The Return of Dead Can Dance, and the Evolution of Pagan Music

On May 8th, Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, collectively known as Dead Can Dance, announced that their first new album since 1996's Spiritchaser would be released on August 9th, 2012 (It will also be the kick-off of their world tour). Entitled "Anastasis," the new work will be "a spring album to coincide with both natures awakening and the groups subsequent rebirth," according to Perry. This new album comes after a year of anticipation for hardcore fans, since Perry first revealed the planned return, and released a series of free live teaser EPs.While Dead Can Dance claims a devoted international fanbase, they really haven't received the in-depth critical examination and attention of … [Read more...]

(Pagan) Music Mondays: Atrium Animae and Seventh Harmonic

Welcome to (Pagan) Music Mondays, a new semi-regular feature here at The Wild Hunt! As many of you may know, I’m a lover of music, and have spent many years exploring albums and artists that appeal to the Pagan spirit. I’d like to expose you to new releases by Pagan artists, and also to bands that explore lyrical themes relevant to our worldviews. This week I’d like to look at two recently released albums that honor the musical legacy of Dead Can Dance: "Dies Irae" by Atrium Animae and "Garden of Dilmun" by Seventh Harmonic.The pervasive and enduring influence of Dead Can Dance can't be overstated. Formed in 1981, the duo of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry created a body of work that has l … [Read more...]