Hyperium Records was a German independent record label specializing in darkwave, neoclassical, ethereal, gothic rock, and ambient music, founded by Oliver Roesch[1] (also known as "Oli" Roesch) and Oliver van Essenberg in 1991.[2] Roesch died on August 1, 2002 in a motorcycle accident.[3] Hyperium are best known for their Heavenly Voices compilation series, which featured prominent use of female vocals in a neo-classical, neofolk, world music, trip hop or ethereal style. "Heavenly Voices" has often been used as a genre term, particularly during the mid to late 1990s.[4] Love Is Colder Than Death claim that the series was inspired by their music.[5] The first few compilations featured music by many of the label's own artists, as well as guest appearance by other notable bands of the ethereal/gothic/darkwave scene including Bel Canto, Faith & the Muse, Gitane Demone, In The Nursery, Miranda Sex Garden, Ordo Equitum Solis and The Moon Seven Times. In 1997, American independent label Cleopatra Records released a Hyperium licensed compilation called Heavenly Voices subtitled, "A collection of the finest female vocals in ethereal, darkwave & gothic".[6] The following are artists with releases on Hyperium Records: The following artists were co-released by Hyperium Records and Projekt Records: