A German industrial/gothic rock band, Unheilig (which in German means "Unholy") formed in 1999 and quickly released their first single, "Sage Ja!," that same year. Initially signed to the Bloodline label, the group (Grant Stevens, Josť Alvarez-Brill, and Der Graf) followed their debut club hit with a full-length offering in 2001 titled Phosphor. The success of the single and the album helped land the trio slots on their genre's festival circuit, including Zillo Open Air and the Doomsday Festival, but the bandmembers would soon find themselves back to work on new studio material, which resulted in 2002's Christmas album, Frohes Fest, and 2003's Das 2. Gebot. Unheilig built on their momentum by releasing another EP in 2003, as well as taking their sound to the audiences of Europe, which led to remixing projects and appearances on video game soundtracks.