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Wishfire [Enhanced]

Cruxshadows Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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Product Details

1. Before The Fire - The Cruxshadows
2. Return (Coming Home)
3. Binary
4. The Seraphs
5. Spectators
6. Tears
7. Go Away
8. The 4th Phase
9. Earthfall
10. Orphan Wing
11. Carnival
12. Resist/R
13. Roman
14. Spiral (Don't Fall)

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5.0 out of 5 stars !! Feb. 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard "Wishfire", I wasn't sure what I had been given, but I quickly grew attached to it. Songs like "Tears", "Binary", "Return/Coming Home", and "Resist" were so much fun, while "Go Away" and "Orphean Wing" were so melancholy and deep... I recommend this cd to anyone with a love for gothic/ebm/darkwave music and an open mind. It deserves *10* stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am the Wishfire! Feb. 4 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This cd is mindblowing. It was the first Cruxshadows CD I ever heard and it turned me into a fiercely loyal fan. The songs are strong, dark, and powerful with gorgeous lyrical imagery, irresistable beats, and an electric violin that sets the Cruxshadows apart from all the other goth acts out there. They blend dark romanticism with myth, and war-songs with 80's style, and lovesongs with morbidity. It's definately not an album to be overlooked. It will become a part of you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Cut and Paste Goth Feb. 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is not your average gothic darkwave band! It is powerful and passionate, with complex lyrics and themes. Other fans compare Rogue's voice to other vintage bands, but I disagree--something about it is completely different, more otherworldly and moving.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen in the dark! Feb. 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 than a week without listening to. Streak on the eyeliner, turn off the lights, and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams and wishes do come true... Jan. 31 2004
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Jan. 31 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Cruxshadows are without a doubt the best Darkwave has to offer. This is CD is perfect: gripping, powerful, and great to dance to! I've never heard a band convey such emotion through their music before this. Wishfire is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Music... Jan. 31 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of The Cruxshadows for a few years now, and I have to say this is one of my favorite CD's of theirs. I love all the songs on here, and each one tells it's own story, but The Seraphs is my favorite. It's become my rallying cry, almost...something I listen to when I need to be inspired or lifted up a bit. Rogue's words and the images they portray are a wonderful gift to the rest of us.
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.
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