Virgin Black - Elegant...And Dying

01. Adorned In Ashes
02. Velvet Tongue
03. And The Kiss Of God's Mouth - Part 1
04. And The Kiss Of God's Mouth - Part 2
05. Renaissance
06. The Everlasting
07. Cult Of Crucifixion
08. Beloved
09. Our Wings Are Burning

The Gothic powerhouse that is Virgin Black is a proud leader of the Australian gothic scene. Since the release of their acclaimed debut album Sombre Romantic, the band led by the brains of Rowan London [vocals, keyboards, piano] and Samantha Escarbe [guitars, cello] had been busy creating another standout album. 2003 saw the birth of the second installment of their dark gothic metal, Elegant… And Dying.

Unlike most of the recent so-called Gothic bands, Virgin Black has a genuine Gothic vibe. Elegant… And Dying recaptures the dark atmosphere from their debut-album. The songwriting on this album is focused on more experimental harmonies than their debut album, with longer compositions and less explosive elements. The vocals are still at times borderline insane, in that peculiar Rowan London style. Unlike on Sombre Romantic, Samantha actually played the cello herself, on top of handling the lead guitar duties. The line-up remained stable with Dino Cielo [drums], Craig Edis [guitars, vocals] and Ian Miller [bass, vocals].

As with Sombre Romantic, this gem of an album is a really compelling and worthy musical experience. Detailing this album would be futile. Just listen to any of their songs, if you like it, get this album. Overall, this record features a slower, slightly softer and gloomier pace than its predecessor. The dramatic imprint of Virgin Black is kept alive throughout the record, with some really standout moments. However, "Sombre Romantic" is globally a more appealing album than this one, although Elegant… And Dying stands out as a terrific effort, without trying to emulate the recipe of their previous success.

Highlights: 'Our Wings Are Burning' and 'Adorned in Ashes'

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 9
Production: 8

Band profile: Virgin Black
Album: Elegant...And Dying


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Katatronik - 08.10.2007 at 12:04  
Wonderful album, I love Our Wings Are Burning, Adorned In Ashes and The Kiss Of God's Mouth! Very mystic band, one of my favourites ever, though this isn't their masterpiece album (it's "Sombre Romantic" IMO)... good review!
nehrodwarf - 09.11.2007 at 02:57  
I'm hearing this album, and I'm thinking fine very fine, they melody it's so heavy and in sae time so soft, it's mixing two types of song, and having a very strong vocals in some tracks

very good!!!!!!!!
Solstafir! - 26.10.2009 at 22:10  
Great album! Love the atmosphere of this album...so damn heavy...
My favourite tracks : "And the Kiss of God's Mouth Pt.II" and the really eerie "The Cult of Crucifixion"...

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