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Ego Likeness is an American darkwave/industrial rock band from Baltimore, Maryland. They were formed in 1999 by artist Steven Archer and writer Donna Lynch.

Ego Likeness
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Ego Likeness pose for their album Breedless
Background information
OriginBaltimore, Maryland
GenresIndustrial rock
Years active1999–present
LabelsMetropolis Records
Associated actsHopeful Machines, Stoneburner (band)
MembersSteven Archer
Donna Lynch
Mindcage Rick
Mike K. Johnson
Past membersJustin "Dingo" Sabe
Adam Goode
Tim McCracken
Dave O'Donnell
Jenny Mettee
Stephanie Kim
Jerome Lintz
Nick "Konchog Nyima" vonZoll
Dan Mullen
Amanda Mason
Shaun Mason
Magpie Killjoy


Early workEdit

Ego Likeness began as an experimental and dark trip hop project. A demo called Songs from a Dead City, recorded on a four track and self-produced by Archer and Lynch, was released in 1999. [1]

In 2000, Archer and Lynch took the project in a darker electronic and dance direction, resulting in a self-released full-length album entitled Dragonfly under EL's own label, Angelfall.

Dancing Ferret RecordsEdit

After a short hiatus from recording, a lengthy period of trial, error, revision, and many live performances, Ego Likeness signed with Dancing Ferret Discs for the 2004 release of Water to the Dead. This album featured the band’s electronic roots while exploring a bit of a heavier rock sound.

In 2005, Ego Likeness toured Germany, Luxembourg, and the continental US with Dancing Ferret label mates The Crüxshadows, as well as performing at several festivals on the east and west coast, including Convergence 11 (San Diego CA), Dracula’s Ball (Philadelphia PA), Blacksun Festival I (New Haven CT), Freaks United (DC), Eccentrik Festival I (Raleigh NC), Dragon Con (Atlanta GA), Ring Con (Fulda, Germany) and others.

Their first album, Dragonfly, was also re-released on Dancing Ferret Discs in 2005.

In 2006, Ego Likeness released their third full-length album, The Order of the Reptile, which ventured back into the realms of heavy electronica, a bit of trip hop, some goth rock, and darkwave.

2006 also saw the release of Where's Neil When You Need Him?, a tribute to writer Neil Gaiman, featuring the song "You Better Leave the Stars Alone", written for the book Stardust. The band toured Germany once again and the US with The Crüxshadows and Ayria throughout the winter of 2006–2007.

In 2007, Ego Likeness toured Germany, Poland and the UK with Ayria and Angelspit. They have also often performed at sci-fi/fantasy convention Dragon Con, where they are semi-regular guests along with a number of other dark alternative bands.

Ego Likeness also perform regularly at Wicked Faire in Somerset, NJ.

The Compass EPsEdit

In 2007, Ego Likeness began self-releasing the first of four EPs, collectively titled The Compass. The first, South, featured new songs and old remixes.

2008 brought about the second of the Compass EPs, West, as well as their single, "The Lowest Place on Earth". This was supported by a US tour throughout late winter and spring.

In 2009, the North EP is released, featuring duet with The Dark Clan and a cover of PJ Harvey's "Down by the Water." Ego Likeness also embarked on a tour as a supporting act for Combichrist and Julien-K.

In 2012, the final EP in the Compass series, East, was released. The EP contained two original tracks, a cover of The Police's "Tea in the Sahara", and seven remixes from various artists including Angelspit and Komor Kommando.

Metropolis RecordsEdit


Ego Likeness were signed to Metropolis Records and released their fourth album, Breedless, on April 13, 2010.[2] The album received critical acclaim from music magazines ReGen[3] and Reflections of Darkness.[4]

Ego Likeness has also contributed to multiple volumes of the cancer-benefit compilations, Electronic Saviors.

On August 14, 2012 the first single, "Treacherous Things" for the upcoming album "When the Wolves Return" was released along with a music video for the song directed by Kyle Cassidy.[5][6]

On October 29, 2013, the group announced on their official Facebook page a Winter 2013 US headlining tour with support from Servitior.

In 2015, "When The Wolves Return" full length album was released, along with a single featuring a dozen remixes of the album track "New Legion."

Additional backgroundEdit

Ego Likeness have also shared the stage with Voltaire, The Damned, Chris Connelly, Collide, Razed in Black, Bella Morte, Das Ich, Rasputina, The Start, Iris, Decoded Feedback, The Azoic, More Machine Than Man, In Strict Confidence, Combichrist, New Model Army, Attriton, The Last Dance, Peter Murphy, and many others.

Archer and Lynch are also the creators of the experimental/instrumental/spoken word outfit The Trinity Project.

Archer is the creator of the atmospheric electronica project Hopeful Machines and the more dance/worldbeat-oriented side project, Stoneburner.

Personal livesEdit

Lynch has written a dark fiction novel entitled Isabel Burning, released through Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2008. She has also released two collections of poetry, In My Mouth (2000), and Ladies and Other Vicious Creatures (RDSP, 2007). Her latest, a novella called Driving Through the Desert, was released on Thunderstorm Books in April 2012.

Archer has released a children's book entitled Luna Maris and a steampunk fable chapbook titled Red King Black Rook in 2008. He is an accomplished visual artist whose collage-based work has appeared in numerous galleries and in Weird Tales magazine. He periodically DJs at venues in Baltimore and DC, and occasionally performs with New York City's Terrorfakt. He is also the creator of the electronic/ noise project Hopeful Machines and continues to show art in various venues on the east coast. Additionally, Hopeful Machines was signed to Washington, DC based label Radio-Active-Music in late 2008. Hopeful Machines' first hard copy album, ::Skinless::, was released in December 2008.[2]

Steven Archer and Donna Lynch have both raised hairless sphynx cats. In addition, they are both ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church.


Current membersEdit

  • Steven Archer – lead guitar, programming, vocals, music, words
  • Donna Lynch – vocals, piano, words, music
  • Mindcage Rick – live drums, rhythm guitar
  • Mike K. Johnson – live drums

Past membersEdit

  • Justin "Dingo" Sabe – keytar, synths, noise
  • Adam Goode – bass
  • Tim McCracken – keyboards
  • Dave O'Donnell – drums
  • Jenny Mettee – rhythm guitar, cello
  • Stephanie Kim – violin
  • Jerome Lintz – drums
  • Nick "Konchog Nyima" vonZoll – drums
  • Dan Mullen – rhythm guitar
  • Amanda Mason – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Shaun Mason – rhythm guitar
  • Magpie Killjoy – drums


Studio albumsEdit


  • The Compass EPs, 2016



  • "The Lowest Place on Earth" 2008
  • "Treacherous Thing" 2012

Remixes by Ego LikenessEdit

Guest appearancesEdit

Compilation appearancesEdit


  1. ^ Ego Likeness biography on Metropolis Records. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Ego Likeness Official Site. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  3. ^ ReGen Breedless ReView
  4. ^ Reflections of Darkness Breedless Review. (April 15, 2010). Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  5. ^ "Ego Likeness Releases New Video, Announce Upcoming Album!". Metropolis. August 16, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  6. ^ Ego Likeness Treacherous Thing 2012 YouTube

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