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Skyshaper/Special Edition

3 Mar. 2006 | Format: MP3

£9.59 (VAT included if applicable)
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  • Original Release Date: 3 Mar. 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Synthetic Symphony
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Synthetic Symphony, a division of SPV GmbH
  • Total Length: 1:44:46
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  • ASIN: B0023T6IAM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,071 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By decoded on 14 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This cd is brilliant. It's EBM at it's best! The best thing about the album is the variation of tracks and memorable songs. Ritual Noise is a great industrial single with nice thumping beats, great synths, and catchy lyrics. Happy Man is a sad song with simple bleeps of a keyboard, but strangley engaging and emotional. Finally Greater Than The Sun has a slow rythmatic feel to it, with spooky keyboards creating a chilling atmosphere. This track is awesome played in a dim room at night. My favourite track is Brave New World that is dancy, and very uplifting, and makes life seem all that much better. If you want a great polished industrial album with great production and quality tracks, you can't go wrong with this album. The second disc on the limited edition version however is disappointing with Ritual Noise being the only decent track. Subterfugue For 3 Absynths lasts for about 30 minutes, and sounds like a drum machine stuck in a loop.. It's bloody awful! Do like I do, and play disc 1 only for great music listening, and keep disc 2 nice in it's case where it belongs.
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Format: Audio CD
I am a fan of Covenant , I always was. Never I have been let down by their music and I rate very high their releases named : Sequencer, Northern Lights and United States Of Mind.

Skyshaper is a bit slow for me , not quite what I expected and Ritual Noise sounds too familiar , almost if I heard it on one of their older albums. I think that is the problem that it sounds not cutting edge enough as with the previous releases. Maybe time will pass and I grow to like this album more , but so far I did not think of playing it too often.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Skyshaper shines. Still the best band in the genre 7 Mar. 2006
By Herbert West - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Following the stellar "Northern Light", Covenant speed up the bass drum yet again making a more dancy album like United States Of Mind. They still retain the beautiful, cold melodic sound that made Northern Light such a wonderful album. Ritual Noise is a great opener and very danceable, as is the rest of the songs on the album. Greater Than The Sun is a pretty dark track, with rumbling synth bass and Eskil's monotonous low vocals(he actually sounds kinda scary in this song). Happy Man is short and sweet with a nice melodic keyboard pattern. Anthems like 20HZ really make this album a winner. Totally worth repeated listens. The lyrics are pretty much of the same caliber. Some song have a only a few lines, like Sweet and Salty and Happy Man, others many. They still arent completely coherent, but hey thats Covenant. I always thought that Apoptygma Berzerk, VNV Nation, and Covenant ruled the EBM genre. But now Apop is really bland cheese-pop, leaving only VNV and Covenant to reign supreme. There are too many bands in the genre and its hard to listen to a lot of it cause its the same bass drum/distorted vocals/raver-esque synth lines over and over. Covenant add a very earthy, organic feel to their electronics and can actually convey emotions quite well through music otherwise meant for dancing. Skyshaper is just that: Beautiful emotional music that you can dance to. It is a very mature and "fun" album. Can't really say too much else because hearing is believing. But to the uninitiated, this is Covenant's best album, second only to Northern Light, which I think is their crowning achievement. I also recommend you get the Ritual Noise E.P. because it has two extra bonus tracks that were made for Skyshaper(The Island and XRd5) and they are great songs. That way you could burn a copy of Skyshaper for yourself with the bonus tracks and have a longer album? Either way, Covenant is the best band in the EBM electronic scene, always bringing something new to an otherwise repetative and uselss genre. Get this if you like melodic electronic music. It is a must have. Nuff said
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Skip the Limited Edition version of this album 5 April 2006
By Richard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
***I'm reviewing the Limited Edition version that includes a bonus disc. Amazon.com, as of this writing, doesn't have it in stock yet and therefore no place for me to post this review, so I'm posting it here.***

"Skyshaper" took me a few listens to really get won over. It's a natural progression from "Northern Lights", with a touch of "United States Of Mind". It's a great album for Covenant fans, but I don't know if it'll win over any new ones.

The whole album is pretty solid, filled with mostly clubby dance tunes ("Ritual Noise", "Brave New World", "Pulse", "The Men", "Spindrift") along with a atmospheric, mid-tempo groover ("Greater Than The Sun"), a ballad ("The World Is Growing Loud") and a few that are out of Covenant's norm (the odd Moog driven "Happy Man", the harder-than-usual "Sweet & Salty").

