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|3.5 great||Thomas Harrison | September 18th 13|
Anna-Varney (the trans woman behind Sopor Aeturnus) is one of the strangest artists I have ever listened to. When I listen to this music I feel submerged in her melancholic and eternally hopeless, lifeless world. Her voice is like a ghost whispering in your ear, you don't know if you like it or not but you know it's unlike anything else you've heard before.rMusically though, this album sees Anna-Varney using less of the synths and drum machines heard on the first album and going for a more stripped-down, mournful approach. The neo-medieval folk elements are very prominent, with numerous gorgeous brass, string and organ arrangements.rThere are some very strong tracks and some rather pointless ones. If you kept the 10 best songs and cut out the other 9 (there is no reason for this album to be almost 20 songs long...) you'd have a higher rating.rI did enjoy this album quite a lot. I recommend as a starting place for getting into this artist. I also recommend finding the darkest room in your house at night and listen to this album whilst laying in the dark, nude. I did not try that, but it seems like the perfect way to soak up this album's sweet depressiveness.rHighlights: "Die Bruderschaft des Schmerzes", "Shadowsphere" (Pts. I and II), "Soror Sui Excidium", "The Devil's Instrument", "This Profane Finality"
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