The Sisters of Mercy are a gothic rock band from England who released three studio albums between 1985 and 1990 to moderate success. Since 1992, they have been at odds with their record company and have not released new material, though they continue to tour frequently. The group is led by singer-songwriter Andrew Eldritch and Doktor Avalanche on drums (Dokto Avalance is the name for a series of drum machines). The group is known for dark and moody songs that sometimes crossover onto the more mainstream Modern Rock and Dance charts.

The group’s early work was less commercial, with songs like “Black Planet” and “First and Last and Always”. The group’s second album contained the UK and Dance hits “This Corrosion”, “Dominion” and “Lucretia My Reflection”. The group’s 1990 album Vision Thing contained a number of popular songs such as “Doctor Jeep” and “When You Don’t See Me” and the group’s sound was slightly more “metal” sounding.

The group biggest hit was “More” from Vision Thing. The song was number one on the Modern Rock charts for five weeks, and clocked in at over eight minutes on the album. The song was cowritten and produced by Jim Steinman, an accomplished songwriter who previously worked with The Sisters on “This Corrosion” and also with Meat Loaf, Barry Manilow, and others. The song featured female backing vocals, which were unusual for the group.

The Sisters of Mercy’s last single “Temple of Love” was for their 1992 greatest hits album.