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[ Saltillo - Monocyte ]
[ Schattenkinder - Vision of Nightfall ]
[ Screams For Tina - 2003 A.D. ]
[ SD6 - Between Noise and Transmission ]
[ Seabound - Double-Crosser ]
[ Seabound - No Sleep Demon V2.0 ]
[ Seabound - Poisonous Friend ]
[ Seabound - Beyond Flatline ]
[ Second Skin - Black Eyed Angel ]
[ The Secret Meeting - Ultrashiver ]
[ Seventh Harmonic - The Garden of Dilmun ]
[ ShadowPlay - ShadowPlay ]
[ Sibelian - Gothic Opera 1999-2011 ]
[ Silent Auction - H On Earth ]
[ Silica Gel - Genesis ]
[ Silica Gel - Nada Es Eterno ]
[ Silica Gel - La Mitad ]
[ Silvery - Black Box ]
[ [:SITD:] - Ikon:Koru ]
[ [:SITD:] - Rot ]
[ [:SITD:] - bestie:mensch ]
[ [:SITD:] - Coded Message:12 ]
[ [:SITD:] - Stronghold ]
[ Skeleton Trees - Season of Mists ]
[ Skinny Puppy - The Greater Wrong of the Right ]
[ Sleep Slid In - The Open Diary ]
[ Sleeptheif - Eurydice (CDS) ]
[ Sleeptheif - The Dawnseeker ]
[ Soil and Eclipse - Mirror ]
[ Soil and Eclipse - Purity ]
[ Sol Invictus - Sol Veritus Lux (2006) ]
[ Solemn Novena - Kiss The Girls ]
[ Soman - Mask ]
[ The Soil Bleeds Black - Mirror of the Middle Ages ]
[ Soriah (with Ashkelon Sain) - Eztica ]
[ Soriah (with Ashkelon Sain) - Atlan ]
[ Soul Flight - Soul Flight ]
[ Soulscape - Grave New World ]
[ SPC ECO - Push EP ]
[ SPC ECO - 3-D ]
[ State of the Union - Inpendum ]
[ State of the Union - Timerunner ]
[ Stereoskop - Electrika ]
[ Stereoskop - In A While EP ]
[ sToa - Silmand ]
[ sToa - ZAL ]
[ Streeturchin - Native ['neitiv] ]
[ Stromkern - Light It Up ]
[ Stromkern - Stand Up ]
[ Subway To Sally - Bastard ]
[ Suicide Commando - X.20 (Best Of) ]
[ Suicide Commando - Bind, Torture, Kill ]
[ Suicide Commando - Axis of Evil ]
[ Sumerland - Imaginary Ways ]
[ Supreme Court - Yell It Out ]
[ Syrian - Alien Nation ]
[ Syrian - Kosmonauta ]
[ Syrian - Cosmic Gate ]
[ System Syn - All Seasons Pass ]
[ System Syn - End ]
[ System Syn - The Mourning Ritual ]
[ System Syn - Postscript ]
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[ Tannhauser - a.new.biostate ]
[ Tearwave - Different Shade Of Beauty ]
[ Tearwave - Tearwave ]
[ Terminal Gods - Electric Eyes ]
[ Third Realm - New World Order ]
[ Third Realm - Romantic Death ]
[ ThouShaltNot - Land Dispute ]
[ ThouShaltNot - The White Beyond ]
[ Thy Veils - The Diaphonous Depressions ]
[ Tolchock - Wipe Out, Burn Down, Annihilate ]
[ Tor Lundvall - Yule ]
[ T.O.Y. - Fairytale MCD ]
[ T.O.Y. - White Lights ]
[ Trance to the Sun - Spiders, Aether & Rain ]
[ Trinity Project, The - The Subtle Movements... ]
[ Tristraum - Gray ]
[ Trobar De Morte - Legends of Blood and Light ]
[ Trobar De Morte - Reverie ]
[ Trobar De Morte - Fairydust ]
[ The Twilight Garden - A World We Pretend ]
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[ Unavox - Angels Dance Upwards ]
[ Underwater Pilots - Tranquil Places ]
[ Unheilig - Zelluloid ]
[ Unto Ashes - Burials Foretold ]
[ Unto Ashes - The Blood of my Lady ]
[ Unto Ashes - Songs for a Widow ]
[ Unto Ashes - Grave Blessings ]
[ Unto Ashes - I Cover You With Blood ]
[ Unto Ashes - Empty Into White ]
[ Unto Ashes - Saturn Return ]
[ Unwoman - Blossoms ]
This talented group consists of the artistic talents of Katharina (lyrics, vocals), Madeleine (guitar, lyrics, vocals), Reiner (Synths, lyrics), Katja (Violin) and Sven (Guitars).  The project was originally formed by Reiner as he experimented with computers and synthetic musical elements.  His quest to create beautiful music brought together these other four great musicians and vocalists for a unique and very talented group.  They got their start in 2001 and later released their demo album Fluch der Illusionand later that year their EP Reich der zarten Illusion.  Over the next few years they have put together their first full-length album Vision of Nightfall which was released in May of 2004 on the German Dark Wings label.

With the volume of EBM and Gothic metal coming out of Germany lately, it's a nice surprise to see something along the lines of Ethereal and Heavenly Voices music released.  Their combination of spellbinding female vocals and symphonic instruments from synths and violins with the occasional piano and percussion create a captivating sound.  Fans of legendary groups from labels like Projekt, Prikosnovenie and Trisol will love the works from this group.  Their full-length album is a masterpiece in Ethereal music.

Keep an eye on this group.  I hope to see many more releases from them in the near future.  Be sure to listen to selections on the Ethereal radio show here on Gothic Paradise.


Vision of Nightfall – Review

I was caught completely by surprise when I first checked out samples by this group.  I had read they were a "Heavenly Voices" project, but what I heard far surpassed my expectations.  This debut full-length album is a great work containing thirteen emotional and captivating tracks.

I think that it might be obvious with a group like this that the lush female vocals are the focus of most of the album.  However, the foundation is easily portrayed through the mixture of guitars, violin, smooth percussion and subtle electronics.  The occasional tribal percussion becomes the most moving element such as in "Sin", "Seirene" and a few others which become the most upbeat tracks on the album.

The most prominent elements are the vocals and violin as portrayed in almost every selection on the album.  It is extremely hard for me to pick out a favorite track on the album.  However, I think that the first couple of songs really bring out the solid beauty and structure of the music.  The title track "Vision of Nightfall" kicks off the album with angelic vocals lilting along and male spoken word wrapping it up.  The following track "Vanished" has also quickly become a favorite for me, for many of the same reasons.  Partly because the vocals are in English which makes it easier for me to understand, but many of the German songs are also very touching.  The music and emotional tone of the vocals help to portray thoughts and feelings that go beyond words in "Mondnacht" and "Unser Traum".

Vision of Nightfall is a great new album for fans to latch onto and enjoy to the fullest.  These talented artists have been able to pull together their various gifts into this remarkable work.  Since this is a relatively new band with very little exposure, it's probably fair to say that we're all new fans and so I invite all fans of Ethereal and Heavenly Voices music to check this one out.

Rating: 4.5/5


Website: www.schattenkinder.de
Label: www.dark-wings.com

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