Anastasis - Dead Can Dance
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"I thought 'Anastasis' [the Greek word for 'resurrection'] was a good title given our reunion," explains Brendan Perry, who, with Lisa Gerrard, formed the band in Melbourne in 1981. The pair released seven studio albums and one live album, before going their own ways after 1996's "Spiritchaser". "'Anastasis' also means 'in between two stages'," he adds. "Regeneration comes with the next season." Age hasn't withered DCD, not the passing of the years; if anything, the album sounds bolder, stronger, more confident in its vision. There's surely no other musical force on the planet that sounds so stately and yet mesmeric; who combine so effortlessly the spiritual and the earthbound with music that's not tied to any one century, but roams freely between the ages as well as the continents.
- Children Of The Sun
- Return Of The She-King
- All In Good Time
cole porter on 07.07.2012
after all this time it's frightening to think that dead can dance have managed to continue on as though they'd never left. while not exactly picking up where they left off (there's a distinct lack of the tribal sounds from the spiritchaser album), it's still impossible to mistake them for anyone else. the feel is not too far off 'into the labyrinth' or the live album 'toward the within'. i grew up listening to these guys - and to have them back - and for them to come back with complete dignity - warms my tiny, shrivelled up and bitter heart no end. thank you dead can dance. now if only we could get a this mortal coil comeback my teenage self might even crack a smile....
VDC on 02.08.2012
Well, after all those years, Gerrard and Perry did it again... And how! 'Anastasis' is an outstandingly beautiful album, even more, it's a 'pièce de résistance' a masterpiece. I might be tendentious being a DCD fan since their very start in the early eighties, nevertheless the reunion of this unique duo gave birth to 8 magical songs, from the first tone of 'Children of the Sun' till the last ones of 'All In Good Time' you're likely be floating on the moon or wherever far away from here...
The Arrival of the Reunion
maarts on 25.08.2012
In many ways Anastasis has picked up where Dead Can Dance's last album, 1996's Spiritchaser left off- lengthy, mostly slow down tracks, alternately based around Brendan Perry's rich baritone or Lisa Gerrard's glossolalia but this album is lusher, in sound. courtesy of an abundance of strings and loads of echo in the vocals that at times can sound overwhelming but give it a rich and warm sound. There's also the exotic percussion instruments giving individual tracks their flavour- none better than on the excellent Kiko where the strings, slow rhythmic patterns and wonderful picked guitar evoke the Arabic indulgence of 1001 Night, the Moroccan Sufi-rhythm on Opium- or the Irish rolling drum- patterns on Return Of The She-King, a reference to Gráinne O'Malley, a character from Irish writer Morgan Llywelyn, This album shares a warm spirit between two strongly varied individuals, one very emotive, the other very cerebral, who in solo-efforts both were perhaps lacking that little spark of mag