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Combining goth, and the somber sounds of Christian Death and the Damned, Diary of Dreams began in 1994 with the release of Cholymelan. The title track to that debut album is included here in a compilation that brings listeners up to the present day with the electronic artistry of Adrian Hates. Hates is also responsible for European label Accession Records. Gloomily intoned vocals and regular beats encourage a ghoulish shuffle in the fans that gives Diary of Dreams its cult status. Two songs from each of the band's four previous albums complement four entirely new tracks on this career-retrospective compilation. Sung in appropriate German accent, Moments in Bloom is for creatures that blossom by night. File it next to Tones on Tail and New Order and dance under the black lights.


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The German gothic/darkwave group Diary Of Dreams began in the late '80s as the side-project of singer/songwriter Aidan Hates, who at the time was also a member of the similarly-minded Garden Of Delight. Hates collaborated with guitarist Alistair Kane on Diary Of Dreams' first album, 1994's Cholymelan. Two years later, the duo returned with End Of Flowers, which they released on Hates' Accession label. 1997 saw the release of Bird Without Wings and increasing popularity for the group; by 1998 they...
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