Once I received word of a full-length album from this collaborative project, it really gave me something to look forward to. And now it's out and has been receiving positive reviews and here at Gothic Paradise, I just have to chime in with my own positive review of this excellent work.
I think the easiest place to start with this album is just by introducing the excellent talents of the participating musicians on this album. Obviously, the backbone and founding members are Summer Bowman and Dru Allen. Both contribute vocals and musical instruments and their own unique styles and talents. Summer's haunting vocals often carve through the soundwaves such as in the mysterious, beautiful and aptly named "In The Dark" as well as another favorite of mine, "Hide Away". Dru contributes her maginificent talents that we've grown to love over the past decade with This Ascension on many beautiful tracks, also haunting and beautiful on "In The Dark" and harmonizing beautifully on the Spanish traditional piece "Riu Riu Chiu". We can't forget the contributions of Matson Belle taking the lead vocals on "Invocation of the Sun", with childlike splendor. Regeana Morris of The Changelings fame contributes her vocals and additional instruments on "Ripple". And finally, Rebecca Colleen Miller takes the lead on "Mysterium", one of many included traditional pieces from ages long past.
The combination of all of these vocalists, the magnificent music and atmosphere just create something absolutely stunning. Words that come to mind are dreamy, haunting, moody, beautiful and many, many more that just bring the best and most heartfelt emotions to mind. From the original title track written by Mirabilis with the slow, ambient-like soundscapes to the deep and moving track "In The Dark" with the tribal drums and thick atmospheres. This album is just one piece after another of deep, haunting beauty.
The bottom line with this album - if you enjoy any style of Ethereal or Neo-Classical music, this is for you. You will love it! Rating: 5/5