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A
[ A Covenant of Thorns - If The Heavens Should Fall ]
[ A Covenant of Thorns - Hallowed Hallow ]
[ Aarktica - In Sea ]
[ Absurd Minds - Serve Or Suffer ]
[ Absurd Minds - NoumenoN ]
[ Absurd Minds - The Focus ]
[ Acretongue - Strange Cargo ]
[ Aenima - Sentient ]
[ Aeon Sable - Saturn Return ]
[ Aeon Sable - Per Aspera Ad Astra ]
[ Aesma Daeva - The Thalassa Mixes ]
[ Aesma Daeva - Dawn of the New Athens ]
[ Alice in Videoland - Maiden Voyange Plus ]
[ Alice in Videoland - Outrageous! ]
[ Alio Die & Jack or Jive - Mei-Jyu ]
[ All My Faith Lost ... - The Hours ]
[ All My Faith Lost ... - As You're Vanishing In Silence ]
[ Anabantha - Sin Decir Adios ]
[ And One - Frontfeuer EP ]
[ And One - Bodypop ]
[ And One - Aggressor ]
[ Android Lust - Devour, Rise and Take Flight ]
[ Android Lust - The Dividing ]
[ Angelic Foe - Oppressed by the Heavens ]
[ AngelTheory - Re-Possession ]
[ Angels & Agony - Unison ]
[ Angels & Agony - Avatar ]
[ Anima Virus - End of the Eden ]
[ Anti-M - Damage ]
[ Apraxia - Trite Permission ]
[ Arcana - As Bright As A Thousand Suns ]
[ Arcana - Emerald ]
[ Arcana - Raspail ]
[ Arcana - Le Serpent Rouge ]
[ Arcana - The New Light ]
[ Arcana - Inner Pale Sun ]
[ Arditi - Omni Ensis Impera ]
[ Artesia - Wanderings ]
[ Artesia - Chants d'Automne ]
[ Artesia - Hilvern ]
[ Arts of Erebus - On The Edge Of Insanity ]
[ Arts of Erebus - Dawn of the Dead ]
[ Ascii.Disko - Black Orchid: From Airlines To Lifelines ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Bruise ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Compass ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Meta ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Binary ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Ground ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Storm ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Let The Wind Erase Me ]
[ Ataraxia - Llyr ]
[ Atrium Animae - Dies Irae ]
[ Attrition - The Jeopardy Maze ]
[ Attrition - Smiling, at the Hypogonder Club ]
[ Attrition - At the Fiftieth Gate ]
[ Attrition - 3 Arms & a Dead Cert ]
[ Attrition - In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts ]
[ Attrition - Tearing Arms From Deities ]
[ Aura Noctis - Vitae Proelium ]
[ Aura Noctis - Itineris I ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Divinian ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Eifelian ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Ablaze ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Shades Of Grey ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Riverine ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Over the Ocean ]
[ Aythis - Glacia ]
[ Azoic, The - Corruption EP ]
[ Azoic, The - Illuminate ]
[ Azoic, The - Conflict EP ]
[ Azoic, The - Forward... ]
B
[ backandtotheleft - Obsolete ]
[ Behind the Scenes - Pure ]
[ Bella Lune - Secrets ]
[ Bella Lune - Ophelia ]
[ Bella Lune - Synesthesia ]
[ Bella Morte - Before The Flood ]
[ Bella Morte - Beautiful Death ]
[ Bella Morte - Bleed The Grey Sky Black ]
[ Bella Morte - Songs For The Dead ]
