Music Reviews

Dead Can Dance: Garden Of The Arcane Delights/Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun/Toward The Within Album Reviews

DEAD CAN DANCE within_the_realm_of_a_dying_sun
GARDEN OF THE ARCANE DELIGHTS/WITHIN THE REALM OF A DYING SUN/TOWARD THE WITHIN
4AD
The dead dance again
8/10 9/10 8/10

4AD continue their sumptuous re-issues of Dead Can Dance with another three releases. Garden of the Arcane Delights (1984) is their only EP, here packaged with contemporary Peel Sessions. Within The Realm Of The Dying Sun (1987) is a major progression in their work with a grandiose, epic feel. Toward The Within (1993) is a live recording from Santa Monica. The band were renowned for showcasing new music live and this contains 12 previously unrecorded tracks. Too often discarded as gothic or new age, Dead Can Dance have been woefully neglected over the years.  These recordings highlight the range and scope of their talent, creating a miasma of beautiful and mysterious music that stands the test of time. An experience of aural delight.

Review published in Louder Than War Magazine Issue 7 Nov/Dec 2016

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