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The Opener "Leaving the House of Thanatos" contains nostalgic, psychedelic mellotrons that form a unique melody. It shifts through haunting and warm, joyful melodies. Sylvia's vocals are exceptionally outstanding. There are also more vocals other than Sylvia's on this album. "The book of Love" is mostly an astounding duet with male and female vocals, impressively harmonized. This charming ballad contains a flute solo and calm acoustic guitars.
"Soteriology" opens with a medieval acoustic guitar and soft piano melody, and suddenly transforms into faint organs in the background. If anyone walks into the room at this moment they might think you are listening to church music, which this sounds remarkably similar to, but this is way more beautiful than anything you'll hear in church. Sylvia's has almost opera-like vocals, which echo throughout the tranquil organ melody, which keeps blossoming and growing like springtime flowers.Read more ›
There has been a definite sense of development in White Willow's music thus far, from their first album _Ignus Fatuus_ to their most recent _Sacrament_. The music has grown more dynamic and far-reaching. All have been excellent, although I like this one the most so far. This album has a mellow "prog sound" but it never succumbs to any "White Willow prog formula" if you know what I mean. This is fresh stuff.
"Leaving the House of Thanatos" is an amazing, melancholy epic. It opens with a pastoral acoustic guitar and eerie synths blossoming in the background like will-o'-the-wisps passing through the nighttime forest. Then a synth's ivory beam of light sketches the beautiful main theme. A heavy bass vamp and sharp snare crack sunders this peace with and a baroque vocal line. The melody is unusual and haunting.Read more ›
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This 1998 release by Norwegian group White Willow is a pastoral delight. Soft, folky, and very progressive, this is one of the finer albums I have heard from the Nordic countries. Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by Jeffrey J.Park
If you are old enough to remember the AOR music of the late 60's, you will find this interesting. Back then there was plenty of experimental stuff out there. Read morePublished on April 9, 2009 by Chris M
I first bought this album soon after its release in 1999 after it had been recommended on various prog newsgroups and websites; it sounded like something I might like and was... Read morePublished on February 14, 2003 by Michael Topper
I heard this album after owning White Willow's third effort, Sacrament, and whilst I would rank this album below Sacrament it is still a very nice album. Read morePublished on March 21, 2002 by Amazon Customer
I've got to agree with the other reviewers that this one is a low-key masterpiece of a new type of progressive rock. Read morePublished on May 5, 2001 by bruceski
This CD has a deep, soulful, almost melancholy and complex personality. Beautifully played, sung and presented. Read morePublished on November 14, 2000 by Tony Doran
It is hard to say anything about Ex tenebris. Maybe it's because the album has so many different sides, and it is also the contrasts that make the album so exiting. Read morePublished on May 23, 1999