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Editors’ Notes

There was a time when Dead Can Dance had the playing field all to itself. The Australian duo of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard played atmospheric music so far left of center that it seemed improbable the mainstream would ever catch up. But as today's musicians have easier access to the technology needed to make such gothic sounds, Perry and Gerrard lurk as elder statesmen. Here, "Children of the Sun" is the welcoming epic, a symphonic piece that revels in its slow sense of warp. "Anabasis" breaks into a Middle Eastern trance with Gerrard melting into the instrumentation. "Kiko" builds from ominous, downcast synths and a pounding beat into an exploration of Arabesque mysticism. "Opium"—at less than six minutes, the album's shortest track and a virtual jog in the park—is the most sonically arresting track. Its West Indian drums and solid melodic lines set a tone worthy of Joy Division for Perry to hand down tablets from the mount. 

Customer Reviews

Blown Away, but always am :D

Unbeatable sonic magnificent. Still not surpassed. Dont buy it, leave the wonder to us long time fans and languish without knowing what true glory is.

Slightly Disappointing

I have been a fan since the mid 80s. Until Spiritchaser each album was different and I can't really say which one I prefer. I love them all. Listening to "Within the realm of a dying sun" still gives me goose bumps. Sadly the new album doesn't offer anything new. It is a good album and I can't wait to see them live at the Albert Hall, but it is lacking innovation and originality. It sounds as if Lisa and Brendan went through their solo back catalogue, took the best bits and re-arranged them slightly. Some of the melodies sound far too familiar. I have to admit that I expected a lot more. I get no goose bumps listening to Anastasis. Sorry.

Very Dead Can Dance

Lots of ethnic musical space and instrumental arrangements giving that unmistakeable Dead Can Dance VIBE. With vocals from Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry.

Haunting / transporting / melancholy / totally absorbing . . . . brilliant.


Formed: 1981 in Australia

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Dead Can Dance combine elements of European folk music — particularly music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance — with ambient pop and worldbeat flourishes. Their songs are of lost beauty, regret and sorrow, inspiration and...
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