[ Bella Morte - As The Reasons Die ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Hide and Seek ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Imaginary Monsters ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Pins and Needles ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Walking With Strangers ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Violet ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Violet EP ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Nothing and Nowhere ]
[ Black Tape for a Blue Gril - The Rope ]
[ Black Tape for a Blue Gril - Remnants of a Deeper Purity ]
[ Black Tape for a Blue Girl - Halo Star ]
[ Black Tape for a Blue Girl - Tarnished ]
[ Blackmore's Night - Autumn Sky ]
[ Blackmore's Night - Winter Carols ]
[ Blank - Dark Retreat ]
[ Blank - Impact Zone ]
[ Blank - Artificial Breathing ]
[ Blank - Overhead EP ]
[ Bloodwire - Transformation ]
[ Blue Birds Refuse To Fly - Xenomorph Angel ]
[ Bow Ever Down - The Product Of My Pain ]
[ Brillig - The Red Coats ]
[ Brillig - The Plagiarist ]
[ Brotherhood - Turn The Gold To Chrome ]
C
[ Caelum Bliss - 1993-1999 ]
[ Carol Blaze - I Killed My Love ]
[ Carphax Files - Revolutions vol 1: dirt ]
[ Carphax Files - Vengeance ]
[ Cathedral Park - Monument ]
[ Cell Division - Chymeia ]
[ Cervello Elettronico - Negate the Instigator ]
[ Cesium_137 - Intelligent Design ]
[ Cesium_137 - Luminous ]
[ Cesium_137 - Elemental ]
[ Chandeen - Blood Red Skies ]
[ Chandeen - Teenage Poetry ]
[ Chandeen - Pandora's Box ]
[ Changelings - Debut ]
[ Changelings - Astronomica ]
[ Chiasm - 11:11 ]
[ Chiasm - Obligatory ]
[ Chiasm - Reform ]
[ Chiasm - Relapse ]
[ Chiasm - Divided We Fall ]
[ Chiasm - Disorder ]
[ Charlotte's Shadow - Hush ]
[ Claire Voyant - Lustre ]
[ Claire Voyant - Love Is Blind ]
[ Code 64 - Departure ]
[ Collection d'Arnell-Andrea - Exposition ]
[ Collide - These Eyes Before ]
[ Collide - Two Headed Monster ]
[ Collide - Like The Hunted DVD ]
[ Collide - Live At The El Rey ]
[ Collide - Vortex ]
[ Collide - Some Kind Of Strange ]
[ Colony 5 - Buried Again ]
[ Colony 5 - Knives ]
[ Colony 5 - Fixed ]
[ Corvus Corax - Best Of Corvus Corax ]
[ Covenant - Modern Ruin ]
[ Covenant - Skyshaper ]
[ Covenant - Ritual Noise ]
[ Covenant - Northern Light ]
[ Creating.Paradise - Killing Dreams EP ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Immortal ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Birthday ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Dreamcypher ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Fortress in Flames]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Telemetry of a Fallen Angel ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Ethernaut ]
[ Culture Kultür - Spirit ]
[ Culture Kultür - Reborn ]
[ Cylix - Alpha ]
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, The Changelings have established not only a devout local following, but have fans all around the world.  The band was formed in 1995 by members Paul Mercer (Violin, Viola), Regeana Morris (vocals, dulcimer, bass guitar, accordion, musical saw), Nick Pagan (Keyboards), Chandler Rentz (Percussion, Drums, Bass guitar, Electronics) and Damon Young (Guitars, Sitar, Tanpura, Vocals).  Over these few years they've release five albums, performed various live shows all over the USA and Canada and receive radio play all over the world.  Now with their fifth album they continue on producing great music for fans old and new to enjoy.

