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Dark Noel, Vol. 1

Various Artists , Va-Excelsis Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 29, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Projekt Records
  • ASIN: B000000BE0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,490 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Carol Of The Bells - Arcanta
2. Welcome Christmas From Dr. Suess' How The Grinch Stole Christmas - Love Spirals Downward
3. Oh Come All Ye Faithful - FuchiKachis Ethu
4. Carol Of The Bells - This Ascension
5. O Come Emmanuel - Area
6. The First Noel - Thanatos
7. Jingle Bells (Snowblower) - Loveliescrushing
8. What Child Is This? - Balderas & Osborn
9. Chanukkah, Oh Chanukkah - Black Tape For A Blue Girl
10. The Little Drummer Boy - Sorrow
11. We Three Kings - Lycia/The Unquiet Void
12. O Holy Night - Eva O
13. A Winter Wassail - Faith And The Muse
14. Stille Nacht (G)Rave Remix - Autopsia
15. Silent Night - Attrition

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the most emotional Christmas cd's ever made! December 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
For anyone who is not familiar with gothic or etherial music,This cd is a wonderful place to start. Many of the styles represented on each song is the normal stylings of each band and since I have many cd's from the bands that appear on the compilation I wanted to make a quick review highlighting the best songs that appear on the cd. The first few songs really makes the cd start off slower then it should, The disc really doesnt kick in until the track by This Ascension which (as always) is a huge highlight on this mix as they always seem to brighten any sampler release that Projekt seems to do. Thier version of Carol of the bells should be sampled but even the samples doesnt do this gorgeous song the justice it deserves.This Ascension's other material is also just as wonderful as this track. Area is a newer one that Im not as familiar with but the haunting female vocals here is almost tear jerking and extremly beautiful. LoveLiesCrushing sounds like what would happen if Skinny Puppy would get ahold of an etherial song and distort the music slightly. Im still not sure what I think of the song but its unusual to say the least. Black tape for a blue girl keeps thier haunting sound and style on Oh Chanukkah, the backing chants and lush guitars remain in pace. This is a wonderful addition to the cd.Sorrow's version of The little drummer boy is perhaps one of the most impressive I have ever heard. Complete with howling wind,gothic keyboards and of course the drumming. Perfect. Lycia teaming up with The unquiet void was something I kind of expected a little more from but it stays up to par with the normal stylings of the Lycia cd The burning circle. I usually am not the biggest Eva O fan but she is slightly better then usual with this version of O Holy Night. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow... December 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've been wanting to check out the Excelsis compilations from Projekt records for a very long time now but I always seem low on cash around the holidays (gee, I wonder why?) and never end up buying them. However, this year I was lucky enough to find 'v1 - A Dark Noel' used for a reasonable price. I did the smart thing and started emptying my wallet early; thus finishing my shopping before Thanksgiving so I was finally able to get this.
It's not that I don't like Christmas music (quite the contrary, actually) but I usually try and restrain myself from giving in and purchasing any since you can't listen to it whenever you want. But, then again, I do find myself enjoying the few CDs I do own that are festive. They're like hidden gems I get to rediscover every year and this is no exception. I'm glad I have this album in my collection but I am disappointed in 'A Dark Noel'. I think it's safe to say I find half the songs pleasurable and the other half intolerable. In all its many forms and styles, Goth is definitely my favorite genre so I thought it was a brilliant idea to select a bunch of artists that fit into that category and have them put together their own spin on some classic tunes, giving the usual approach to this joyful season a gloomier appeal for us lovers of the night. But while some were successful, others failed miserably. This type of music isn't supposed to be cheery so I was expecting and even hoping for a darkened tint to be cast over the melodies but some fall a little too deep into their shadowy vortex. I do find the eerie "We Three Kings" by Lycia to work but I can hardly stand the extremely low baritone of Padraic Ogl on "The First Noel" by Thanatos or the annoying static noise with faint, uninspired singing in the distance on "Jingle Bells (Snowblower)" by Loveliescrushing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, but certainly not bad. January 13, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
What I expected to hear was various gothic bands administer the atomic drop to various Christmas songs (and one Chanukah song). Some of the songs fulfill that expectation. A lot of them are just good solid renditions of the original songs ("A Winter Wassail", by Faith and the Muse, is a good example of this), which are probably much funnier if you're familiar with more of the band's own miusic. All told, a solid album, but not exactly what I had in mind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hell's Bells! December 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Instead of enduring the Best of Aled Jones, Jingle Cats, or whatever else constitutes as Christmas music in your relatives household, treat them (and yourself) with the dulcet sounds of Excelsis. It consists of Projekt label artists and other renowned goth/ethereal/darkwave acts, all doing covers of christmas carols and other traditional, seasonal songs.
With exquisite atmospheric artwork and music, this compilation evokes Christmas in a dignified, different and oddly nostalgic way. Despite the seasonal theme throughout, it manages to do so without being overtly religious or redundant. Most artists retain their own trademark style and deliver the carols with the same passion and musical quirks as they would their own compositions and I think that is what is inherently fascinating about this collection.
Interestingly, it is possible to forget that you are listening to Christmas carols and instead indulge purely in the music.
My favourite tracks are This Ascension "Carol of the Bells"; Black Tape for a Blue Girl "Chanukkah, Oh Chanukkah", and, rather appropritely, Eva O with "O Holy Night". Faith and the Muse add a pagan touch with their "A Winter Wassail"; and my own personal favourite, the brilliant collaboration between Lycia and The Unquiet Void for a mournful off-beat masterpiece, "We Three Kings".
The only drawback, of course, is that these songs are really only appropriate during December's festive season, unless of course, like that old song says, you wish it could be Christmas every day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for those dark and stormy Christmas nights
Not every song on here is a gem but those that stand out really do liven up the place. This is a wonderful album to turn on while the the fire place roars while reading an Edgar... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Aaron Omen
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark noel
I was very fortunately recently to find a copy of EXCELSIS: A DARK NOEL at my local library last weekend. Read more
Published on December 28, 2008 by E. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete Track List
1. Arcanta - "Carol of the Bells"
2. Love Spirals Downwards - "Welcome Christmas"
3. Fuchikachis Ethu - "Oh Come All Ye Faithful"
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Published on December 12, 2003 by Ts Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Sombre beauty for a holy night...
I find this album to be amoung the most captivating of my Christmas music collection. It is lush, lovely, inventive and haunting. Read more
Published on December 3, 2003 by lynz-h
Published on December 5, 2001 by debra a capozzo
5.0 out of 5 stars A passive gothic music fan
I like the sound of gothic music, have a few sampler CDs, but am not well versed with the different bands, etc. That said, I thought this was an excellent CD. Read more
Published on December 19, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Beautiful
The traditional Christmas music in a dark, mysterious way. Beautiful voices and soft music. Definitely a must for the holidays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where is sorrow?
I have to give this cd 5 stars just for Sorrow's version of Little Drummer Boy. This is the most amazing interpretation of a Christmas song I've ever heard. Read more
Published on April 30, 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars A low sugar, decafinated, relaxing CD of Christmas music.
If you tired of the sugar coated, hyper-caffinated music that seems to assault your ears at Christmas, this is a very welcome change... It is very relaxing and peaceful... Read more
Published on December 15, 1998
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