Revisiting: Within the Realm of a Dying Sun – Dead Can Dance

Within The Realm of the Dying Sun is, for me, one of the most spellbinding albums I have ever listened to. Dead Can Dance has a very impressive repertoire that spans decades. Their music incorporates a mix of sounds from shamanic drumming, chanting to the sound of a melancholic cello; their music is a soundscape, a soundtrack that haunts and inspires.

Within The Realm of the Dying Sun is their third album and was recorded in England in 1987. The album cover is certainly setting the scene for what you are about to hear, the photograph was taken in the world-famous Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris and is home to the graves of Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, and many others.

The photograph reflects the dark and melancholic tone of the album, the soaring vocals that although hauntingly beautiful would certainly belong on a soundtrack to a film, possibly something Anne Rice would write – I had always imagined the vampires Lestat and Louis walking around graveyards to an album like this.

The album is certainly a darker turn for the band incorporating a more ambient gothic tone that speaks deeply to the more darkly inclined folk of this world.