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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Arrival of the darkest queen
2. The beauty in black
3. Evocation of Vovin
4. The veil of golden spheres

Line-up / Musicians

- Fredrik Isaksson / bass
- Christofer Johnsson / lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
- Piotr Wawrzeniuk / drums
+ Hans Groning / bass-baritone vocals (2-3)
- Claudia Maria Mokri / soprano vocals (2-3)

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MCD Nuclear Blast

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
4 stars A taste of the new from the last of the past

Released in 1995 in advance of the fine "Lepaca Kliffoth" album, this four track single simply contains four tracks which would appear on that album.

It may seem odd that this single does not start with its title track, but in fact "Arrival of the Darkest Queen" and "The Beauty in Black" link together to form a cohesive whole. While the forthcoming album represented the last of the old more than the start of the new, these two segued songs gave a clear indication of the direction in which the band was heading. Operatic vocals and tasteful instrumentation abound in this wonderful taste of the future.

"Evocation of vovin" turned out to be the only other track on the album to hint at the new, the symphonic instrumentation being rather at odds with Chris Johnsson's rudimentary vocals. "The Veil of Golden Spheres" only appeared as a bonus track on later editions of the album, and is something of a throwaway tune (as later admitted by Johnsson himself).

In all, a useful collection of the most significant songs on "Lepaca Kliffoth", but in itself the single is only valid as a collectors item.

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