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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 ]
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[ 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 ]
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[ 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 ]
Hailing from the Boston area, Dreamchild consists of the duo Cheryl Wanner and Frank Gerace.  Cheryl puts her talents to work on this project using her voice and abilities on the bass and harp amongst a myriad of other instruments.  Frank on the other hand contributes through guitars, various percussion and electronics.  These two musicians came together in the mid-90's to form this project and soon released a tape and follow-up re-issue on CD of Gates To The Sea in 1998.  They continued to work on releasing more music and in 2000 their follow-up album La Fee Verte was released.  Another five years have passed since this work and we finally have their third album Lullabies for the Dead.

The music through all releases follows a common strain of mysterious, dark gothic imagery.  Some minimalistic elements come out along with spoken word, poetry and various celtic and medieval aspects.  Fans of ethereal and dark neo-folk music will enjoy the releases by this duo.  They have three albums to choose from and all three contain something different but following a similar style.

The band's website is somewhat up-to-date, there are plenty of links and ways to listen to music samples.  But if you want to hear selections mixed among other folk and ethereal music, be sure to check out the Gothic Paradise Ethereal show.


Lullabies for the Dead - Review

After becoming acquainted with this group and enjoying their sophomore album so much, I looked forward to hearing this, their third work. With a title like Lullabies for the Dead, one can imagine the nature of the music.  The packaging of this album is very well done, in a type of fold-out digipack, it contains some excellent artwork, photos, lyrics and information behind the band and many tracks.

"La Belle Dame Sans Merci" is introduced in the liner notes as "A musical setting for some stanzas from John Keats' haunting poem with additional lyrics en francais".  For this album this piece was immediately the most captivating.  The subtle electronics as a synthetic cello sound mixed with the occasional guitar and harp blend well with Cheryl's vocals.  Of course the french language often adds such a romantic touch to any song and so it does with this one.  As we move on through the album and I compare the tracks on this one with the previous works I notice that Cheryl's often reaches for higher notes often piercing the air.  I feel that she really reaches, but often question my own judgement and think that maybe she does it on purpose to add that much more of an eerie and almost paranormal sound to the album.  This seems almost to be the case in "La Tete d'Orphee" as she hits those high notes causing a child to run up my spine.

Like their previous works, the album contains a number of accessible and catchy vocal tracks along the lines of a kind of psychadelic ethereal.  But there are also a number of dark and eerie pieces with spoken word and freaky vocals and underlying samples and sounds.  This is definitely the case with "Medusa" which might stop some people from listening to this as they go to sleep for fear of inducing nightmares.  "Herodias Piercing" is another example of this with a number of haunting vocals.

With the album divided nearly in half between these haunting tracks and the dreamier ethereal nature, it seems to be pretty well balanced.  "Avalon" has quickly become another favorite of mine with it's inclination to the often romanticized connection to the tales of King Arthur.  There is a beautiful interlude instrumental piece "The Double Rose" which provides the base for "Custom Fails", another beautiful ethereal piece.

At this point we reach something of a halfway mark and drift back into an eerie world of "The House of the Dead".  This and each piece is a perfect addition to Lullabies for the Dead fitting the theme and ambience.  In fact this brings right to "Lullaby for the Dead" which is appropriately titled with the almost creepy vocals and ghostly harp.

The album wraps up with sixteen total tracks with the finale being "Salve (5000 Monks Praying To A Falling Star)".  This piece is an excellent work in dark, almost psychadelic music.  But it brings the album to a close leaving the listener dazed and mystified.

Rating: 3.5/5


La Fee Verte - Review

This is the second album from this duo which delves into an enchanted and dark dreamworld.  The packaging is simple but conveys the theme of the contents of the album and contains lyrics to many tracks.  This work was recorded over the course of 1999 and 2000, so it has been out for a little while, but it's worth re-visiting to spread the word about this nice album.

The music from this disc covers a nice range of the dark, folk and ethereal styles.  The guitars and harp blend for a solid canvas in which Cheryl's deep vocals paint a picture of mystery.  The introduction is a short a capella piece "The Stolen Child" which gives way to the title track and my favorite piece on this album with emphasis on the harp, the occasional guitar and a blend of background electronics providing a backdrop for Cheryl's vocals.  Her voice is quite deep and resonates best in the lower range, but she manages to climb the scale once in a while, possibly forcing it a little, but on this album it usually works out nicely.

After this masterpiece the album drifts on between minimalistic ambient landscapes such as "Capachocha", "Do Bats Eat Cats?", "Pandora's Music Box" and other dark and mysterious pieces that serve as brief interludes.  The longer vocal tracks all follow the theme nicely, many telling a story or a type of enchanting tale such as "Nimue" with it's eerie foundation wrought of minor broken guitar chords and the Cheryl's deep vocals.  Soon after we manage to drift into the charmed world of "Your Eyes", which has quickly become another favorite of mine from this disc.  The dreamy nature of the vocals and music really send me spinning and is perfect for a nice starry night, or a rainy afternoon when the mood is somber.

The cover of "Cry Baby Cry" from The Beatles should probably be noted as it's rendered in an excellent psychadelic ethereal way that really lends to the mysterious tone of the album.  But then you really delve low into the pits of "Nijinsky's Descent" and "Procession" which is a sort of spoken word piece in a dark and brooding fashion.  At this point the album begins to wrap up with the last few tracks ebbing and fading into something of a gradual set off by the previous tracks.  While "The Blade" is almost upbeat, the mood is somber and "As It Came" actually brings out dark ambient brooding and almost misty atmospher.  "Requiem" and "In The Night" finalize the album in like manner drifting through another world of intrigue and fantasy.

This is an excellent album with it's many facets and enigmatic music.  With fifteen well-done tracks, it has something that fans of the darker, ethereal and ambient music can really enjoy.

Rating: 4/5


Website: www.dreamchildmusic.com
Label: Absinthe Soundworks

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