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The Lotus Eaters - Tribute To Dead Can Dance (CD)

The Lotus Eaters
Tribute To Dead Can Dance
by Yiannis Mitsakos at 16 July 2004, 7:02 AM

Dead Can Dance is one of the gothic culture's most precious gems; a band that dared to explore European folk music and cultures long since forgotten like no other, in an unsurpassed way, till this day. Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry were the core of the band.
Unfortunately they don't create their enchanting melodies together anymore. Perry is composing and Gerrard is contributing to soundtracks. You will surely recognize her haunting voice in the Gladiator one.
In order to honour the contribution of Dead Can Dance, The Lotus Eaters was released, with covers from well known bands and artists from the dark side of metal. Even though I am not a big fan of covers, I was anxious to listen to this album.
With names such as The Gathering, Danny Lilker, Trail of Tears, Liv Kristine, Danny Cavanagh, Sarah Jezebel Deva, Nightfall and more, who wouldn't?
I was thrilled with most of the covers. Besides The Gathering's amazing “In Power We Entrust The Love Advocated from the Kevin's Telescope EP, you won't find any other song anywhere else. I especially enjoyed The Lotus Eaters by Imperia and Windfall/Summoning of the Muse by Hortus Animae and Liv Kristine. I hope they do notice that on the track list they misprinted it as “Windall by the way, because the booklet is simply excellent with a beautiful cover.
Most of the covers range from really nice to great and the production is superb. There were a couple of times when I hit the “next button, but that's bound to happen in two and a half hours of material from various artists.
If you like the kind of music that travels you to mystical places from another age, you are bound to know Dead Can Dance and you will be thrilled with this excellent tribute to this great band.
If you don't know a thing about them, this is a wonderful bridge and a great opportunity for to begin the exploration of their world.
An excellent release from Black Lotus records; well done. “The dream remains a nightmare, which haunts our memories…

4 Star Rating

Disc 1

Arcana - In The Wake Of Adversity
Persephone - Spirit
Danny Lilker - Cantara
Ataraxia - Bylar
Faith And The Muse - Mesmerism
Trail Of Tears - The Arcane
Hortus Animae (With Liv Kristine) - Windfall/ Summoning Of The Muse
Amber Asylum - Cardinal Sin
Grido - Rakim
Anathema - How Fortunate Is The Man With None
Imperia - The Lotus Eaters
Ephemeral Sun - Avatar
Sarah Jezebel Deva - The Wind That Shakes The Barley

Disc 2

Black Tape For A Blue Girl - Fortune Present Gifts Not According To The Book
Jarboe - American Dreaming
Antimatter - Black Sun
The Gathering - In Power We Entrust The Love Advocated
Nightfall - The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove
Darkwell - Anywhere Out Of The World
Green Carnation - Cantara
Ulver - In The Kingdom Of The Blind The One-Eyed Are Kings
Akrabu - Desert Song
Noekk - How Fortunate Is The Man With None
Imperial Black - Enigma Of The Absolute
Secrets Of The Moon & Nostalgia - The Protagonist
Monumentum - Windfall
Subterranean Masquerade - Summoning Of The Muse (Deconstructed)
Various Artists
Record Label: Black Lotus Records


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