Founded in 1993 by front man / singer '''Chriss Lee'''. Their sound featured electronic drums, distorted bass and vocal effects. The band used Vampire / Goth imagery. Chriss Lee created himself into an immortal character with god delusions. Talamasca had a very visual show that recycled Christian imagery and symbolism in a very pagan way. He began the show with a gun in his hand, never pointing at anyone but just there as a threat; and in his other hand a bottle of French red wine. He would throw wine at the front row in a mock baptism. Throughout the show, Back-up singer '''Morgana''' and guitarist '''Ophelia''' (formerly Sylvie Roy of the band '''Barbarella''') would sometimes French-kiss or drink stage blood. As a backdrop, the band had a dozen TV screens showing faces of their fans or just static snow, and the amplifiers were covered with candles.
In April 1994, as Talamasca was rehearsing for a series of shows with local band Sassy Scarlet, Chriss Lee was noticed by Jennifer Ansel a stage manager at Montreal’s Theatre Lachapelle. She was involved in the production of a feature film by Montreal director Bashar Shbib, entitled '''DRAGHOULA'''. A film about a Jewish scientist turned drag-queen vampire, and naturally, Jennifer thought Chriss was the ideal man to play the main character. Barely 20 minutes into their first meeting and Chriss was being measured for a costume fitting. The shoot took 2 weeks. Talamasca meanwhile, was booked to perform their first acoustic show, in the round on the weekend after the first week of shooting Draghoula. The director, cast and crew of the film attended the concert and Bashar was so impressed that he hired Eloha to write and produce the soundtrack of the film.
Produced by Eloha, the '''DRAGHOULA Motion Picture Soundtrack''' featured four Talamasca songs and was the first release for the band. It very quickly sold out of all its 2000 copies.
Weeks later, with the money earned from the soundtrack, Talamasca entered the studio to record its first CD: '''Sodom & Gomorrah'''. Then the band began rehearsing for a club tour that became infamous for its eventful performances on and off-stage. Fights, stains, broken instruments, drugs and nudity… They played each club only once and then were even barred from ever performing again at 3 clubs booked by the same individual. They made quite a reputation for themselves.
In the spring of 1995 Eloha & Ophelia attended the Montreal Independent Music Industry Awards, the MIMI’s; There they announced their intention of executive-producing a KISS tribute CD named '''FRENCH KISSIN’''' to be distributed nationally by '''Cargo Records.''' 17 of Montreal’s best bands quickly signed up for it and the CD’s release was scheduled to coincide with Kiss’ Montreal date of their acoustic convention tour. The sold-out and tightly packed launch concert was attended by no less than 4 TV station cameras and 2 members of Kiss. the bands each performed their song. The next day GENE SIMMONS personally invited Eloha & Ophelia to his KISS convention, where after Ophelia mentioned that Gene and Paul did not attend the launch of French Kissin’, and Gene had spent the night at a strip joint, the audience booed Kiss!! Talamasca had crashed Kiss’ party!
For Halloween 1995 Talamasca was featured in a short Musique Plus TV special hosted by Lady Realite, and they performed an acoustic show at a private and exclusive S&M club: Montreal’s infamous Fetish Café.
Talamasca began performing at larger venues and by 1996 they were named the #1 Goth band in Canada by the music poll of newspaper The Montreal Mirror… After a some member changes, Chriss Lee entered the studio alone to record Talamasca’s second full-length CD '''The Lonesome Vampires Society'''. He played every instrument (except the cello which was played by Erich Kory) and produced the CD by himself. To this day one of his proudest musical achievements, The CD was hailed as: "One of the best albums from this city this year!" -Jamie OMeara, Hour and "Chriss lee is a superior songwriter" - Chris yurkiw, Montreal Mirror. To coincide with the release of the CD, the band filmed a video for the single '''X''' directed by Michel Coulombe, a Musique Plus cameraman. The video received only limited airplay due to its dark subject matter and suicidal imagery. Talamasca performed throughout 1996, then recorded another CD titled '''GET AN AFTERLIFE''' in 1997. Their Halloween concert of 1997 in Alma, Quebec was filmed and featured in a one hour broadcast by Cogeco Cable TV network across the province. Amidst rumours of drug abuse and other scandalous behaviour, Talamasca imploded in a spectacular way: After an overdose Chriss Lee was declared dead on the front page of local newspapers and all over the media only to return alive and well after a two month stint in rehab! This was considered by many to be "one of the greatest publicity stunts ever pulled on the Montreal media."
Chriss Lee subsequently changed his name to '''Eloha''', wrote a cathartic autobiographical novel, re-located to Toronto and after a long battle with addiction, is now well and has formed a new band named '''The Sevenate'''
released September 1, 1994
Word and Music by Chriss Lee (Eloha)
Produced by: Chriss Lee (Eloha)
Engineered by: Louis Boisvert
Recorded at: Studio 408, Montreal (June 1-7, 1994)
Photography: Jennifer Ansell
MotherHouse Records, 1994
Chriss Lee (Eloha): Vocals, Bass, Drum programming
Ophelia: Guitar, Back vocals
Jason Quirk: Electronic Drums
Additional guitars by: Ky Anto
Additional vocals by: Roger Roy (The Rogue)
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