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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 - Strange Days ]
[ Dark Souls Day - X-Lives ]
[ Dawn Desiree' - Dancing, Dreaming, Longing... ]
[ Dead When I Found Her - Eyes on Backwards ]
[ Dead When I Found Her - All The Way Down ]
[ Dead When I Found Her - Rag Doll Blues ]
[ Dead Can Dance - Anastasis ]
[ Decoded Feedback - Dark Passenger ]
[ 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 ]
[ Delain - Moonbathers ]
[ Delerium - Mythologie ]
[ Deleyaman - The Lover, The Stars & The Citadel ]
[ Deleyaman - The Edge ]
[ Deleyaman - Fourth - Part Two ]
[ 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 ]
[ Diversant:13 - Ode To Inhumanity ]
[ Domiana - The Sacred Heart ]
[ Dominion³ - Life Has Ended Here ]
[ Doppelganger - Dancing ]
[ Double Echo - Life Inside/Rupture/Sylvia ]
[ Double Echo - Phantomime ]
[ 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 - When The Wolves Return ]
[ 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 ]
[ The Exploding Boy - Four ]
[ The Exploding Boy - The Black Album ]
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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 - Shine ]
[ 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 - The American Dream ]
[ Foreign Resort, The - New Frontiers ]
[ Foreign Resort, The - Scattered & Buried ]
[ Foreign Resort, The - The Foreign Resort ]
[ Foreign Resort, The - Offshore ]
[ Friends of Alice Ivy - The Last Days of Fenwyck ]
[ Friends of Alice Ivy - The Golden Cage and the Mirrored Maze ]
[ 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 ]
This excellent medieval band was formed some time ago out of the medieval scene in Germany.  In a short time recently they've been able to release three excellent albums that have received high praise amongst fans of medeival, celtic and neo-folk music in Europe.  Their debut album was released in the spring of 2003 and was titled Zauberspruche and received positive reviews and feedback launching this band's career.  They quickly followed up with their sophomore work Licht which renewed the intrigue of this band.  This was followed by their DVD Lichtbilber featuring live performances, interviews, video clips and more.

2005 brought about their third excellent album Renaissance.  The band builds more onto their career and their talents with added instruments, styles and character with this release.  However, the best part about this album is that they also released it through the North American label Noir Records, the Dancing Ferret sub-label focusing on the ethereal and medieval sub-genres of the gothic scene.  Now the fame of this band will spread farther and wider amongst new found fans around the world.

Fans of medieval, celtic, neo-folk and ethereal music will love this band.  They mix in bagpipes and danceable beats for sounds similar to Corvus Corax, beautiful vocals that should entice Estampie fans, and the occasional modern synth that Qntal fans will really enjoy.  The band is composed of five talented musicians that each show a love for their music.  Members include Oliver Sa Tyr (vocals, celtic harp, etc.), Lisa Pawelke (vocals, hurdy gurdy), Fiona R�ggeberg (vocals, recorders, whistles, bagpipes), R�diger Maul (percussion) and Niel Mitra (synths, etc). Their talents are noteworthy and come together well for an excellent sound that will leave an impression.  Listeners of Gothic Paradise radio should recognize this band's name and relate it to their fun medieval musical renditions.  If you haven't heard them yet, don't wait any longer and check them out.




Renaissance - Review

This all new fun album from these masters of medieval music shows how the band can continue to evolve and grow on each work. This album spans the genres of gothic, medieval, celtic and folk music for a nice selection ten great tracks.  The music varies between upbeat and smooth romantic ethereal, so there's a little bit for all fans of this music.

The album starts off on a bouncy and upbeat note with "Satyros" which is a fun traditional song that you can imagine the people gathered around a large fireplace or at a festival dancing and singing, the flautist playing and others on percussion and other instruments.  This leads to "Da que deus" which is another upbeat and fun track based on a traditional portuguese poem and music.  At this point the album changes direction slightly for an original track by the band "Tagelied" featuring male vocals and a smooth, sweet harmony.  At this poitn we reach something of an interlude with "Rhiannon", a traditional and fun-sounding instrumental piece which reminds me a lot of Corvus Corax pieces with the bagpipe being at the forefront and the additional of the occasional cheer from the musicians.

Sirena picks up the album again with a haunting Sephardic piece "Sirena", which is about sirens calling to a bride before her wedding, sung by a pair of sirens and accompanied once more by a myriad of period instruments with the pipes at the forefront for a spectacular mix.  At this point we've reached one of my favorite pieces on this album.  Anyone that's familiar with the ethereal radio show here will no doubt recognize a love for smooth ethereal music with a muse lending her vocal talents for a mesmerizing piece.  "K�nigin" is this piece featuring another original piece by the band with Lisa on vocals.  The listener is then lured into what seems like an ambient, enchanting theme and is thrust into the maelstrom with the onslaught of slowly building percussion and tempo to a fun climax in "Iyansa".  After this surprisingly raging piece we're left once again with a beautiful ethereal piece "Liobere Risen" that will melt the listener's heart with it's beauty.  Once again the we're treated with male vocals on "Rosmarin" with another original piece by the band written in traditional fashion that shows the band has talent in not only recreating traditional pieces, but in creating their own.  This brings to the finale of the album "Das Tor" which wraps it up in grand fashion through simplistic and hypnotic beauty building on a simple rhythm and vocals, building, ebbing and flowing through intricate tapestries and then fading, leaving the listener wanting more.  This final piece is possibly the best piece on the album in simple elegance and a perfect way to end a great work.

Rating: 5/5




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