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.
Despite the solemn nature of the recording, it does not leave you in a state of inconsolable grief but instead a bit more relaxed and perhaps stronger in ones sense of purpose. I loved the musical difference that it offered from everything else available and feel that Lederer has succeeded beyond his expectations. He is to be applauded for continuing with his creations for this group. Its music that is perfect for a concert hall where one enjoys classical music and symphony. With the group being comprised of only Lederer and Kroustali, I am wondering how it would sound in the live sense with strings, additional keyboards and traditional percussion implements. It has a big sound with two people and I imagine it being much more profound should the performing lineup be extended by a few members. I admit that I enjoyed the whole album and with most of the songs blending together in rhythm it was a bit hard to separate it piece by piece. I love the opening track especially and even “Winter’s Night” which seems to have highland drums in it. I am guessing that those are programmed since this is not really a percussion record.
I would expect that the Gothic fans would take well to this unique Darkwave group and perhaps fans of operatic voices will love this overall intelligent and passionate piece of music. Lederer has proven that creativity has many directions and we have definitely not heard the last of Ms. Kroustali. The listener should approach this with an open mind and allow it to bring them to other worlds of musical enjoyment.
1. Dusk And Void Became Alive
3. Winter’s Night
4. Unquiet Thoughts
5. Cease To Breath
6. Praise Blindness Eyes
7. Virtues Cloak
8. Moon Muse
Official Website: www.dvke.info