lauantai 6. toukokuuta 2017

The Shadow Dance - Stormy Visions demo '95

The Shadow Dance - Stormy Visions demo I 1995
1) Temple
2) Sea-Horse
3) Hologram Song

Sendspace / Yandex

Ok, time to do something non-metal for change and it's an accidental discovery, sort of, found among the tapes I borrowed from brother Grev some months ago. This is The Shadow Dance from Finland, Helsinki to be more precise. Check out their old school late 90s/early 00s webpage! No, really, you have to see it! Takes one back, that does. And yes children, back in the day pretty much all webpages looked like that. Or worse. Now that's been taken care off let's return to music. This is their first demo recorded in the fall '95. No cover I'm afraid, their site didn't have an image either. But it did have the band photo seen above which I decided to use to decorate the post. That's about as goth as you can get!

Three songs in roughly thirteen minutes, the first one "Temple" was also featured on a few compilations and a 1998 MCD of the same title. It's a slow building, moody and atmospheric piece with slightly ethereal quality and a bit more intense middle part. Main voice is clearly amateurish female singer who comes across borderline awkward but pleasant enough to swing the performance more to "innocent" side rather than "annoying" - that really sounds (reads, you old fool) vague, doesn't it? Second song is more upbeat, almost busy even. It almost brings some new wave song I've long forgotten to mind, almost but not quite! The final song, shortest of the lot, resembles the first one more but generally sticks to the same vein. Maybe a bit catchier, in the end. Reminds me a little of the Finnish Neverwood, less trippy and polished though. But simple is good sometimes and I actually enjoy this on occasion. Check it out, but bear in mind it is neither dark nor grim. Next one will be. Unless I decide to do another re-run, which I actually thought would've been a hilarious post after a hiatus but then wimped out.

3 kommenttia:

kingpossum kirjoitti...

One of the Toplive 10 posts at the mighty Coven, in my book: look at that band photo--this was not a pose, the mean it, man. Total commitment; that website, brilliantly neglected and remaining up. Mega; oh and the music, highly listenable goth with no apologies.

Hearty thanks to Grev and our illustrious host for the post.

Velkaarn kirjoitti...


Y'know, I thought in my mind when I ripped this and especially when doing some more research that you might dig this! :D

Thanks and you're welcome! I have also a rehearal track which I think I'll post as well soon. Gonna do a repost of sorts next, made new supposedly better rips of some old stuff.

GREV kirjoitti...

Velkaarn & kingpossum:

You're very welcome :D