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Elegant...and Dying

Virgin Black Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 24, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The End Records
  • ASIN: B00009RXJO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Adorned In Ashes
2. Velvet Tongue
3. And The Kiss Of God's Mouth: Part 1
4. And The Kiss Of God's Mouth: Part 2
5. Renaissance
6. The Everlasting
7. Cult Of Crucifixion
8. Beloved
9. Our Wings Are Burning

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saviour Machine without the hope March 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Virgin Black leads us to a bottomless chasm and asks us to leap with them. The metal guitar and drums come in only after the singing and gentler music have brought hope and God into question. "Elegant...and dying" is a perfect example of using metal as a vehicle for sadness more than rage.
Rowan London's singing and Samantha Escarbe's lyrics express suffering and sorely tested hope. The rock is strong in a Saviour Machine/Opeth/Primordial fashion, but the piano is the most menacing thing about this album. While the bombast and cinematic style are very similar to Saviour Machine's "Legend" trilogy, Virgin Black focuses on the pain of faith instead of any peace or joy found in it.
"The Everlasting" is worth the price of the disc all by itself. At 17:13, the song alternates among every singing style and intensity of music used in the prior tracks. The third verse in "Beloved" sums up the whole CD: "Can anyone taste my blood? / I have clung, quivering, with bruised flesh / Christendom rise and dress yourself / What delicious tears you've made me shed."
There's a LOT of beauty and complex arrangements throughout the CD, but its strongest impact on me is how it romanticizes anguish, how it acknowledges God but challenges all hope equated with His name. "Elegant...and dying" is worth any three CDs of thorny-lettered Satanic speed metal. Plus, these songs are all pretty freakin' long; you get quality AND quantity.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark solemn beauty March 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
My title sort of sums up my feelings about Virgin Black. Over the past 2 years they have become my favorite band, and I consider both full length CD's to be master pieces.

Like Sombre Romantic, Elegant ... and Dying is gothic-influenced doom metal, a mix of brooding piano, operatic baritone singing, usually slow but occassionally black inspired riffing, incredibly emotional lead guitar, with the occasional black shrieks thrown in for good measure. Rowan London's incredible baritone and Samantha Escarbe's meaningful leads deserve particular mention.

However, unlike many dark metal bands, these elements are not simply thrown together but are part of the emotional whole formed by each song along with the honest, painful lyrics. Elegant... and Dying takes this completeness a step further, as the entire album seems to be one complete work of separate parts, rather than 9 separate songs as with Sombre Romantic.

To the reviewer who called it a Rowan London solo album, besides the fact that Samantha handled most of the lyric writing this time around, there's plenty of distorted guitar, but its always the right amount for the song. Additionally, while there isn't a solo on each and every song, a lot of the rhythm parts are harmonized parts with two guitars. Finally, while Virgin Black IS far from being a Christian band, and are anti-established church style Christianity, they have never and don't plan on ever being anti-God. Elegant...and Dying portrays the painfulness of faith in God, but in the end, though our wings are burning, hope remains.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliantly dark and beautiful album. October 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you know virgin black, all you need to know that it is generally better then their first full length, and is therefore deemed essential listening to any fan of doom metal, orchestral black metal, neoclassical, neofolk, etc...

If you dont know virgin black's sound, they make genuinly beautiful music. Whereas opeth, shape of despair etc.. make suffocating clostraphobic music, and agalloch make sparse cold music virgin black create an incredibly rich warm sound. It is, in their own words, "comfort in darkness" and no amount of reviewing could sum it up better then that. It is a dark album. a depressing album, but altogether a beautiful album. Comfortable, rather then desolate.

Piano, orchestras, timpanis, drums (with use of doube pedals) black metal inspired guitars, pianos, keyboards and classically trained vocals create a mixture of black metal, neoclassical, neofolk other genres.

on elagant and dying the band have a variaty of dynamics, from the double pedals in the 16 minute epic "the everlasting" to the timpani and brass driven beginning song.

The album can be heavy aswell, a stripped down black metal, which contrasts with the sparseness of the last song which i find the best on the album due to its desperate atmosphere.

this album however id not about individual tracks. It is a journey,an epic, a mood, an atmosphere, it is not sometihng to briefly listen to, it is something to get submerged in and is completely worth the time and money. I have been listening to metal sincei was 13 and this band are one of my favorites, and trust me when i say they are one of the most beautifel.

in short i would STRONGLY recommend this album to anyone who is into ;

green carnation

shape or despair

opeth

agalloch

neofolk

neoclassical

black metal

or anyone with some musical intelligence!

thankyou.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark beauty June 10, 2005
By Morgan
Format:Audio CD
I bought this cd after hearing the clips on their main site. Amazing songs, all nine of them. A huge bang for your buck - this cd is 75 minutes of sheer melancholy. It's great. The 20-minute huge song 'The Everlasting' is one of the many highlights. Plus, a female lead guitarist. It doesn't get any better than this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Virgin Black can do no wrong
This band is a niche band and you will either love their music or hate it. I for one, love their music! :D
Published 12 months ago by Practicedummy
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant, Dying, and Deliciously Haunting.
Virgin Black is my favorite band of all time, so I admit my bias. Even still, this release is a great musical experience.
Published 17 months ago by prodigal son
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY AMAZING
Ive just started to listen to Virgin Black and WOW WOW WOW.I dont know what to say that hasnt been said before.This group is absolutely delicious. Read more
Published on April 7, 2012 by JUDAS TREES
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Favorite
I did not think I would like this type of "Operatic" metal. An old girlfriend turned me on to this, and I thank her for this and many other wonderful things. Read more
Published on April 30, 2006 by D. West
5.0 out of 5 stars painfully beautiful
This is a very interesting band. They are pretty hard to classify and they are a variety of elements. Read more
Published on October 7, 2004 by Brian Skala
3.0 out of 5 stars What happened?
Before this review is started, let it be known that I LOVE Virgin Black's first album Sombre Romantic. I love it to death. Read more
Published on May 5, 2004 by mysanthropyk_overlord
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, incredible!!!
Gothic Metal band Virgin Black does it again. Another dark and captivating CD. On the Sombre Romantic the band took us to another world that left us weeping in joy at the harsh... Read more
Published on January 26, 2004 by Tom Servo
5.0 out of 5 stars an epic, dynamic masterpiece
Virgin Black created some stir with their first album, which was a mix of goth, opera, and a touch of black metal. This time around, the format is similar. Read more
Published on January 26, 2004 by shmitty01
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant and amazing
I never really knew what Gothic meant until I heard this CD. I always thought it referred to bands such as Coal Chamber and Acid Bath. Read more
Published on October 25, 2003 by Mike
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