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|1. Before The Fire - The Cruxshadows|
|2. Return (Coming Home)|
|4. The Seraphs|
|7. Go Away|
|8. The 4th Phase|
|10. Orphan Wing|
|14. Spiral (Don't Fall)|
Top Customer Reviews
As an album, Wishfire is very strong and energetic. All the tracks (in no particular order) are very different from each other musically, but carry the same level of energy throughout. "Tears", especially, is easily the strongest track and one of my absolute favorites of the band--it has a great dance beat with amazingly different layers of sound that practically leaves your skin tingling after you hear it. I can't even describe what its like hearing this song live. <melt>
"Return" is great! After all the remixes I've heard, I just love to come back to the original.
"Binary" is another strong track, with a great chorus and violin, and haunting female spoken parts... its man struggling back and forth w/his own dual nature and with the voice of fate.
Listening to "Seraphs" I can easily envision the fiery angels he describes--this is one of Rogue's gifts, to bring mythology to a completely different level. Very powerful.
Some might go as far to say that "Spectators" is out of place on the album. It was a little surprising, because its very different from the other tracks. But I think this is intentional. It adds depth of emotion and sound to the album as a whole. Its a slower, let-it-wash-over-you, kind of song of personal strength and convictions.
"Go Away" is heartbreakingly beautiful. "The 4th Phase" is one I keep forgetting is here, but I love to rediscover--carried by violin, very unique and wonderful lyrics.Read more ›
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.
This band is amazingly talented, every single one of them brings a unique element to the music, and you won't be sorry you bought this cd. I've read some of the one star reviews of this cd, and I have to say that I was a little offended by them. The one saying that any goth over 12 wouldn't listen to this was just silly. Since when has goth been about one type of music?? Since when has goth not been tolerant of different genres of the music? That's not the kind of Goth I am. And the differences in styles and bands is what I love most about goth music. Listen to this CD and see for yourself.
It will have you energized and ready to do battle with your fist thrown into the air with "Seraphs", an anthem meant for the march of the front lines. Then, it will drag you back down to your knees in the darkness, swaying with your butane lighter and singing along with "Go Away", a heartwrenching ballad of lost love. But it picks you back up again and throws you into a blissful fury with "Tears" and you can't help dancing to it's tick-tock electronic rhythm. "Resist" keeps you there and demands flashing lights with its clubworthy bass and slick synth. Of course, you'll never be able to forget the CD's most (in)famous track, "Return (Coming Home)". Fueled with brilliant flashes of electric violin and lyrics that state "And though my mind is cut by battles/fought so long ago/I return victorious/I am coming home!" you can practically feel Rogue's joy and triumph. But I come to my favorite track on the disc, "Orphean Wing". It could very well be a song for Romeo as he lay in Juliet's tomb, singing words that would bring back any "dead" love. "But though the phantoms of this place/want to steal away your grace/I'll sleep beside you through the cold/I will not leave you here/And through the silence I can hear/All the fury and the fear/But I promise you, my love/I will not leave you here/For I will bury you/Where they bury me"
I could write all day on the dizzying effect of "Wishfire", but if you have it already, I'm stating the obvious. And if you aren't already pulling out your wallet, there's nothing else I can do. Long live the Cruxshadows!
Most recent customer reviews
When I first heard "Wishfire", I wasn't sure what I had been given, but I quickly grew attached to it. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by H. Smith
This cd is mindblowing. It was the first Cruxshadows CD I ever heard and it turned me into a fiercely loyal fan. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004
This is by far one of the best gothic/darkwave CDs I have stumbled across in years... it's a catchy, addictive, powerful and even danceable album that I don't think I could go more... Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2004 by H. Smith
The Cruxshadows are without a doubt the best Darkwave has to offer. This is CD is perfect: gripping, powerful, and great to dance to! Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2004
There's nothing quite like this band, it's insipred from classical myth and crossbreeds with techno-symphonic music to give you a haunting and ethereal sound. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2004 by Jim Lakis
i heard the new Cruxshadows CD (ethernaut) first, and i really liked it so i thought i would try out some of their other music too. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by Ravenna
It was a long hard wait during the three years between "Mystery of the Whisper" "Wishfire," and I think a lot of fans weren't quite sure what to expect from the... Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by Faith
This CD is really awesome! Great to dance to and inspiring! This is one of those CDs that goes beyond being just good music, and its destined to become a cult classic. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by BAAL