They that sow in tears...
....shall reap in joy.
The Past: In the late '80s and early '90s, classically trained musician vervanE Cielo (sometimes performing under the name Nicholas Nevermore) was a seminal figure in the Los Angeles-based cult industrial rock band Bombtime. Think Pigface, Ministry, early NIN and other similar bands of the time, with a sprinkling of heavenly female vocals, sardonic funk, shoegaze, and dance thrown in for good measure. Popular song topics: Time, Fate, and how these related to pain, both personal and towards others. They had a definite decadent occult vibe. vanE provided synths, songwriting, some vocals and guitar, and a violent stage act where he would strap himself into pierced manacles attached to his keyboards. The band signed with a major label and were hugely favored to break into the mainstream, as many "alternative" acts were doing at the time. Too bad a mysterious explosion during a Santa Monica concert in 1991 resulted in the disappearance of several members of the band. vanE survived, but was forever changed after that night and disappeared from the music scene -- there were whispers of intense drug addiction and drop-out. What a surprise, then, when he reemerged somewhat of a new man a dozen years later, reasonably sober and with new music in tow.
The Present: Though he eschews concerts and public appearances and has not performed live in many years, vanE continues to produce music under the name herbasacra, released digitally and through specially-produced, limited-edition CDs, LPs, and cassettes. These days, he’s moved away from industrial rock and into the realms of post-industrial, dark ambient, neoclassical darkwave, and experimental electronic, weaving melancholy soundscapes with haunting vocals and samples. He no longer works with large commercial record labels, preferring his own imprints or small labels, often genre-specific or Lost-friendly (or both!).
Also, damn. He looks good (and quite young) for a guy who's got to be fifty-ish...
Lost: vanE's reasons for being in the area are unclear, but he is here, and not unknown to the local Lost as a Winter courtier, Radio Free Fae DJ, and Bishop of Blackbirds.
Magic: It is rumored that he knows a great deal about it, particularly in how it relates to music and song.