Cruxshadows - a few more songs

Cruxshadows - a few more songs

Next up, as I started digging into the Cruxshadows – and no, not all sources were originally legit, though iTunes already existed so I started buying the albums once I was satisfied with a few songs – “Seraphs” caught my eye. Especially the Revox Lost Souls mix. My body's made of fire black and deep and cold burning for the choice i made so many years ago And love will keep me tethered for my wings are stripped of flight but into my mad deluded world they cross the battle lines into their end One dream of God One dream of less…

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Cruxshadows: Return (Coming Home) (Assemblage 23 Remix)

Cruxshadows: Return (Coming Home) (Assemblage 23 Remix)

Having been introduced to the Darkwave/Goth band the Crüxshadows courtesy of John Ringo’s books, it was now off to the races to find more of their stuff, and so I stumbled, not into Ethernaut, from which “Winterborn” and “Citadel” were pulled, but one of their remix albums Frozen Embers. There are a few interesting retakes here, but my favorite in many ways is the only remix I like of Return – the Assemblage 23 remix. Since Ethernaut went with a Trojan War theme, and given their penchant to refer to myth and religion, I’m fairly sure the song…

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Music: Cruxshadows: Ethernaut: Citadel

Music: Cruxshadows: Ethernaut: Citadel

The next track I stumbled into off of Ethernaut was also one recommended of of one of John Ringo’s book inspiration playlists – Citadel. Another danceable, synth-heavy, driving song. In it, you can see the inspiration for the battlestation developed in the Troy Rising books. Lyrically it is one of their shorter and more repetitive songs. The first verse sets the scene, with cold winds, storm, and rain arriving as an omen of the human storm arriving to besiege the title fortress. Then we shift viewpoints, to a soldier at the gates, looking on all of this, unbowed, determined to…

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Cruxshadows: Ethernaut: Winterborn

Cruxshadows: Ethernaut: Winterborn

A long time ago John dumped a bunch of his id into book format, and brought us Mike Harmon, the Paladin of Shadows, and origin of the “Oh John Ringo, No” meme (an absolutely hysterical read, btw). One of the things prominent even in the earliest publicly available snippets were references to a song by the Crüxshadows, a darkwave/goth band, called “Winterborn”. So I checked it out. Heavy on opening synths. A danceable beat. Meh voice. Absolutely driven in it’s delivery, and while dark, not nihilistic.Now – I have a varied musical past – rooted in a weird mishmash…

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Eye of the Storm

Eye of the Storm

Aside from the Ringo book I mentioned earlier – and that the Didact took John to task about the lack of sequels – I wanted to delve deeper into the Cruxshadows song “Eye of the Storm.” Actually, I’ll be going through a lot of their songs that I enjoy, and while the order will generally be somewhat chronological, in the order I ran into them more or less, this will be an exception. On the Goth spectrum they’re more dance, less whiney, “Darkwave”, and so closer overall to the Sisters of Mercy than Bauhaus – though Peter Murphy’s Deep is…

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