I was quite dissapointed by the last elend album, "winds devouring men". After a gap of 5 years things changed a lot. The album sounds a LOT like Dead Can Dance, esspecially the male voice, which is the same on all songs, so there are no growls and there are less female vocals, only in background. On the early albums there were two male voices but here i heard only one voice. The synths are the main sound, there is no piano or church keyboards, only a few violins. The lyrics are much more "visual", no more lyrics inspired from the bible stories. All the songs are very slow and there's a lack of instruments. A good thing is that they aren't repetitive, the sound changes constantly and everytime you listen the album you find new things and meanings. The album isn't bad, but my favourite remains Lecons De Tenebres.
Elend have returned ( although quite late ) with their most mature album to date. They have abandoned the screams that were used ( with great effect ) on their Umbersun album and went to pursue more melancholic and less bombastic music which is still very violent as they have introduced elements of industrial in their sound. Their music is now much more subtle as they pursue a more personal and esoteric lyrical explorations. All in all this is a masterpiece of melancholic beauty mixed with darkness and I strongly recommend it to all lovers of music, especially those interested in the darker aspects of it. Fans of My Dying Bride, Dead Can Dance or composers such as Penderecki should also try out Elend's works. Looking forward to their next album which is said to come out in April this year.