Artist: Die Verbannten Kinder Evas
Title: “Dusk And Void Became Alive”
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: 1/16/2007
Genre: Darkwave/Atmospheric/Melancholy Gothic
And so, after an extended period we are finally able to enjoy “Dusk And Void Became Alive”, as it has been a full seven years since the group last released “In Darkness Let Me Dwell”. The return of Die Verbannten Kinder Evas or “The Banished Children Of Eve” (as it is translated) comes with some changes this time around. The side project of Summoning’s Richard Lederer still brings forth the rich and dramatic Darkwave, but singer Tania Borsky has gone on to pursue other interests after growing complacent in the group. In her place, we find the magnificent talents of Christina Kroustali from Greece. She possesses a beautifully romantic voice and her melodic tones captivate the listener and are at times very haunting. Composer Richard Lederer brings you into a world of sullen melancholy and heartfelt despair on the release which they describe as their darkest album in their catalog. Musically this is a very dynamic piece but its use of these feels is not in the typical fashion that one would expect. Each song is very classically rooted and epic in nature but the entire album follows a steady and slow tempo, which might not appeal to those seeking intensity of another kind. The structure as it is presented here allows Kroustali the means to deliver songs that are truly haunting and sad yet at the same time very atmospheric and Gothic. Richard also sings on occasion but no longer does any high voices as he had done on their older material. As the album plays, you can almost feel yourself looking over some solemn lake or field on a brisk day as you think upon the heavier topics in life.
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