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On the cover of Anastasis, Dead Can Dance’s first album in 16 years: a field of sunflowers, ripened, and then blackened, by the sun, standing with sad, slightly crowned heads. Less dead than dormant, the heads and stems will one day be chopped, but then via the roots, will return. For Anastasis is the Greek word for ‘resurrection’ and the seemingly dead will dance ... Read more in Amazon's Dead Can Dance Store

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  • Audio CD (November 18, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad Records
  • ASIN: B001FZ0A8G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7. Song Of The Nile
8. Devorzhum

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Their seventh studio album was released in 1996, and focused on the more percussive, tribal side of the group's music. It was their first studio album since 1993's "Into The Labyrinth".

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7 (out of 10) - "...Dead Can Dance are big on moods....it gets more tribal, more textured. Melody tends to go walkabout, but that's OK because there's always a good chant or bizarre musical instrument to liven things up..." --Nme

"...SPIRITCHASER descends from the duo's usual nether atmospheres into a realm of tribal percussion and chant, casting a comprehensive net over various world music traditions....Lisa Gerrard's voice [is as] gorgeous as always..." --Option

3 Stars - Good - "...the duo have stripped away Perry's melodramatic Scott Walker-isms and their Tudor madrigals for the more anthropological adventures of tribal beats and global folk textures..." --q

Customer Reviews

When getting a new DCD cd, don't ever go into it expecting it to sound like another album.
Kari
Dead Can Dance have always been a theme band - the underlying theme has always been gothic and transcedental - but each album has had its' own special ideology.
Marc Cabir Davis
Perhaps most impressive is that as a band's last effort, DCD was able to move in a very new musical direction, and do it so well.
J. Lee

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa on September 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This being the last album with all new material by Dead Can Dance you expect nothing but great things from this incredibly gifted duo who has transcended music as we know it, and even though some seem a little disappointed in their final offering, I feel that they have not let us fans down at all. Sure, this specific record may not be a crowning achievement, such as the powerful Renaissance of 'Aion' or the Gothic beauty of 'Within the Realm of a Dying Sun' are but I enjoy 'Spiritchaser' immensely. The melodies are still moody and atmospheric, only a bit more upbeat than usual, exuding soundwaves of hypnotic energy, and I simply can't get enough of these songs laden with percussion and a vast array of other influences too. But perhaps I am biased as I do prefer Brendan Perry over Lisa Gerrard and he's heard quite frequently here. Now don't get me wrong, I love them both and like how they balance each other out so well but whenever Brendan Perry starts singing I go into some kind of a trance. Chills race throughout my entire body - especially when he talks over the music, like on "Song Of The Stars". Lisa, however, is truly unique and haunts me with her deep, resonating vocals that seem to soar up into the heavens above. And given the name Dead Can Dance it's no wonder this album would center on how some cultures used to sacrifice living beings so that their soul would become a part of the instrument; otherwise known as the "singing dead".
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Blending a seamless mix of Native American and African styles of music into their synthetic brew, the final album from Dead Can Dance is also their must fully actualized. Not for casual background listening or mentally agitated states, "Spiritchaser" has filled my days at times when I've needed to sit back (or lay down) and reconnect with life and a more peaceful point of consciousness.
"Spiritchaser" is also a very earthy, sexual CD for me. As the liner notes state, there is a belief that organic instruments, made from living creatures, then contain part of the soul of the creature and make each instrument the voice of the soul from which it was created. That kind of reverence permeates the eight songs on "Spiritchaser," where the sounds and the voices seem to manage to seep into the listener's essence, touching hearts as gently as they touch minds. (Although you have to smile as the song "Indus" gracefully references George Harrison's "Within You Without You.") To close, "Spiritchaser" is the kind of CD you listen to when you wish to have an environment that surrounds and envelops you.
PS. I will heartily recommend this CD to fans of Delerium, Deep Forest and earlier Enigma, even though they are only marginally related.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By DAC Crowell on February 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is supposed to be Dead Can Dance's final work...which is very unfortunate, as "Spiritchaser" sees DCD breaking some amazing new ground here which cries out for further exploration by Perry and Gerrard. On this release, the Mideastern and European tinges fade away, to be replaced with a vibrant focus on Caribbean, Native American, African, and Indian directions that promised so much...had the duo gone on to work with them further. Everything on here is a standout track; there are no duds, really. And the control they exhibit here over their studiocraft is as impeccable as was found on "Aion". That release, this one, and "Within the Realm of a Dying Sun" are the ones to get for starters, but unlike "Within...", this album is so much a fully-composed listening experience that begs to be play from start to finish. It just irritates me no end that this is where DCD decided to call it quits. There seems so much unfinished from the strength of this album...
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By spiral_mind on June 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
World musicians in the truest sense of the words, Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard transcend all manner of eras, genres and continents. Take a spin through the Dead Can Dance catalogue and you'll go from exploring Baroque cathedrals to dark Eastern forests to chants from the valley of the Gwangi. So considering everything they've done, it makes sense that their final album Spiritchaser is also their most universal and timeless. This music isn't quite attached to a specific time or place. It could have been played around bonfires by African tribesmen before the dawn of our civilization. It could have come from European mystics in the time of the Renaissance, South American cultures in the middle ages, goths in a dark underground club in modern America.. maybe even by tribal cavemen scattered through Gondwana before our continents of today were even made (if such people existed; hey, use a little imagination here).

As always with DCD, Spiritchaser isn't a collection of songs so much as a personal listening experience. The ambience is just as important as the notes themselves. In contrast to their previous work, they slowly drone through one easy groove after another for eight or ten minutes at a stretch. And by 'drone' I don't mean numbing the listener to sleep through sheer boredom; I mean weaving exotic beats and sounds together, one layer at a time, at a slow easy pace. Music is never boring - boredom is in the mind of the listener.

That being said, this isn't the kind of music everyone will give their full attention to. This is probably better to work to, to relax or read or sleep or meditate. It's hypnotic, it's mystical, it's transcendental, it draws you in slowly with its own spell rather than grabbing your ears from the start.
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