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Dead Can Dance


Prog Folk

3.41 | 142 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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2 stars DEAD CAN DANCE made a wrong turn as far as i'm concerned with this record. Jusy not a fan of this Middle-Ages sounding affair. It was recorded and produced in Ireland. For me this is my least favourite outing from the band.

"The Arrival And The Reunion" opens with Lisa's voice and background vocals. "Saltarello" is actually based on an italian dance from the 14th century. Lots of percussion and drums throughout this uptempo instrumental. "Mephisto" features strings that build. "The Song Of The Sybil" is based on a 16th century chant. It's like catholic church music. Ughh. Depressing female vocal melodies too. "Fortunate Presents Gifts Not According To The Book" eventually picks up the pace with male vocals.

"As The Bell Rings The Maypole Spins" opens with female vocals. Drums and bagpipes take over. Vocals are back around a minute. Catchy tune. "The End Of Words" again sounds like church music with male and female chanting. "Black Sun" features percussion and what sounds like a trumpet. Brenden comes in vocally. "Wilderness" is melancholic with female vocal melodies. "The promised Womb" again has female vocal melodies but they're more passionate here. Depressing stuff. "The Garden Of Zephirus" is just over a minute of birds chirping and serenity. "Radharc" sounds like something out of the Middle East.

They would get back on course with their next album. I know a few who say this is their favourite DCD album though. An acquired taste.

Mellotron Storm | 2/5 |


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