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A
[ A Covenant of Thorns - If The Heavens Should Fall ]
[ A Covenant of Thorns - Hallowed Hallow ]
[ Aarktica - In Sea ]
[ Absurd Minds - Serve Or Suffer ]
[ Absurd Minds - NoumenoN ]
[ Absurd Minds - The Focus ]
[ Acretongue - Strange Cargo ]
[ Aenima - Sentient ]
[ Aeon Sable - Saturn Return ]
[ Aeon Sable - Per Aspera Ad Astra ]
[ Aesma Daeva - The Thalassa Mixes ]
[ Aesma Daeva - Dawn of the New Athens ]
[ Alice in Videoland - Maiden Voyange Plus ]
[ Alice in Videoland - Outrageous! ]
[ Alio Die & Jack or Jive - Mei-Jyu ]
[ All My Faith Lost ... - The Hours ]
[ All My Faith Lost ... - As You're Vanishing In Silence ]
[ Anabantha - Sin Decir Adios ]
[ And One - Frontfeuer EP ]
[ And One - Bodypop ]
[ And One - Aggressor ]
[ Android Lust - Devour, Rise and Take Flight ]
[ Android Lust - The Dividing ]
[ Angelic Foe - Oppressed by the Heavens ]
[ AngelTheory - Re-Possession ]
[ Angels & Agony - Unison ]
[ Angels & Agony - Avatar ]
[ Anima Virus - End of the Eden ]
[ Anti-M - Damage ]
[ Apraxia - Trite Permission ]
[ Arcana - As Bright As A Thousand Suns ]
[ Arcana - Emerald ]
[ Arcana - Raspail ]
[ Arcana - Le Serpent Rouge ]
[ Arcana - The New Light ]
[ Arcana - Inner Pale Sun ]
[ Arditi - Omni Ensis Impera ]
[ Artesia - Wanderings ]
[ Artesia - Chants d'Automne ]
[ Artesia - Hilvern ]
[ Arts of Erebus - On The Edge Of Insanity ]
[ Arts of Erebus - Dawn of the Dead ]
[ Ascii.Disko - Black Orchid: From Airlines To Lifelines ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Bruise ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Compass ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Meta ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Binary ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Ground ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Storm ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Let The Wind Erase Me ]
[ Ataraxia - Llyr ]
[ Atrium Animae - Dies Irae ]
[ Attrition - The Jeopardy Maze ]
[ Attrition - Smiling, at the Hypogonder Club ]
[ Attrition - At the Fiftieth Gate ]
[ Attrition - 3 Arms & a Dead Cert ]
[ Attrition - In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts ]
[ Attrition - Tearing Arms From Deities ]
[ Aura Noctis - Vitae Proelium ]
[ Aura Noctis - Itineris I ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Divinian ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Eifelian ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Ablaze ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Shades Of Grey ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Riverine ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Over the Ocean ]
[ Aythis - Glacia ]
[ Azoic, The - Corruption EP ]
[ Azoic, The - Illuminate ]
[ Azoic, The - Conflict EP ]
[ Azoic, The - Forward... ]
B
[ backandtotheleft - Obsolete ]
[ Behind the Scenes - Pure ]
[ Bella Lune - Secrets ]
[ Bella Lune - Ophelia ]
[ Bella Lune - Synesthesia ]
[ Bella Morte - Before The Flood ]
[ Bella Morte - Beautiful Death ]
[ Bella Morte - Bleed The Grey Sky Black ]
[ Bella Morte - Songs For The Dead ]
[ Bella Morte - As The Reasons Die ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Hide and Seek ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Imaginary Monsters ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Pins and Needles ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Walking With Strangers ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Violet ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Violet EP ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Nothing and Nowhere ]
[ Black Tape for a Blue Gril - The Rope ]
[ Black Tape for a Blue Gril - Remnants of a Deeper Purity ]
[ Black Tape for a Blue Girl - Halo Star ]
[ Black Tape for a Blue Girl - Tarnished ]
[ Blackmore's Night - Autumn Sky ]
[ Blackmore's Night - Winter Carols ]
[ Blank - Dark Retreat ]
[ Blank - Impact Zone ]
[ Blank - Artificial Breathing ]
[ Blank - Overhead EP ]
[ Bloodwire - Transformation ]
[ Blue Birds Refuse To Fly - Xenomorph Angel ]
[ Bow Ever Down - The Product Of My Pain ]
[ Brillig - The Red Coats ]
[ Brillig - The Plagiarist ]
[ Brotherhood - Turn The Gold To Chrome ]
C
[ Caelum Bliss - 1993-1999 ]
[ Carol Blaze - I Killed My Love ]
[ Carphax Files - Revolutions vol 1: dirt ]
[ Carphax Files - Vengeance ]
[ Cathedral Park - Monument ]
[ Cell Division - Chymeia ]
[ Cervello Elettronico - Negate the Instigator ]
[ Cesium_137 - Intelligent Design ]
[ Cesium_137 - Luminous ]
[ Cesium_137 - Elemental ]
[ Chandeen - Blood Red Skies ]
[ Chandeen - Teenage Poetry ]
[ Chandeen - Pandora's Box ]
[ Changelings - Debut ]
[ Changelings - Astronomica ]
[ Chiasm - 11:11 ]
[ Chiasm - Obligatory ]
[ Chiasm - Reform ]
[ Chiasm - Relapse ]
[ Chiasm - Divided We Fall ]
[ Chiasm - Disorder ]
[ Charlotte's Shadow - Hush ]
[ Claire Voyant - Lustre ]
[ Claire Voyant - Love Is Blind ]
[ Code 64 - Departure ]
[ Collection d'Arnell-Andrea - Exposition ]
[ Collide - These Eyes Before ]
[ Collide - Two Headed Monster ]
[ Collide - Like The Hunted DVD ]
[ Collide - Live At The El Rey ]
[ Collide - Vortex ]
[ Collide - Some Kind Of Strange ]
[ Colony 5 - Buried Again ]
[ Colony 5 - Knives ]
[ Colony 5 - Fixed ]
[ Corvus Corax - Best Of Corvus Corax ]
[ Covenant - Modern Ruin ]
[ Covenant - Skyshaper ]
[ Covenant - Ritual Noise ]
[ Covenant - Northern Light ]
[ Creating.Paradise - Killing Dreams EP ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Immortal ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Birthday ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Dreamcypher ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Fortress in Flames]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Telemetry of a Fallen Angel ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Ethernaut ]
[ Culture Kultür - Spirit ]
[ Culture Kultür - Reborn ]
[ Cylix - Alpha ]


