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Wishfire

The Crüxshadows Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (23 Sep 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dancing Ferret
  • ASIN: B00006GA0S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,437 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Before The Fire
2. Return (Coming Home)
3. Binary
4. The Seraphs
5. Spectators
6. Tears
7. Go Away
8. The 4th Phase
9. Earthfall
10. Orphean Wing
11. Carnival
12. Resist/R
13. Roman
14. Spiral (Don't Fall)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Wishfire sees the Cruxshadows move towards a more beat and dance-floor orientated sound whilst retaining most of their ethereal and older gothic stylings. Tracks such as Return (Coming Home), Binary, hit single Tears and Risist/R are very dancy and catchy. Whilst Roman, Spectators and especially Go Away are more melancholic and ethereal, making great use of the violin that has been used so well on previous albums.
A great album for people new to this band as it shows a very modern, sharp and polished Cruxshadows capable of keeping up with current gothic trends and leading the field. This album is a progression of the old-school stylings of previous albums as the band matures in its use of its electronic equipment.
great for fans of cyber, old-school goth, goth-rock and people who just like damn good music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Stuff 3 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
Believe me, this is an absolutely excellent album. The lyrics are inspirational in themselves and would truly sit well against any poetry anthology. The music supports those lyrics fantastically. Pulsing, pumping grooves drive many of the songs forward at a fair lick - this is real toe-tapping and head nodding stuff. You will want to dance! But, the greatest factor is the heartrending strains of violin which just curve and curl around key tracks. The sound is very reminiscent of New Model Army at their Zenith but far, far more contemporary. This is a sensuous and surreal soundscape.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quality 'original' Goth 10 Aug 2006
By Sera69
Format:Audio CD
Standard bearers along with NFD for true Goth (as opposed to Mr.'s Manson and Valo etc.) The Cruxshadows mix classic Sisters and Inkubus Sukkubus to produce a sound that's original enough to be interesting but still manages to remain contemporary to the those late 80's / early 90's golden years.

Wishfire lacks a decent heart, though. A backbone of dodgy 80's synth beats and a certain lack of desire to just rip-it-up tempers any chance of this becoming the emotional, passionate classic it should (and could) have been. Songs you feel should soar or stomp or drip with atmosphere never quite reach the heights and much of it really sounds too clean to stir the blood.

But it's still good stuff and i'll be investigating their other releases. Hopefully they'll have got themselves a new drum machine for those, that's all they really need.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wishfire - The Cruxshadows 10 Nov 2002
By nitefyre - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Before the Fire - Deep and sull of tension, waiting for something to happen. Fab orchestration, brilliant when they did it live.
Return (Coming Home) - Upbeat, dancy, fresh and the violin is just fantastic! This was also a brilliant track live and nothing is lost in the recording!
Binary - A bit more industrial-ish than before now, again, dancable, (I'll be saying this a lot), catchy tunes and riffs, more brilliant violin in the middle, with a fantastically panned spoken vocal.
The Seraphs - One of my faveourites, lyrically. Another brilliant beat, with fab contrasting violin and sound fx. Really like the synth on this track.
Spectators - My faveourite track on the album. It feels very deep, and melancholy (if you get what i mean there). Again, lyrically, its brilliant. Slower than previous tracks on the album, the sort of track you can sit down to and be mellow. Brilliant vocal work.
Tears - Again, this was brilliant live. Another bouncy dance track, more good synth. More catchy tunes. Can't help but move to this.
Go Away - Another slower track. Very deep and sad, beutifully put together. The FX are good and not over used. More beutiful lyrics on this track "Forever seems like just an empty promise."
This track moves me.
The 4th Phase - More upbeat, nice violin work. Heavy, thudding bass keeps it moving.
Earthfall - Heavy, industrial beat and sfx. Another danceable track. Less vocals than other tracks, but it doesn't really need them.
Orphean Wing - More catchy tunes, and another great beat. I feel its a little different to the other tracks on the album, but still a brilliant peice.
Carnival - I LOVE THIS! Its kooky and twisted and brilliantly put together. The use of both male and female vocals is brilliant and the tune it has is fantastic! A short track, but effective. The lyrics are brilliant! A really enjoyable track!
Resist - A heavy, upbeat track, very home hitting with a message in the lyrics to match. Fantastic sampling, can't help but move to and be moved by this track. Another little catchy riff.
Roman - So deep and moving, its almost tearful. Digs into belief and such, and again another short track. Wonderfully put together, fantastic sound. Beutiful spoken and sung lyrics. Almost etherel.
Spiral (Don't Fall) - A good end to a brilliant album. Really closes the album well. More fantastic synth work and fx, with another good beat. Beutiful overlapped vocals.
