Erben der Schöpfung Statement

What really happened…

Since Oliver Falk was looking for a second emotional outlet for his compositions besides his band Weltenbrand, the idea of “Erben der Schöpfung” - a Gothic/EBM project - came about.
In 1998 and 1999, there were discussions with Thomas Rainer (L'àme Immortelle) who unfortunately was not able to participate due to time constraints.
Thus, Oliver decided on a side project for himself at first and started composing.

Soon it became apparent that he would need a female vocalist.
Due to that fact, Oliver Falk started looking for vocal support and soon found someone. Sabine Dünser immediately put her heart and soul into it. Hence, the originally planned formation of Erben der Schöpfung as a two-piece (Photo Shooting1) was realised.
Oliver Falk composed the remaining songs for the planned album “Twilight” on which Pete Streit was supposed to support one of the songs with a guitar part. This turned out to be such a good match that Pete soon became a permanent band member. (Photo Shooting2)

In 2001, the first album “Twilight” and the single “Elis” were released via M.O.S. records. A fist memorable live performance at the Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig followed (Tom Saxer, Jürgen Broger and Franky Koller were originally meant to support the live gigs only, but after Leipzig they became permanent members). (Photo Shooting3)
From the time of this live performance on, the band reached the hearts of the audience - which also led to Alexander Krull taking on managing Erben der Schöpfung.
This was the beginning of the end of the band in this formation.

Several misunderstandings occured between the Band head Oliver Falk, the rest of the band and the management. The band supported the management (Krull) and not the composer and founder (Falk).

After all these stagy disputes, court was the last resort. Due to the bad advice of his lawyer to leave his own band instead of firing the other band members and the manager, Oliver Falk lost the license to his entire “Twilight” album.
In addition, Sabine Dünser had registered Pete Streit as additional composer with the GEMA (Society for Musical Performing and Mechanical Reproduction Rights). However, Oliver Falk had composed the Twilight album by himself. This had been confirmed in numerous interviews with Pete and Sabine (both in written and oral form).
Sabine added some song lyrics (whose rights belong to her, and rightly so) and she derived the vocal melodies from Oliver’s compositions. Pete received instructions as to what exactly he was supposed to record; while Atrocity guitarist “Maze” played the studio recordings of certain songs.

The only thing Falk was able to save through a copyright sign granted in Liechtenstein, was the name “Erben der Schöpfung”.
The rest of the band (including management, album, single and starting shot) converted to the name “Elis” – just like the first single from the “Twilight” album.

Thereupon, Sabine went through all of the email addresses she could find in Erben der Schöpfung's guest book (where she was not supposed to go after the name change) and wrote a newsletter: “Erben der Schöpfung have changed their name to Elis." (newsletter)
That has never been the case and thus it has been the cause of confusion among fans and press.
Elis has been using both the “Twilight” layout and cover design of Erben der Schöpfung ever since.
These are the facts: Elis was founded by former members of Erben der Schöpfung. Erben der Schöpfung continued to exist.

Pete Streit thereafter tried to secure the name “Erben der Schöpfung” in Switzerland. The reasons for that are still unknown and incomprehensible. However, the attempt failed because it was requested after Oliver Falk had already secured the rights in Liechtenstein. Falk also has proof of “first public use”.

2005 was formed a new band arround Bandhead Oliver Falk for there was guitarist Rino Vetsch and singer Dina Falk who could be hired. (Photo Shooting 4) Since 2008 have been three additional bandmembers added: guitarist Flo Riederer, bassist Jens Wagner and Pady Margadant at the drums. (Photo Shooting 5)

Finally, Oliver Falk and Erben der Schöpfung would like to take this opportunity to explain themselves, support their point of view and lay bare the facts behind the scenes in order to fend off speculation and sideswipes.
Subsequently, we would like to be able to make music in peace because that's our passion and we are right to do so.
We would finally like to leave behind this dispute which has assumed unexpectedly farcical dimensions.

Erben der Schöpfung Biografie