Erika uses different last names for every band she’s involved with it seems, i’m not even sure if Tandy is her real last name but it seems so according to different websites. Erika’s musical career started with Autumn Tears in 1995, a neoclassical/darkwave band which was fully accepted within the metalscene due to its dark and gloomy mood. As Erika Swinnich she recorded four full-lenghts with them before she left the band in 2004. She already left the band once in 1997 to concentrate on her novel but returned in 1999.
The reason for leaving Autumn Tears was Ignitor, the heavy/power metal band she formed together with others. She left the band late 2007 after two full-lenghts were recorded with her.
She did a bunch of session work around 2008/2009 with Tony Bracaglia and recorded a lot of songs that aren’t released yet although they are digital available.
Besides singing she also plays guitar and she did this for Hod on the split album Ossuary Industries Limb Splitter II with the other bands being Ingurgitate, Locusta, Iniquitous and Demoniacal Genuflection. From 2011 till 2012 she was with Hod.
Finaly in 2010 Morgengrau started and it seems Erika reached a point in her life she was happy with, playing guitar and growling in a death metal band. At least she said so in a interview for another blog.
Some guest sessions were done for December Wolves on the 1996 album ‘Til Ten Years and for Vesperian Sorrow on their 2012 album Stormwinds of Ages. Erika is also creative as she did the lay out for the Ignitor albums and the Morgengrau album but also for the bands Rain Fell Within and Noctuary among others.
And finally she’s involved with Drifter, an Iron Maiden tribute band and Stargazer, an Ronnie James Dio tribute band.
Erika is on FACEBOOK
2013 Extrinsic Pathway full-lenght
2008 not released
2004 Take to the Sky full-lenght
2007 Road of Bones full-lenght
1996 Love Poems for Dying Children – Act I full-lenght
1997 Love Poems for Dying Children… Act 2: The Garden of Crystalline Dreams full-lenght
1999 Absolution EP
2000 Love Poems for Dying Children… Act III: Winter and the Broken Angel full-lenght
2004 Eclipse full-lenght