Mephisto Walz was formed by Barry Galvin, in 1985, following his departure from the influential deathrock band, Christian Death.
The first incarnation of Mephisto Waltz continued from 1986 with original members : Galvin, Johan Schumann and Arndt plus the addition of a german vocalist - Jörq. until 1989.
In 1990 after a brief interim and extended stay in Germany, Barry Galvin returned to California and began the process of reactivating the project with a new lineup, including William Coulter (later renamed William Faith) on bass, Steven Greene (later renamed Steven Grey) on drums, and William's former schoolmate Christine Leonard (later renamed Christianna) on vocals. forming the core lineup of the second incarnation of the band, eventually adding other temporary members, including japanese guitarist Nariki.
This lineup would last until the release of Crocosmia in 1992 and subsequent tour of Germany later that year to promote the album. Upon returning to California internal tensions would lead to complete disintegration, and the permanent departure of William Coulter and Steven Greene from the band.
Galvin then reunited with former members Johan Schumann and David Glass.
The third incarnation of the band evolved from 2003 with Barry Galvin adding vocals to his repertoire in alternance with Sara Reid on "IIIrd Incarnation" , and Myriam Galvin on "New Apostles".
Galvin's distinct wall of (chorus/delay effected guitar) sound makes Mephisto Walz instantly identifiable amongst other pioneers of deathrock.