"20 hz" is my favorite track, and could possibly be one of my favorite Covenant songs of all time. I could listen to it all day. I really love the raver synths at the beginning, then enters a rhythmic sample of someone struggling for breath as if to embody the struggle to survive in the Big City, as portrayed in the lyrics ("... people come and go, so many different faces, as the city passes by, I watch their tired eyes, journeys never made, broken dreams of leaving, fill the streets with dust...) Then the killer bass synth comes in, along with the 4/4 bass drum, and as soon as that snare drum starts hitting half way through the first verse, it's all over. Get down and boogie already. This song is worth the price of the CD alone.

The three song bonus disc, unfortunately, is fairly lame. The first song is an instrumental called "Subterfugue For 3 Absynths" . It's as pretentious as it sounds as it's 42 minutes of pretty much the exact same rhythm/synth line with only subtle variations. I can't even listen to it all of the way though, I made it about 10 minutes in before skipping around, finding out that it hardly changes, and then skipping it altogether. Either this is genius at work and I'm not seeing it or it is musical masturbation. Either way, I don't want to listen to it. The second track, "Relief", is a standard song with vocals and it's decent. The third track is a remix of "Ritual Noise", I like the album version better. Not too keen on most remixes anyway.

The packaging is great, a lot of black, white and grey colors are used in the design. The booklet features lyrics, photos of the band as well as landscape shots of Iceland. But what really does it for me are the liner notes for each and every song, as well as a foreword reflecting on the entire album. I loves me some inner thought. I'm not sure if this booklet is the same as the normal version.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Brave new world, truly 8 Oct. 2009
By P. Marks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For years, Covenant played it safe and by the book. They literally gave you a beat with Eskil's vocals. Then along came Northern Light, which began what this album fulfills: maturity. It is unsurprising to see so much distaste directed towards Skyshaper on here, you can tell the expectations of these 'fans' obviously were not met (another Dead Stars or Stalker, I'd wager).

The experimentation conducted by the band on this record shows how gutsy they can be and just how varied their sonic palette is. Sadly, I'm sure the next album will be full of all the beats and bass lines this lot are clamoring for. So for those of us who prefer to be challenged and devote our time to understanding the work proffered, Skyshaper is here.

This isn't an easily digestible double disc, oh no. They give out treats: Ritual Noise and Brave New World, but then there are the songs Greater Than The Sun or 20kz which will assuredly go down in Covenant's canon of work as some of their finest. We have the experimental tracks Spindrift and the utterly magnificent Subterfuge for 3 Absynths to contend with also. The latter is a mind-rending journey through harmonics I would not have expected this band to be capable of. Pretty boy EBM/Synthie Pop group INDEED.

I recommend this limited version very highly as I happen to think it is the band's zenith. All the years of mindless club fodder and clever sloganeering gave way to a truly thought provoking, engaging electronic album. For those who choose to sling mud at it, surely there's a new wumpscut, hocico or suicide commando album on the horizon which you can use for background noise while you drive that desk. Say hi to Pohl for me while you're at it.

Ta.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Covenant - Skyshaper (Limited Edition) 30 April 2008
By DJ Deathwish - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
And here we have the two disc limited edition version of Skyshaper. I'm not a big fan of this album to begin with, I considered it to be quite average, so I was hoping for some nice treats on the bonus CD. Unfortunately it only contains 3 bonus tracks, 2 original songs and a remix. Now here's the real unfortunate part, the bonus disc is garbage, nearly worthless. The first track is 42 minutes of pointless noise, if you thought the track "Cryotank Expansion" off of "Dreams of a Cryotank" was annoying, just wait until you hear this. The next song is ok, nothing great, and then the Ritual Noise remix is pretty pointless because it is just way to similar to the original. Needless to say, I am even more disappointed by this (more expensive) version. This truly is a pitiful release.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Join the Club... 24 Mar. 2006
By Tankery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
No question Covenant is the Depeche Mode/New Order of this new order of techno bands and SkyShaper doesn't disappoint. With one foot always on the dance floor and the other heavily into crafting a song, this is a great effort by the band.

I particularly enjoyed the constant references to travelling, either by car or train and this continual need to capture movement is executed brilliantly by this band. (Remember Helicopter off one of their older albums?)

They even loosen up a bit and sound remarkably like the Magnetic Fields on "Happy Man" with a bouncy, mid-tempo techno song that has Covenant sounding like I've never heard them before.

This is a band that is confident with their musical directions and with each album they expand further beyond the repetitive, overly programmed multitude of imitators in their genre.
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