Catharsis (Limited Edition) CD (2009)

Artist: Elis

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Product Overview


Label Napalm Records/ra
SKU 212885413
UPC 782124000509
UPC 14 00782124000509
Format CD
Release Date 12/15/2009
Author Elis
Technical Info
Engineer Alexander Krull
Producer Alexander Krull
CatalogID NPR 275LTD
Lable Name Napalm Records
Released 11/30/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 57m : 41s
UPC 00782124000509
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Elis (programming); Sandra Schleret (vocals, background vocals); Tom Saxer (vocals); Pete Streit, Christian Gruber (guitar); Maximilian N?scher (drums, percussion); Alexander Krull (programming, sampler).
Audio Mixer: Alexander Krull.
Recording information: Mastersound Studios, Steinheim, Germany (2007); Metal Female Voices Festival (2007); Mastersound Studios, Steinheim, Germany (2008/2009); Metal Female Voices Festival (2008/2009).
Photographer: Stefan Heilemann.
Lichtenstein's greatest contribution to the worldwide rock scene, the goth metal outfit Elis have released their first album since the death of original vocalist Sabine Duenser. Musically, it's more of the same -- if the combination of sweet, dramatic female vocals with a male voice that grunts and roars, all set over chugging guitar riffs and uninspired keyboard melodies using preset sounds you've heard a thousand times before, is your thing, Elis will serve your needs capably. The band's just not that great; Lacuna Coil have a much more finely tuned pop sense, and Leaves' Eyes offer a more interesting blend of folk sounds and metal crunch. Admittedly, new vocalist Sandra Schleret has a very pretty voice, capable of ascending through some weird twists and turns like those heard on the Bollywood-esque chorus of "Des Lebens Traum -- Des Traumes Leben," and even manages to make sung German sound beautiful rather than harsh and scary. But mere prettiness isn't enough. These songs feel rote and unsurprising; even the fret-burning guitar solos have an odd lassitude about them. This is metal with all the signifiers in place (big riffs, guttural male vocals, thundering drums, etc.), but with all the cathartic power sucked out of it. ~ Phil Freeman
Disc 1
1 Core of Life
2 Twinkling Shadow
3 Warrior's Tale
4 Des Lebens Traum - Des Traumes Leben
5 I Come Undone
6 Firefly
7 Morning Star
8 Das Kleine Ungeheuer
9 Mother's Fire
10 Rainbow
11 Dark Bridge, The
12 Ghost of the Past
13 No Hero
Product Attributes
Artist Elis
Music Format Compact Disc
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