Wishfire (ENHANCED) is the 5th full length album released by THE CRUXSHADOWS and their 8th release overall. The music is vintage THE CRUXSHADOWS; a blend of new wave, goth, EBM and electronica. Lead Singer/Songwriter Rogue's voice comes across as inspired by the drones of Gary Numan spiced with just a dash of Peter Murphy.
As with all of their CDs, Wishfire continues to exhibit the earnest, do-it-yourself epic stories that has drawn fans from all over, easily earning them the mantle of "the most successful independent goth band in the world".
"Carnival", performed with a Carnie sonic atmosphere and blanketed with lyrics that are reminiscent of the musicals such as Les Miserables, is a perfect example of the kind of quirky and honest risks that The Cruxshadows are prepared to make artistically.
On the other end of the spectrum, "Binary, "Tears" and "Resist/R" are perfectly constructed dance/club songs that are still quite deep with lyrical richness. My personal favorite is the Depeche Mode-like synthpop of "Spectators".
Wishfire contains as an added bonus, a live video performance of the hit "Eurydice, featuring their down in the trenches live performance style of their lead singer Rogue.
Ultimately, Wishfire is a wise investment for those who have heard of The Cruxshadows but have never been brave enough to purchase one of their CDs. With 14 audio tracks and the video bonus, it is a definitely a great buy.