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Enter the Mysterium

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Album Review

Although Peter Ulrich remains best known as an on-again, off-again member of Dead Can Dance (he supplied percussion on such classics as 1987's Within the Realm of a Dying Sun), he is an accomplished composer in his own right, as evidenced by his sporadic solo recordings. Like the releases by his former band, Ulrich's latest solo outing, 2005's Enter the Mysterium, is an incredibly lush recording — chock-full of exotic instruments not usually associated with your typical rock bands (recorder, oboe, violin, etc.). Recorded at his home and also at a few British studios, Enter the Mysterium would serve as the perfect soundtrack to a European marketplace before the advent of electricity (think one of the early flashback scenes of Highlander, and you're not far off). Written entirely by Ulrich (who also supplies the vocals and the majority of the instruments all by himself) and paying close attention to sonic detail, Mysterium is definitely a "headphones album," as evidenced by such standouts as "The Scryer and the Shewstone," "The Witchbottle of Suffolk," and "Kakatak Tamai." If you're looking for soothing music that is 100 percent free of distorted Marshall amplifiers, Enter the Mysterium is recommended.

Customer Reviews

back from the dead

It's all the magical percussion of Dead Can Dance but more folk oriented. Still great music.

Loved it! What else can I say, Peter's music speaks for itself

What can I say, if you like “Dead Can Dance” or "Peter Ulrich- Pathways and Dawns" you should like this. This is one of the few albums I liked the first time I heard it. My favorite songs on this album are “Across The Bridge”, “The Witchbottle Of”, “Another Day” and “Flesh to Flame”, but that’s just me. Put some headphones on, lay back, close your eyes, and let it take you away! Out of this world, literally!

Exceptional recording, great music a rarity these days!

I own a high end audio store and use this CD, (as well as his first CD Pathways and Dawns) to demonstrate audio systems costing over $100,000, so you know the sound must be extraordinary. My customers seem to always be impressed by the huge sense of space in the recording, as if it were recorded in a huge cathedral. But it isn't all recording quality at the expense of musicality, like some audiophile recordings, there's real substance here. Hypnotic melodies played on the most interesting organic instruments that leave you wanting more. Great catchy phrases that work so well with the music, like the songs ‘Another Day’ or ‘Always Dancing’ from the first CD. I would recommend ‘Another Day’ and ‘Flesh to Flame’ to start with.


Born: August 29, 1958 in Perivale, Middlesex, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Percussionist/composer Peter Ulrich is perhaps best known for his long-time collaboration with Dead Can Dance. Ulrich joined the group in 1983 and appeared on albums like Garden of Arcane Delights, Within the Realm of a Dying Sun, and Spiritchaser, and was a touring member of the group until 1990. He also collaborated on Ivo Watts-Russell's This Mortal Coil project, contributing the song "At First, And Then" to Filigree and Shadow, and also played with 4AD labelmates Michael Brook and the Wolfgang...
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