BOX ACCESSION RELEASE:
OCTOBER 25, 2004 REVIEW: DECEMBER
For those not acquainted with Diary
of Dreams, it is the project of Accession
Records label head Adrian Hates (one-time
bassist for Garden of Delight many
moons ago) and it has existed since
1994. The name of the band comes from
a song title which Adrian had for
quite some time.
This act has released over ten albums,
and for their last work "Freak
Perfume" began issuing singles.
The Diary of Dreams sound is easily
described as archetypal darkwave with
many classical/baroque/cinematic elements.
Each successive work which the band
has released finds them refining their
sound and with "Nigredo",
they've hit the mark.
Preceded by the excellent "Giftraum"
single, "Nigredo" is the
feel of paranoia/winter/dusk all rolled
into one with ecstatic precision.
"Kindrom" is perhaps one
of the more straight forward works
but it is so slick I cannot complain
about it. "Reign of Chaos"
builds slowly but pays off grandly,
with Adrian giving his all as the
music thunders like an angry, cold
and desolate sea.
The box set version of this album
is beautifully rendered with a lush
booklet containing the lyrics scattered
about the place. Also contained within
are some very stark, crisp images
of both the band and the deserted
landscape which they inhabit for this
release. "Nigredo" tells
a most unsettling tale, set amongst
its magnificently cascading crescendos
you become immersed in the varying
degrees of mental decay this work
surely describes. Torch songs for
the final curtain call.
I do not know how this band manages
to improve so dramatically from album
to album, they remain a unique voice
in the world of electronic music.
Dark, sensual... resplendent in their