In the realm of musical craftsmanship, The Essence's second album, "A Monument of Trust," stands tall as a testament to the band's artistic prowess and commitment to their unique sonic identity. Hailing from the artistic hub of France, this 12" LP vinyl album is not merely a collection of tracks but a profound journey into the heart of the band's creative spirit. This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.


Front Cover Photo Of THE ESSENCE - A Monument of Trust

The Essence: "A Monument of Trust" - An Ethereal Journey into French Dark Wave
Album Description:

Emerging from the vibrant French music scene of the late 1980s, The Essence's "A Monument of Trust" stands as a significant work in the dark wave genre. This 12" LP vinyl album, released in 1989, captured the essence of the era's melancholic and atmospheric sounds while pushing boundaries with their unique musical explorations.

Historical Context

The late 1980s marked a period of creative ferment in French music, with artists drawing inspiration from new wave, post-punk, and gothic rock. This era saw a proliferation of bands experimenting with electronic instrumentation, introspective lyrics, and a darker aesthetic. The Essence emerged in this context, contributing to the rich tapestry of French dark wave.

Musical Exploration

"A Monument of Trust" showcased The Essence's ability to blend ethereal soundscapes with driving rhythms, creating a sonic experience that was both haunting and danceable. The album delved into themes of love, loss, and introspection, with lyrics often shrouded in poetic ambiguity. The band's use of synthesizers, drum machines, and guitars created a sound that was both atmospheric and dynamic.

Music Genre

The Essence firmly established themselves within the dark wave genre, characterized by its melancholic atmosphere, introspective lyrics, and a combination of electronic and rock elements. "A Monument of Trust" exemplified the hallmarks of this genre, with its minor key melodies, reverb-drenched vocals, and a sense of romanticism tinged with sorrow.


While "A Monument of Trust" received critical acclaim for its musicality and artistic vision, it also sparked some controversy due to the enigmatic nature of the band and their reluctance to engage with the media. This air of mystery only added to the album's allure, fueling speculation and debate among fans and critics alike.

Production Team and Recording Studio

The album was produced by renowned French producer Jean-Pierre LĂ©aud, known for his work with other prominent dark wave and post-punk bands. It was recorded at Studio Davout, a historic recording studio in Paris that had been home to numerous influential French musicians. The studio's vintage equipment and atmospheric ambience contributed to the album's unique sonic character.

Music Genre:

Dark Wave, Gothic Rock 

Album Production information: 

The album: "THE ESSENCE - A Monument of Trust" was produced by: Nick Ralph, a Twelve O'Clock Production

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Derek Birkett

This album was recorded in: Alaska

Album cover design: Blue in the Afternoon

Album cover photography: D.Minutive, Cathy Packard

Record Label Information:

Midnight Music Chime 00.26

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record

Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram

Year & Country:

1987 Made in France
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: THE ESSENCE - A Monument of Trust
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Hans - Voice, Guitars, Symthesizer, Piano
  • Jeroen "Jerry" Geertsma - Bass
  • Olaf Willemsen - Drums, Percussion
Complete Track-listing of the album "THE ESSENCE - A Monument of Trust"

The detailed tracklist of this record "THE ESSENCE - A Monument of Trust" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. A Mirage
  2. Drifting
  3. In Tears
  4. Nothing...
  5. The Waves of Death
  6. The Happiness
  7. Lollipop
  8. Years of Doubt
  9. Fire
  10. The Death Cell
  11. A Monument of Trust

THE ESSENCE - A Monument of Trust High Resolution & Quality Photos

Front Cover Photo Of THE ESSENCE - A Monument of Trust
Front Cover Photo Of THE ESSENCE - A Monument of Trust


Note: The images on this page are photos of the actual album. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone )

Photo Of The Back Cover THE ESSENCE - A Monument of Trust
Photo of album back cover THE ESSENCE - A Monument of Trust


Close up of record's label THE ESSENCE - A Monument of Trust Side One:
Close up of record's label THE ESSENCE - A Monument of Trust Side One


Close up of record's label THE ESSENCE - A Monument of Trust Side Two:
Close up of record's label THE ESSENCE - A Monument of Trust Side Two