Spiders, Aether & Rain - Review
Trance to the Sun is a product of the 90's goth movement and that of artist Ashkelon Sain. He and a myriad of other artists and vocalists created the several albums that were released by this band from 1994 through 2001. Projekt Records has released this album which spans their history and is subtitled "The Finest Works". The album presents us with 13 spine-tingling ethereal and psychadelic goth, including an unreleased track "Winter Furnace Winds" from the 1997 unfinished album and a cover of Cocteau Twins' track "When Mama Was Moth". This all comes out long after the band has disbanded, though coincides with a reunion and live performance at the May 2007 Convergence 13 festival.
I didn't really catch this band much the first time around and so what is contained on this album is as good as new for me as I'm sure it will be for many listeners and readers. What is presented is very innovative, yet relating well to the influences of other goth and ethereal groups of the time. The arrangement of tracks are not in chronological order as you might expect though they flow well, blending and mixing together into one large amorphous sound. The tracks are long with a lot of repetative psychadelia throughout really invoking a lot of various emotions and moods.
Though I recognize the beauty and intelligence in much of the music, I do struggle with some of the album, maybe because of the psychadelic nature which I feel belongs more with the 70's and Jefferson Airplane and related bands. Many of the track names are somewhat indicative of this such as "Olive the Slut", "Spider Planet" and "Spider Like" among others. However, the goth and ethereal elements shine through and are the saving grace for the album and the band in general. Much of the album has a harsh distorted element to it with solid beats and guitars as a driving force that in many ways are the definition of gothic music.
I don't know if this album or the coinciding live performance is any indication of the band getting together for any more releases or not. Whatever the case may be, this album is a welcome addition to the collection of any fan, new or old as we explore the unique sounds of Trance to the Sun.
Label: Projekt Records