Tag Archives: die verbannten kinder evas

Revisiting “Metal Edge” Magazine: The CD Reviews – Part 4

These album overviews were originally written for Metal Edge Magazine when I was a contributor to their “Hear Us Out” CD reviews section back in 2006-2007. With the magazine wrapping up publication a few months ago, I decided to add them to the context of our PiercingMetal presentation. I felt that by doing this I would not only be raising the horns in remembrance of the magazine but would also be able to showcase just how different writing for a major publication was when it all came down to it. Since “Hear Us Out” notations were usually “100” words in length, these posts will feature several reviews each until we run out of them. The freelance writing tenure at Metal Edge Magazine was discussed on THIS LINK so please check that out when done. Here are the reviews, so “Hear Us Out”.

Die Verbannetn Kinder Evas: “Dusk And Void Became Alive” (Napalm Records)

Translated to “The Banished Children Of Eve”, the side project of Summoning’s Richard Lederer brings you into a world of sullen melancholy and heartfelt despair. It’s a deeply rooted in classical epic and showcases the beautiful voice of Christina Kroustali across the release. It’s not upbeat or fast in any sense but instead almost hauntingly romantic at time while leaving the listening with a slight sense of sadness. The Gothic scene would take well to this unique Darkwave group and fans of operatic voices will love this overall intelligent and passionate release. Approach this with an open mind.

Edenbridge: “The Grand Design” (Napalm Records)

Angelic Bombastic Rock was how I first heard Edenbridge described and it’s pretty close to the mark with the lovely Sabine Edelsbacher who’s melodic and soaring vocals quickly bring you into the bands world. Musically masterminded by Lanvall (guitar/keys) they are adept at quality sounding Hard Rock that is rich in sound but not over the top enough to lose you with super technical displays. It’s all about big vocals harmony and rich melodies that you find as soon as it begins. A surprise addition was the Sheena Easton track “For Your Eyes Only”, from the popular James Bond movie of the same name.
Continue reading Revisiting “Metal Edge” Magazine: The CD Reviews – Part 4

“Dusk And Void Became Alive” by Die Verbannten Kinder Evas

Artist: Die Verbannten Kinder Evas
Title: “Dusk And Void Became Alive”
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: 1/16/2007
Genre: Darkwave/Atmospheric/Melancholy Gothic
Rating: 4/5

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.
Continue reading “Dusk And Void Became Alive” by Die Verbannten Kinder Evas