Die Verbannten Kinder Evas, "Dusk and Void Became Alive"
From the first note on this thunderously intriguing album, the listener gets the impression that there is nothing typical about it. It's far more than any genre can contain, beautifully fusing copious classical /operatic influences with every ounce of the crushing melancholy of Tenhi, which is the closest thing to a contemporary that there is for this duo. Fronted by Richard Lederer of Summoning and backed by astonishing Greek vocal talent Christina Kroustali, the band name means "The Banished Children of Eve."
The music is astonishingly simplistic, being comprised mainly of Lederer's piano work and Christina's soaring operatic vocals. There are other elements, of course: Lederer sings on a few songs, there is an awesome timpani/percussion presence on "Winters' Night," which conjures comparisons to Tan Dun's work on "Hero," but with a ton more emotion.
"Dusk and Void Became Alive" will hit you with such a mammoth lachrymose presence that it's best to experience it while stationary, so as not to endanger passers-by while getting lost in the proverbial Siren's song.