Virgin Black - Elegant...And Dying review
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
06. The Everlasting
07. Cult Of Crucifixion
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'
Written on 07.10.2007 by
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