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| Digi Pack. Their first official studio album with 10 tracks of stunning melodic beauty and darkly lovely music. FINALLY! After having been unavailable for almost 5 month, CINEMA STRANGE's CD is back! For this album the band has entered a professional recording studio the first time and the result and the comments on the preview CD have been overwhelming. "The guitars take a back seat and let the bass do the talking. The songs are backed by haunting keyboards and spooky, but dramatic, keyboards. CINEMA STRANGE's songs are surrealistic tales of demented characters and twisted souls, caught in the heat of their perverse passions. The vocals take a refreshingly unique direction, tortured and dissonant. Doom laden vocals have uncanny similarity to Varney from Sopor Aeternus ghostly cries." (Deathrock.com).
A review from Gothic Revue.com
Like Edward Gorey pictures evolved into full length stories (with music), Cinema Strange creates a world all of their own. Every song has subtitles describing what happens in the song for instance track number two is:
2) ‘Ere The Flowers Unfold
- in which an unfortunate fellow falls prey to his own social fascinations.
The twenty-two page booklet included with this cd includes all of the subtitles as well as the actual lyrics for each “Old Tyme Storie."
Cinema Strange acts the parts of a vaudeville troupe making their escape through the wilderness of commercial music unto sanctuary in the dark reaches of experimental, carnival escapism. Only Fear of Dolls and Virgin Prunes or Fad Gadget seem to rival Cinema Strange in oddness. I’ve been told that their live shows are indeed theatrical productions that rival any current death rock bands.
So unlike a regular cd, this falls more into the category of concept storytelling with music art project. Even the way that the first song cuts on in the (seemingly) middle of the track with a harsh , needle being pulled off of the vinyl sound, is brilliant. -Azrael Racek
A review from Deathrock.com
The Astonished Eyes of Evening, Cinema Strange's second album is a not only a step beyond their previous album, it is a whole nother labyrinth. They still make use of antiquated samples stolen from the dustiest attics, especially nice is the record scratch precluding the first song - a fair warning that what you are about to hear is unexpected. Cinema Strange has since its inception been very lyric-centric - no teenage love songs, no angsty ballads, no chants of defiance, or at least, not in the typical sense. Cinema Strange's songs are stories of their own right. They are tales of woe and treachery, to the downright odd. The mad writings of Lucas Lanthier, or Zampano as this recording refers to him, are merely enhanced by the musical accompaniment of brothers Yellow (D. Ribiat) and Laffite (M. Ribiat).
This album brings the story-telling element to the forefront, with intricate soundscapes and diabolic abuse of both 5-string bass, assorted guitars and other instruments. They have not however, left the music by the wayside. Songs like 'Catacomb Kittens' (my favorite) and 'Mathilde in the Dirt' are just as potent as any of their long time fan favorites, with fast, dirgey guitars and complex, powerful basslines. 'Speak Marauder' and 'Legs and Tarpaulin' also bridge the gap between their previous material and the newer. Both the production and the execution of this album surpasses anything they have done before. The Astonished Eyes of Evening is the perfect combination of songwriting and musical energy, from an unique entity know only as Cinema Strange, one of today's most outstanding bands.Click Here for a list of the other
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