Dead Can Dance ‎– Anastasis

[PIAS] Recordings ‎– PIASR311CDX, [PIAS] Recordings ‎– 945.U311.022
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1 Children Of The Sun 7:34
2 Anabasis 6:50
3 Agape 6:53
4 Amnesia 6:36
5 Kiko 8:03
6 Opium
Daf – David Kuckhermann
7 Return Of The She-king 7:47
8 All In Good Time 6:34

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Recorded and produced at Quivvy Studios (Cavan, Ireland).
Mastered at Masterlabs (Dublin).

Dedicated to Hugo Bergerault.

Issued as a digipak with eight page booklet & b&w round front sticker:
"Dead Can Dance - New Album"


Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 5414939276828
  • Barcode (Text): 5414939276828
  • Matrix / Runout (Variants 1, 2, 3): [Arvato logo] 55174095/945U311022 21
  • Mastering SID Code (Variants 1, 2, 3): IFPI LB 46
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0790
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0795
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 0760
  • Rights Society: SABAM/BIEM
  • Label Code: LC07800

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PIASR311 Dead Can Dance Anastasis(8xFile, FLAC, Album, 24-) [PIAS] Recordings PIASR311 UK & Europe 2012
none Dead Can Dance Anastasis(CDr, Album, Num, Promo) [PIAS] Recordings none UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
PIASA55CD Dead Can Dance Anastasis(CD, Album) PIAS America PIASA55CD US 2012 Sell This Version
PIASR311CD, 945.U311.024 Dead Can Dance Anastasis - In Concert(CD, Album + CD, Album + Dlx, Sli) [PIAS] Recordings, [PIAS] Recordings PIASR311CD, 945.U311.024 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
LOVECD205 Dead Can Dance Anastasis(CD, Album, Dig) Love Da Records, [PIAS] Recordings LOVECD205 Asia 2012 Sell This Version


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January 12, 2019
superb singing (Brendan especially) and lyrics; sounds like Brendan Perry "Ark" era solo vibe plus some stuff for Lisa thrown in.


November 7, 2017
Having been a fan of the band since 1988's "The Serpent's Egg", I have always prefered their post-"Spleen And Ideal" sound, and have followed their proggress until after their "Into The Labyrinth" release, at which point I was reaching a different phase of musical research.

Upon my first listening of "Anastasis" a few years after its original release, I did notice a few things:

1) The production was much more lush than their previous "Spiritchaser" which was always a bit hit-or-miss for me, and seemed to echo that of "Into The Labyrinth".
2) The song writing seemed more straight-forward than some of their previous efforts which at times managed to explore less-linear song structures.

That being said, when I first listened to "Anastasis" I was instantly brought back to those late 80s and early 90s days when I was a fully dedicated DCD follower, and couldn't help but feel as though this was a return to their mid-period sound. Although (as it is the case with most DCD material unfortunately) most of the songs here have that distinct "recognizable" and "easy to predict" nature (see the review by A-day from January 29 2016), it is essentially a DCD record worthy of their name, and should appeal to fans (generally speaking) both old and new.

... and everytime I hear "Children Of The Sun" and "Agape" I feel like throwing all my intruments away, knowing I could never reach that level is sheer magnificience in production and songwriting.


May 24, 2015
I've always really loved Dead Can Dance and have first pressings of all their albums on vinyl, so it is a pity that I have to report that the vinyl edition of this is very disappointing with very dull, muffled sound and cut so loud that it causes cartridge clipping easily. Sadly the mastering engineer Aidan Foley has not done a good job. Disappointing. Even worse, similarly poor mastering and pressing quality is also apparent in the recent Vinyl 180 issues of the first Lisa Gerrard solo album and Brendan Perry's "Ark". What is particularly irksome about this is not just the low quality to the customer, but that the early Dead Can Dance releases were well regarded for their sound quality, despite (or because of?) being recorded in supposedly low resolution early digital. Sadly I can't recommend this. ~*~