Autumn Sky - Review

The duo of Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night have been making music as Blackmore's Night for several years now.  Their awesome renaissance music style mixed with electric guitars and other modern elements is a nice twist that people really have a hard time classifying. img This album continues to add to their long history of great releases that are accessible to such a wide audience. Fans of the various celtic, new age, rennaissance, medieval, folk and even a bit of gothic touches all can enjoy at leeast some selections from this band. Here they cover quite a wide range right on this one disc in the form of their latest album spanning fifteen of these creative tracks.

The album kicks off with festive soundscapes that bring to mind imagery of the green, cold Scottish countryside in this track appropriately named "Highland". Many listeners caught in the hustle and bustle of city-life can relate well with the lyrics as they tell the story of a desire for a simpler life in the highlands. Many tracks on the album bring out this feeling of festivities at a rennaissance fair with the games, dancing and up-beat folk music. As we move across this piece and throughout the album with "Journeyman (Vandraren)" with it's mixture of flute and pipes and the festive "Song and Dance" we get this ongoing feeling of being in the middle of a large medieval or celtic party. Each of these tracks has just enough of that touch of the fairy world and upbeat folk music to keep the soul light and happy and be interesting and accessible to a wide audience.

The album is divided roughly about half and half between this festive music and slower ballads. "Vagabond (Make a Princess of Me)" is the first of these with a definite rennaissance folk sound to it that many readers and listeners here can really enjoy with the excellent guitar work mixed with various period instruments to make the sound authentic. "Believe In Me" and others throughout the album carry on this feeling and somewhat ethereal style. A couple of pieces venture into a sort of "country" feeling, most notable is "Celluloid Heroes" which is probably my least favorite track on the album. Much of the classic country music has it's roots in celtic, so this is understandable how it can appear here, but it stands out from the others on the album and can easily be skipped. As the album winds down we get a good mixture of the festive and more downtempo ballads. With this nice variety the album comes to a close with a folk ballad "Barbara Allen" to finalize it all. This is a great album for fans of celtic, fairy world music and a bit of medieval mixed in with the great guitar work that Ritchie Blackmore is famous for.

Rating: 4/5



Winter Carols - Review

Here we have a special treat from this duo, with a style they've built on over the many years that they've been writing and creating their unique style of music. imgThey've taken this creative style and put together this excellent disc of a dozen holiday tracks as only they can do.  The disc includes several songs that will be easily recognized as well as a cover of "Wish You Were Here" and their own piece "Christmas Eve".  This should easily please fans of the holiday music that falls within the medieval, ethereal and renaissance musical styles.

From start to finish this album is captivating and fun to have, especially around this time of the year during the holiday season.  Kicking it off is a medley of two standard tracks "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" and "Come All Ye Faithfull".  With blaring trumpets and a moving beat, these set the festive mood for much of the album.  These tracks make you feel like you've been transported back in time and you're right in the middle of a village fair dancing and singing along.  "I Saw Three Ships" and "Lord of the Dance" are just a couple of these that capture this feeling perfectly and let's the imagination flow.

There are a few somber moods evident on the disc through more ethereal pieces like the beautiful instrumental piece "Winter (Basse Dance)" or the romantic piece "Wish You Were Here".  But the way this group captures the essence of one of my all-time favorite holiday pieces "Emmanuel" is beyond all expectations.  Candice uses her heavenly vocals to soar above the blissful music on this piece as the message and lyrics permeate the air with pure energy.

The unique piece "Christmas Eve" continues on in the festive moods of many other pieces with the addition of a great children's chorus which is always a nice touch for these holiday selections.  The disc wraps up with possibly the most overplayed and over-coverd carol of all-time, "We Wish You A Merry Christmas".  While I could have easily done without this piece on yet another holiday disc, of all the version I've heard, this is one of the best and probably most authentic in it's performance through this group's style.  That finalizes the album and wraps up this review.  I think this is a great addition to anyone's holiday music collection.

Rating: 4/5



Website: www.blackmoresnight.com
Label: Locomotive Records

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