Arise From Thorns - Before An Audience Of Stars

Year of Release: 2001
Label: Dark Symphonies
Catalog Number: Dark 11
Format: CD
Total Time: 67:24:00

It often strikes me how close the subgenre "Gothic rock" gets to pure symphonic rock. Even the concrete sound of Dimmu Borgir sometimes holds enough surprises to be of interest to readers of this site. Exchange the loud guitars with the acoustic simplicity and you get Arise From Thorns, a band that combines ethereal singing with fine guitar playing and soft orchestral passages. The power that is embedded in the vocals is extra emphasized by the rhythmic tensions that has the guitar as starting point. The band, which in the meantime has changed its name to Brave, occupies a similar spot as do bands such as Lacuna Coil and October Project, whilst hints of Renaissance, Quidam and even Wishing Tree can be noticed. Personally I'd like the keyboards to be more prominent in order to deliver a much thicker symphonic sound on top of this intimate music. Nevertheless a very promising release by a band I could certainly place shoulder to shoulder with Persephone's Dream, another dark American jewel!

Dreaming / Time Alone / Among The Leaves / I Can't Believe / Lure / Surrender / Remember The Stars / Lovelorn / Persia / The Red & The Black / Bluer Skies bonus tracks: To Dance by Moonlight (live) / The Calling / Return Of The Old Forest

Michelle Loose - vocals, keyboards
Scott Loose - acoustic/electric guitar
Tom Phillips - electric guitar
Trevor Schrotz - drums/percussion
Chris Welborn - bass guitar

Before An Audience Of Stars (1999/2001)
Brave - Waist Deep In Dark Waters (200?)
Brave - Searching For The Sun (2002)
Brave - Passages (2004)

Genre: Other

Origin US

Added: May 15th 2001
Reviewer: John "Bobo" Bollenberg

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Language: english


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