Eis Oros!

As reported on Slicing Up Eyeballs, Dead Can Dance (who have played in the background of more of my rituals than I can count) will be releasing their next album on November 2nd. It is going to be: 

a song cycle of seven movements representing different facets of the Dionysus myth and his cult.

The band remarked that the story of Dionysus:

took shape as Brendan Perry became fascinated by long established spring and harvest festivals that had their origins in Dionysian religious practices throughout Europe. The presence of the religion was suppressed during the ideological control of Christianity and Islam since the Roman Empire, and so the influence that Dionysus still had on these festivals would continue to manifest itself albeit in a more censored form.

You can listen to the first track from it – “The Mountain” – here:

I can’t wait.



  1. Yes, that’s going to be something! I heard about this a week or two ago, and was excited that this is their theme…I have to say I was a bit disappointed with their last new album a few years ago (’14 or ’15), but this one already sounds very promising in its above results.

    I’ve used a DCD tune for one of my most powerful Antinoan hymns, and have used another of their songs just played outright on the CD player or MP3/etc. in one very important ritual that I no longer do, but may eventually have to revive…anyway, they’re great!

    (When I was editing Lee Harrington’s book Sacred Kink, there was a line in it about checking with one’s play partners about certain things, and it said something like “Maybe they don’t like Dead Can Dance,” and I wrote as a comment “Who are these people and what’s wrong with them?”)


    • Agree about the last album. I’ve been listening to them since 1993 and Anastasis felt too synthesized and over-engineered. The concert tour for the album was beautiful, but the presence of two or three keyboards removed the organic feel of their last recordings. I’m looking forward to this one. After all, it’s fucking Dead Can Dance!


  2. So needed to hear good news like this now. Hope they go on tour in the US again. Saw them in 2013 in Napa. It’s almost a transcendent experience.


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