Elend - _Weeping Nights_
(Holy Records, 1997)
by: Pedro Azevedo (8 out of 10)
Even though I have no religion, and indeed find the very concept of religion to be something to which I'll never relate, I was impressed by the atmosphere Elend created around it (or, more precisely, the Luciferian Revolution) in _Les Tenebres du Dehors_, through lyrics, imagery and music. (See CoC #19 - if I had to rate it, I'd give it a 9 out of 10.) _Weeping Nights_ is perhaps more subjective, not focusing on any storyline; this isn't Elend's third chapter of the "Lecons de Tenebres" series yet. If you already know _Les Tenebres du Dehors_, describing _Weeping Nights_ is easy: it's a re-release of 6 tracks from _LTdD_ without any male vocals whatsoever (so both the black vocals and narration were left out), plus three new songs (also without male vocals). The only songs from _LTdD_ not included in _WN_ are "The Silence of Light" and "Antienne", which didn't have black vocals in their original versions. In the older songs, the music seems to lose some of its atmosphere without the black vocals and spoken parts; however, it may be better for those who don't like those shrieks of despair too much. The new songs are also much less epic and orchestral; however, this is not to be taken as a sample of what's to come, as the third chapter of "Lecons de Tenebres" is supposed to be the darkest of the series. _Weeping Nights_ will allow you to enjoy a more soothing version of _LTdD_, but if you already have _LTdD_ and enjoy the black vocals, it may be doubtful whether the new songs alone will be worthy of the investment.

(article published 16/10/1997)


ALBUMS
6/23/2007 P Azevedo 9 Elend - A World in Their Screams
8/31/2004 P Azevedo 9.5 Elend - Sunwar the Dead
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7/8/1998 P Azevedo 9 Elend - The Umbersun
4/9/1997 P Azevedo Elend - Les Tenebres du Dehors
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