March 25, 2013
All in all a Fantastic album...
Maybe it has the sense of two separate works brought together (only exception the "Return of the She-King")… but who cares… The result is excellent.
Except from "Anabasis", the presence of the old ('80s-'90s) "renaissance hymns", is missing. Can't find something wrong with that as well. Even more, when considering that there's no any sign of "renaissance" on this earth anymore. We are actually moving inside a modern middle age period, where true freedom, democracy, ethics, are dying together with the land where they were born. It seems that DCD (especially Mr. Perry) understand this very well...
Our journey has began with many hellenic (greek) titles ("Anastasis" - "resurrection", "revival" / "Anabasis" - "ascent" / "Agape" - "love" / "Amnesia"), melodies ("Agape") and rhythms (9/8 on zeimbe.."Kiko")… and all roads look the same… They lead nowhere. Even if we are the children of the Sun, the sunflowers in our hair are withered like those on the front cover, amnesia is our opium, and all the other children (as Mr. Perry says on that "The End"-like bridge) they rule.
But, same way we were hoping for the revival of DCD, we are hoping for the Final Anastasis...

Highlights: "Amnesia", "Anabasis", "Opium", "Kiko", "Children of the Sun".


October 16, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
Dead Can Dance ever was for me the highest ranking - I wouldn't say my favorite because I never say this, there are many bands, performers and music I equally like (I guess this is the same for many of you) so they are not the best but definitely the band can really touch the depth of music and playing from the living source of it as no any other musician who I know can, even the biggest ones. Their music gets you in touch with the essence of life - just as a real art shall. What I always admired that they are maybe the only ones who are not constrained by their instruments, their music is not constrained by the sonic characters of the instruments but the opposite: they completely rule them and 100% can use them as tools to interpret what they want to tell and play. An evidence of this is for me that they simply can't be classified to any genre (a lot is used for them but none matches) but they rather has changed the sounding style over their albums (me personally keep track of four over their 8 studio albums - taking Garden Of The Arcane Delights as a separate studio album, too -, 2 albums for each "genre") because they are beyond genre and sound style and can use all of them to express themselves. This is also indicated by the fact that would have they continued by a 9th album around '98 it would have had a 5th style of sounding - continuing the series of changing the outer style after every second album - just listen to "Lotus eaters" originally created for their next album that time. And I equally love that sound to all the previous ones!

Coming to this album: it's the opposite in more sense to all of their previous ones (even if there are weaker among them what I described fits to all the previous), first of all I can't see any original idea to tell behind but the opposite: they took some pattern typical of them and put them together so they made a form reminding to Dead Can Dance music but they don't have any content, just on the reverse way they ever did in the past: that time they had the content first and materialized it then (with the perfect use of tools as I said). The opposite way of doing in the past is also shown by the fact that there were not a regular periodicity of new album releases and it was even not forced frequent: even 2-3 years took in more cases, they waited until the content had gathered.
My impression now about this album is that it's a simply project based work where it was the part of the complete performance to issue a new album together with the tour.
Why I'm still happy about that it happened is that they are together again because my opinion about their solo works is that it doesn't compare at all to their joint work, only patterns without origin and simply boring, the living essence is not there. There are things in the world where separated parts simply don't work (at all, not only at lower level) and Dead Can Dance is definitely like this. I know that after such a long being decoupled they need time to really come together so I hope that they really reunited and after forming a real couple again they can come with new works at the same level of depth as they did in the past.
About the vinyl version: it reflects the same I told about the music, a project work, just to have it (to complete the selection and because it's a trend nowadays) very pure quality, clicks at some parts and the sound is simply dull (at least the European version I have). The material used itself shows that it's rather a merchandise than serious format, clear vinyl may look attractive or nice but from sound point of view the black material fits the best. Even the mp3 version you can download free sounds better from certain aspects which says everything because by it's sounding potential there are classes of advantage in favor of vinyl.