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[ Daemonia Nymphe - Psychostasia ]
[ Daemonia Nymphe - Le Nuit Des Fees - DVD ]
[ Daemonia Nymphe - Krataia Asterope ]
[ Dargaard - Rise and Fall ]
[ Dark Orange - Horizont ]
[ Dark Sanctuary - Thoughts: 9 years in the sanctuary ]
[ Dark Sanctuary - L'être las - L'envers du miroir ]
[ Dark Souls Day - X-Lives ]
[ Dawn Desiree' - Dancing, Dreaming, Longing... ]
[ Dead When I Found Her - Rag Doll Blues ]
[ Dead Can Dance - Anastasis ]
[ Decoded Feedback - disKonnekt ]
[ Decoded Feedback - Aftermath ]
[ Decoded Feedback - Combustion ]
[ Decoded Feedback - Shockwave ]
[ Deep Red - Relics of Desire ]
[ Deep Red - Chimera ]
[ Deep Red - DarkwaterS ]
[ Degrees - Dream On Dreamy ]
[ Dein Schatten - Das Ewige Eis ]
[ Deine Lakaien - On Film - A Video History (DVD) ]
[ Deine Lakaien - White Lies ]
[ Deleyaman - Fourth - Part One ]
[ Der Blaue Reiter - Nuclear Sun ]
[ Der Blaue Reiter - Silencis ]
[ Der Blaue Reiter - Le Paradise Funebre... ]
[ Destroid - Silent World EP ]
[ Destroid - Loudspeaker ]
[ De/Vision - Popgefahr ]
[ De/Vision - NOOB ]
[ De/Vision - Subkutan ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Ego:X ]
[ Diary of Dreams - (if) ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Nekrolog 43 ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Menschfeind ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Nigredo ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Panik Manifesto ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Freak Perfume ]
[ DieMazz - In Shatter'd Innocence ]
[ Dies Natalis - Tristan ]
[ Dies Natalis - Abyss ]
[ Diorama - The Art of Creating Confusing Spirits ]
[ Distorted Reality - Daydreams and Nightmares ]
[ Distorted Reality - The Fine Line Between Love And Hate ]
[ Domiana - The Sacred Heart ]
[ Dominion³ - Life Has Ended Here ]
[ Doppelganger - Dancing ]
[ Dreamchild - Lullabies For The Dead ]
[ Dreamchild - La Fee Verte ]
[ Dreamgaze - Sound Colour ]
[ Dreamself - Part 1, The End ]
[ Dreamside, The - The 13th Chapter ]
[ Dreamside, The - Pale Blue Lights & Nuda Veritas ]
[ Dreamside, The - Spin Moon Magic ]
[ Dreamside, The - Open Your Eyes ]
[ Dreamside, The - Faery Child ]
[ Droom - 10 Songs ]
[ Droom - 128 1/2 Days ]
[ Droom - Blood Culture ]
[ Droom - Stay! ]
[ Droom - While We Can ]
[ Drunk With Joy - Sound Living ]
[ Dyonisis - Intoxicated ]
[ Dyonisis - Dyonisis ]
E
[ Edge Of Dawn - Whatever Gets You Through The Night ]
[ Edge Of Dawn - Enjoy The Fall ]
[ Ego Likeness - Breedless ]
[ Ego Likeness - Order of the Reptile ]
[ Ego Likeness - Water To The Dead ]
[ Ego Likeness - Dragonfly ]
[ Eisbrecher - Antikorper ]
[ Eisbrecher - Leider / Virgissmeinnicht ]
[ Eisbrecher - Eisbrecher ]
[ Elane - The Fire of Glenvore ]
[ The Empire Hideous - Body of Work ]
[ Emplosia - Emplosia ]
[ Empty - Open Aeon ]
[ Endanger - Addicted to the Masses ]
[ Engelsstaub - Nachtwa¨rts ]
[ Engelsstaub - Akashic Recordings ]
[ Estampie - Best Of Estampie (1986 - 2006) ]
[ Estampie - Signum ]
[ Eternal Fall, The - Emptiness Vol. 1 & 2 ]
[ Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud - Self-Titled ]
F
[ Fair Sex, The - Thin Walls - Part II ]
[ Fair Sex, The - The Dark Ages ]
[ Faith and Disease - Passport to Kinmig ]
[ Faith and the Muse - :ankokuh butoh: ]
[ Faith and the Muse - The Burning Season ]
[ The Fallacy - Love Division ]
[ Falling You - Adore ]
[ Falling You - Faith ]
[ Falling You - Human ]
[ Falling You - Touch ]
[ Faun - Renaissance ]
[ Fayrierie - Michelia Campaka ]
[ Feeding Fingers - Detach Me From My Head ]
[ Feeding Fingers - Baby Teeth ]
[ Feindflug - Volk Und Armee... ]
[ Fektion Fekler - Into The Sun ]
[ Fiction 8 - Forever, Neverafter ]
[ Final Selection - Meridian ]
[ Final Selection - AntiHero ]
[ Flesh Field - Strain ]
[ Foreign Resort, The - Scattered & Buried ]
[ Foreign Resort, The - The Foreign Resort ]
[ Foreign Resort, The - Offshore ]
[ Friends of Alice Ivy - In The Gloaming ]
[ Friends of Alice Ivy - Hereafter Moth ]
[ FrightDoll - Reference Version ]
[ Frozen Plasma - Monumentum ]
[ Frozen Plasma - Artificial ]
[ Funker Vogt - Blutzoll ]
[ Funker Vogt - Aviator ]
[ Funker Vogt - Navigator ]
Anastasis - Review

