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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 Cassette (15 Feb. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B00000EZ5O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,333,742 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Remastered for this special vinyl edition. Pressed on 180g vinyl and packaged in a new heavyweight gatefold sleeve with a newly designed inner bag. --This text refers to the Vinyl edition.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Looking back on it, Dead Can Dance were a remarkably consistant outfit. "Host of Seraphim" follows right off where "Persephone: the gathering of flowers" (finalé from their previous album) finished. There's no denying its one of the bands finest moments. Elsewhere there's medieval polyphony, the delightfuly Celtic-tinged "Writing on my fathers hand", and Brendon Perrys excellent Ulysses. Its amazing to think that this was recorded in the mid 1980's, is so completely removed from the style of that period. Then again, this music doesn't seem to belong to any set timespan. Oh, & great cover art. If you liked this try "Within the Real of a Dying Sun" & "Aion", also by Dead Can Dance.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 2001
Format: Vinyl
I remember a freind of mine playing this album to me when it first came out. I was absolutely stunned, I had never heard anything like this before. I became a dedicated fan and was lucky enough to see them play a rare live concert in 1990. For anyone unfamiliar with Dead Can Dance they are an eclectic collection of medieval, tribal, gothic and ambient. But this really does not do them credit. The first track is quite simply awesome and I defy anyone with depth and taste not to be touched. If you recognise the vocals that is because Lisa Gerard ,the female half of Dead Can Dance, now spends her time making film soundtracks with Hans Zimmer. The stunning Gladiator soundtracks are a testament to her vocal talents. Together with Brendon Fraser they have created some of the most diverse and beautiful music I have ever heard. Enjoy!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nephthys on 28 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
`The Serpent's Egg' seems not so much an ordinary musical album, but a sacred offering. It is profoundly affecting in ways I can scarcely describe; this music is deeply mystical in an almost primal way. It conjures up visions of Byzantine churches and ancient temples filled with the rich smoke of incense offerings, it awakens notions of divinity, the sacred and the profane, with a dreamlike elegance. It has the power to sweep the vestiges of the modern world from your mind. Listen by candlelight and let Lisa Gerrard's otherworldly glossolalia draw you in, from the ethereal `Host of Seraphim' to the hauntingly beautiful `The Writing On My Father's Hand', and the narcotic beat of `Chant of the Paladin' to the heartrending, yearning call of `Song of Sophia'. Brendan Perry's heavier voice balances the album well with the reflective sound of `Severance' and `In the Kingdom of the Blind'.

This album might naturally appeal to those with spiritual or mystical leanings, but I would recommend it to any lover of music looking for a deeper, more unusual musical experience.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
This genre is depressingly sparse. Yet, DCD manage to get it exactly right. The first couple of tracks on this album are perfect. Per-fect. Masterful. Ultimate, majestic. Brilliant. The rest are great, but the first couple are fantastic. Nothing else I have found in this genre (yet) matches them. Suggestions welcome.
Highest praise also for Within the Realm of a Dying Sun, esp Persephone.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Webbon on 21 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a special, limited de-luxe edition. It is a STEREO, HYBRID SACD - in other words, it is not a multi-channel release but it CAN be played on a regular CD player and does NOT require special SACD hardware. The album has been re-mastered by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab in the USA and these pressings are packaged in Japanese, mini-vinyl replicas of the original sleeves, including replicas of any inner sleeves, plus an additional booklet with lyrics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blade Runner on 6 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Here's the thing - all the sounds, both vocal and instrumental are extremely evocative and you'll never have heard anything like like it. But... What Gerrard sings is not another language and there is no meaning in her words, just emotion. If you can live with that, then it is simply awesome. But for me, it detracts a star.

I would listen to Opium from their recent album on repeat - and have done on a recent flight - as it is far more rewarding due to the marriage of insightful lyrics and mood.

But there is a whole lot of mood on display here and it really should be bought and tasted. I can't gee enough of Host of the Seraphim. This track is worth the price of the CD alone.

I'd encourage you to try.
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By A Customer on 14 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
with mystic soul vibrating vocals this album gives you a peace that can only described as erie yet beautiful, calming yet deadly, you can almost feel death is soothing you in to your clay overcoat, to just as you surrender, jolt you back out again in to a primeval celtic hacker, which gets you bouncing and bearing your teeth at the modern entrapments about you and the cat if near by, although like a fish on a hook your lured back in to spicy middle eastern mantras conjuring up images of belly dancers on the caravan routs of old, dancing round the night time fires, you half expect them to be painted blue and captain Kirk is looking on concerned with a sweated brow, that is the modern yet ancient mix this album gives out. as with there later albums its rich and deeply textured, if you like Greenaway type visuals Lisa Gerrard is the vocal embodiment, with a soothing voice that stroke your soul, not supriseing the tv media gripped this album with both hands, using it as backing music for just about everything, from nature/history programs to love in sifi metropolis, if you want to get lost in the past whilst being able to touching the future this is the album. personally it was the music i was listening to when my daughter was born it holds that much weight, as music for life changing events wether it death or to be born too
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