Mephisto Walz

Real Name:
Bari-Bari aka Barry Galvin
Profile:
Bari-Bari's signature songwriting style and distinctive wall of chorus/delay-effected guitar sound makes Mephisto Walz instantly identifiable amongst other pioneers of deathrock.

Mephisto Walz was formed in 1986 by Barry Galvin (aka Bari-Bari) and John Schuman (Johann), following their departure from the influential deathrock band Christian Death. Bari-Bari had joined Christian Death as bassist while the iconic Rozz Williams was still vocalist (Williams left the band in 1985, with guitarist Valor Kand becoming its lead singer and principal songwriter).

Christian Death's 1985 album "Atrocities" and the EPs "The Wind Kissed Pictures" and "Believers of the Unpure" featured Bari-Bari, Johann (bass), and David Glass (drums), all of whom would feature in one or more incarnation of Mephisto Walz.

Following conflict with Kand, Bari-Bari and Johann departed Christian Death. The band’s 1986 album "Atrocities" includes several tracks composed by Bari-Bari, notably "Tales of Innocence", "Strapping Me Down", and "Silent Thunder". Additionally, 1985’s "The Wind Kissed Pictures" EP features Bari-Bari's "The Wind Kissed Pictures" and "Lacrima Christi", while the "Believers of the Unpure" single, released in ’86, includes his composition "Between Youth".

The first incarnation of Mephisto Walz started in Dusseldorf in February 1986, with original members Bari-Bari (the band’s sole songwriter), Johann, and Arndt (drums), plus a German vocalist called Jörge. The name Mephisto Walz was proposed by Johann. They rehearsed songs mainly written by Bari-Bari, but also added soundscapes such as “Aboriginee Requiem”. The band’s eponymous debut album was released on Italian label Supporti Fonografici that same year. In 1987 they moved to Los Angeles, without Johann.

In 1988, Bari-Bari started working on tracks with Steven Grey in Hollywood at a studio where the former worked. They regrouped with David Hermon (bass), Mondo (vox) and Nariki Shimooka (guitar). Playing the first EP and some of Bari-Bari's Christian Death material they added new songs that would later be released on the “Crocosmia”, “Terra-Regina” and “Thalia” labels. During this period, what would later become "Mephisto Walz Rarities 1989" were recorded live in studio.

In 1991, Christianna was brought in as vocalist as Bari-Bari felt that male vocals were too similar to Williams and Christian Death. William Faith was added on bass at the same time. An association with Gymnastic Records was started with the compilation "American Gothic", which featured Mephisto Walz’s "Tangia". “Crocosmia” was then recorded for European release, consisting of new tracks and some older tracks redone with Christianna on vocals.

In 1992, a co-headlined tour with Shadow Project (featuring Williams and Eva O) brought Mephisto Walz back to Germany, where they stayed and recorded "As Apostles Forget". Bari-Bari also wrote part of what would be “Terra-Regina” and “Thalia”, before returning to the U.S.
In Los Angeles, Johann and Glass were available again and replaced Faith and Grey. Work then began with Bari-Bari and Christianna on the next three complete releases - "Eternal Deep", "Terra-Regina" and "Thalia", through new label Cleopatra Records.

In 1994-1999, Bari-Bari and Christianna completed cover singles for Cleopatra, as well as "Early Recordings" and "Immersion". The recordings were made with Bari-Bari (all music) and Christianna (vocals). The "Nightingale" EP was recorded by Bari-Bari and Christianna in 2002 for the Fossil Dungeon label, followed by the album "Insidious" in 2004.

For the next few years, Bari-Bari played and recorded with Scarlet’s Remains and recorded bands in his L.A. studio.

In 2011 "IIIrd Incarnation" was recorded with both Bari-Bari and Sara Reid on vocals. A more aggressive guitar style was reintroduced. Two years later, "New Apostles" was recorded with Bari-Bari and Myriam Galvin now on vocals. It featured Christian Omar Madrigal Izzo on four tracks. 2017’s "Scoundrel” was written and recorded by Bari-Bari and Myriam, with Omar Madrigal Izzo again performing on select songs.
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Albums

Mephisto Walz - Terra Regina album art Mephisto Walz Terra Regina (Album) Cleopatra US 1993 Sell This Version
Mephisto Walz - Thalia album art Mephisto Walz Thalia (Album) Cleopatra US 1995 Sell This Version
Mephisto Walz - Immersion album art Mephisto Walz Immersion (Album) Cleopatra US 1998 Sell This Version
none Mephisto Walz - Sampler album art Mephisto Walz Sampler(CDr, Promo, Smplr) Not On Label (Mephisto Walz Self-released) none US 2002 Sell This Version
Mephisto Walz - Insidious album art Mephisto Walz Insidious (Album) The Fossil Dungeon Russia 2004 Sell This Version
BLM07 Mephisto Walz - IIIrd Incarnation album art Mephisto Walz IIIrd Incarnation(CDr, Album) Black Lagoon Music BLM07 US 2011 Sell This Version
BLM 08 Mephisto Walz - New Apostles album art Mephisto Walz New Apostles(CD, Album) Black Lagoon Music BLM 08 US 2013 Sell This Version
BLM 09 Mephisto Walz - Scoundrel album art Mephisto Walz Scoundrel(CDr, Album) Black Lagoon Music BLM 09 US 2017 Sell This Version
DV83 Mephisto Walz - Rarities 1989 album art Mephisto Walz Rarities 1989(CD, Album) Dark Vinyl Records DV83 Germany 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Mephisto Walz - Mephisto Walz album art Mephisto Walz Mephisto Walz (EP) Supporti Fonografici Italy 1986 Sell This Version
GYM 211 Mephisto Walz - As Apostles Forget album art Mephisto Walz As Apostles Forget(CD, EP) Gymnastic Records GYM 211 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
Mephisto Walz - Nightingale album art Mephisto Walz Nightingale (Maxi) The Fossil Dungeon US 2002 Sell This Version

Compilations

Mephisto Walz - Crocosmia album art Mephisto Walz Crocosmia (Comp) Gymnastic Records Germany 1992 Sell This Version
Mephisto Walz - The Eternal Deep album art Mephisto Walz The Eternal Deep (Album, Comp) Cleopatra US 1994 Sell This Version
DISC 048 Mephisto Walz - Mosaique album art Mephisto Walz Mosaique(CD, Comp) Discordia DISC 048 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Mephisto Walz - Early Recordings 1985-1988 album art Mephisto Walz Early Recordings 1985-1988 (Comp) Cleopatra US 2000 Sell This Version