This band was originally formed in 1996 by the duo Marion and Gernot Musch and several years were later joined by Inge Breichler. The band gathered a good local following and were later signed by the prominent German label Trisol in 1999. Over the course of the next five years they released four albums. They did many live shows including the popular Wave Gothik Treffen festival. After a very long wait (from 2004 to 2009), fans have waited and the band has worked tirelessly on their fifth and final album.
The music of this band has been a composition of an excellent mix of gothic, dark wave and dreamy ethereal. Fans in Germany and many parts of Europe will be very familiar with this band and the heavenly voices that front most of their tracks. However, with Trisol, it's unfortunate that they haven't received much exposure in North America, though most die-hard ethereal fans will be familiar with them regardless.
As we move onto this, their final chapter, it's unfortunate but understandable that all good things must come to an end. We wish the band members the best in all of their future endeavors and hope that readers will check out their entire catalog and enjoy what they read and hear on Gothic Paradise.
Until The Day Dawn - Review
It has been a long wait for fans, but as we're about to prove with this review, this work has been well worth the wait and time it took for this trio to put together the excellent music on this album. This album comes packaged in a beautiful digipack with twelve pages containing lyrical excerpts from the songs, photos of the band and a nice little introductory blurb from the band about this, their final work.
The album is not only beautiful in the packaging, but contains sixteen lovely tracks that hold the listener entranced throughout them all. It would take much too much space and time to disect and discuss each of these stellar tracks, so we'll touch on a few highlights. For example, I think it's interesting to note the broad range of languages the band tackles including their native German, English, French and Spanish. That in itself will please many fans throughout much of the western world. The lyrics (that I understand) are thought-provoking and meaningful, lending themselves well to the somber moods and ethereal soundscapes whether they be the downtempo dreamy masterpieces, or the upbeat dark wave sounds with heavy percussion and strumming guitar beating out the rhythm. Other instruments range from the captivating viola which is a solid force on this album, to the subtle electronics that add depth and variety to the music.
A few favorites on the album include the dreamy "Heaven Cries" which is a spellbinding ethereal piece that fans of the Heavenly Voices comilations should love. The viola comes out strong on this piece helping to provide a solid backdrop for Marion's own heavenly vocals. In an measured upbeat pace, "Nulle Vie" is another sweet piece that captures the listener's heart. "Fallen Angel's Choir" is beautiful choral piece that sounds anything like fallen angels, but is pure angelic beauty. "Frozen Sand" is another moving piece that combines the beautiful ethereal vocals with a moving beat that gets the body moving and stands out with it's inner beauty and captivating music (haha... I just described nearly every track on this album). "A Rider's Song" is another example of this type of moving piece and has quickly become a favorite on the album. Of course, it's not all just ethereal beauty, Gernot lends his vocals on a few tracks for more of folk and cold wave sound that fans should enjoy for the variety and some of these pieces have also become favorites. Among these is the somber piece "Black Angel" with it's moody mix of guitar, viola and backing angelic vocals or later the solid piece "The Iconoclast". As the album moves along we're treated with a few more of these pieces, as well as a mix of male and female vocals and of course more of the dreamy perfected ethereal sound that we love from this band. "Nada Mas" is another beautiful piece that is drenched in heavenly beauty and also sung in spanish for yet another accomplishment and stunning variety.
Well, in the end I nearly named all tracks as favorites, but I think that should just give the reader and idea of how well composed this album really is. It will be a definite classic here at Gothic Paradise and within fans' collections for many years to come.