Artist: Elend Year: Sep 23, 2003 Publisher: Prophecy Germany You can listen to samples from this album by clicking the links below, each sample is in MP3 format.
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Category: France --> Metal --> Heavy Metal
The Poisonous Eye - 6:55
Worn Out With Dreams - 5:43
Charis - 5:58
Under War-Broken Trees - 5:36
Away from Barren Stars - 7:28
Winds Devouring Men - 4:38
Vision Is All That Matters - 5:59
The Newborn Sailor - 5:54
The Plain Masks of Daylight - 6:10
A Staggering Moon - 5:54
Overview: Having fulfilled their original ambition to transpose the Roman Catholic 'Lecons de Tenebre' masses into music on their first three albums, Austrian/French trio Elend embarked on a five-year hiatus before resuming their sonic explorations with 2003's Winds Devouring Men. Once again based on a pre-existing work (in this case a French poem), Winds Devouring Men is a highly complex, deeply evocative work meshing melancholy, ethereal, orchestral arrangements with occasional bursts of dramatic bombast, many of which are denoted by unexpected incursions into industrial music. Soothing male vocals sung in English set the patient, relaxed, pace and a supporting cast of piano, strings, horns, chorales, and the occasional female soprano accompany the group's core trio in creating a diverse, but clearly unified composition over these ten tracks. The final result is quite simply mesmerizing, and not even the title track's surprising flirtation with dissonant 'musique concrete' can detract from this truly accomplished and stunning release.
Credits: Dave Kempf - Violin Elend - Main Performer Iskandar Hasnawi - Design, Engineer, Multi Instruments, Photography, Producer, Programming, Sound Design, Vocals Klaus Amann - Horn, Trombone, Trumpet Nathalie Barbary - Soprano Renaud Tschirner - Design, Engineer, Multi Instruments, Photography, Producer, Programming, Sound Design, Vocals S??bastien Roland - Engineer, Multi Instruments, Producer, Programming, Sound Design, Vocals Shinji Chihara - Viola, Violin Simon Eberl - Noise, Scenery
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