Overall, this album is a MUST for anyone whos EVER heard of the Cruxshadows.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Cut and Paste Goth 2 Feb 2004
By R. Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is not your average gothic darkwave band! It is powerful and passionate, with complex lyrics and themes. Other fans compare Rogue's voice to other vintage bands, but I disagree--something about it is completely different, more otherworldly and moving.
As an album, Wishfire is very strong and energetic. All the tracks (in no particular order) are very different from each other musically, but carry the same level of energy throughout. "Tears", especially, is easily the strongest track and one of my absolute favorites of the band--it has a great dance beat with amazingly different layers of sound that practically leaves your skin tingling after you hear it. I can't even describe what its like hearing this song live. <melt>
"Return" is great! After all the remixes I've heard, I just love to come back to the original.
"Binary" is another strong track, with a great chorus and violin, and haunting female spoken parts... its man struggling back and forth w/his own dual nature and with the voice of fate.
Listening to "Seraphs" I can easily envision the fiery angels he describes--this is one of Rogue's gifts, to bring mythology to a completely different level. Very powerful.
Some might go as far to say that "Spectators" is out of place on the album. It was a little surprising, because its very different from the other tracks. But I think this is intentional. It adds depth of emotion and sound to the album as a whole. Its a slower, let-it-wash-over-you, kind of song of personal strength and convictions.
"Go Away" is heartbreakingly beautiful. "The 4th Phase" is one I keep forgetting is here, but I love to rediscover--carried by violin, very unique and wonderful lyrics. "Earthfall" is otherworldly, dominated by the music and not vocals. "Roman" is short, but very moving, spoken musings on death and beyond.
Amazon lists the 10th track as "Orphan Wing"--this is incorrect, it is "Orphean Wing", referring to the Greek figure Orpheus. I love Rogue's voice in this one... After the other powerful tracks, this is nice--good beat, yet almost soothing.
"Carnival" is very different w/the overlapping male and female vocals that adds a touch of intensity. "Resist/R" has very nice synths...w/sounds samples of M.L. King to get its message home. "Spiral" is a great conclusion..."lightens" the tone of the whole album and leaves you feeling content and transformed.
All in all, this album is a big jump in growth for the Cruxshadows, they are better than ever. It's the next continuation in the Angel cycle--true fans will not be disappointed. There was less mythology, I thought, in this album than others, but it is there nevertheless. See this band live!!! It will be the best show you've ever seen, guaranteed.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These guys (and girls) rock! 18 Oct 2003
By Mandy Wultsch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Good stuff, very Cure-ish with accents of techno and Nine Inch Nails. I met the lead singer in an Apple store in Buffalo, New York and he is a very nice guy. Listened to some of their music, and had to buy the album. Check out their website ( [...] ) for more info and pictures of the band.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wishfire: True Art Beyond "Goth" 15 Jan 2004
By Baldtan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Wishfire is an incredible acheivement in "gothic" music, so who cares if it doesn't fit into someone else's narrow definition of what "gothic" should sound like?
This music is gothic not because of a specific beat, but because of the subject matter, and the spirit behind it. Gothic isn't just about a certain musical sound, but rather about a diverse historical movement in arts, literature, fashion, etc. And in that way, The Cruxshadows definately deserve to be included in that movement.
As for the music, if you're interested in "old school" goth, you should keep in mind that at the beginning of the gothic movement there wasn't a set sound or definition for the music of the scene. Goth evolved out of a number of styles, and it's still evolving! The Cruxshadows are at the head of an evolution, but that doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with them. They are above and beyond what other bands in the scene are able to grasp, which makes them superior, not inferior.
I love "Telemetry of a Fallen Angel", and I love the sound and content of what they were doing back then. But the main reason that "Telemetry" doesn't sound like their current CDs is because they didn't have the technical ability to create the Wall of Sound that you will find on Wishfire or Ethernaut.
If you take Wishfire on its own terms, and don't try to force it into some backwater genre mass, then you will find that it well worth your time! It is intelligent and insightful, and above and beyond other CDs. This isn't just for a certain cliche group of listeners, it is for all listeners, of all walks of life, because truly great art is always universal rather than caught in a momentary irrelevant fad.
I highly recommend "Wishfire" to fans of any of The Cruxshadows other CDs, as well as to anyone with an appreciation for honestly good music and lyrics of ANY genre.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Half a year later and still speechless.... 6 Jan 2003
By "raintalyn" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had a copy of Wishfire the first day it was available. I had every intention of listening to it with a pen in hand, and having a review ready before anyone else had ever heard it. . . well, that didn't work out so well. There's a story in Greek mythology about the music of sirens which lure sailors from their way; a mere whisper of their voices, and everything else slips from your mind and your reality. Such was the experience I had with Wishfire. It's been months since I heard it, and even now I find myself fumbling to even begin to express my reaction. I am a writer by temperment, but here I am nearly mute.

