaya Love", while Dan preferred "Falling into Night" and "Warm Waltz", which tells of a really fresh material and music quality in general. One of the songs ("Jeanette's Tears") joined the 2000% Live Energy III Compilation (c)&(p) SOYUZ.
Musicians who took part in recording "Tears":
Eugene Lebedev - vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion, music, lyrics
Andrew Timofeyev - vocals, guitar, percussion
Helen Abramcheva - vocals, percussion, lyrics and smiles
Dennis - bass guitar
Oleg Prihodko - drums, percussion
Punk - keyboards
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