Their music is hauntingly beautiful, mixing elements of Neo-Classical, Gothic Ethereal and Middle Eastern influences.  Some songs are absolutely spellbinding with the soaring vocals backed by excellent music such as with my favorites "Swoon" and "Dulcinea".  Others are absolutely eerie with haunting vocals and music as in "11:59PM October 30".  Their new album continues on with this great musical style yet brings something very fresh with it's release.

You can listen to selections on my mp3.com show and on my Ethereal Mix, so don't miss out.


The Changelings – Debut – Review

When I heard that Middle Pillar was going to reissue this debut album, I nearly jumped for joy.  This is where it all started with this absolutely breathtaking work that for a debut has been hard to match with the subsequent releases.  But now we have it available again, so those of us that missed the opportunity to pick it up the first time around are able to get it now.  Since I put this CD in my player I’ve been reminded what helped catapult these artists into my list of favorites from the first minute I heard samples of their work.

While my favorite tracks still appear on another album, this certainly contains some masterpieces that are ranked right up there with the greatest.  The composition of this album is one full work of art, bursting with ethereal beauty and siren-like vocals and violin.  The dreaminess of it all begins from the very first note in “Pomegranate” as it slowly builds with a short ghostlike introduction and gives way to my favorite song on this album “Season of Mist”.  Once again Regeana proves that through her vocals she can create a new and unique instrument and Paul with the violin creates almost vocal-like structures.  The mixture of these outstanding talents mixed with the great percussion, lightly floating synths and guitars give a feeling of floating across the snow on a bleak winter’s day as the world is draped in white beauty.  If this were the only song on this album, I think I would still listen to it over and over again… such magnificent beauty is hard to even explain.

I feel like I can’t even really delve into each of the tracks on this album for fear of not doing them justice.  As the listener drifts from one dreamy piece to another, it’s hard to not become completely captivated by it all.  But I think this is the intent of this type of ethereal music with such mesmerizing splendor.  Each piece is a treat as the listener is taken from one enchanted land to another, through the moving beats of “Earthquake at Versailles” to the cold and slowly moving “Song of the Sephardim” and the hypnotizing “Into This Divide” with the whimsical vocals and violin taunting each other and the beat driving the listener, creating a picture of quickly moving dancers moving through a mist of fog and a wonderland of eeriness.

Of course we can’t forget the wonderful Halloween classic included on this disc with it’s creepy sounds and fun lyrics that all goths should relate well to.  The joys of this festive time are reflected in “11:59 PM October 30”.  Another fun track is the cover of The Velvet Underground’s song “Sunday Morning”.

This is a classic album that every fan of great Gothic/Ethereal music should have.  I know it will remain one of my favorites for many years to come.

Rating: 5/5


Astronomica - Review

Whenever I'm presented an opportunity to review the latest work from one of my favorite bands, it's always fun, intimidating and definitely a great pleasure.  Of course I have extremely high expectations for each release from any of these bands that I've grown to love over the last few years.  So now with this new album, it's great to be able to say that I haven't been disappointed.

The combination of eerie violin, siren-like vocals, soaring mixtures of ethereal and neo-classical music all make for a nice masterpiece.  While this latest album is not my favorite yet, it certainly brings many of the classic elements I love about this group.  Regeana's vocals still carry most of the music coupled with Paul Mercer's very talented violin and viola which almost become a vocal part in itself.

Throughout the whole album this wonderful sound is perpetuated through a mixture of eerie, dark and at times upbeat atmosphere.  Many songs bring out the classic Changelings sound that really makes me swoon.  "Orbit" is the perfect example of this awesome dreamy feeling with it's fading percussion that's upbeat and mixes well with the ebbing synths and siren-like vocals.  This track in itself is a masterpiece and worth having the entire album just for this song.  It's one I can't seem to get enough of after listening to it over and over again.  The name truly describes it perfectly as it sends you in orbit through a dream-like space around the real world.

While there are few tracks that compare to this, there are others that come close and remain fun and beautiful, sometimes haunting at the same time.  Whether it be the intro and first track "Departure" or the slow-tempo "Outrun Your Fears" that really brings out that classic sound.  There are some fun songs on here that bring a lighter mood to the album with "Mata Hari", almost a fun Halloween mood permeates this track, or the nice Pink Floyd cover "See Emily Play".

This is a great album, another success in my mind from this unique group.  Well worth seeking out and having for your music collection.

Rating: 4.5/5


Website: www.changelings.com
Label: Middle Pillar Presents

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