This is without doubt in my mind the Cruxshadows' best album.
It maintains the power and coherency of "Telemetry of a Fallen Angel" but adds to it an increased musical maturity and a far greater grasp on production, musicianship, and style. It surpasses "Mystery of the Whisper" in the sophistication of its theology and emotion, in its melding of "gothic" and religious and social themes with intelligent lyricism and interesting music. The range of styles presented is impressive, and nearly any individual should be able to find something they enjoy. I cannot comprehend, reading over the other reviews, any thought pattern in which this album suffers in comparison to Rogue's previous work. (Mind, I am quite a fan of his first two albums as well)
Wishfire has songs that parallel the purposes of any good song on the first two albums, and usually it is better. As social commentary and as a dancing song "Resist/r" far surpasses "Leave me Alone," and the message is better to attend. As a song of tragedy and transcendence, "4th Phase" (and here I risk being quite frowned at by fans, I think) is a much better song than "Marilyn..." and there are many songs on the album far easier to dance to, especially for the rhythm impaired. . . .
Perhaps the problem is that this is NOT, and cannot be, his first works, it is something transcending those, and continuing on. . .
Again, I am at a loss for words. . . What Telemetry began, Wishfire brings to completion. Telemetry, which I think may remain my second favorite album in the cannon, is musically raw and... well, one can see why NIN is credited in the "thanks to" section. It's a jugular piece of work, as befitting the story of a sentient machine which takes on the role of the dying (anti?)messiah god and crashes into the surface of a wasted red planet. <i>Telemetry<i> goes from a place of power and pseudo-security and falls into the most profound of despairs. . . It is the story of Prometheus bound, the story of Icarus fallen, the story of Eurydice slain...... and then there is Mystery.
It is said that every great story starts in the middle... I have often considered Mystery to be not quite a continuation, not quite a revery/hallucination of a falling ship, not quite a flash back, not quite a new discovery... some dreaming combination of them. . . and with Mystery all the various little works -- Paradox Addendum and Intercontinental Drift/Echoes&Artifacts and so forth -- a ship lost in the mists skipping from place to place, learning. . . Shadows on a metaphorical cave wall . . . you'll have to forgive me, for 5 months I've been thinking in colours. And there's various styles tried out, and various old things reworked, and especially with Mystery there's quite a departure from the rawness of Telemetry. It's far more "gothy" I suppose.....
And NOW-then, there is the Wishfire. . . Where Telemetry is the story of the Angel fallen, Wishfire is the story of the Angel returned triumphant. The music style has changed, of course, because the music of a sentient angel machine crashing into a desert is not the sound of a transcendent godling returning to earth. There's a certain Major Tom sort of feel to it, I suppose... Within the loss, within the mind-scarring battles, a victory was forged. This music is so much more -- alive -- than much music in the genre. The first three songs are incredible, heart-racing, paeans of triumph and war and messianic fervor (not in that order). I wouldn't at all categorize them as interchangeable, however. Binary is very complex musically compared to Seraphs, and very different in tone and mood and message. They are however, very much part of the same song cycle. If this were theater, they would belong in the same opera.
Then there's Spectators. I love Spectators. I don't actually feel like it belongs where it is in the song cycle, though that's not Rogue's fault. . . It's quite a departure from anything else found on the album: I think a lot of people will like it.
Getting back into the work, after a tremendous return from tragedy and fall, the work reaches outwards to explore the causes of loss and the need to create one's own personal morning -- From that point onward, the work vacillitates between triumph and despair, rising and falling... and the dedication not the lose one's self in that cycle... "I know this is the last time--" it's the need to be willing to find faith and belief in the face of overwhelming odds, and be willing to overcome the cycle of anger and rage that destroys the world. (Resist/r is, I think, philosophically related to Cruelty... that's a long story)
Where Telemetry is the story of Prometheus bound, this is the story of Prometheus fire-bringer, unbound at last. It is the story of Icarus risen, or the cultic Orpheus transcendent, of Osiris resurected.....
That is as far as I can go, at the moment. It's three o'clock int he morning, I can't sleep, I can't think... So much of what I want to say is still sitting there staring at me and refusing to be put into coherent sentences. Maybe I will try to draw or photograph it, somehow. But I promised I would have the review done in less than six months. So.... here it is for now.
As for my rating, out of 5 stars, I would give this a 6 and then take one off for the very minor flaw of having stuck Spectators in the wrong place.... It remains, however, more perfect of a work than most, and in my mind undeniably the band's best work to date.
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