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2.00 | 11 ratings | 2 reviews | 36% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Overture [2:38] lyrics
2. Du tréfonds des ténèbres [10:41] lyrics
3. Melpomene [10:26] lyrics
4. Moon of Amber [6:17] lyrics
5. Apocalypse [9:13] lyrics
6. Umbra [8:42] lyrics
7. The Umbersun [5:46] lyrics
8. In the Embrasure of Heaven [5:52] lyrics
9. The Wake of the Angel [4:46] lyrics
10. Au tréfonds des ténèbres [5:03]

Line-up / Musicians

Tricia Bentley, Hilary Brennan, Rachael Clegg, Bridget Corderoy, Carolynne Cox, Sally Donegani, Alison Eden, Karen Filsell, Claire Hills, Rachel King, Felice Kuin, Wendy Norman, Kathy Willis, Olivia Maffett.
Debbie Bright, Kathryn Cook, Denise Fabb, Victoria Kendall, Katy Meiklejohn, Yvette Miller, Fiona Robinson, Hatty Webb, Lorna Youngs.
Tim Bull, Tim Colbourn, Peter da Costa, Mark Fenton, Michael King.
Solo soprano:
Nathalie Barbary.
Whispered female voice:
Alison Eden.
All other vocals, instruments, sequencing, programming and sound-editing by Iskandar Hasnawi, Sébastien Roland and Renaud Tschirner.

Releases information

The Umbersun / Au tréfonds des Ténèbres (Orphika 2008; orph01)
Digipak CD
Double vinyl LP

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ELEND The Umbersun ratings distribution

(11 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(36%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (9%)

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Review by Warthur
1 stars Ugh, seriously? The melodic underpinnings of their quasi-orchestral sound were what made the better moments of the previous few Elend albums work to the extent that they did, so the extent to which they are played down here in favour of ambient orchestral groaning is disheartening. The idea of orchestral-ambient darkwave isn't a terrible one, but the execution here is a bit of a disaster.

Ambient music does tend to sound a bit samey, granted, but the trick to writing a good ambient track is making it sound intentionally so, and to somehow grasp the secret of making it nonetheless feel satisfying in its own right: when your composition ends up sounding like the extended intro to a song which never actually quite manages to get started, you know that you've made a pretty serious misstep, and that's exactly how Elend come across here.

To make things even worse, the death growls and shouted vocals are even more incongruous and risible here.

Latest members reviews

2 stars A bit of a let down, this album. Elend's three first albums were good avant-garde classical albums with some good melody lines. They dropped this melody based formula on this album and went........ on empty. The music is still pretty heavy with classical instruments. My guess is sampled phil ... (read more)

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