This duo really should need no introduction. They've been around since 1984 on the 4AD label, the foundation and inspiration for countless bands spanning a broad range of genres. img Their previous original full-length album was released in 1996, and though they toured a few times after that and have released various solo works, as the official band it's been a long time coming to have this great reunion comeback album. With many bands, a comeback album often falls short or as the music changes, the old style is lost as they mature and move onto something new. However, this isn't the case with Dead Can Dance, this album sounds like they never took a break, just simply picking right up where they left off, in fact even going back to a little more of a classic sound from their earlier works in some cases. This excellent album comes packaged in a nice digi-pack with a booklet of lyrics and art and the disc comes with eight new classic masterpieces.

With this band's seemingly broad range of styles and influences, everyone has their favorites from over the years. Some may prefer the mid-eastern elements that are more prominent on some pieces, including Lisa Gerrard's siren-like vocals, while others may enjoy the more solumn singer-songwriter styles that Brendan Perry takes the lead vocals on. And then there are a number of mixes in between and beyond and on this album we get a nice broad range. It kicks off with "Children of the Sun" with a mostly neo-classical approach with a latticework of heavy stringed and brass synths with the occasional near-eastern guitar sound. This slow-moving piece provides a nice re-introduction to the band and for this album with the solid, heavy sound. This style remains prominent on the few pieces that Perry takes the lead though "Amnesia" brings out a bit more of the eastern style in the instruments and includes a soft, subtle piano. Later in the album "Opium" takes center stage where a modern, darkwave sound meets the neo-classical, this one with just a soft, subtle eastern influence mostly in the percussion while the steady, moving heavy beat and throbbing synths create the solid foundation and backdrop.

For those longing for the near-eastern influence and Lisa's siren-like, mesmerizing vocals, there's definitely plenty here to please. These tracks range from the soft tribal sounds of "Anabasis" to the more upbeat and prominent sounds of "Agape and "Kiko". As the album winds on, we're presented with more of a medieval sound and style as we come close to the end with "Return of the She-King". This piece has quickly grown to be a favorite from this album with it's majestic styles and epic film soundtrack quality. Movies in the past have benefitted from the music from these talented musicians and I'm sure in years to come we'll be hearing this piece edited in and included in some majestic masterpiece in the future. Gerrard takes the lead on the vocals and while there are some subtle eastern influences in the tambourine, for the most part the somber beat and layers of ambient electronics and heavy bass create the foundation and mood for this piece which make it a great new classic masterpiece. And finally, to bring the album to a close, we have another great track in the form of "All In Good Time". This could easily be a finale to the Dead Can Dance sound as much as it is to this album, and I think any listener could hear it and feel content, though longings for more will continue I'm sure for years. However, with this piece, I feel like we have something that we can really enjoy for years with it's very somber, almost a-capella sound with Perry's soothing vocals gliding over the subtle background synths and occasional heavy bass and almost imperceptible beat that serves as a rhythm to move it slowly along. This soft, peaceful and thoughtful track is a perfect way to close this excellent album, a new classic, definitely worth picking up and adding to your collection.

Rating: 5/5

Website: www.deadcandance.com

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