Aurora Sutra
OriginHamburg, Germany
GenresNeoclassical dark wave, gothic rock
Years active1993–1998
LabelsSound Factory, Talitha
Associated actsProject Pitchfork
Past membersPatricia Nigiani
Peter Spilles

Aurora Sutra was a dark wave band that was formed in Hamburg, Germany by Patricia Nigiani and Peter Spilles, both members of Project Pitchfork. They began recording under the name Aurora, but added the "Sutra" after the release of their debut The Land of Harm and Appletrees in 1993.


Vocalist Patricia Nigiani and keyboardist Peter Spilles began recording under the name Aurora in 1993 as a side project to Project Pitchfork. Their debut The Land of Harm and Appletrees was released in 1993 and the band added "Sutra" to their name afterward. Their music was compared to Dead Can Dance and Modest Mussorgsky, especially his composition The Nursery.[1][2] In 1994 the band followed with their second album The Dimension Gate by Talitha, marking their second and final release for the label.[3][4] Conceptually the album's music is about being faced with the Ultimate Question of life after the evolution of man and rebirth of the universe.[5][6] The album was also released with bonus tracks, four compositions celebrating the elementals air, earth, fire and water.[7]

In 1995 Peter Spilles returned his focus to Project Pitchfork, with Patricia Nigiani assuming creative control of the Aurora's musical project. During this time, she recorded as part of the electronic band Sun God and released their 1995 self-titled debut album on Fifth Colvmn and Original Artists Group.[8][9] In 1996 she released the band's third album Passing Over in Silence Towards Nuit, which was produced by Rodney Orpheus of The Cassandra Complex.[10] Auro Sutra released their fourth studio album I and I Shall Descend in 1998 on Sound Factory.[11][12]


Studio albums


  1. ^ Lic (1997). "Aurora: The Land of Harm and Appletrees". Industrial Reviews. Leo Levin. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  2. ^ D'Halleine, David (November 24, 2011). La Croche Lune. Lulu Press, Inc. p. 321. Retrieved August 27, 2020.
  3. ^ Thompson, David (November 1, 2000). The Mission. Alternative Rock: Third Ear – The Essential Listening Companion. Miller Freeman, Inc. p. 753. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  4. ^ "Aurora". Option. Sonic Options Network. 54–59: 91. 1994.
  5. ^ Lic (1997). "Aurora Sutra: The Dimension Gate". Industrial Reviews. Leo Levin. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  6. ^ Christian, Chris (1996). "Aurora: The Dimension Gate". Sonic Boom. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  7. ^ Worley, Jon (November 15, 1994). "Aurora: The Dimension Gate". Aiding & Abetting (66). Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  8. ^ Bush, John. "Sun God: Sun God > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  9. ^ Finkler, Ed (January 1996). "Interview with Rodney Orpheus of Sungod". Sonic Boom. 4 (2). Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  10. ^ Passing Over in Silence Towards Nuit (booklet). Aurora Sutra. Bochumy, Germany: Sound Factory. 1996.CS1 maint: others (link)
  11. ^ fraggi (1999). "Aurora Sutra". Archived from the original on March 9, 2000. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  12. ^ "Aurora Sutra". Russian Gothic Page. Russian Gothic Project. September 22, 1997. Retrieved August 28, 2020.

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